Adoration of Dora

Rated 3.0

Known for its gutsy, provocative approach to theater, it's no surprise that KOLT Run Creations' newest production by playwright Lojo Simon holds nothing back. This is the story of Dora Maar, a pioneer in the field of artistic photography who becomes enamored with painter Pablo Picasso, and he with her, resulting in a mad melding of art, sex and inspiration. It's a cleverly written and produced in a surrealistic style, where art, politics, sexuality and sensuality swirl around the story of Maar and her struggling relationship with her art and her lover. This is an all-female theatrical offering and the result is a gutsy, avant-garde production of a thought-provoking, though at times convoluted, play. It's a portrayal of Dora, as well as her inner self-reflection and the catty and chatty Parisian cafe women, the changing art world and a myriad of Picasso's mistresses and muses, There are some challenges in this production that can be smoothed out during the run. Mostly, however, the play itself needs a bit more focus. F, Sa 8pm; Through 11/14. Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Classroom 10; (916) 454-1500; P.R.