Vanishing Point – Musical – Seattle Public Theater

Watched the musical "Vanishing Point," which explored the disappearances of Agatha Christie, Amelia Earhart, & Aimee Semple McPherson. When will I ever learn to stay away from historical fiction plays/musicals? So very dry.
Watched the musical “Vanishing Point,” which explored the disappearances of Agatha Christie, Amelia Earhart, & Aimee Semple McPherson. When will I ever learn to stay away from historical fiction plays/musicals? So very dry.

Type: Musical

Recommendation: Only see it if you like dry historical theatre.

Rating (Out of 5 Stars): 3 stars

Negatives: The script and music was boring. Plus, I’m not a huge history fiction buff. So, I left at intermission.

Story, Script, and Lyrics:  Exploration on the events surrounding the disappearances of Agatha Christie, Amelia Earhart, & Aimee Semple McPherson. So very dry.

Cast and Theater Company:  You could tell these were great actors but unfortunately they had a terrible piece to perform.

Venue and Set: Simple

Music and Audio: No microphones but the space is small enough and the performers project loud enough that you’re able to hear okay. Music consisted of bass (or cello?) and a piano.

Price: $ (Low-priced at $17-34)

Dates: January 25, 2018 – February 25, 2018

Seating: Assigned. Make sure you sit in the middle. The left and right arena seats suck.

Link: https://www.seattlepublictheater.org/vanishing-point/

Peerless – Play – ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery

Watched the play "Peerless" which was basically Heathers and Macbeth with ambitious Asian twins. Dialogue was a little difficult to follow but the play was good.
Watched the play “Peerless” which was basically Heathers and Macbeth with ambitious Asian twins. Dialogue was a little difficult to follow but the play was good.

Type: Play

Recommendation: See it!

Rating (Out of 5 Stars): 4 Stars

Negatives: The dialogue was annoyingly vague. Very “millennial-speak.”

Story, Script, and Lyrics: Ambitious Asian twins will do anything to get into the college of their choice. Based on MacBeth with a little Heather’s mixed in.

Cast and Theater Company:  Typical high quality ArtsWest production and cast.

Venue and Set: Simple, yet effective.

Music and Audio: No microphones but the space is small enough and the performers project loud enough that you’re able to hear okay.

Price: $ (Low-priced at $17-38)

Dates: January 18, 2018 – February 11, 2018

Seating: Make sure you sit in the middle. The left and right arena seats suck.

Link: http://www.artswest.org/theatre-plays/peerless/

Wit – Play – SecondStory Repertory

Opening night to the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "WIT." It took great skill to effectively intersect cancer with annoying English lit academia. Surpised how much I enjoyed it. Maybe I'm biased cause I work in oncology. Ending needed a little more maturation.
Opening night to the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “WIT.” It took great skill to effectively intersect cancer with annoying English lit academia. Surprised how much I enjoyed it. Maybe I’m biased cause I work in oncology. Ending needed a little more maturation.

Type: Play

Recommendation: See it!

Rating (Out of 5 Stars): 4 Stars

Negatives: The ending was a little choppy and awkward. Needs more maturation.

Story, Script, and Lyrics: An English literature professor gets cancer. True to the play’s name, it is a very “witty” script. I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats. Surprisingly, my I hate for English literature (there were a billion references) didn’t get in the way of enjoying the play.

Cast and Theater Company:  Superb acting especially by the main character (played by Eleanor Moseley).

Venue and Set: Simple, yet effective. Most of the scenes take place in a hospital.

Music and Audio: No microphones but the space is small enough that you’re able to hear okay.

Price: $ (Low-priced at $30)

Dates: January 19, 2018 – February 3, 2018

Seating: General admission. Come early!

Link: http://secondstoryrep.org/mainstage/season19/wit.html

Two Trains Running – Play – Seattle Repertory Theatre

Attended a preview of the play Two Trains Running. What's up with Seattle Repertory Theatre choosing plays where people just talk? No action, scene changes, or entertainment. So boring! At least the 3rd performance here I've walked out at intermission.
Attended a preview of the play Two Trains Running. What’s up with Seattle Repertory Theatre choosing plays where people just talk? No action, scene changes, or entertainment. So boring! At least the 3rd performance here I’ve walked out at intermission.

Type: Play

Recommendation: Don’t see unless you like to watch people talking. I actually left at intermission.

Rating (Out of 5 Stars): 2 Stars

Negatives: I was bored to tears. No action, just talking! When I go to theatre, I want to be entertained.

Story, Script, and Lyrics: Black people from the mid-1900s in a restaurant talking about race stuff.

Cast and Theater Company:  Well acted. Just not a good choice of play. I’m learning more and more that Seattle Repertory Theatre is a hit and miss.

Venue and Set: Well designed set of a restaurant. It’s a shame there were no scene changes though.

Music and Audio: No microphones but the actors project enough that you should be able to hear okay (if not “barely okay”). Seriously though, Seattle Repertory Theatre needs to start using microphones for the ticket prices they’re charging.

Price: $$ (Mid Priced at $17-80)

Dates: January 12, 2018 – February 11, 2018

Seating: Nothing special to say.

Link: https://www.seattlerep.org/Plays/1718/TT/Synopsis

Book of Mormon – Musical – Paramount Theatre

Attended the sold out run of The Book of Mormon on Broadway. After 6 unsuccessful lottery attempts, I ended up buying on StubHub. Can't go wrong with this show ... but the last 2 national tours were slightly better. "Tomorrow is a latter day!" — attending The Book Of Mormon- Seattle, WA at Paramount Theatre.
Attended the sold out run of The Book of Mormon on Broadway. After 6 unsuccessful lottery attempts, I ended up buying on StubHub. Can’t go wrong with this show … but the last 2 national tours were slightly better. “Tomorrow is a latter day!” — attending The Book Of Mormon- Seattle, WA at Paramount Theatre.

Crime and Punishment – Play – West of Lenin (Akroplois Performance Lab)

Opening night to the stage adaptation of Crime and Punishment. Too serious, deep, and confusing. Not an entertaining piece but very well acted and sung with interesting hurdy-gurdy accompaniment. Great murder scenes.
Opening night to the stage adaptation of Crime and Punishment. Too serious, deep, and confusing. Not an entertaining piece but very well acted and sung with interesting hurdy-gurdy accompaniment. Great murder scenes.

Type: Play with Music

Recommendation: I recommend this for people who like serious, deep plays. Please come early to sit in the first row!

Rating (Out of 5 Stars): 3 Stars

Negatives: It was too serious, deep, and confusing. When I go to theatre, I want to be entertained. I actually left at intermission.

Story, Script, and Lyrics: Stage adaptation of the novel Crime and Punishment. Some Russian guy down on his luck tries to justify murdering someone and goes crazy.

Cast and Theater Company:  Very well acted. This is the first time I’ve seen anything by Akroplois Performance Lab and despite me leaving during intermission, I was pretty impressed. However, I wasn’t a fan of Matt Sherrill’s interpretation of Dmitri Prokofych Razumikhin. It was a bit too gay for this piece (and I’m gay). But he was really cute!

Venue and Set: Set was minimalist but wasn’t bad for a community theatre production. However, there was a distracting door malfunction a couple of times.

Music and Audio: Easy to hear the performers. Accompaniment was via hurdy-gurdy (a communist sounding instrument), which was really nifty. Sometimes the cast sang acapella and they weren’t off key.

Price: $ (Low Priced at $30)

Dates: January 5-13, 2018

Seating: Tickets are General Admission so come early to get a good seat on the first row. All other seats kind of suck the way the chairs are configured.

Link: http://www.akropolisperformancelab.com/activities/plays/crime/

How to Break – Dance Musical – Village Theatre

Watched a developing hip hop dance musical "How to Break." Urban teen gets leukemia. Very promising piece. But not a fan of stereotypical inner-city teen characters with nobody-understands-me rude attitude.
Watched a developing hip hop dance musical “How to Break.” Urban teen gets leukemia. Very promising piece. But not a fan of stereotypical inner-city teen characters with nobody-understands-me rude attitude.

Type: Dance Musical

Recommendation: It’s worth seeing. But watch out, this isn’t your gay grandpa’s musical.

Rating (Out of 5 Stars): 3.5 Stars

Negatives: For a dance musical, I didn’t consider it to have enough flashy dance routines. Not a fan of stereotypical inner-city teen characters with nobody-understands-me rude attitude. It’s a tired old annoying role.

Story, Script, and Lyrics: Urban teen who like break dancing (or “hip hop dancing?”) gets leukemia. Surprisingly, writers got a lot of the medical portion accurate (I’m an oncology pharmacist).  Note that this is a Beta Series production, which means it’s a developing musical that will change everyday based on the audience feedback.

Cast and Theater Company: Not much to say. Typical Village Theatre quality theatrical production.

Venue and Set: Minimalist set that’s mostly in a children’s hospital. Had to be minimalist since this is a Beta Series musical in development.

Music and Audio: Music was mostly via guitar, beatboxing (vocal percussion), and synthesizer. While not a fan of beatboxing, I was pretty impressed but the dude’s talent.

Price: $ (Low-priced at $30)

Dates: January 5, 2018 – January 14, 2018

Seating: Assigned Seating

Link: http://villagetheatre.org/issaquah/beta-series-how-to-break.php