Produced and Directed by Odalys Nanin

Two passionate Latinas, one American and
one Cuban in a hurricane of love, lust
and other devastations.


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Odalys Nanin as Laura
Terri Lyn Rain as Rachel

Venue: The Victory Theatre



Back Stage West by Polly Warfield

The surefooted authority with which scenes flow proclaims the skill and versatility of Odalys Nanín, who produced the play, co-wrote it  (with Marie Barrientos), directed, co-stars in it, and helms Macha (as opposed to macho) Theatre Company as its founder and artistic director.  Nanín doesn't just do all this, she does it well.  This love story  takes a refreshingly light and playful tone, a la screwball comedies of the 30's and 40's.  A bumpy road to romance can be fun.  

Nanín's Laura and Terri Lyn Rain's Rachel are gorgeous and well contrasted.  Looks and manner of lushly curvaceous brunette Nanín bespeak her Cuban origin, which she accents with bongo beats on that bright red drum, plus rumba and conga flourishes.  Rain's red-haired, reedslim Rachel resembles a sophisticated young Cher.   Both have dazzling smiles, panache, and humor.

FRONTIERS by Les Spindle

Acclaimed actress/writer/director Odalys Nanín is back, which once again proves to be great news for the lesbian theatre scene.  Nanín launched her Macha Theatre company two years ago with a brilliant lesbian adaptation of Lorca's "Blood Wedding" and followed that up last fall with the intelligent comedy " Garbo's Cuban Lover."  Now she's revisiting "Love Struck" a play she co-wrote with Marie Barrientos, which premiered in 1997 at the Hudson Theatre.  We enjoyed the earlier incarnation, and Nanin's current expanded version, which she produces, directs, and appears in, seems even more satisfying.  The 80 minute piece is such a breezily enjoyable lark that it seems to sail by in half the time.

During some hilarious bits, she summons up memories of Lucy and Ricky's romance in "I Love Lucy" and Rock Hudson and Doris Day in glossy film comedies of the 1960's.  The impact of the scenes goes beyond their sweetness and humor; they essentially present lesbian romance as transcendent, a taken-for-granted element in a continuum of sexual attractions.  There's also a touch of Woody Allen's satiric style in a narrative that goes back and forth in time, including soliloquies, to depict the journey of a relationship.  The actresses are a joy to watch, and both have a keen sense of comic timing.  Production values live up to the impeccable Macha standards, with Dan Reeder's handsome interior set, D. Stewart Farquhar's crisply efficient lighting,  and Scott Nikoley's atmospheric sound effects.  The show's a class act through and through, and a marvelously entertaining way to kick off the fall season.







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