It's not the Lolita you're thinking of. In fact, the Speakeasy Theatre's production of Good Grief, Lolita! by Bay Area actress Wilma Bonet, is a tribute to the playwright's 7-year-old daughter who died of cystic fibrosis.
Good Grief, Lolita interlocks vivid characters and scenes from young Lolita's hospital bed and her home, ending with a wild Puerto Rican celebration. Speakeasy's revised version of the one-woman play runs Mar. 6-23, and kicks off Bonet's national tour of the show.
After its premiere at the Brava! Studio Theatre in 1995, the S.F. Chronicle described the play as "Part fairy tale, part jungle fever dream, part visit with a demanding, intelligent and irrepressibly buoyant child," adding, "Lolita is surprisingly upbeat and inescapably engaging."
The show was originally developed in Bill Talens' Writers Who Act Workshop in San Francisco, and developed further at the Solo Mio festival at the Climate Theatre. After its premiere at Brava!, it was produced a Teatro Vision in San Jose at City Lights Theatre.
Bonet has been acting, directing and teaching in the Bay Area for several years. She was a member of the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, with which she performed extensively in San Francisco, the US, Canada, Europe and parts of Latin America. She has performed in over 10 major regional theatres, as well as starring as Rhonda Bird on the PBS Children's Series You Can Choose. For tickets or more information on Good Grief, Lolita!, please refer to the Speakeasy Theatre Company regional listing on Playbill On-Line.
--By Blair Glaser