Preceding Something Incredible the light-hearted examination of the cosmos’ profound questions, Annex Theatre presented an adaptation of Chuck Mee’s play Life, produced by –filament; a collab lab
A solo piece starring Brittany Allyson, Life, actually does answer, in only 8 minutes, one of the great questions which concerns some but not all homo sapiens. Is life about discovering the ultimate truth? In the end a simple answer suffices.
Set on a simple stage, Ms. Allyson play an actress in a solo performance with an off-stage overly demanding director who keeps making her repeat and repeat and repeat her scene. Each time the scene is repeated something new is added to the great question and the “rehearsal”; new make-up, new choreography, new costuming etc.
With choreography by Sophia Franzella, directed by Nathan Brocket and the voice-over by Ms. Allyson herself, it was 8 minutes of serious fun. Since it was thematically linked to the main show, it was perfect as a show opener. My only criticism, is that I would like to see a full-scale production, which I am told will happen this summer.
Life Research and Development Wing, produced by filament: a collab lab. At Annex Theatre. 1100 E. Pike. Pike/Pine Corridor, Seattle, 98112.