Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): A Woman of No Importance Oscar Wilde play at Taproot Theatre followed by a charming English tea reception from Lá Liath Bakery. Felt like Downton Abbey and Jane Austen. Bretteney Beverly delightfully reminded me of Dowager Countess Crawley. Pinkies up! #theatre #British
Synopsis from the Theatre: Gerald’s prospects are bright as he celebrates his new position with the notorious Lord Illingworth. But amidst the glittering banter at Lady Hunstanton’s party, a long buried scandal is revealed. Will the unveiling of Gerald’s lineage change the trajectory of his future? And what of the lovely American who’s captured his heart? This comedic classic from Oscar Wilde will charm you with its cleverness and wit.
Reviewed Performance: 1/27/23 Opening Performance – Sorry for the late review. I’ve been busy with my dad in town.
World Premiere: No
Awards: Zero? For such a classic play, I’m surprised. Let me know in my social media posts if this play garnered any awards.
Film: Several film adaptations of the play, which is a good sign in my book
Defined Plot/Storyline: There was not an extensive storyline but there was a climax. The entire play was only 4 scenes.
Recommendation: See it if you like Downton Abbey or Jane Austen. Bonus points if you can easily understand what they’re saying in Shakespeare plays.
Was This the First Time I Saw a Production of this Show: Yes
Rating Compared to Other Shows with the Same Production Value:
4.5 Stars (Out of 5 Stars)
Equity Actors: Two but most of them were very good
Number of Actors: 11
Length (Including Any Intermission): 2.5 hours
Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts
- Digs on Americans: The English characters frequently poked fun at American culture. It reminded me of how New York City plays and musicals frequently tells jokes about New Jersey.
- Acting: The actors’ expressions, reactions, and responses were well-timed. It’s probably due to both good writing and good acting.
- Act Endings: Act one closed with a great dramatic climactic sequence/reveal that compelled the audience to stay for the second act. Act two (the last act) ended with a nice closing line that wrapped up the play in a tidy bow.
- Set Change: Usually productions try to hide busy set changes in the dark. This production showcased the stage magic in the middle of act two when they transformed the walls. The audience even clapped for that!
- Favorite Line: “Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.” I feel like there were more witty adages but this is the only one I could remember.
- English Tea Reception: Lá Liath Bakery provided classic British finger foods for opening night reception including cucumber cream cheese sandwiches, shortbread, scones, dodgers, and “biscuits.”
- Too Many Characters: Oscar Wilde introduced too many characters at the beginning of the play. If was difficult keeping track of everyone on-stage and who they were gossiping about. At the end of the day, half of the characters weren’t essential to the story.
- Mental Energy: Maybe I didn’t eat my Wheaties that day but this play was difficult to follow, especially in the beginning. To be fair, I already struggle following British English, whether it be modern, old (like Jane Austen), or really old (like Shakespere). I could clearly understand the American character though! It doesn’t help that English humor can be very sly. But the audience didn’t seem to experience my problem. They seemed to gather much more than I did since they laughed at many jokes I missed. Maybe this play is for smarter, more highbrow patrons! After I sorted out all the characters by the middle of act one, I began to enjoy the play more especially since that’s when the conflict started, and the storyline became simpler for commonfolk like myself! 😛
Theatre Company: Taproot Theatre
Venue: Taproot Theatre
Venue Physical Address: 204 N 85th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Dates: January 25 – February 25, 2023
Seating: Assigned Seating
Parking: Paid lot or usually-free street parking. I almost always find free street parking on Greenwood Ave just South of the theatre.
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@showsiveseen "A Woman of No Importance" #OscarWilde #play at @taproottheatre w/ a charming #English tea reception from La Liath Bakery. Very #DowntonAbbey & #JaneAusten. @brettbeverly delightfully reminded me of Dowager Countess Crawley. Pinkies up! Review: showsiveseen.com/3640 #theatre #British ♬ Vivaldi "Four Seasons" "Spring" – harryfaoki
|Lady Caroline Pontefract
|Bretteney Beverly *
|Sir John Pontefract
|Rebecca M. Devis
|Aaron Lamb *
|Mrs. Rachel Arbuthnot
|Lady Caroline/Lady Hunstanton (Understudy)
|Hester Worsley/Lady Stutfield/Alice (Understudy)
|Sir Pontefract/Mr. Kelvil/Archdeacon Daubney (Understudy)
|Gerald Arbuthnot (Understudy)
|Mrs. Arbuthnot/Mrs. Allonby (Understudy)
|Charissa J. Adams
|Lord Illingworth (Understudy)
|Karen Lund **
|Brad Lo Walker
|Scenic & Sound Design
|Christopher Kidder-Mostrom **
|Claire Stark *
|Assistant Stage Manager
|Grace Heller *
|Veronica Dimoff, Scìan Hayes
|Tim Samland *
|Light Board Operator
|Sound Board Operator
|Kathryn Louise, Jacob Viramontes
|Jasmine Cote ****
Chandler Eichele ****
Tamir Lehrer ****
** Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
*** United Scenic Artists Local 829
**** IATSE Local No 15