Former One Life to Live and General Hospital star Florencia Lozano (ex-Tea Delgado) took the stage at the premiere of the new play Placebo on March 16 at Playwrights Horizons.
Lozano portrays Mary, a late 30's wife who has “lost the desire” for her husband. While reviews for Placebo are not great, many have highlighted Lozano’s performance.
Scenes with Mary (Florencia Lozano, terrific), a married patient in her 40s who is participating in the clinical study, are both amusing and poignant in showing the anxieties of a woman whose psychological desire for sex doesn't correspond to her absent physical urges. Her frustration is compounded by not knowing whether she's receiving the actual drug or the placebo.
Only Lozano shines in her too-brief role as the sexually frustrated test subject.
The focus of the play is a doctoral candidate named Louise (played by the incandescent Coon) who is interning at a hospital running blind test trials on a new drug. This unnamed drug has been designed to boost sexual response in middle-aged women like Mary (played with admirable honesty by Lozano), who is burning with the urgent need to know whether she’s been given the actual drug being tested — or a placebo.
Florencia Lozano in her periodic appearances as Mary are filled with great depth. She winningly depicts this contemporary woman’s pain with arresting simplicity.
Given the material, director Daniel Aukin's production is functional enough, but Lozano is the only actor who doesn't appear locked inside a thinly drawn character.
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