Loplop drops us into Fridas 30th birthday party. In the classic party-thats-much-more-than-a-party setting, things go wrong, people say funny things, people say tragic things and, somewhere along the way, the characters convince you to care about them.
Wittenberg says he based the Frida character on a figure he saw in Max Ernsts painting Loplop Presente Loplop. On seeing it at the Menil, I instantly fell in love with it, he says. The character in the painting is presenting a picture of himself which is neither as rich nor as colorful as the real character. I thought of a character who forgot how beautiful she really is.
Wittenberg says Loplop sat in his closet for a good number of years after he wrote it. But two years ago, he decided that it was time to get back in the game. He dug the script for Loplop out of his closet and handed it to Leighza Walker, managing director at Obsidian Art Space, who liked it and asked to direct it. She assembled a cast and, according to Wittenberg, things are looking pretty darn good. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Through January 29. 3522 White Oak. For information, call 832-889-7837 or visit www.obsidianartspace.org. Pay-what-you-can.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Jan. 21. Continues through Jan. 29, 2011