Sunday, Sep 15, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
Back to Section One | Back to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, April 27, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 17
Surprising Exit at ArtsWest
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Surprising Exit at ArtsWest

By Miryam Gordon, SGN A&E Writer

Exit, Pursued by a Bear
ArtsWest
Through May 13


Playwright Lauren Gunderson was entranced with what she thought was one of the best stage directions she'd read: Exit pursued by a bear. It's in Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale. She's crafted a whole play based on an imaginative application of the title and her imaginative play is in production at ArtsWest for the next several weeks.

Gunderson's play is an idiosyncratic focus on domestic abuse, and includes a lot to laugh at while making a serious point about the dynamics in many dysfunctional and abusive relationships. She's from Georgia, so the southern flavor demands presence and Sara Coates' portrayal of Nan Carter is of an intelligent Southern woman who is not very well educated. But she can quote J.C., chapter and verse, better than anyone. J.C. in this context is Jimmy Carter.

Gunderson has resurrected Jimmy Carter in this simple play along with making other points. His quotes are quite applicable and wise. Nan uses them to bolster herself for what she has decided to do.

In a dramatic opening, Nan's husband, Kyle (Jonah Von Spreecken) is duct-taped and gagged into an upholstered rocker, and he's a bit groggy from being hit over the head with a frying pan. Nan introduces him and the audience to the sequence of events that occurred just shortly before he became trapped. They include an argument where Kyle hits Nan for the last time, after which she finally snaps and smashes his head with the frying pan.

We're pretty much on Nan's side, as the fourth wall is broken and Nan explains, with the help of new friend, stripper Sweetheart also known as Trisha (Hannah Mootz) and Gay best friend Simon (Kyle James Traver), that her plan is to leave Kyle trapped in the chair, spread frozen venison cutlets around the chair, and leave the rural house door open so the rotting meat will attract local bears to come and lunch.

However, before Nan leaves, she has decided to produce a little play for Kyle to show him how his behavior has hurt her. Sweetheart is so enthusiastic that she has even memorized what Nan wrote. So, the audience and Kyle witness their relationship. But Kyle still has enough manipulative power to get Nan to relive some of their good times, as well as the bad, and puts the plan in jeopardy. If Kyle can remind Nan of how much they loved each other, will she abandon her revenge?

Director Keri Healey keeps the somewhat unwieldy play on its edge, with a solid cast of actors. It definitely showcases life's imbalances, the funny and fierce, and has true things to say about domestic abuse. Kyle seems to get it, while many men in the same situation might just be filled with so much rage that they couldn't ever get out of their thoughts to examine their faults.

Then there is the mix of video and karaoke, and a very quick surprise ending. It's a bit of a rollercoaster, and if you like to be surprised, and to laugh some rueful laughs, this is a play for you. For more information, go to www.artswest.org or call 206-938-0339. Discuss your opinions with sgncritic@gmail.com.

Pride Idol doubles down in week four
------------------------------
The real Mike Ruiz: Photographer to the stars opens up
about turning his fantasy childhood into a career catalyst

------------------------------
Kristin Chenoweth: Her career, concert, and her new philosophies
------------------------------
SGN EXCLUSIVE: A look inside EVO Tapas Kitchen & Cabaret
------------------------------
SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Damn Yankees star Christopher Charles Wood
------------------------------
Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival preview
------------------------------
Dyke About Town: Inti-Ilimani earns standing ovations
------------------------------
Oregon Shakespeare Festival in full swing
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Coldplay dazzles Seattle fans
------------------------------
Giddily gory Cabin worth visiting
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
------------------------------

------------------------------
Scissor Sisters announce Paramount show, Sinead cancels
------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------
Letters
------------------------------
Northwest Bears' Spring Thaw XVIII
------------------------------
Art of Racing takes a few too many laps
------------------------------
Minority report
------------------------------
Justice unleashes mighty performance in Portland
------------------------------
Last Call: Snow Patrol completes third week of British invasion
------------------------------
The welcome return of Trpceski
------------------------------
Team of Heroes an evening of fun
------------------------------
Surprising Exit at ArtsWest
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1605 12 Ave., Ste. 31
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2011

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News