We went to see Los Otros at the Mark Taper Forum this weekend and, unfortunately, it is one of the worst musicals we have ever seen!
This is especially disappointing because we LOVE Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party. See HERE. Exquisite!
Judging by the barely full house on Saturday night - we'd guesstimate it was at 60% capacity - word has gotten around town about Los Otros. It's a show to avoid!
We don't have issue with the musical having just two characters. Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years is a two person show but it is stunning and riveting!
If you are going to have such a skeletal cast, though, you NEED to make sure that both of your leads are stellar. Michele Pawk, the female lead, is a Tony winner and while she may be a good actress, she was painful to watch in this role. Horribly miscast!
Pawk opens the intermissionless show and for the whole first half it's just her. She lost us 20 minutes into Los Otros and there was no coming back!
Thankfully, Julio Monge, the male lead, did better. But, unfortunately (a word we keep going back to in this review), Monge was boggled down with dialogue that was like a far too heavy anchor, dragging that ship down to the bottom of the ocean.
Too much exposition. Songs that lack distinction and blend into each other.
Those are two huge problems for a musical!
Perhaps if some songs are cut and the show was sold as a play with music it would fare better. But, as it currently is, Los Otros is one of the worst musicals we have ever seen! Unfortunately.