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Herbert Siguenza was Never Called an Asshole: 'A Weekend with Pablo Picasso' at LATC

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Herbert Siguenza in 'A Weekend with Pablo Picasso.' Photo by Ed Krieger.
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Herbert Siguenza's crowd pleasing one-man biopic, A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, is currently playing at Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) in conjunction with the Latino Theater Company. Both written and performed by Siguenza, this cheery show features a well rounded and researched script with stunning multi-media visuals that invites the audience to be Picasso's house guests in the South of France for a weekend in 1957. The show does get cheesy at times, but any attempt to resist this play's charm and joyous presentation is completely futile. A Weekend with Pablo Picasso energetically pays theatrical homage to the great artist while celebrating all shades of creativity.

Siguenza is a radiant and animated performer. Effervescently speaking to the all-to-willing audience, he often enchants with direct engaging dialogue and physical comedy that draws spurts of applause throughout the show. Every bit the renaissance man, Siguenza ingeniously incorporates his own painting skills, which are credible in their own right, into the play to create works of art in real time on the stage. Siguenza's Weekend with Pablo Picasso script is undoubtably a well-crafted and impassioned labor of love.

Todd Salovey's direction for A Weekend with Pablo Picasso is crisp and flawless. Set and costume design by Giulio Cesare Perrone is amazingly detailed yet light and airy, and full of minute surprises that become known during the few moments that Picasso leaves his "company" to their own devices. Projection design by Victoria Petrovich is fantastic and gallery worthy as it drenches the audience with dream-like montages of Picasso's art and historical events.

A Weekend with Pablo Picasso is playing through May 1, 2011 at Los Angeles Theatre Center. Tickets are available online through LATC or via phone at 866-811-4111.