Review On Red, White, Black & Blue

Leigh Kennicott

Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic

These two one-acts came together in a set of revealing monologues portraying the difficulty of adjusting to lives in transition. Leilani Squire’s “Drowning” depicts Adam (Matthew Thompson), a returning vet whose short fuse has estranged him from his wife and precious daughter. Through his dialogic phone calls, we experience the amount of effort it takes to keep it together in the face of unrelenting rejection, from wary would-be employers to his vindictive spouse. Squire’s tightening tempo reflects the time-bomb ticking inside of this man whose only solution may be suicide.

In “Black & Blue,” Blaine Vedros plays Tom Wilkes, another man whose forced eviction from his job and subsequently his marriage leaves him desperate for retribution. But, as he ruminates, we realize that he is not exactly an innocent victim, and the only way out of his dilemma may be the self-realization that eludes him. Both Thompson’s Adam in “Drowning” and Vedros’ fierce Tom in “Black & Blue” reinforces the fact that, as a group, men have lost important support systems to aid them.

Leigh Kennicott
Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.