SANTA MONICA, CA - Before the show started,
performer Daniel Guerrero walked on stage and let the audience know that
what they'd be seeing was a workshop version of his show and should be
considered a work-in-progress. What followed was a fine evening of
Guerrero's one man show Gaytino! is a
clear look at the life of an American born gay Latino growing up in East
LA. In his early twenties, he transplants himself to the East coast.
While living in New York Guerrero moves beyond his initial aspirations
to perform and excels as a theatrical agent who's clients range from a
young Fran Dresser to an even younger Sarah Jessica Parker. He
ultimately moves back to Los Angeles and continues to be successful
behind the scenes as a casting director and producer. The audience is
taken on a journey from Mariachi to Merman, Sondheim to Chavez.
Much of this is backdrop for one of
Guerrero's most important relationships, that of his best friend
Charles. Starting out together in grade school the two experienced an
amazing range of adventure from New York's electric Studio 54 to the
horror of AIDS.
Guerrero's manner on stage is captivating.
His easy going delivery lends itself to the intimate setting of
Highways Performance Space and makes his overall presentation very warm
and personal. Guerrero tells his story to each and every member of the
audience. Musical staging and choreography by Kay Cole is as pleasing to
watch as Guerrero's smooth, simple wardrobe courtesy of Bob Mackie. A
consummate professional like Dan Guerrero propels this 'workshop'
performance of Gaytino! into an exceptional look at an exceptional life.
- Ruston Harker
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