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Richard Montoya's 'Water & Power' falters from stage to film
Richard Montoya's 'Water & Power' falters from stage to film

No matter how much writer-director Richard Montoya tries to open up the screen adaptation of his stage play "Water & Power," which premiered at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum in 2006, it's hard to forget that you're watching a piece with theatrical roots. That's because it seems as if Montoya hasn't recalibrated his work's florid, crafty dialogue or its arch rhythms of speech and performance to fit the inherent pacing and more up-close-and-personal nature of film. (To wit, the actors, strong as they are, too often feel like they're "acting.") The result is an uncomfortable hybrid that raises the question: Should Montoya have simply shot and cut together several great performances of his...

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