The Shawshank Redemption – Play – Tacoma Little Theatre

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): The Shawshank Redemption play based on the Stephen King novel. Starring Mason Quinn & Mark Peterson. Directed by Blake R York. Must be awful at the mercy of fellow inmates & the prison system. So much potential for abuse of power!

Synopsis from the Theatre: Based on the novella by Stephen King, this adaptation of The Shawshank Redemption hearkens to the 1994 critically acclaimed film, bringing audiences to the edge of their seats. Andy Dufresne is convicted of the murder of his wife and her lover and sentenced to life imprisonment at Shawshank prison. While at Shawshank, Andy befriends some of the other inmates, namely a character known as Red. Over time Andy finds a way to live out life with as much relative ease as one can find in prison, leaving a message for all that while the body may be locked away in a cell, the spirit can never be truly imprisoned.

Reviewed Performance: 6/3/23 – Opening Weekend

Type: Play

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: Several

Several or Few Settings/Locations: Several locations at a prison facility

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: No, but I assume you’d appreciate it more if read the book or watched the movie. I saw neither but I was still able to enjoy it.

Defined Plot/Storyline: Mostly yes, but there’s only so much plot that can occur in a single penitentiary

Recommendation: See it if you like prison dramas or dystopian stories

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: 15

Perceived Pace of the Show: Medium speed

Length (Including Any Intermission): 2.25 hours

Intermission: Yes

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • Scenic Design: Nice harsh utilitarian design of an austere prison. I’m glad Tacoma Little Theatre didn’t rely heavily on the projections during this production. While Tacoma Little Theatre usually produces decent-quality projections, the previous shows this season seemed to start leaning a little too generously on the stage technology.

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

  • Male Nudity: For a play with a warning about “some adult male nudity,” I was surprised how little nudity was shown … at least for a PNW show. Coming from Texas, I noticed y’all love nudity here in the PNW! I was promised full wang! 😛

Theatre Company: Tacoma Little Theatre

Venue: Tacoma Little Theatre

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

Price: Cheap

Dates: June 2 to 18, 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 “The #Shawshank Redemption” #play based on the #StephenKing novel. Directed by Blake R York. Relying on the mercy of fellow inmates & the prison system must be awful. So much potential for abuse of power! Photos by Dennis K Photography. Review: #theatre ♬ Great Escape
The inmates of The Shawshank Redemption.
Andy (Mason Quinn) & Red (Mark Peterson)
Tommy (Darius Sakui) & Andy (Mason Quinn)
Brooksie (Roger Iverson) & Andy (Mason Quinn)
Tommy (Darius Sakui) and the inmates of The Shawshank Redemption
Dawkins (Beau Prichard), Pinky (Jeffrey K. York), Rooster (Paul Richter) Bogs Diamond (Joshua Olver), Rico (Ton Williams), Red (Mark Peterson), Prisoner #5271 (Russ Coffey), Prisoner #7159 (Nathan Lovitt) & Prisoner #3861 (Glenn Fischer)
Entwistle (Alex Vowles), Hadley (Joshua Johnson) & the inmates
Rooster (Paul Richter), Red (Mark Peterson), Dawkins (Beau Prichard) & Andy (Mason Quinn)
Hadley (Joshua Johnson) & Andy (Mason Quinn)
Red (Mark Peterson), Warden Stammas (Joseph Grant) & Andy (Mason Quinn)

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