Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): The Taming play at Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts. A lesbian republican, Miss #America, and a liberal social justice warrior are trapped together in a hotel room to debate USA politics/history. Pleasantly surprised that Girl Scouts sold cookies in the lobby. How American! #theatre
Synopsis from the Theatre: In this hilarious, raucous, all-female “power-play,” Miss America contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions. All she needs to revolutionize the American government is the help of one ultra-conservative senator’s aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough, and one bleeding-heart liberal blogger who will do anything for her cause. Well, that and a semi-historically-accurate ether trip. Here’s lookin’ at you, America.
Reviewed Performance: 3/3/23 Evening – Opening Night
World Premiere: No
Several or Few Scenes: Few – Only 3
Defined Plot/Storyline: No
Recommendation: See it if either 1) you like supporting community theatre 2) you’re into American politics/history 3) you reveled in the educational parts of Hamilton 4) or if you enjoyed What the Constitution Means to Me
Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show: Yes
Rating Compared to Other Shows with the Same Production Value:
4 Stars (Out of 5 Stars)
Equity Actors: 0
Total Number of Actors: 3
Length (Including Any Intermission): 2 hours
Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts
- Curtain Call: I liked that they let the stagehands take a bow. The stage crew is one of the many undercelebrated essential elements in live theatre.
- Lip Sync Segment: Needs to be removed or shortened. Lip synching on-stage is one of my pet peeves.
- Scene Changes: The props and set furniture movement was distracting between scenes. However, I acknowledge the budget constraints of community theatre.
Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)
- Comedic Props: The codpiece was a funny addition, but I was originally under the impression those were more popular in England during an earlier time period. I wonder if the codpiece and the shake weight were part of the script or if they were added by the theatre company.
- Controlled Chaos: Props were falling and rolling everywhere! There were lots of over-the-top reactions and fight choreography.
Theatre Company: Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts
Venue: Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts
Venue Physical Address: 9315 State Ave #J, Marysville, WA 98270
Dates: March 3 to 19, 2023
Seating: General Admission
Parking: Free lot parking in the strip mall where this theatre is located.
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@showsiveseen "The Taming" #play at @redcurtainarts by #LaurenGunderson. A lesbian ultra conservative, #MissAmerica, & a liberal social justice warrior are trapped together in a hotel room to debate #USA #politics/#history. How #American that Girl Scouts sold cookies in the lobby! Review: showsiveseen.com/4146. #theatre ♬ original sound – Shows I've Seen
|Director||Scott B. Randall|
|Stage Manager||Davine Sholdez|
|Fight Choreographer||Rowan Gallagher|
|Props & Set Dressing||Courtney Calkins|
|Set Design||Scott B Randall|
|Set Construction Lead||Werner “Randy” Randall|
|Set Construction||Scott Randall, Mike Pieckiel, Aiden Pieckiel, Spencer Greer|
|Lighting Design||Scott Randall|
|Lighting Technician||Layton Gaskins|
|Light Board Operator||Aiden Pieckiel|
|Sound Design||Daniel Hanlon|
|Sound Board Operator||Mike Pieckiel|
|Spotlight Operators||Paula Van Dalen, Sarah Tallman|
|Stage Crew||Andy Wallington, Krista Patt, Layton Gaskins, Krishan Aggarwal, Paul Grass|
|Promotional Photos||Kenny Randall|
|Marketing & Publicity||Beckye Randall|
|Bar Manager||Michele Beito|
|Concessions Manager||Kim Shumway|