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For its latest production, Teatro de la Luna invited La Matraka Teatro, a company from the Mexican city of Hermosillo, to D.C. to perform its work. But although the performers hail from south of the border, Rojo Carmín (“Blazing Red”) at first seems about as genuinely Mexican as a Grilled Stuft Burrito. If the romantic comedy is surprisingly delightful, its take on marriage and sexual politics is awfully familiar: The pithy lines that pepper Cruz Robles Baldenegro’s script are somewhat offset by the realization that Rojo Carmín is a Rob Reiner cameo away from turning into a Meg Ryan movie. The production is redeemed, however, by the wonderful efforts of Gerardo González and Crucita Robles (married both onstage and off) as “El Hombre” and “La Mujer.” Sporting the traditional red noses of Latin comedic theater, González and Robles prove themselves fantastic physical performers, coaxing laughs with wild gesticulations around the spare set. The play is presented in Spanish (with simultaneous English interpretation) at 8 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at Gunston Arts Center’s Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $25. (202) 882-6227. (Mike DeBonis)