March 2018


Visiting Cezanne-and the Future

Artist’s Fall in Love with Despair

Red Rover’s new production at 18th and Union, Visiting Cezanne, explores many of the self-destructive as well as sustaining tendencies of artists, using a time traveling setting and plot. This vehicle brings together two discouraged artists and alters history.

Written by Duane Kelly, directed by Andrew McGinn, Visiting Cezanne introduces a contemporary frustrated American artist, Nora Baker, in the midst of a mid-life crisis, who is miraculously transported back to Paul Cezanne’s studio in Aix-en-Provence, circa 1900, i.e. six year’s before his death, in 1906


Heads Up: Crowns has come to the Taproot Theatre!

We can open a window of understanding of any culture by closely exploring the rituals they observe in family and religious gatherings. African American spiritual traditions rooted in both Christianity and Africa are celebrated in Regina Taylor’s Crowns. The terms “crowns” refers to the elaborate hats worn by black women to Sunday church services. “Crowns” takes us through a complete church ceremony from the procession to a closing funeral and features a collection of standard gospel tunes. Taproot has assembled a solid group of performers for this show to sing and dance with a contagious joy that is impossible to resist.


Seattle Shakespeare Offers a Stunning Merchant of Venice

Successfully handling Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and its complex villain Shylock is one of the more daunting tasks in modern theater. The Bard’s intricate web work portraying bitter business machinations, the nature of antisemitism, pursuits of true love and conflicts between mercy and justice provide enough content for a half a dozen plots. A successful staging of Merchant must touch upon all of these facets and somehow link them into a coherent evening of theater. Prize winning director Desdemona Chiang and an outstanding cast more than meet this challenge in their stunning production at Seattle Shakespeare.


Big Rock Rolls into Fremont’s West of Lenin

Local playwright Sonya Schneider receives a red carpet treatment from the West of Lenin troupe for her premiere of Big Rock. Under the direction of Laurel Pilar Garcia, local actors Meg McLynn, Todd Jefferson Moore and Evan Whitfield do outstanding work bringing Schneider’s script to life. The unique setting of a small island somewhere in the Puget Sound is deftly represented by designer Julia Hayes Welch and beautifully lit by Jessica Trundy. Alas the actual play falls short of living up to the expert care it has been given by the actors and crew.

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