Painted is one of the most visually arresting shows that you’ll see this festival, as it revolves around several performers dressed in all white as they mark themselves and each other with finger paint. The point is the pain that we inflict and that is inflicted upon each other.
The show is striking but I wanted more–the personal stories in the early part of the show pretty quickly gave way to more universal moments like the assassination of JFK, the Kent State tragedy, etc., and these elements felt tacked on. The show is about 35 minutes all told, so there was definitely room for more material. (The festival program suggested 50 minutes, so there has been some cutting here or something.)
There are some strengths here. I’d love to see a future iteration of it.