October 2014


Horse Girls

Power Dynamics in a Teen-age Horse Club

One of the delights of Annex Theater is their “off night” productions, taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday nights; the current Off Nighter, Horse Girls by Jenny Rachel Weiner, is no exception.


Twelfth Night or What You will by Seattle Shakespeare Company

Elizabethan Rom Com

Seattle Shakespeare Company opened William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Twelfth Night, directed by Jon Kretzu at Seattle Center, lasts Thursday. The twelfth night in Shakespeare’s time was the Feast of Epiphany, January 6th, which was the twelfth day after Christmas. In those days, Advent was a time of fasting and reflection, much like pre-Vatican II Lent, so the “good times rolled” between Christmas and Epiphany. On Epiphany, (sometimes called the Festival of Fools) there was a lot of mischief, with servants dressing as masters and masters as servants, and a general carnival atmosphere.


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike–ACT Serves Up a Winner

With Vanya, and Sonia and Masha and Spike we find Christopher Durang an assured, wonderfully entertaining playwright, running at full throttle. In this 2013 Tony Award Winner he has blended Chekhovian deep characters with his trademark whimsical absurd humor and startlingly fresh insights about today’s America. Director Kurt Beattie has assembled a fantastic cast to bring this all alive.


Blood Countess

If you’re in the mood for a little gallows humor, this play based on a historical footnote will certainly get



Neanderthal Marines Trolling for Girls

Adapted from the 1990 film of the same name, Dogfight the Musical, opened at Artswest on Thursday. Taking place on November 21, 1963, the eve of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, three teen-aged U.S. Marines spend their last shore leave in San Francisco, before shipping out to Viet-Nam. While there they look for girls to bring to a “Dogfight,” a party where the guy who brings the ugliest girl wins a door prize. Like many adolescent boys in men’s bodies they have both contempt for, and insecurity about, women for which they overcompensate with macho posturing.


UTS Opens Neighborhood 3 Just in Time for Halloween

In their season opener, UW’s Undergraduate Theater Society presents Jennifer Haley’s Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, or in the abbreviated world we inhabit—N3RD. Turn the 3 around and what do you get? The show is under the direction of Michael Joseph Hanley.

Haley’s themes focus on how technology affects our human interactions. She posed in the play a series of what-ifs:



Innovative Hamlet with a Female Lead, PWYC Tonight!!!!!

New City Theater’s collaborative founders John Kazanjian and Mary Ewald

team up again to tackle HAMLET, with Kazanjian directing and Ewald playing



The Vaudevillians

The Vaudevillians, ladies, gentlemen, and others, is what drag is all about. Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales are back in


A Lesson from Aloes

No Yardstick to Measure Species, No Name for the Plants of the Drought

Thalia’s Umbrella opened its performance of A Lesson from Aloes by playwright Athol Fugard at Isaac Studio Theater of Taproot Theater, Greenwood, North Seattle, on 10 October, Friday. Directed by Daniel Wilson, with Terry Edward Moore, who is also the producing artistic director, as Piet, Pam Nolte as Gladys and William Hall, Jr as Steve, A Lesson from Aloes is Thalia’s Umbrella’s second production.


PREVIEW- Encore Performance of Beckett on the Radio

Seattle is in the midst of a Samuel Beckett festival. On August 29, Sandbox Radio opened a weekend run of Words and Music paired with All that Fall at West of Lenin in Fremont. Leslie Law and Richard Ziman, who produce, direct, and act in this show have crafted a delightful evening of Beckett that will spur you to catch more of the offerings in the festival. Next Monday, Oct 13, for one night only, an encore performance will take place at ACT Theatre.

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