Ed Rampell: The life and career of this incomparable painter, her vivacious spirit, passionate sexuality, pitiable fragility, and her tumultuous relationship with Rivera, who was two decades older than her, all this life writ large was “an opera waiting to happen,” as its composer put it in a pre-performance panel on June 18.
Eric A. Gordon: In her hyper-sexualized, precocious community, Sara was vulnerable to abuse, starting at age seven, and began internalizing negative images of herself as a “slut” and “whore.”
Eric A. Gordon: When documentary filmmaker Sara Lamm learned as an adult that she was conceived via sperm donor, she became obsessed with finding this man, her “scientific” father.
Eric A. Gordon: Most people wouldn’t recognize a California native species—plant, animal or human—if it rose up and bit them. The playwright is not afraid to utter the word “colonialism.”
Eric A. Allen: there is little that is truly erotic in the show: Everyone is in this play for their own amoral, self-interested reasons, either to satisfy pure lust, to escape boredom or simply to be naughty, or to secure some form of social status.