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Mirrors – psychological mysteries

Title:  Mirrors

Author:  John O’Brien

Summary: A father’s mental struggle as he switches between two realities: one where his family is alive, and one where his family has died in a house fire.

Gut reaction:  Loved it!

Why: The beginning was somewhat difficult to get through. Although once you get past the first scene with the family everything starts to make since in a sort of creepy yet awesome way. It was the type of play that required multiple read-throughs to find all the hidden connections O’Brien made between his two realities. I found the play left me with many questions but I was well satisfied with the twists, turns, and answers it did give me.

Who would like this book: You would like this play if you enjoy psychological mysteries.

Note: This play is not available through The Seattle Public Library. If you are interested, you can request it from another library system for a $5 fee or purchase your own copy.

-Catalina, Teen Blogger

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

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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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
Maddie
 

Teen Review: Photograph 51 (Play)

photograph_51I recently dragged myself to see the play Photograph 51, at the Seattle Repertoire Theatre. I can’t say I was too excited to see it but I went anyway, knowing I would receive extra credit in my biology class for it.

First off, I’m not really into science.  And that’s what this play was about; the discovery of the DNA’s double helix in the mid 1950s.
 
Upon arriving, I was pleasantly surprised at how small and comfortable the venue was. The theatre feels personal and spacious, while giving the audience an intimate view. The stage, also, was a pleasant surprise, as it was not set up like traditional theaters. Backstage areas were partially visible, and the props were simple but effective.
 
I have to say, the play opened my eyes to how interesting the world of science is. It told the true story of British scientist Rosalind Franklin, and her discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.  The credit for this discovery, however, went to rivals James Watson and Francis Crick.  The plot was filled with romance, discovery, and deception – who would have thought that science could be all of those things?!
 
Unfortunately, the play is no longer showing.  However, I highly recommend it to anyone, especially those who think they don’t like science.  You just might be surprised.
 
Natalie, Northeast Teen Adviser
 

Teen Review: Good People (Play)

Good PeopleI recently attended the play Good People at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. The play is set in present day South Boston, also known as “Southie”.  It was written by David Lindsay-Abaire and this production was directed by David Saint. The story focuses on Margie, a middle aged single mom of her disabled daughter Joyce. After Margie loses her job, she reaches a dead end and needs to make ends meet. One of her friends recommends that she reach out to a former flame from her childhood for help. She takes the advice, and the story unfolds from there.
 
This play deals with economic troubles, friendship, love, sacrifice, diversity, and especially how the place you come from changes who you are.
 
I think that when a play, or movie, or any form of art makes you discuss and think about it afterwards, that is the sign of good art. This play definitely made me do that and I very much enjoyed it. It was a thought-provoking and engaging play that tackled some very important and current issues.  I would highly recommend checking the print version out or catching a production of it if you are ever near one.
 
I hope you get a chance to learn more about this play and hope you enjoy it!
 
Maddie, Northeast Teen Adviser