August 2014


Oresteia Ubuntu

Oresteia: Ubuntu is a powerful show, mixing a classic Greek revenge cycle with testimony from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission […]


Black Comedy and Sure Thing

Peter Shaffer’s 1965 Black Comedy, preceded by David Ives ten-minute “curtain-warmer Sure Thing, opened at Strawberry Workshop at the Erickson Theatre Off Broadway on Thursday night. Although the curtain warmer was funnier than the main attraction, they were both hilarious.


Other Desert Cities Explores the Heart of a Family

Local Jewell Productions’ take on Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Raitz at the Eclectic Theater on Capital Hill probably will get better with time. This is a family drama set at the desert home of the connected, Jewish, Republican, Wyeth family. Themes of loyalty, honor, love, justified violence, and creative freedom clash over two days around Christmas in 2004. I think Raitz wants us to feel a strong desire


Caught One-Handed

Noah Duffy’s original one-man show “Caught One-Handed” offers a joyful and irreverent portrait of what happens when a gay child


Life=Play, An Evening of Short Works and Rarities by Samuel Beckett

Beckett en français était formidable

The Seattle Beckett Festival opened this week at West of Lenin with Life=Play an Evening of Short Works and Rarities by Samuel Beckett. Of the four plays presented, two were absolute duds, one was reasonably entertaining and the fourth, La dernière bande ( Krappe’s Last Tape), presented in French, reached into the stratosphere of delight.


Balagan Theatre Presents Urinetown

Urinetown has to be one of the quirkiest musicals ever to grace Broadway theatre. It debuted in 1999 at the New York International Fringe Festival, but by 2001 it had flowed (sorry that will be my only bathroom pun, promise) right up to Broadway. It is a wacky potpourri, throwing together political and social commentary, environmentalism, love stories and Broadway musical parodies. Director Jake Groshong somehow is able to have his troops pull the whole thing off in a spirited combined effort from Balagan and Seattle Musical Theatre.

Hold these Truths

Hold These Truths Clings Close to History

Hold these Truths by Jeanne Sakata, directed by Lisa Rothe and featuring Joel de La Fuente in a stellar one-man performance, shows up the unique strengths of theater. This play’s mix of fact and fiction depicts Gordon Hirabayashi’s principled stand against racist WW II policies that led to the internment of Japanese-Americans.

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