The Taming – Play – Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts

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

Type: Play

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

Intermission: Yes

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

Price: Cheap

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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Cast and Production Team: See after pictures and video below

@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: #theatre ♬ original sound – Shows I've Seen
Grace Helmcke as Bianca, Katie Wallace as Katherine, and Britta Grass as Patricia reluctantly agree to work together in “The Taming,” running March 3-19 at the Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave. #J in Marysville.
Katherine (Katie Wallace) prepares for the Miss America pageant in “The Taming,” running March 3-19 at the Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave. #J in Marysville.
Katherine Katie Wallace
Patricia Britta Grass
Bianca Grace Helmcke
DirectorScott B. Randall
PlaywrightLauren Gunderson
Stage ManagerDavine Sholdez
Fight Choreographer Rowan Gallagher
DramaturgJeryn Pasha
Props & Set Dressing Courtney Calkins
Costumes/Dresser Laura Klein
Set Design Scott B Randall
Set Construction LeadWerner “Randy” Randall
Set Construction Scott Randall, Mike Pieckiel, Aiden Pieckiel, Spencer Greer
Lighting DesignScott Randall
Lighting Technician Layton Gaskins
Light Board OperatorAiden Pieckiel
Sound Design Daniel Hanlon
Sound Board Operator Mike Pieckiel
Spotlight OperatorsPaula Van Dalen, Sarah Tallman
Stage Crew Andy Wallington, Krista Patt, Layton Gaskins, Krishan Aggarwal, Paul Grass
Promotional PhotosKenny Randall
Marketing & Publicity Beckye Randall
Bar ManagerMichele Beito
Concessions ManagerKim Shumway

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