Monday, Sep 16, 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
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, July 19, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 29
Manic recession - Intiman's play about economic injustice is long on laughs but short on politics
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Manic recession - Intiman's play about economic injustice is long on laughs but short on politics

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

WE WON'T PAY! WE WON'T PAY!
INTIMAN THEATRE FESTIVAL
Through September 14


The first play to open Intiman Theatre's summer festival is Dario Fo's We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! It's essentially a political commentary paralleling our economy circa 2008, with its downsizing, mass layoffs, and resulting insecurity, as told by clowns. Originally reflecting an Italian economic crisis in 1974, Fo wrote about the 'self-reduction' movement, which essentially boiled down to pay-what-you-can. But it wasn't for theater tickets, as it is commonly done today - it was for grocery items!

The play focuses on two fed-up housewives who find themselves with a whole bunch of food they didn't actually pay for, mostly because they don't have enough money. Antonia (Tracy Michelle Hughes) and Margherita (Kylee Rousellot) know that their husbands would be very unhappy with them if they found out the food was not paid for.

Margherita had helped Antonia carry groceries home by stuffing some under her coat. When Antonia encourages her to take some home, she looks to Antonia to help her explain to Luiggi (G. Valmont Thomas) where she got it all. As Antonia tries to figure that out, police are making a house-to-house search for contraband, and the women are stuck in place. Antonia decides Margherita must be pregnant, beginning a long string of lies to back that up. Not only does she tell the police that, but she tells it to her husband, Giovanni (Burton Curtis), who comes home unexpectedly.

Giovanni is a fool who believes anything Antonia tells him, including that a pregnancy could be less than five months long, that babies can be transplanted from one woman's womb into another's, and other outrageous concoctions. Luigi also is convinced of some major whoppers. The text is full of broad, farcical inventions.

STANDLEY STANDS OUT
The primary clown is Adam Standley, who plays multiple police officers, an undertaker, and even Giovanni's father. The audience knows that he is the same person and is in on the joke. Director Jane Nichols, a clowning expert, takes huge advantage of Standley's astonishing flexibility and wiry strength and makes him fall all about and play dead and get dragged into and hung in a closet, where he then has to run around from and appear as a different character. All that exuberant clowning can add up to great laughs.

Hughes is the sole voice of plausibility and reason, even as she tells bigger and bigger whoppers. Rousellot's introduction to a major Seattle house gets a rave from this reviewer, who found her captivating in a smaller but crucial support role. While the two husbands are hugely talented actors, somehow they inhabited these roles with less success, though they were both game and fully present. Perhaps one reason is that they are clearly smart men and it was difficult to see them buying such preposterous lies.

In between the sometimes big laughs, though, the production doesn't allow the political message of Fo much breath, and we don't really hear what he wants to say about the 'haves' getting the most of life and the 'have-nots' getting what's left. It's very close to Occupy's '99%' message, but it is not emphasized, and this is to the production's detriment. The clowns here are for laughing at, not identifying with.

Expect a style of performance that you might not be used to: people face the audience and declaim, rather than interact with each other, pretending there is a 'wall' between them and the audience. This is a deliberate choice, but it might feel awkward if you don't know the form.

This is a polarizing performance. People seemed either to like it a lot or to be pretty disappointed. It's hard to know who will end up where on that spectrum, so this writer can only hope what you've read will help you determine whether it appeals to you. For more information, go to www.intiman.org or call (206) 441-7178.

Discuss your opinions with sgncritic@gmail.com or go to www.facebook.com/SeattleTheaterWriters.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Rhythm and Rimes: Country megastar is no stranger to Seattle - or to Gay culture
------------------------------
Go red! - Gaysha Starr returns to Seattle for Red Dress Party
------------------------------
Requiem for an ally - Glee's Cory Monteith dies of overdose at 31
------------------------------
Macklemore & Lewis add third show
------------------------------
Jimmy Eat World devours Seattle
------------------------------
Barenboim's brilliant Bruckner - A new challenge and a dream come true
------------------------------
Shakespeare light - Taproot's musical Illyria is a perfect summer concoction
------------------------------
Manic recession - Intiman's play about economic injustice is long on laughs but short on politics
------------------------------

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

------------------------------
Frankly, my dear ... Vegas drag star Frank Marino gets engaged onstage
------------------------------
Back story - The Way Way Back is a perceptive summertime treat
------------------------------
A snail of a tale - Warmhearted Turbo runs an imaginative race
------------------------------

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

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

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

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

------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------
Letters
------------------------------
The thrill of the haunt - Innervating Conjuring is an unsettling supernatural thriller
------------------------------
Beyond Boys - The evolution of LGBT imagery in pop culture reflects our success
------------------------------
Parsons, Quinto, Lynch, Liberace movie lead LGBT contingent of Emmy nominees
------------------------------

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2012

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