Touched in the Head of Elizabeth Otero
These 16 sketches and videos, all written and directed by Elizabeth Otero, are a mixed bag. With the exception of Otero and Eric Lopez, the eight performers seemed under-rehearsed, and most of the sketches and videos are either underdeveloped or drag on too long. (Even the blackouts between skits are too long especially noticeable on a night when the curtain was delayed 20 minutes.) Otero has some great concepts, but much of her dialogue lacks the punch to bring these ideas to life. The two funniest skits are both set at Edward Olmos Elementary School. "Sex Ed with Dolores Torres, Substitute PE Teacher" spoofs minority students' low expectations in a swirl of misinformation about contraception. "Verna's Burning Motivation" ribs motivational speakers who advocate bizarre solutions to problems arson, for example. Several of the videos, particularly "Dirty Harry Potter" and "McCain's War," start off amusingly but, again, grind on way too long, diluting the humor. Lopez deserves praise for his performance in "Jesus Was a Cool Vato," but he's used to little effect in other sketches. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 29, 5 p.m. Starts: June 26. Continues through July 12, 2008
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