The Cerritos College’s Theatre Department’s production of Miguel de Cervantes’ 1600 “Interludes” was in one word, confusing.
While the acting was very good , most of the six short plays were difficult to follow.
It started with “The Magic Cave of Salamanca” which was very funny and easy to understand.
The next two “The Widowed Pimp” and “The Man Who Pretended to be from Biscay” were both very confusing.
If you didn’t read the brochure where there was a clever description of all the plays made to seem like a newspaper, then you wouldn’t have a clue what was going on during “The Widowed Pimp.”
Quite frankly, even if you read it
you will be lost.
As it went on with “Sir Vigilant,” “The Marvelous Puppet Show,” and “The Jealous Old Man” each play got funnier and a little more clear.
“The Jealous Old Man” ended the performance on a high note.
It was extremely funny and one of the easier ones to follow.
If all of the short plays were more like this one and “The Magic Cave of Salamanca” then the “Interludes” would have been a complete succsess.
Most of the scripts needed work but the acting was right one point.
Even during the most confusing play, the actors did a good job of portraying their characters.
Melissa Legaspi, who played Cristina in several of the short plays, stole the show.
Her acting was phenominal.
Luckily for the Theatre Department, the actors in the “Interludes” did such an excellent job that it was all very entertaining, even when you didn’t exactly understand what was happening or why.