Thursday, June 21, 2012

Empire Stage: Love Scenes (reviews)

Empire Stage opened Love Scenes, a co-production with Gato Flaco Productions, on June 7, 2012.
Moe Bertran plays 6 gay characters including a twenty-year-old hustler falling for his kinky mentor; a Broadway producer in a locker room brawl with the starlet who’s after his man; a sixty-something martini drinker whose partner wants to have an open sexual relationship; and a drag diva ending her search for a rich husband to settle for true love.
Rod Stafford Hagwood's review was picked up by The Miami Herald:
Written by David Pumo, the one-man show doesn’t spark until the third scene. But from that moment on, it’s a laugh-a-minute gallop through all sorts of gay relationships, each one getting its own monologue. To be sure, poignant points are scored, but it’s the zingers that linger.
Don’t think for a moment that the late-coming “wow” factor is due to a meandering attack by actor Moe Bertran, who has performed the show across the country and even aboard Atlantis Events’ gay cruises. It is not. It’s just that those first scenes seem to have very little new or particularly interesting to offer.
But for a six-scene play stripped of the usual theatrical tricks of one-person shows... we are left in Bertran’s capable and well-rehearsed hands.
Empire Stage presents Love Scenes through July 1, 2012.

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