Felix: Curmudgeon, artist, sage. Braying his disgust at the world, he's somehow fun to listen to.
Written by Jeff Daniels. Directed by Richard Jay Simon. With John Felix, Antonio Amadeo and Erik Fabregat. Through December 29th at The Mosaic Theatre, The American Heritage Center For The Arts, 12200 West Broward Blvd, #3121, Plantation, 33325. Call 954-577-8243 or visit www.MosaicTheatre.org.
Or maybe Guest Artist is autobiographical, not because Daniels fancies himself a wise old man like Harris, but because he still feels like Kenneth Waters: aware that great work is out there, that the possibility of beautiful and true art is as real and alive as it ever was, and still looking for a handhold. For all Harris's talk about art needing to be passionate and vulnerable and scary, for most of Guest Artist, it's Antonio Amadeo who is all of those things. It's in his portrayal — its insecurity, its inescapable honesty and lack of pretense, the naked excitement and terror that push him around the stage — that Guest Artist finds the emotion it lionizes. Daniels probably couldn't write the Great American Play, but he sure can start a conversation about what it might look like. As conversations go, it's a good one. You'll be glad you had it.