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Film Review: ‘Liz in September’

20 January 2016 12:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of the most popular plays of American gay theater’s first wave makes a surprisingly smooth transition to modern Venezuela in Fina Torres’ “Liz in September.” There’s an element of glam soap opera to this version of Jane Chambers’ “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove,” and despite the director-scenarist’s tweaks, some elements that worked on stage feel more contrived on screen. But this handsome romantic drama will be a crowdpleaser primarily among lesbian audiences in various formats.

Chambers’ signature 1980 work was among the best-crafted and most widely produced scripts to emerge as companies specifically devoted to gay themes and audiences began to flourish in the U.S. Torres has shuffled some elements around a bit, most notably changing the background circumstances of the lone heterosexual “ingenue,” but remains faithful to a general narrative outline.

Liz (Patricia Velasquez) is celebrating her 37th birthday in the familiar comfort of a »

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