November 2022

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The Wickam’s Christmas at Pemberly-Taproot’s Finest Holiday

A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen addicts question whether Wickam and Lydia Bennett lived unexceptionally ever after, primarily because he was not in possession of a good fortune and was never in want of an impecunious wife like Lydia; however much the celebrated authoress tried to fix in our minds their benign future in the dénouement of Pride and Prejudice.

If you want to know the real truth of how Mr. Darcy again saves the Bennett family and particularly Lydia, from the perfidious George Wickam, immediately buy tickets to Taproot’s esteemed production of The Wickams: Christmas at Pemberly. As a certifiable Austen addict, I can vouch that, not only will you not be disappointed, but you will find the play every bit as witty and enjoyable at any of her novels.

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“Ghosts that change you for the better”

A Christmas Carol at Harlequin Productions

A perfect way to settle into the Holiday spirit, Harlequin’s last production of the year is a classic retelling of an everlasting Christmas story. Originally written by Charles Dickens in 1843, A Christmas Carol follows a bitter old man, Ebeneezer Scrooge, and four spirits that come to him on Christmas eve. The ghosts of a former business partner and three iterations of the Christmas spirit urge him to follow a path of kindness in his life. This would result in more happiness for those around him and for him as well. A largely popular story, it has never been out of print and has been reproduced countless times for plays, films, operas, television, ballets and others.

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Great concept, amazing delivery, not so good comedy

Put Your Hands Together for Woody Shticks and Pearl Lam at 18th and Union

Comedians Pearl Lam and Woody Shticks come together in a versatile, expressive, true-to-the-times comedy, and use laughter to deal with complex topics of childhood trauma, violence, animal endangerment, sexual freedom, queerness and identity. All the while dabbing into nonsensical skits that help lighten the mood of the overall performance. In truth, it’s a great combination of themes and emotions but that needs a high level of precision to be pulled off.

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Not / Our Town: New or Old Play?

Most people probably know Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, winner of a Pulitzer, a Tony, and a Drama Desk award. With thousands of productions from high school theatre to Broadway, it even has a street in New Hampshire dedicated to it. If you don’t know it, don’t worry, you can still watch Pony World Theatre’s production without a hitch, as it sets up its audience with a summary of the original Our Town before diving into their rendition. Wilder’s play takes place in the small town of New Hampshire, Grover’s Corners, where nothing really happens in the relative peacefulness of the early 1900s. As such, the play is about community and small towns and appreciating even the uneventful in life.

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Jesus Christ Superstar-Divinely inspired

Not of this World!!!!

I must confess-although I do not have a Father confessor at the moment-that I was not exactly enthusiastic about being the only reviewer available to review Reboot’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar at Theatre off Jackson last night….but like a Biblical revelation it ended up being the most interesting musical production I have ever seen, in spite of all the Broadway and West End productions I have seen. And frankly because of the intimacy of the space, the most enjoyable.

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Boom-opens new West Seattle Theatre

So you’re bi-curious ?

Recently two young millennials, when the subject of having children came up, stated that they did not think they could cope with the inevitable climatic catastrophe and raise children at the same time. Boom, which opened at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle on Friday Nov. 4th, speaks to this generation’s angst.

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Preview-Parley’s final world premiere of the Season YOM Kippur

For their final world premiere, Parley Playwright’s Playwright’s Group presents two live online performances of Yom Kippur, by Nelle Tanus, directed by Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth. To quote from Parley’s press release, “Four homos party hard for the high holy days on the anniversary of a traumatic event. But guilt hangs over them like a curse. It lives in the walls, in the food they eat, their every breath, and they’re all complicit in different ways. As the night wears on, they all must come together and begin the messy work of atonement, moving beyond blame towards uncertainty and repair.”

Yom Kippur
, 2 live performances only Nov. 5 and 6, 7 pm PST, Pay What You Can. Tickets: https://www.parleyproductions.com/

CONTENT ADVISORY: conversations about sexual and patriarchal violence, mentions of incest, internalized misogyny, and a very messy accountability process.

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