"Love is love is love," a character says with simple, weary finality. The line reverberates with intimations of Gertrude Stein-like profundity. But playwright Octavio Solis earns its every conceivable nuance, and overcomes any allusion-driven doubts, with the emotional depth, sensual poetry, flesh-and- blood characters and gracefully intricate structure of Gibraltar, which opened Saturday at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's New Theatre.
Stories nestle within stories, like lovers in each other's arms, echoing or altering each other in the embrace. Love is passion, comfort, grief, jealous rage, sudden lust, suicidal despair, the unexpected immediacy of a memory of who one's lover once was. Written with soul-searching honesty and breathtaking mastery, exceptionally well performed and staged (by Liz Diamond) with painterly precision, the world premiere of Gibraltar was the luminous highlight of six generally strong productions seen by this critic at the festival in Ashland last week.
Causes Octavio Solis Supports
The United Way