It is preposterously easy to imagine the kind of person who would leave the theater after seeing Rabih Mroué’s Looking for a missing employee, currently playing at On the Boards through two more performances today (one at 4:00p.m. and another at 8:00p.m.), feeling a misplaced sense of jingoistic superiority. José Amador explains why this would be missing the point.
Here’s what nobody’s saying regarding the glorious aspect of the “Snow in Seattle” phenomenon: It just takes some warm wind and rain, and it melts faster than anything…In the meantime, we have a bunch of cars with California plates driving like black ice is a figment of somebody else’s imagination, and theater companies are deciding what to do with the shows that are set to open this weekend. Already we’ve seen one opening pushed back a week, and a couple of others making adjustments. In the meantime, here’s what’s on offer once the roadways are clear, or you decide to take in something within walking distance, and companies are ready to go.
Last weekend, José Amador took up blogging duties for the first weekend of 14/48’s Winter 2012 Festival; today he uses excerpts from that weekend’s entries to provide an in-depth look at the festival from within.
At the brightly lit People’s Republic Kafe (coffee shop), along with the cheery lighting, there also comes a warm welcoming attitude courtesy of Kevin Hyder and Tristan Devin, the founders of the “People’s Republic of Komedy” back in 2005. Since then have created a friendly, supportive venue for an open mic that they have really great comics flock there every Friday night for The People’s Republic Open Mic night. We’re talking really funny comics…
Rolling right along with January, this weekend brings us the kind of theatrical variety platter that makes us the envy of the West Coast: A world premiere by one company, another up North, fourteen from a different company, the return of a Northwest puppet staple, some semi-absurdist silliness, and a staged reading on Monday, why not?
Though there are venues for local filmmakers to present the fruits of their labor, it could hardly be said that opportunities to reach a large audience are plentiful in the area. KCTS’s Reel NW, a program that’s a little over a year old, represents a rare chance to show a project to a potential audience that reaches most of Western Washington; this last Monday, they aired four short subject films. Jose Amador discusses them in length.