Studi: As Bearpaw, his womanizing ways have been getting in the way of his artwork.
By James D. Watt Jr.
Julie Little Thunder's comedy--originally written in 1991 and revised for this production by Thunder Road Theatre--is set in a Santa Fe, N.M., gallery during the 1980s.
This gives Little Thunder ample opportunity to stud her script with a number of pithy zingers about the world of American Indian art: the competitive nature of the artists themselves; the sometimes benign, sometimes rapacious manipulations of gallery owners; the cluelessness of some collectors; the debate over who can claim to be an "Indian artist."
These wisecracks are usually very funny and at times stingingly accurate. The problem is they are often delivered in a kind of vacuum, because Little Thunder hasn't taken the same care in crafting her characters or their relationships as she has in honing her humor.