Girl in Argentine Landscape
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Famous modern-art paintings adorn the small stage of the tiny Gene Frankel Theatre and set the tone for Naomi Grossman's one-woman show: colorful and familiar. Grossman plays a bold, animated caricature of herself as she recounts her transformation from a nerdy overachiever into a young woman who finds herself by falling in love with culture during her senior year abroad. The play is funny, relatable—who doesn’t have an awkward sexual-liberation story?—and even mildly educational. (Expect to learn a fact or two about Argentina.) And although Grossman's use of major works by the likes of Monet and Dalí to illustrate points about her experience sometimes fall into obviousness, the clichés are glossed over by her captivating performance. ¡Buen trabajo! (Visit our Fringe Festival page for more reviews, and fringenyc.org for more information.)—Amelia Bienstock