Frida: Stroke of Passion


2019-02-22 20:00:00
8:00 p.m. February 22
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Casa 0101
2102 E. First St.
Los Angeles, CA  90033
Fans of Mexican folk art goddess Frida Kahlo are sure to enjoy Frida — Stroke of Passion for its attention to detail concerning both her sex life and her physical and emotional strife, which inspired her powerful and vibrant paintings in different ways. Focusing on the last week of Kahlo's life, when she was homebound with an amputated foot and attempting to finish one of her famous self-portraits, the play shows how Frida (played by co-director Odalys Nanin) struggled with regret and uncertainty even as she was a strong woman and feminist whose art was vivid and unapologetic. Though there's lots of reminiscing, especially about bisexual relationships with female lovers including mariachi singer Chavela Vargas, Mexican film star Maria Felix and dance legend Josephine Baker, reviews from the show's previous run have noted that its tone is one of intimate expression, not exploitation. There's also exploration of her relationship with husband Diego Rivera, whom she surpassed not only as an artist but as a cultural icon, both while they were alive and in death.
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