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Circle Mirror Transformation (Seattle Repertory)

October 28, 2011


Seattle Repertory ( opens its production of Circle Mirror Transformation written by the promising young playwright, Annie Baker.  Directed by Andrea Allen, CMT is set in the “artsy small” fictional town of Shirley, Vermont and candidly explores the complicated and frequently messy world of human relationships.  Through the backdrop of an improvisational adult drama workshop […]

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (The Microsoft Theatre Troupe)

October 25, 2011


The Microsoft Theatre Troupe kicked off its 16th Season, October 20th with a performance of Stephen Sondheim’s unconventional comedic musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Sweeney Todd tells the story of Benjamin Barker, a man who has had everything of value wrongfully taken from him including his freedom, his wife and daughter and his very own identify as he is forced to become Sweeney Todd. He returns from his false imprisonment in Australia only to discover that his wife has killed herself after being raped by the man who sentenced him to jail. It gets worse. Since the suicide of his wife, his daughter Joanna has been raised as a ward by very same man…Judge Turpin.

The 39 Steps (SecondStory Repertory)

October 24, 2011


The SecondStory Repertory kicks off its fall season with The 39 Steps, a clever and fanciful fast paced comedic thriller adapted by Patrick Barlow from the John Buchan novel; though perhaps best known from the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock movie. Directed by Teresa Thuman, The 39 Steps stars Emily Cawley, Frank Lawler, James Lyle and Mark Waldstein who together aptly take on and meet the challenge of portraying over one hundred different characters throughout the play.

Humor Abuse (Seattle Repertory)

October 10, 2011


The Seattle Repertory kicked off its 2011 season with Humor Abuse – a well-crafted engaging biographical production which explores one man’s search for independence, meaning and identity in the shadow of his larger than life, vaudeville-legend father and life growing up in San Francisco’s illustrious Pickle Family Circus. Humor Abuse, written by Lorenzo Pisoni and directed by Erica Schmidt, explores the universal experience of growing up, finding oneself and making peace with imperfect parents but wisely does so by evoking empathy for young Lorenzo while avoiding syrupy melodrama.

Sleep Walkin’ or Doin’ Time

October 3, 2011


...Most of life goes by like a late night movie watched while sprawled out half asleep on your couch with the lights off. It takes on a dreamlike quality, edges blurred and the details fuzzy. You have a vague nagging sense that something important is transpiring, but you seem distant, detached and far removed from it.