Po Boy Tango – Play – Tacoma Little Theatre

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Po Boy Tango play at Tacoma Little Theatre. Poetic food descriptions made me so hungry that I bought concessions at intermission … & I never do that! #theatre

Synopsis from the Theatre: Po Boy Tango tells the story of Richie Po, a Taiwanese immigrant who turns to his estranged friend Gloria, an African-American Soul Food Chef, to help him recreate his mother’s ‘Great Banquet’. Despite the challenges of shark fin soup, duck po boy sandwiches, and underlying cultural tensions, they find common ground through their shared humor and the blending of traditional Chinese cuisine and African-American soul food. Helped by lessons from Po Mama’s television cooking show, the two discover a deeper understanding of food, culture, and the nature of friendship.

Reviewed Performance: 1/20/23 – Opening Night

Type: Play

World Premiere: No

Awards: TCG Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award (2008)

Defined Plot/Storyline: There was no well-defined plot. It was more dialogue.

Live Band/Orchestra: N/A

Recommendation: See it if you like shows that are more dialogue than story

Was This the First Time I Saw a Production of this Show: Yes

Rating Compared to Other Shows with the Same Production Value:
4.25 Stars (Out of 5 Stars)

Equity Actors: None

Length: 2.5 hours, which felt a little longer than what I’m used to

Intermission: Yes

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • Stage Backgrounds: Some of the projected backgrounds realistically complemented well with the stage furniture. For example, when the lights turned on in the first scene, I was wondering how they changed stage furniture so quickly but then realized I was seeing a kitchen cabinetry projection on the background projection with a kitchen island furniture piece on the foreground.

Rant(s)

  • Stagehand: There were two instances where I could see the stagehand in the back and I was wondering if they were part of the scene. They were not.

Other Thought(s)

  • Conflicts: Maybe I’m an unfeeling dense robot but I didn’t grasp the 10-year conflict. I mean, people sometimes drift apart and that’s life, right? I also didn’t understand what caused the anger at the end of act one.

Theatre Company: Tacoma Little Theatre

Venue: Tacoma Little Theatre

Venue Physical Address: 210 N I St, Tacoma, WA 98403

Price: Cheap

Ticket Affordability Options: Try the PWYC (Pay What You Can) performance on February 2nd or GoldStar

Dates: January 20 – February 5, 2023

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking: Mostly street parking. I usually like to park one block away on North Yakima Ave. Season ticket holders and donors can access a free parking lot.

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@showsiveseen “Po Boy Tango” #play at @tacomalittletheatre. #Poetic #food descriptions made me so hungry that I bought concessions at intermission … & I never do that! Review + Photo Credit: showsiveseen.com/3445 #Taiwanese #black #POC #BiPOC #soulFood #Chinese #theatre ♬ Tango – ABIR
Gloria B (Michelle Blackmon) & Richie Po (Sam Lai)
Po Mama (Aya Hashiguchi)
Gloria B (Michelle Blackmon) & Richie Po (Sam Lai)
Richie Po (Sam Lai) & Gloria B (Michelle Blackmon)
Richie Po (Sam Lai) & Gloria B (Michelle Blackmon)
Richie Po (Sam Lai) & Gloria B (Michelle Blackmon)
Po Mama (Aya Hashiguchi)
Richie Po (Sam Lai) & Gloria B (Michelle Blackmon)
Richie Po (Sam Lai) & Gloria B (Michelle Blackmon)
NameRole
Michelle Blackmon Gloria
Aya HashiguchiPo Mama
Sam Lai Richie Po
Kenneth Lin Playwright
David Hsieh Director
Thomas Robinson Stage Manager
Allen Melo Assistant Stage Manager
Blake R. YorkTechnical Director/Graphic Design
Burton K. Yuen Scenic Designer & Visuals
Michele Graves Costime Designer
Dylan Twiner Production Manager/Sound Designer
Niclas Olson Lighting Designer
Frank Roberts Lead Carpenter/Properties Designer
Jax Averna Assitant Properties Designer
Nate Lovitt Shop Assistant
Jennifer York Scenic Artist
Chandler Garry Sound Board Operator
Mauro Bozzo Hair and Wig Consultant
Dennis K Photography Photography

A Christmas Story – Play – Tacoma Little Theatre

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): A Christmas Story play (based on the movie) at Tacoma Little Theatre . Funny narration, delightful Randy, & cool rotating stage. “You’ll shoot your eye out!” #xmas #theatre

Synopsis from the Theatre: Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940’s follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved movie are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; and Ralphie’s father winning a leg lamp.

Reviewed Performance: 12/10 Evening

Type: Play

World Premiere: No

Recommendation: See it if either 1) you like traditional family-friendly Christmas plays 2) or you like the original movie.

Rating Compared to Other Shows with the Same Production Value:
4.25 Stars (Out of 5 Stars)

Equity Actors: 0

Length: 2 hours

Intermission: Yes

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • Favorite Line: Something like “Are you Democrat or Republican? I’m Presbyterian.”

Rant(s)

  • Santa: Santa was hidden inside a department store North Pole set so the audience never saw him but we heard his voice.

Other Thought(s)

  • Relatability: The script didn’t seem very relatable to POCs or younger theatre-goers like myself. Maybe I’d feel differently if I moved to the Midwest.

Theatre Company : Tacoma Little Theatre

Venue: Tacoma Little Theatre

Venue Physical Address: 210 N I St, Tacoma, WA 98403

Price: Cheap

Dates: December 2 – 24, 2022

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking: Mostly street parking. I usually like to park one block away on North Yakima Ave. Season ticket holders and donors have a free parking lot access agreement.

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@showsiveseen "A #Christmas Story" #play (based on the movie) at @tacomalittletheatre. Funny narration, delightful Randy, & cool rotating stage. "You’ll shoot your eye out!" Review + Photo Credit: showsiveseen.com/2703 #xmas #theatre ♬ I'm Gonna Be the First One (PCM Stereo Version) – Harry Connick Jr.
The Old Man (Andrew Fry), Mother (Heidi Walworth-Horn), Randy (Gavin Weston) & Ralphie (Tyler Weston)
Flick (Jack Burns), Schwartz (Fletcher Kelley) & Ralphie (Tyler Weston)
Mother (Heidi Walworth-Horn), The Old Man (Andrew Fry) & Ralph (Blake R. York)
Mother (Heidi Walworth-Horn), The Old Man (Andrew Fry) & Ralphie (Tyler Weston)
Mother (Heidi Walworth-Horn), Ralphie (Tyler Weston) & The Old Man (Andrew Fry)
The Old Man (Andrew Fry) & Mother (Heidi Walworth-Horn)
Schwartz (Fletcher Kelley), Flick (Jack Burns) & Ralphie (Tyler Weston)
The Old Man (Andrew Fry), Ralphie (Tyler Weston), Mother (Heidi Walworth-Horn) & Randy (Gavin Weston)
Ralph (Blake R. York), The Old Man (Andrew Fry), Ralphie (Tyler Weston), Randy (Gavin Weston) & Mother (Heidi Walworth-Horn)
Mother (Heidi Walworth-Horn), Ralphie (Tyler Weston) & The Old Man (Andrew Fry)
Ralphie (Tyler Weston), Flick (Jack Burns) & Schwartz (Fletcher Kelley)
The Old Man (Andrew Fry), Mother (Heidi Walworth-Horn), Randy (Gavin Weston) & Ralphie (Tyler Weston)
Randy (Gavin Weston), Mother (Heidi Walworth-Horn), The Old Man (Andrew Fry) & Ralphie (Tyler Weston)
Mother (Heidi Walworth-Horn), Randy (Gavin Weston), The Old Man (Andrew Fry) & Ralphie (Tyler Weston)

Murder on the Orient Express – Play – Tacoma Little Theatre

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Murder on the Orient Express mystery play by Agatha Christie at Tacoma Little Theatre. Once again, detective Poirot surprised me w/ the reveal at the end. Impressive rotating stage & digital background especially for community theatre. Varied accents. Loved the stereotypical portrayal of Americans. #whodunit

Synopsis from the Theatre: Eight suspects, one thrilling ride with this new adaptation by Ken Ludwig! Board the exotic and mysterious Orient Express as it takes off into the opulence and grandeur of the 1930s. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of year, but by the morning, it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case they decide to strike again. Join Poirot as he battles the clock to figure out “whodunit” in this sleek, stylish, and surprisingly comedic murder mystery.

Type: Play

World Premiere: No

Recommendation: See it if you like murder mysteries!

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now?: Yes if it was produced by an Equity Theatre

Rating (Out of 5 Stars): 4.25 stars

Other Thought(s)

  • Did the 10/23/22 actor portraying the train attendant or the conductor feel ill during the big reveal? They were acting strangely and had to sit. I wasn’t sure if it was part of the script.
  • I wished the brutish/thugish American tycoon had more lines! He was great.

Theatre Company : Tacoma Little Theatre

Venue: Tacoma Little Theatre

Venue Physical Address: 210 N I St, Tacoma, WA 98403

Price: Cheap

Dates: October 21 – November 6, 2022

Seating: Assigned Seating

Parking and Cost: Mostly street parking. I usually like to park one block away on North Yakima Ave. Season ticket holders and donors have a free parking lot access agreement.

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Cast and Production Team Leadership:

Writer Book by Agatha Christie Adapted by Ken Ludwig
Director Melanie Gladstone
Stage Manager Ellie Rutt
Hercule Poirot Craig Rock
Monsieur Bouc Jacob Tice
Mary Debenham Andrea Gordon
Hector Macqueen Ton Williams
Michel the Conductor Alan Plaster
Princess Dragomiroff Rosalie Hilburn
Greta Ohlsson Marisa-Clare Hissey
Countess Andrenyi Canae Machelle Gray
Helen Hubbard Jenifer Gillis Rifenbery
Colonel Arbuthnot Brandon Fair
Samuel Ratchett (Understudy Poirot/Michel/Colonel) Josh Johnson
Head Waiter (Understudy Macqueen/Bouc) Josie DeRosier
Understudy Princess/Helen Haylee Gregory
Understudy Greta/Countess/Mary Jean-Michele Gregory
@showsiveseen#Murder on the Orient Express” #mystery #play by #AgathaChristie at @tacomalittletheatre. Once again, #Detective #Poirot suprised me w/ the reveal at the end. Impressive rotating stage & digital background especially for community #theatre. Varied accents. Loved the stereotypical portrayal of Americans. Review & Photo Credit: tinyurl.com/yc27zhzv #whodunit ♬ The Locomotion – Little Eva
Princess Dragomiroff (Rosalie HIlburn) & Greta (Marissa-Clare HIssey)
Helen (Jenifer Gillis-Rifenbery) & MacQueen (Ton Williams)
Ratchett (Josh Johnson) & Poirot (Craig Rock)
MacQueen (Ton Williams) & Ratchett (Josh Johnson)
Helen (Jenifer Gillis-Rifenbery) & Bouc (Jacob Tice)
Countess Andrenyi (Canae Machelle Gray), Bouc (Jacob Tice) & Poirot (Craig Rock)
Ratchett (Josh Johnson) & Poirot (Craig Rock)
Countess Andrenyi (Canae Machelle Gray), Poirot (Craig Rock) & Bouc (Jacob Tice)
Bouc (Jacob Tice) & Poirot (Craig Rock)
The cast of Murder on the Orient Express
Countess Andrenyi (Canae Machelle Gray), Poirot (Craig Rock) & Greta (Marissa-Clare Hissey)
Poirot (Craig Rock) & Bouc (Jacob Tice)

Luck of the Irish – Play – Tacoma Little Theatre

“Luck of the Irish” play w/ Eyal at Tacoma Little Theatre. Interesting perspectives on racial/social inequality/injustice. Timely for this real estate market. Charming character accents. Loved the posh black wife from old money. Impressed the stage in this tiny theater rotates. #POC #BiPOC
@showsiveseen “Luck of the Irish” #play w/ Eyal at Tacoma Little Theatre. Interesting perspectives on racial/social inequality/injustice. Timely for this #realEstate market. Charming character accents. Loved the posh #black wife from old money. Impressed the stage in this tiny theater rotates. #POC #BiPOC ♬ Money – Shaq Rayes

The Happiest Song Plays Last – Play – Tacoma Little Theatre

“The Happiest Song Plays Last” play closing show w/ dad at Tacoma Little Theatre & University of Washington Tacoma. #Latino, #MiddleEastern, & #American worlds collide! Live guitar music was a nice touch.
@showsiveseen "The Happiest Song Plays Last" #play closing show w/ dad at Tacoma Little Theatre & UW-Tacoma. #Latino, #MiddleEastern, & #American ♬ Memories – Lux-Inspira