“I buried my face into her skin / And breathed her in / Can it happen again?”
The Public Theater’s new musical by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell, is a timely musical that breaks ground. As the caravan of Central Americans are waiting at the boarders Miss You Like Hell tells the story of Beatriz (Daphne Rubin-Vega), an undocumented immigrant who shows up on the doorstep of her estranged daughter, Olivia (Gizel Jiménez), wanting her to join her on a cross-country road trip from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. Beatriz tells her daughter it is to bond and because she has been suicidal, but the fact is, Beatriz desperately needs a character witness to testify at her deportation hearing. Olivia agrees, not knowing the real reason. As Beatriz and Olivia go across the country in a beat-up truck they vent. On the drive, they must stop off in South Dakota, as Beatriz has to face marijuana charges she occurred when she was 19. Olivia makes the contingency that they must stop at Yellowstone for her. Along the way, they meet a gay couple (Michael Mulheren and David Patrick Kelly) renewing their vows in every state, and Manuel (a sensitive Danny Bolero), a man who lost his wife.