If you want to get something done right, you’d better do it yourself. That is precisely what writer, director and performer David Cale set out to accomplish in his West Coast premiere of “Palamino.” Cale lends his extreme creativity to produce a conquest of a show. In the production, Cale proves to be more than a jack-of-all-trades.

“Palamino” is extremely sexual and shares personal stories of relationships in a remarkable way. The material is hysterical, and with Cale’s delivery, audiences share a good, hard laugh.

Cale is thankfully an extremely versatile and gifted performer. He portrays both male and females in the show terrifically.

“Palomino” doesn’t bother with unnecessary costume changes. There are only a few slight alterations for Cale. He wears glasses for some scenes or simply strips down to his undershirt. The omission of major changes for this one-man show avoids distractions and works smoothly.

Aside from the minor costume adjustments, a change of posture is all it takes for Cale to differentiate between characters. Of course, he uses different accents for different characters as well. His transitions in dialect are flawless. It is apparent how much effort he puts into ensuring the show’s success.

Cale succeeds magnificently in capturing the audience’s attention and maintaining it, which is no easy feat, especially for an unaccompanied performer. He is also the author of seven solo works, including “A Likely Story,” the Obie Award-winning “Lillian,” “Somebody Else’s House,” “Deep in a Dream of You,” “Smooch Music” and “The Redthroats,” which the Center Theatre Group produced at the Mark Taper Forum in 1988.

Culver City’s City Hall offers free parking for theatergoers.



Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. For more information, visit centertheatregroup.org.