World premiere ‘Blinded’ finds comic possibilities in love’s deception

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A breezy, light-hearted farce blending deviousness and romantic possibility, the entertaining Blinded combines fine acting and dark comedy as it explores what it means to love and be loved.

The world premiere of Joni Ravenna’s new work Blinded reveals young Donald Stark (Chris Muto) visiting psychiatrist Dr. Bob Silveroni (Rico Simonini) for help dealing with his depression and psychosomatic blindness, first suffered 17 years earlier when walking in on his mother in bed with someone else. Silveroni is negotiating his own issues with his wife Bridget (Cindy Marinangel) and sees an answer to all their problems, convincing Donald to start an affair with his wife. Will everyone’s eyes be opened to what love truly is?

Director T.J. Castronovo builds top-notch rhythm and pacing into proceedings, with the cast’s excellent timing selling the jokes. The show starts on a run and never slows down.

The cast’s strong chemistry and robust acting add believabiity to the relationships. Muto brings a subtle earnestness and likabiity to Donald, which contrasts well with Simonini’s cynical, smarmy and manipulative doctor. Marinangel gives a charming, expressive performance as the affectionate but lonely Bridget. Marilyn Sanabria plays the passionate and pushy sexpot Cheila to the hilt, shaking her booty for all its worth.

Filled with black humor and funny lines, Blinded drolly looks at how love can make a person blind in more ways than one, before finally opening their eyes.

Write Act Repertory presents the world premiere presentation of Joni Ravenna’s “Blinded” Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm through August 13 at the BrickHouse Theatre located at 10950 Peach Grove St. in North Hollywood. Tickets are $25, $20 for students and seniors. Visit BrownPaperTickets.com/event/2993431 or call (800) 838-3006 to make reservations

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