“Painting in Red” Reviewed by Rose Desena

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“Painting in Red”

Review by Rose Desena

 

Fun upbeat and highly intellectual “Painting in Red” is a refreshing delight. Crisp acting and sharp directing bring to life every character.

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Justin (Justin Huen) is a painter, obsessed with his subject who happens to be his wife.  Christina (Christina Frias) is fiery and difficult and holds a secret close to her soul. Rodney (Rodney To) is Justin’s confidante and occasional lover. Now add Olivia Newton John (imagery) played by Jayme Lake and a ex- fiancé who is supposed to be dead as well as an eccentric  couple who moved from the hood to the suburbs of Ventura and you have one heck of a tale.

Painting in Red is quick, just 75 minutes, but in that time I laughed, shook my head in agreement and felt a little sad.  The cast wins you over in the first 5 minutes and you find yourself taking sides. The acting is excellent.  I loved Elisa Bocanegra as the neurotic East LA girl who misses life amongst her people. Rodney is fabulous as the animated gay artist with his sharp wit and snappy tone.

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The story wraps up with a good and unpredictable ending that just might leave you scratching your head, and tugging at your heart.  Christopher Scott Murillo creates a great stage set that adds a certain artistic flair that made the stage mysterious.

Painting in Red is a winner. The show is not scheduled to run long but I would definitely try to catch this. It’s solid and has a lot of potential. I would like to see it picked up by a larger house.  Good work Luis.

“Painting in Red”

A Playwright’s Arena Production in association with Greenway Arts Alliance.

Playwright: Luis Alfaro

Director: John Lawrence Rivera

Run’s Fri, sat, @ 8pm Sunday @ 7 pm. Until Nov. 9th.

Playwright’s Arena @ Greenway Court Theater, 544 N. Fairfax Ave. West Hollywood ca. Tickets and Info: www.playwrightsarena.org

 


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