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‘brownsville song’ shows the ripple effect of tragedy

Grief and Trauma are Anything but Tedious

Kimber Lee set for herself in brownsville song: b-side for tray the task of rounding out for the public the “other story” of someone like Tray Franklin. In the play Tray is 18 and working on his scholarship essay. In real life, Franklin was a black college student and winning amateur boxer who was one of three youth shot by gang members in Brownsville, Brooklyn in 2012. His friends survived, he did not.

Listen carefully to the opening soliloquy by Lena, Tray’s grandmother (Denise Burse) as she speaks apparently to the “press” or non-Brownsville society in general—”Tray was not …” she insists and repeats. Burse cries by the end of her long speech.

What is the b-side?


The Life Model—Artists Amid a Revolution

This production at On the Boards from January 14 to 17 gave one a glimpse into the results of democracy practiced on a small scale. Six artists, scattered around the country (Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, and New York), collectively composed this show. Democracy is time consuming,


Edgar Allan Poe’s Life—As a Musical? Yes!

The world premiere of The Hours of Life, a musical about Edgar Allan Poe by Paul Lewis shines with loving attention. Directed by Corey McDaniel, this presentation by Theatre22 at the tiny Cornish Playhouse Studio at Seattle Center delivers the goods.


A New Brain is Full of Catchy Songs

A New Brain—book and lyrics by William Finn, book by Finn and James Lapine and directed by Zandi Carlson—makes for uplifting musical theater about valuing every moment and making the most of second chances. Heart, time, and music are the main ingredients to “make a song” that recur in this energetic production from STAGEright Theatre in the tiny Black Box Theatre at Seattle Center.

William Finn set out to write a “musical documentary” in 1998,


Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is Fearlessly Revived at the Seattle Rep

Fifty-two years after its Broadway debut, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee’s alcohol infused comic-drama about couple dynamics, is experiencing a revival. The 50th Anniversary Broadway revival in 2012 was very well received. Making that the fourth time it has been on Broadway. Locally the Seattle Rep is offering this diamond in the rough directed by Braden Abraham with R. Hamilton Wright as George, Pamela Reed as Martha, Aaron Blakely as Nick, and Amy Hill as Honey. Returning home from a faculty party at 2 AM, George is surprised to learn that Martha has invited guests over who will be arriving soon. Abraham makes sure that the ensuing three hours keeps us laughing and also on the edge of our seats.


The Gas Heart

A Dada piece of Historical Importance.

Irrational Robot Bureau presented The Gas Heart by Tristan Tzara, one of the founders of the Dada movement. After World War I, he was strongly advised by the Bucharest police to get out of town, so he moved to Paris and switched from writing in his native Romanian to writing in French. Presented in English, The Gas Heart was translated from the French by the director, Adrian D. Cameron.

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