For the second weekend in a row, José Amador compels you to visit On the Boards to witness its current production, and supplies musical annotations to help you familiarize with the elements invoked by it.
John Allis takes in Theater Schmeater’s current production of Daniel Goldfarb’s Cradle and All, and while there is much to recommend about the production, the text upon which the production rests leaves something to be desired.
It has arrived a little earlier than expected: 2012’s first massive wave of theatrical activity is here! José Amador guides through the various productions about town, and tries to give them all the attention they deserve.
Change is afoot in the very small town of Thebes as it approaches its mayoral election. There Mary Johnston, a Christian woman emanating down-home manners of social and moral pragmatism and poise, is seeking office against Joe, the incumbent candidate with whom she shares both an affection and some personal history.
Announcing the birth of a new set of awards for local theater: The Gypsy Rose Lee Awards.
José Amador discusses the main difference between this and other awards, namely that the honorees were arrived at by the consensus of a group of theater critics, of which he and Omar Willey were but two.
Wing-It Productions will be bringing the funny next month with the 10th Annual Seattle Festival of Improv Theater (SFIT), which brings together talented improvisors and production companies from all over the world. The weekend long festival gives audiences the chance to compare and contrast different improv styles, forms, and above all else, bust a serious gut.
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…