Political Drama

Past

The Reckoning, Pecora for the Public

Government of the Banks, for the Banks and by the Banks

The above quote appeared in a Wall St. Journal article, during the 1933 United States Senate Banking Committee hearings, which investigated the role that the Wall Street head honchos played in the 1929 stock market crash. The investigation as well as the lead investigator, Ferdinand Pecora, was the subject of a world premier, The Reckoning, Pecora for the Public, at the Alhadeff Studio Theatre at Seattle Center, this weekend. Enthralling was one adjective which sprang to mind, along with extremely topical. When I was not laughing, I felt intense moral outrage, as well as feeling that it was the best one-person show I have ever seen. Possibly it is the best solo play ever written.

Past

Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden misses the point.

The political psychological drama, Death and the Maiden by Chilean/Argentine writer Ariel Dorfman presented by the latinotheatreproject at Ballard Underground opened this past weekend. Set in an unnamed South American Country, after democracy has been re-instated, following a brutally repressive dictatorship, a married couple, Geraldo and Paulina, accidently encounter the wife’s former torturer/rapist.

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