Margaret Friedman

The Mystery of Love & Sex Is a Funny, Distressing Stumble Through Self-Acceptance

The Mystery of Love & Sex Is a Funny, Distressing Stumble Through Self-Acceptance

It’s a crowd-pleaser, if laugh meters are the measure of pleasure.

 

A Different Kind of Mental-Illness Drama

A Different Kind of Mental-Illness Drama

In contrast to most theater about mental illness, which capitalizes on the dramatic irony of the audience knowing more than the sick person, The Other Place’s exchanges deliberately whip by at an audience-confusing pace.

 

Opposites attract? Olson and Dooly.Paul Bestock

When it comes to all-American 31-year-old “spinster” Sally Talley (Rebecca Olson), 42-year-old

When it comes to all-American 31-year-old “spinster” Sally Talley (Rebecca Olson), 42-year-old Jewish bachelor accountant Matt Friedman (Mike Dooly) has nothing to lose. His family’s… Continue reading

 

Kennan as the crafty Iago. Photo by John Ulman

Few will forget the extraordinary ending director John Langs added to his

Few will forget the extraordinary ending director John Langs added to his 2010 Hamlet, in which—after umpteen poisonings and stabbings effectively eradicated the royal house… Continue reading

Kennan as the crafty Iago. Photo by John Ulman
Sieber and Chisholm represent rival farms and old grudges.Chris Bennion

Nobody goes to a romantic comedy looking for surprises. We go for

Nobody goes to a romantic comedy looking for surprises. We go for affirmation that, in the face of suspicious data, dubious reasoning, endless distractions, and… Continue reading

Sieber and Chisholm represent rival farms and old grudges.Chris Bennion
Andrews (left) and Mboligikpelani Nako.John Ulman

In Book-It’s version of Chris Cleave’s 2008 novel (adapted and directed by

In Book-It’s version of Chris Cleave’s 2008 novel (adapted and directed by Myra Platt), who in the world gets to live in peaceful prosperity is… Continue reading

Andrews (left) and Mboligikpelani Nako.John Ulman
Mootz’s Becky is running away from something.

As Monica Lewinsky and Amanda Knox have incidents in their youth that

As Monica Lewinsky and Amanda Knox have incidents in their youth that will shadow their lives forever, so too does Becky, the flashier half of… Continue reading

Mootz’s Becky is running away from something.
Sell! Sell! Sell! Gehringer as Bette.Alan Alabastro

The characters in Laura Schellhardt’s custom-built comedy about status-grubbing female real-estate agents

The characters in Laura Schellhardt’s custom-built comedy about status-grubbing female real-estate agents in Manhattan gaze imperiously at you in the Rep’s lobby, their fictional bios… Continue reading

Sell! Sell! Sell! Gehringer as Bette.Alan Alabastro
Thomas as the lively Wining Boy.Michael Davis/Syracuse Stage

The age-old dilemma of whether to preserve sad history or plow right

The age-old dilemma of whether to preserve sad history or plow right over it undergirds many of August Wilson’s plays, including this, the fourth of… Continue reading

Thomas as the lively Wining Boy.Michael Davis/Syracuse Stage
Kenison as Elaine, the mayor’s wife.Anthony White

Buried in the boilerplate of the real-estate contract-cum-program for Washington Ensemble Theatre’s

Buried in the boilerplate of the real-estate contract-cum-program for Washington Ensemble Theatre’s world premiere is a term I had not heard before: “American Terriblism,” there… Continue reading

Kenison as Elaine, the mayor’s wife.Anthony White
Isabella (Im) appeals to Angelo (Farwell).

Sex! Politics! Religion! Measure for Measure bulges with dinner-party taboos and municipal

Sex! Politics! Religion! Measure for Measure bulges with dinner-party taboos and municipal dilemmas. This succinct yet itchy “unfestive comedy,” per my old Bevington edition in… Continue reading

Isabella (Im) appeals to Angelo (Farwell).
Mohrbacher (left) and Jones.

Civic Rep’s program notes read: “While the playwright suggests a specific time

Civic Rep’s program notes read: “While the playwright suggests a specific time and place for the story, we have chosen to create a world that… Continue reading

Mohrbacher (left) and Jones.
Above: LBJ (Willis) flanked by his political friends and enemies. Below: The president applies pressure to J. Edgar Hoover (Richard Elmore, right).

One is hard-pressed to imagine a more productive presidency than Lyndon B.

One is hard-pressed to imagine a more productive presidency than Lyndon B. Johnson’s, yet how rarely does one imagine it today. Launched into office on… Continue reading

Above: LBJ (Willis) flanked by his political friends and enemies. Below: The president applies pressure to J. Edgar Hoover (Richard Elmore, right).
Daleka (Jerger) meets the general (Neel).Truman Buffet

I Never Betrayed the Revolution West of Lenin, 203 N. 36th St.,

I Never Betrayed the Revolution West of Lenin, 203 N. 36th St., 
352-1777, westoflenin.com. $15–$20. 
8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 23. According… Continue reading

Daleka (Jerger) meets the general (Neel).Truman Buffet
Malicious mistress and servant: Weagant (foreground) and Stewart.Dangerpants Photography

Blood Countess Annex Theatre, 1110 Pike St., 728-0933, annextheatre.org. $5–$20. 8 p.m.

Blood Countess Annex Theatre, 1110 Pike St., 728-0933, annextheatre.org. $5–$20. 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat. plus Mon., Nov. 10. Ends Nov. 22. Feeling anemic? Luckily it’s easy… Continue reading

Malicious mistress and servant: Weagant (foreground) and Stewart.Dangerpants Photography
Ewald as the young Danish prince. John Kazanjian

Four years after Seattle Shakespeare’s indelibly satisfying Hamlet, there’s another notable local

Four years after Seattle Shakespeare’s indelibly satisfying Hamlet, there’s another notable local production of the play that shouldn’t be missed. The prodigiously pliable Mary Ewald… Continue reading

Ewald as the young Danish prince. John Kazanjian
Wait, is smoking permitted in the Bible? Jackson and Hill.Michael Brunk

The Ferguson, Missouri, shooting death of Michael Brown and its ongoing national

The Ferguson, Missouri, shooting death of Michael Brown and its ongoing national fallout provide a sadly auspicious moment in which to mount a play about… Continue reading

Wait, is smoking permitted in the Bible? Jackson and Hill.Michael Brunk
Captive and captor: Toms (left) and Alexander.Chris Bennion

There are many reasons to go to the theater, but to see

There are many reasons to go to the theater, but to see something that feels like a film or a TV episode usually isn’t one.… Continue reading

Captive and captor: Toms (left) and Alexander.Chris Bennion
Moore (left) and Kennan as Beckett's sad-happy duo.John Ullman

If you were looking for the play that most comprehensively distills the

If you were looking for the play that most comprehensively distills the gestalt of the human condition, you’d probably settle on either Hamletor Samuel Beckett’s… Continue reading

Moore (left) and Kennan as Beckett's sad-happy duo.John Ullman
Illustration by Kelly Thompson

Five hours, folks. That’s what we were in for at Book-It’s epic

Five hours, folks. That’s what we were in for at Book-It’s epic June adaptation of Michael Chabon’s epic Pulitzer-winner The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier &… Continue reading

Illustration by Kelly Thompson