John N (Abel Rosas, center) is beckoned by everyone he has ever loved to join them in the great beyond in Anaheim High School’s production of “Failure: A Love Story.” (Photo courtesy of Teffanie Amador)
Mortimer Mortimer (Lorenzo Belmontez) and Gertrude Fail (Alexia Rosa) argue about love in Anaheim High School’s production of “Failure: A Love Story.” (Photo courtesy of Teffanie Amador)
December (Litzy Espinoza, left) and Mae ( Wendy Medina) in Anaheim High School’s production of “Failure: A Love Story.” (Photo courtesy of Teffanie Amador)
Set in the postwar decade of the 1920s, Anaheim High School’s “Failure: A Love Story” follows the Fail family as they explore loss not only as a cause of suffering and grief, but as an event that can bring loved ones together in remembrance of a life.
Lorenzo Belmontez delivers a charming performance as Mortimer Mortimer, the confident entrepreneur who is “so famous he is named after himself.” Whether flashing self-assured smirks or making heroic promises to his brides-to-be, Belmontez drives every scene with a strong voice and vivid facial expressions.
Stephanie A. Chavez is the Disney-princess-esque Nelly Fail, the youngest of the Fail sisters and the first of Mortimer’s love interests. Sporting a lightness in her step and voice, Chavez prances around the stage with a sweet innocence that makes her death all the more sudden and tragic.
Ashley Dourado is the loud, boisterous Jenny June, the second Fail sister, with the heart of gold. Dourado demonstrates a fearlessness as an actor and as a character as she leaps and bounds with a vigor and energy.
The makeup design by Vicki Sundgren, Julia Mora, Bianca Trujillo and Juan Munoz puts a steampunk spin on the production. Airbrushed, intricately-drawn cogs and gears mark the skins of the actors and actresses reflecting the industrial times of the 1920s era, while eyeshadows and lipsticks add splashes of color in the otherwise bleak, monochromatic world.
As one character says in the play: “Just because something doesn’t last doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great success.” The same can be said for Anaheim’s High School’s production “Failure: A Love Story” – a play that leaves you with bittersweet melancholy as it ponders the value of life.
Andy Lee is a junior at Northwood High School.
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