This is an authentic ensemble piece about creators. A young painter becomes a writer. A middle age man seeks to create a child. A computer repair clerk pursues her love of music and an art school administrator begins to paint again. This is the story of how these creative artists find inspiration and how their lives intertwine with one another.
The show has a great soundtrack that is underused. The songs are played during the transitions between scenes and then quickly fade out. Playing the songs a bit longer as in Linda Vista, would allow the music to create a stronger atmosphere. Like Linda Vista (playing at the Mark Taper Forum in LA through February 17th), spinning stages are expertly used. The stage rotates and the characters are already in the scene, as if the audience is catching them in the middle of whatever they are doing. Set pieces also slide in and off the front of the stage in a very visually appealing manner.
The cast does an excellent job creating characters that you’ll really care about. In fact, the performances are so engaging, it deserves a sequel. Karen Aldridge is great as the administrator who finds new inspiration. Ayanna Bria Bakari and Jasmine Bracey are solid as the lesbian couple in the flashback scene to the 1960s. Bernard Gilbert is joyful as the young painter discovering a new passion. Maya Vinice Prentiss is exceptional as the muse. Lastly, Keith Randolph Smith has a very strong performance as a middle age man seeking to create life.
Get tickets now for How to Catch Creation through February 24th!
Cost of a ticket: $60
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It
Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother