Laughter Unlimited at the Schmee
One sign of mental health for both individuals and societies is the ability to laugh at themselves. It shows a healthy acceptance of one’s flaws and strengths as well as a healthy acceptance of reality. In Seattle, it helps all of us deal with the smugness, the Republican driven city council agenda disguised as bleeding heart liberalism, enlightened diet of the month, wacked-out theories of child-rearing, alternative this, alternative that and all the other agendas floating around Seattle.
Oh Seattle by Bridget Quigg, is an exquisite antidote for living in Seattle for those of us still in possession of our critical faculties. Just about everything wacky and endearing about Seattle is there: the weather, the Seattle “freeze” or unfriendliness, the mistaken assumption that passively delivering aggression sanitizes it, how things have changed due to Microsoft moola, sartorial casualness, Starbucks, the irresponsible cyclists, the political correctness etc.
Be prepared for a surprise when she makes her entrance. Then she spends 90 minutes entertaining the audience with razor-sharp psychological insight. Her astute observations about Seattle’s fastest growing most militantly evangelical religion (Caninophilia) are so accurate that any day now we can expect a fathwa from the dog lobby.
In keeping with Theater Schmeater’s tradition of outrageous audience participation, Ms. Quigg had some question and answer games built in to test your SQ or Seattle Quotient. The evening was complete with some originally composed hilariously witty songs.
This is just the show to lift those late winter blues, give you a good hearty laugh, and make you realize that you are not quite alone in finding some things in Seattle just a little peculiar. Make haste to order your tickets, this show was sold out on its second night with good reason!!!!!!!!!!!
O Seattle. By Bridget Quigg. Theater Schmeater. 2125-3rd Ave, Belltown, Seattle 98121. Fri & Sat Feb 27 & 28. info: www.schmeater.org tel (206) 324-5801. Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1186107