The 5th Avenue Theatre started the year in style with the touring production of South Pacific, which sailed into Seattle last Friday and will be playing thru February 21. Bartlett Sher, former Artistic Director for Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, directed the Broadway revival of the classic 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical—and won a 2008 Tony for doing so.
Seattle actress and writer Marya Sea Kaminsky steals the show with her moving (and rocking, roiling, spitting, moaning, shaking) portrayal of Electra, a woman imprisoned by her own mourning and hunger for vengeance. She is riveting. But there's lots more to like in this production--notably Sheila Daniels' clever directorial touches, including her nods to modernity...which I think falls under the category of spoilers.
There was a ton of creative, clever (not to mention painstaking!) work on view at the NW Film Forum's showcase of short film animation, but my overall fave was The Sinking of the Huntley, by Seattleite Drew Christie, who told me after the screening that he painted and drew this whole story on the pages of 12 vintage books—mostly Civil-War themed, until he ran out of those:
MUST CELEBRATENew Year's Eve Celebration at the Century BallroomGiven the lineups of years past (live salsa, Afro-Cuban and swing dance music) and 2,000 square feet awaiting your best moves, we’re pretty sure this is exactly where you want to ring in the new year. 7 p.m. dinner; 9:30 p.m. dance. $40–$120 (reservations required; formal attire encouraged). Century Ballroom, 915 E Pine St.; 206.324.7263
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The 1st Annual Gregory Awards, presented by Theatre Puget Sound, took place last night in the packed and festive Intiman Theater lobby. This long overdue celebration of local theater started out modestly, with only six awards, plus a "Sustained Achievement Award" for theater photographer Chris Bennion. But the short list of awardees belied the gigantic feeling of camaraderie among this happy gathering of theater geeks.
The new City Arts/Sound hybrid is out—definitely bigger than before and augmented with more music coverage—and guess what else? Their Blog Digest section includes a shout-out to one of my earlier posts, in which my grand ambitions were shot down by a tech glitch. The good news: they felt I "kept it together" during the freakout. The bad news: this sort of attention could be considered postitive reinforcement for blog whining...
When you're a student low on cash (and who isn't), finding entertainment beyond the beer bash in the dorm (or frat) can be challenging. In my student days, I found that a great way to get beyond the party culture was to visit the UW theater culture as it played out in the University's theaters. Now one of them, the Jones Playhouse, is having a grand reopening celebration to mark a recently-completed $10 millon renovation. The theater, once a tile factory and then remodeled as a theater in the 1930s, opens the season on October 25 with The Tempest.