'La Bamba' star Esai Morales adds life to "Plays in the Park"
Perhaps one of the best parts about patronizing small productions, like "Plays in the Park," is having the opportunity to see a famous entertainer in a natural setting and witness intimately how he or she is able to deliver a reading of a short play easily, vividly and flawlessly - particularly, if the actor and manuscript have just bumped fists.
After enjoying world-renowned Hollywood actor, producer and director Esai Morales in such movie blockbusters as the 1987 biopic "La Bamba" and on television in those nail-biting shows like "NYPD Blue" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," it was refreshing to see how generous the busy entertainer was with the onion-layered acting task he was handed.
"Plays in the Park" is a script-in-hand production comprised of three one-act plays.
In Act II, titled Swans, Morales portrays a starving artist whose excessively nagging mate forces him to explain why he has been dragging his feet about marriage. Morales' character's leading lady is portrayed by dramatic actress Dahlia Waingort, best known for her note-worthy role in the TV series, "True Blood."
Morales not only injected strategically-dotted humor and wit into his role, but much needed sensitivity as his alter struggled to walk an emotional tightrope that resulted in an explosion of soul-baring, tear-dropping drama.
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