Paint: Imagining a Love Story

Spanning 57 years, this sentimental and unauthorized biopic by writer-director Dan DeNicola depicts the relationship between two notable 20th-century painters, Robert Rauschenberg (Harry Vaughn) and Jasper Johns (Eric Goldrich). The play begins in 1961 when Rauschenberg resolutely ends their affair. Johns carries a torch for the rest of his life, his obsession furnishing the focal point of the drama. DeNicola's conflicted friends-and-lovers dialogue rings true, but the play needs pruning, reshaping, and tons less schmaltz. Vaughn ably projects Rauschenberg's iconoclastic spirit; Goldrich's mournful persona needs fleshing out.

Blue Rose Theatre at the Flight Theatre at The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sun., June 19, 1 p.m.; Thu.–Sat., June 23–25, 7 p.m.; Sun., June 26, 1 p.m.