The Minister of Chance: Serial Telling
Those who know me also know I crusade regularly against bad science fiction in popular culture. They also know that I am not a Doctor Who fan by any stretch of the imagination. Probably, then, there will be some surprise in the ranks that I have only glowing things to say about the new audio drama, The Minister of Chance.
Rouge: The idée fixe
Performance art is not generally known for its sense of humor. For the past thirty years or so it has been tied down quite often to outrage and outrageousness, particularly concerning sex. However there is certainly another thread of performance art that draws upon absurd humor. Julie Andrée T. most certainly belongs to the latter group of artists who value wit and humor over political earnestness.
Book-It Rep’s The Art of Racing in the Rain
One of Seattle’s bigger theater production companies stages a play centered around a talking dog. No, the Rep hasn’t brought back Sylvia; instead Book-It Repertory has mounted The Art of Racing In The Rain, based on the novel by Northwest author, Garth Stein. John Allis weighs in with his experience.
The Seattle True Independent Film Festival Deserves Your Love
The Seattle True Independent Film Festival is upon us, and here’s why you should start paying attention to it.
boom! theater company, New Works Festival, Phase II
The offerings of the New Works Festival, varying drastically in tone and form, are matched in a number of combinations throughout it, making for continuously-changing playbills. So that while Mountain of Dreams, for example, goes up one evening alongside Vitruvius and Fight, it’ll share a bill the next week with Over: exposed. As a result, performances compliment and/or clash with one another to varying degrees from night to night, and each evening is by design unique.
Wing-it Productions brings us GAUNTLET: There’s jousting.
There is often a fine line between video games and reality. Some of us pour over a controller or mouse for hours at a time, tailoring our gaming experience to be exactly the fantastic reality we wished we could live in. Being able to escape from the sometimes harsh, sometimes monotonous minutia of our existence is in part the reason video games exist and have become so widely popular amongst people of all ages. So what happens when two people are given the opportunity to literally act out their real life experiences through a fantasy world in a video game? You won’t know until you witness the onstage interactive video game improvised show, GAUNTLET.
The Show Must Go On, Part 4: Off the Page
My plan was to write a draft of the story, and then cut and adapt the scenes. But all things work together for good, at least in this case. Before I spiral much further into angst or research or other forms of writerly avoidance and overthink-age, my producer asked if we could meet to run through the story and workshop it.
Annex Theatre’s Team of Heroes: Behind Closed Doors: Biff! Klertch! Sigh.
Team of Heroes: Behind Closed Doors, now in production at Annex Theatre, is the second part of a proposed trilogy that aims to bring the excitement of comic books on stage with a mix of humor and pathos. Unfortunately, the plays have so far leaned toward zany and wacky comedy, while paying lip service to pathos and drama.
I apologize for finding this dog to shadow
you even as you pace the attic from desk
to window, you and he, a pair now, contemplating
those tough computer programming issues
at which dogs notoriously shine.
Those “make-em-ups”: 20 years of emerging art from Wing-It Productions
“The spirit of improv itself is the inventive spirit.” —Andrew McMasters
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