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posted Friday, March 1, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 9
Grunge match - These Streets is a tribute to Seattle's unsung rock heroines
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Grunge match - These Streets is a tribute to Seattle's unsung rock heroines

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

THESE STREETS
HARLEY RUDINOFF PRODUCTIONS
(at ACT Theatre)
Through March 10


If you lived in the Capitol Hill area in the early '90s, or went there a lot for your nightlife, you probably experienced many of the small grunge-rock bands that proliferated there. If that was your music - if you embraced it, loved it, lived it - a new theatrical retrospective, These Streets, is everything you've been waiting for.

These Streets means to fill in a void, giving belated recognition to dozens of women rockers who were ignored while all male-bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden hit the big time. It focuses on a group of friends who have no life outside their music and everything they do or think has to do with making more of it. We see these friends as both their younger and their older selves, as they recreate stories from their past.

The creators of this event have an intimate history with the era. Musician Gretta Harley played in some of those bands and performs with a tight foursome (Mitch Ebert, Fiia McGann, and Ron Nine being the others) in what is clearly the most successful aspect of the production. Whether you like the music of that era or not, these musicians are talented professionals and bring off the sound effortlessly.

Actor/singer Sarah Rudinoff is a current bandmate of Harley's and it was through composing new songs recently that the two came up with the idea to theatricalize the untold story of women rockers in Seattle. After recruiting writer/performer Elizabeth Kenny, they began to interview dozens of women with a view toward writing a story incorporating their histories.

MUSICAL HISTORY LESSON
There is a lot of talent on the stage, all with good-to-great singing voices, and a lot of heart. Everyone passionately wants to convey this story and honor the women of '90s rock. While they succeed musically (except for a weird penchant for playing eight bars of a song and then stopping), often their script just doesn't draw in the audience or make us want to know these characters much better.

The audience understands that these are a group of friends who live, eat, breathe, fight, feud, play, scheme, promote, write, and copy music and each other. But it never feels immediate or of concern to us. It is like watching a moving diorama of a specific history. For those in the audience who lived it, it is clearly an exhilarating ride and one they connect with deeply. So for that niche audience, this is not to be missed.

If this wasn't your kind of music, it's unlikely that this show will make you a fan. You may appreciate the energy, the musicianship, and the information, but otherwise might not find much to sustain your interest. While women may feel irritated that, yet again, women's contributions were overlooked and underrated, the most important aspect of the piece might be the oral history the project collected in advance of creating the script. For more information, go to www.acttheatre.org or http://thesestreets.org, or call (206) 292-7676.

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