This marks the first review in a series, based on a group of interrelated plays by Christian Levatino. Sunny Afternoon deals with the police officers and others involved in interrogating Lee Harvey Oswald, the man arrested and charged with the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
I feel conflicted about this play. Very much so. Because honestly the characters come across as vivid and complex, with a totally believable dynamic (even the very secondary characters who of course don't usually end up with nearly as much nuance) and an almost startling degree of detail. I believe in these people as written, in their personal stories, how they cope with truly extraordinary circumstances. More, the plot itself propels itself with a very nice blend of mystery, humor and tension.
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So I feel very troubled by this very well made (in every respect) play. How could I not? On the other hand, I felt myself enter into the world of the play and become totally immersed in same. But the essence is a blend of vast historical accuracy coupled with deliberate misinformation, such as Oswald's portrayal as a good ol' boy brainwashed into a truly stupid assassination scenario.
Hopefully this gives you a good idea what you'll find going in.
Sunny Afternoon plays Fridays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm until November 9, 2018 at the Flight Theatre, upstairs at the Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood CA 90038.