Review by: Dale Reynolds
Casa 0101, in Boyle Heights, is the only major live-
But, all too often, its work has been limited in value to only those who do not regularly attend such entertainments. And for the rest of us, it’s too-often a chore to watch and evaluate with standards not necessarily appropriate for the site.
BROWN OUT V is an example of what is important to its Community: explorations of gay, lesbian, bi and trans stories, written by locals after a ten-week workshop on writing. Much of it is original, fun and observable. Eleven short plays and one ten-minute trans video, but sadly, not all of them are good enough.
The work consists of twelve writers, eleven actors and seven directors. The unevenness would seem to belong to the producers, who mount shows that don’t seem rehearsed enough or well written. Of the plays, the best for me was “Are You Gay or Latino?,” set in the 1980s, where the question for LGBT activists was the conundrum of how can you be openly
The balance of the evening was more of the same, without any of them truly standing out. Three of the eleven actors did show-off steam and internal awareness of their characters (Stevie Vallejo, especially, as both fem and butch women – neither of her portrayals stereotypical — and Arash Aiinehsazian in a variety of roles.
There are strong reasons for any audience to see these plays, but because of the roughness in the execution of the two hours, Latinx audiences might be more receptive to them.
“Brown & Out V” runs through July 7th, Thurs-Sat,