This Week in Performance: Week of March 6, 2014

Image courtesy of Swedish Housewife Productions.
Image courtesy of Swedish Housewife Productions.


Let’s begin this week’s entry by talking about Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People’s debut at On the Boards, And lose the name of the action. Gutierrez, who has made an impression in town on the strength of a series of shows and classes at the Velocity Dance studio, returns to Seattle with a program of the award-winning short film, The Perfect Human — which cinephiles will recognize as the central film in Lars Von Trier’s The Five Obstructions. Known for his irreverence and clever choreography, Gutierrez promises to deliver a fun evening with this production.


If you like your rock to be somewhat straightforward but with a female edge, then Barboza is where you need to be, because local favorites The Redwood Plan are headlining an early show this Saturday. Also that night, Gibraltar has its CD release, which always adds juice to a performance, and Lazer Kitty.


It’s a busy week ahead for the theater scene, although it’s one with a heavy focus on the city’s youth, both in the audience and behind the scenes.

For instance, the Seattle Children’s Theater presents The Boy at the Edge of Everything, a bit of a science fiction lark, centering around a boy seeking refuge in order to be with his own thoughts, and the titular character who has ask the space he needs.

However, the week’s youth oriented must-attend is happening at ACT, where the 2014 edition of the Young Playwright’s Festival is taking place. The company places the winners of a city wide contest together with professional directors and actors in order to present staged readings of the young playwrights’ work. Not just a showcase for the city’s pubescent talent, quite often a refreshing reminder of our youths’ thoughtfulness.

Let’s move on to the creation of another new company, the Irish Heritage Players, and their Seattle debut presentation of Kevin Moriarity’s A Rose for Danny inside Theater Puget Sound’s Theater4. The play tells the story of an Irish family torn between staying on their island home and moving to America.

Over in West Seattle, ArtsWest is opening its run of Wendy Wasserstein’s Third. Directed by Peggy Gannon, the production features one of this column’s favorite actors, Marty Mukhalian, in a story about a college professor forced to question her assumptions about a football player.

Pocket Theater, whom we have featured heavily during the first month of its roll out (which moves to Ballard this month, more on that in a moment) adds a new element to its mission: straight theater. To wit, this weekend sees the debut of Mythfest a one act play festival focusing on new plays based on classic myths. This in conjunction with…


…the company’s ongoing comedy roll out which, as stated earlier, moves to Ballard’s Seattle Creative Arts Center.

Meanwhile, in the U-District, Jet City Improv premiers a new program, Worst Trip Ever, which will put some of the city’s more popular improv actors together in a scenario where they have to enact some horrible vacation memories.


Fans of Drag performance have the monthly return of Bacon Strip to look forward to. This month will feature a talent competition among Seattle’s top drag talent.

Finally, we come to Swedish Housewife’s production of House of Thee Unholy at the Triple Door, starting next Wednesday. If the image above, featuring Seattle’s darling Waxie Moon along with some viking-helmeted vixens, doesn’t explain the premise, then let’s do it mathematically: Burlesque + Arena Rock. See you there.

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