Anna LaMadrid, Sheila Carrasco shine in IAMA Theatre solo reveals

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In a pandemic that pressured many to shelter in place alone, two one-woman streaming productions from L.A.’s IAMA Theatre really feel greater than becoming. For stars Anna LaMadrid and Sheila Carrasco, the COVID-19 pandemic has proved a time for reflection — and every makes use of her present to discover identification and personhood from a Latina perspective.

“The Oxy Complicated,” written and carried out by LaMadrid and straight by Michelle Bossy, takes place on the five hundredth day of shutdowns. It opens with the character Viviana tossing and handing over mattress; her ideas, advised via voice-over, reveal how lonely she is and that she broke up together with her long-term boyfriend simply earlier than the pandemic.

LaMadrid takes on totally different characters in Viviana’s life, from her shut good friend Saavi to the “love scientist” Dr. Oye Me, who exists inside Viviana’s head to course of her emotions. There are flashbacks to Viviana’s life earlier than COVID-19, interspersed with present-day moments, throughout which she will get again into courting apps.

Viviana’s loneliness is piercingly relatable. However pandemic apart, the compelling present has so much to say about navigating relationships, romantic or familial. LaMadrid has a agency grasp on every of the characters. Whereas Viviana is on the core of the narrative, LaMadrid particularly shines via the supporting characters, every illustrated in daring and commanding type.

The present falters solely in construction. The interweaving of flashbacks and characters could be a power, however the move of scenes typically feels disjointed. LaMadrid covers quite a lot of floor in theme and matter, however the sequence typically lacks fluidity.

Sheila Carrasco in IAMA Theatre's "Anyone But Me."

Sheila Carrasco in IAMA Theatre’s “Anybody However Me.”

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Carrasco’s “Anybody However Me,” then again, presents a unique type of construction — one with out an overarching narrative. Directed by Margaux Susi, Carrasco performs totally different ladies, every coping with her identification, in a string of quick vignettes. Characters embody a grocery retailer clerk who has a secret affinity for artwork and a Latina who performs up her small share of Native American ancestry.

Carrasco takes on the roles with ability and precision. Her physicality — the way in which she makes use of physique language and facial expressions to tell apart every character vividly — is so pure as to be invisible. Carrasco may even persuasively embody a young person, as she does within the final vignette of the present. The teenager is determining simply how abusive the conduct of her boyfriend is, and she or he expresses a want to be somebody she isn’t — somebody who stands up for herself. These sorts of needs can start so younger and — as we see via characters of all ages — by no means go away.

Each reveals have stellar course. Bossy particularly, free from the restrictions of a stage, makes the many of the freedoms of a digital present. LaMadrid and Carrasco are such robust performers, we’re left to think about how they could have shined much more brightly in entrance of a stay viewers. Till that day comes, “The Oxy Complicated” and “Anybody However Me” present us with some a lot wanted firm.

‘Anybody However Me’ and ‘The Oxy Complicated’

The place: Streaming on demand via IAMA Theatre

When: Via April 18

Tickets: Single present is $15 per individual or $25 for a number of folks on one gadget; each reveals bought collectively are $25


Working time: Every present runs about 1 hour, 5 minutes

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