Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): Julia Izumi’s play “Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea” by Dacha Theatre at the lawn/park behind UW’s Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theater. Later at Port Townsend’s Chetzemoka Park. Directed by Kate Drummond. Playful ode to Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.” Complete with a sentient cloud & a talking cow. #littleMermaid #theLittleMermaid #HansChristianAndersen
Synopsis from the Theatre: The Little Mermaid is Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved and well-known fairy tale, which is why it’s NOT the story our friend, Dolan, is going to tell you today. No, he’s going to tell you the story about a Little Rain Cloud who falls in love with a human. They are not the same story at all, he swears. Julia Izumi’s brilliant play is a collision of multiple narratives, framed as a sort-of retelling of The Little Mermaid that erupts into a voyage through Hans Christian Andersen’s tempestuous real-life relationships. Brimming with heartfelt candor, Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea is a deep-sea dive into what love really looks like.
Reviewed Performance: 7/21/23 (Opening Night) – Sorry for the late review! Work has been completely bonkers.
World Premiere: No
Several or Few Scenes: Several
Several or Few Settings/Locations: Several
Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: You’d probably appreciate this more if you’re familiar with Disney’s or Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.”
Defined Plot/Storyline: Mostly yes, but it was 2-3 concurrent stories.
Recommendation: See it if either
- You enjoy quirky and playful shows
- You like shows that frequently break the 4th wall
- Maureen was your favorite character from Rent
- You’re young or young at heart
Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show: Yes
Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now: Probably not
Rating Compared to Other Shows with the Same Production Value:
4 stars (Out of 5 Stars)
Equity Actors: 0
Total Number of Actors: 8
Perceived Pace of the Show: Medium to fast
Length (Including Any Intermission): 1.75 hours
Theatre Company: Dacha Theatre
Venue Physical Address:
- UW’s Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theater: 47.66044278872487, -122.3078706833984 GPS coordinates
- Port Townsend’s Chetzemoka Park: 1000 Jackson St, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Price: Cheap to Medium
Ticket Affordability Options: Pay-what-you-will options as low as $5
- UW’s Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theater: July 21 to August 6, 2023
- Port Townsend’s Chetzemoka Park: August 11 to August 13, 2023
Seating: General Admission
- UW’s Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theater: UW neighborhood street parking is horrible. Just give in and park in the UW N5 parking lot (47.66024585621801, -122.30889530684898 gps coordinates) for $6.50.
- Port Townsend’s Chetzemoka Park: No idea. I’ve never been to Port Townsend!
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Other Video +/- Pictures: See pictures in video and under video by Brett Love.
@showsiveseen Julia Izumi's #play "Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea" by Dacha Theatre at the lawn/park behind @UW Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theater. Later at Port Townsend's Chetzemoka Park. Directed by Kate Drummond. Playful ode to Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid." Complete with a sentient cloud & a talking cow. Photos: Brett Love. Review: showsiveseen.com/6241 #littleMermaid #theLittleMermaid #HansChristianAndersen #theatre #showsiveseen ♬ SUMMERTIME – Madi Rindge