New City Theater


Weighed Down by Mud: A Plea for a Decent Life

New City Theater has put Mud back into Seattle’s theater mix. Under John Kazanjian’s the play has a continual feeling of roughness, and lack of completeness, which is congruent with the themes of the play. The company did a terrific job using Fornes signature pause at the end of each of the 17 scenes. This stop-motion tableau slows down time and allows the audience a break to absorb and feel the impact of such bereft lives. Seventeen is a prime number, and variations of the root concept of prime, such as primal, primacy, and primate, can be found in every scene.


Flushed: Knee Deep in the Afterflow

The official title of this one-man show at New City Theater—Flushed: Into the World of Water Treatment—doesn’t quite capture what this production is about. Stokley Towles answers the question: “after we flush, where does it all go?” with a 50 minute talk that moves back and forward in both time and geography. This is bigger than just water treatment. Towles delves into things too common for most of us to take much notice, and by delving and researching and coming back to share what he discovers he becomes both a pioneer and a mirror.



This play did not receive a standing ovation, but I don’t know why. “Sick” written and performed by Elizabeth Kenny,

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