Category Archives: Theater

The Importance of Being Earnest – deep, everlasting Wilde love

Oscar Wilde quoteFirst off, I will admit I am completely biased on the topic of this play, due to my deep, everlasting love for Oscar Wilde.

I’m not quite sure what gets me about him, if it’s the elegant writing, or the witty exchanges, or the hilarity that often ensues in his beloved writing, but I’m completely enamored.  To me, Oscar Wilde has always been, is currently, and will forever be my bæ.

But beyond my thoughts on Wilde, here are some concrete reasons why you need to read Earnest: Continue reading

Falling in Love with Mr. Darcy

Pride and Prejudice Book It

Greg and Patrick with Mr. Darcy at Book-It Theater’s production of Pride and Prejudice. #haughtyhotties

I have almost never heard so cruel a question as “what is your favorite book?” It’s a horrible thing to ask a person, it’s like asking them to pick a favorite food, or a favorite movie. It requires much deliberation and often it will just stress out the person asked it. But if you were to ask me right now, I would say Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Continue reading

Teen Theatre Review: The Great Society

GreatSocietyheader_GSThe Great Society, by Robert Schenkkan

Playing at the Seattle Repertory Theater until Jan. 4, 2015.

Lyndon B. Johnson was and is a controversial president in American history. He tried valiantly to advance civil rights for all and to make opportunities available for everyone regardless of race, creed, or class; but on the other hand, he also was mired in the quagmire known as the Vietnam War, and eventually his policies at home fell apart. This play, The Great Society, tells the story of Johnson’s presidency from his re-election in 1964 to his downfall and the inauguration of Richard Nixon in 1969.

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Thirteen Numbers

Editor’s Note: Camilla, a 19-year-old intern at 826 Seattle, has selected some excellent work that 826 students are producing this summer to share with us on Push To Talk.

Camilla’s Note: This script, performed as a shadow puppet show, is creepy, hilarious, and fantastically cool.

Storytelling through Puppetry- Thirteen Numbers from 826 Seattle on Vimeo.

About the Authors:

Margarita is an eighth grader at Whitman Middle School. She enjoys watching Korean dramas and anime and she would like to write graphic novels.

Diya is homeschooled and in her free time likes drawing with charcoal and doing everything she can to help the environment.

Sarah is a sixth grader at Eckstein Middle School. She plays soccer and tennis and enjoys playing with her guinea pig. Some day she would like to travel to Thailand, Japan, and Hawaii. She loves animals and hopes to become a vet.

A Translated Midsummer Night’s Dream

Midsummer 1Editor’s Note: Camilla, a 19-year-old intern at 826 Seattle, has selected some excellent work that 826 students are producing this summer to share with us on Push To Talk. This is the second installment in that series.  

Camilla’s Note: Shakespeare can be really inaccessible to younger students, especially when it’s taught rigidly. This hilarious modern language “translation” of a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was performed alongside the original text, demonstrates an astute understanding of the material as well as a great deal of creative gusto.

A Translated Midsummer Night’s Dream

By Hailey (Greg), Claire (Bottom), Elsa (Titania), Yubi (Peaseblossom), and Meri (Walle)

 The translation begins on line 940 in act 3, scene 1

(Here’s the original for comparison).

 

BOTTOM: I see what’s going on! They’re trying to make me as foolish as them. To scare me if they could. No matter what they do, I will not move from this place. I will walk and sing to show them I’m not afraid. [Sings “Pop Goes the Weasel” but with “Donkey” instead]

TITANIA: What dude wakes me from my wonderful bed?

BOTTOM: [Sings “The Alphabet Song”]

TITANIA: I beg you, peaceful dude, keep on singing! I’m totally digging your high-pitched screeching and my eyes love you; you look very dude-like. You are such a beautiful dude, you make me shout out loud I LOVE YOU!

BOTTOM: Oh, my gosh, you actually like me? Truth, reason, and love never hang out so I guess it makes sense that you love me.

TITANIA: Your dudeness balances with your smartness.Midsummer 2

BOTTOM: That’s not true. But if I’m smart enough to find my way out of this jungle, then I’m smart enough to fall in love with you! Let’s see if I can get out of here…

TITANIA: Don’t go! Dude, stay here, you’re going to enjoy it here ’cause I’m here—duh! You don’t wanna miss this. Also if you leave you might die, and I love you. So the point is, stay. Dude, I got fairies; dude, I got jewels from underground; and dude you can EVEN sleep on flowers while the fairies sing to you! I’ll take away your human self and you will be a forever living, floaty fairy dude. Peaseblossom! Walle! Greg! Get over here!

PEASEBLOSSOM: Ready!

WALLE: And I!

GREG: And I…need to take a shower.

ALL: What are we gonna do?!

TITANIA: Be kind and nice to this dude. Jump in his path and boogie before his eyes. Feed him chips and fries. Say hey to this dude!

PEASEBLOSSOM: Hey.

WALLE: Hey.

GREG: Hey. I’m Greg.

TITANIA: Come lead him to my basement and make him feel more dudely and good-looking. And tell him to shut up; I want him quiet. Continue reading

SEE ME, SEYMOUR: Little Shop of Horrors Takes Seattle

There’s a spaceship in the rafters.

At least, it looks like one. It’s white and ovate with jagged, tooth-like pieces of metal, conspicuously dangling among the stage lights overhead. I spent fifteen minutes wondering how an alien encounter could possibly fit into my painstaking research on the musical, the entire half paragraph of a Wikipedia synopsis that I skimmed beforehand. Then the house lights went dark, the twisted, purple wall onstage split wide open and a soulful trio of Skid Row Supremes (Nicole Rashida Prothro, Alexandria Henderson, Naomi Morgan) launched into the opening number. From that point forward, I couldn’t peel my eyes away from the stage.

Turns out it isn’t a spaceship at all. It’s an enormous dental appliance that descends from the ceiling as an evil dentist, Orin Scrivello D.D.S. (David Anthony Lewis), slowly rises out from beneath the eerily animate stage floor to an erupting cloud of backlit fog and dramatic keyboard.

If this does not compel you to buy your tickets to the ACT and 5th Avenue’s Little Shop of Horrors immediately, allow me to rephrase.

This show is awesome.  It might just be the best musical theater I have ever seen. Continue reading

Teen Review: Hound of the Baskervilles

Hounds of the BaskervillesMost people know the name Sherlock Holmes, the famous detective capable of solving any mystery. Currently, Seattle Rep is putting on a production of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles that is very worth seeing. Personally, I am not a huge fan of Holmes but this production captured me completely. The effects, the acting, the script, the staging and the set had me hooked into this enticing production.
 
The story follows Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson as they investigate the supposed hound that terrorizes the Baskerville property in England. After Henry/Hank Baskerville inherits the manor, strange things start happening to him and Holmes associates them with the curse of the hound. His goal becomes to find out what is really going on and put a stop to it. Based on the mystery aspect of this play, the audience is in for a big surprise as to who is behind the legend of the beast.
 
There is a scene that takes place in a train station in the first act of the play that was extremely captivating to me. As the set is constantly moving, the actors rush around the stage with music filling the space of dialogue to build up a great amount of suspense and excitement. Another element of the production that I loved was a gargoyle hound statue centered above the stage. Its eyes that glowed red at key moments throughout the play added an element of suspense and eeriness that nothing else could. The figure reminded me of a creature from Harry Potter and was an enjoyable and unique set feature.
 
If you have the time I would highly recommend attending this play, but hurry up because it only runs through December 15th.
 
If you do get a chance to see the play I hope you like it. However, if you miss it, there are many Sherlock Holmes stories available at your local library and online.
 
Whether you experience Holmes in print or on stage or on film, I hope you enjoy it.
 
Maddie, 16, Northeast Teen Adviser
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