Saturday, May 11, 2013
Boulevard Theatre ends its season with a thought-provoking look at class differences, “the price” of status and the sacrifices made in trying to balance work and family in Living Out. Lisa Loomer’s play centering on a nanny from El Salvador caring for a well-to-do couple in Los Angeles speaks to a larger audience as many face the same issues today. Director Beth Monhollen moves the eight-member ensemble through a series of short scenes in a way that holds our attention while giving us insight into how immigrants can view American culture and its idiosyncrasies. Boulevard has been a local pioneer in bringing new talent to the stage. Among the fresh faces, Marion Araujo is a multi-talented standout as the hardworking, vulnerable Ana, who tries desperately to please everyone but herself.