Herbert Siguenza is a sheer joy to watch and listen to in his solo show A Weekend with Pablo Picasso. First produced six years ago at the San Diego Rep, where Siguenza is a playwright in residence, the 80-minute piece is now onstage at New Village Arts in Carlsbad, directed as in 2013 by Rep Associate Artistic Director Todd Salovey. While the stage is smaller this time around, the play is just as lively and engaging.
Siguenza portrays Picasso in 1957, residing in France and having just been commissioned to create six new works over the course of one weekend. Siguenza, a talented artist in his own right), actually produces some of them with great flourish during the swiftly paced performance, all the while treating the audience to the insights and delights of the singular master that was Picasso.
(Review originally published in San Diego CityBeat on 8/14/19.)
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David L. Coddon is a Southern California theater critic.