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.
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.
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.
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.