by Miryam Gordon -
SGN A&E Writer
There are some STUPENDOUS productions opening in August. Thought it was a sleepy month? Not in Seattle. Check out the interesting, groundbreaking and thought-provoking stuff you can see.
Salty, ReAct Theatre, 8/1-18 (at 12th Avenue Arts)
The future: at one of the last surviving zoos. Mother Nature is on her way out and She be SALTY! Meet an unforgettable pride of queer penguins and their human zookeeper counterparts as they all struggle to find love and belonging in an ever-destructive world.
The Neverborn, Annex Theatre, 8/2-31 (world premiere)
The unique Kelleen Conway Blanchard brings us a 1930s Dustbowl era world only somewhat like our own. Two orphaned sisters, Lotte and Bettina Black, murder the Matron at the Starling Home for Feeble Minded children and set out to find their probably-not-dead mother. Soon they are pursued by a tormented detective, a gifted Reverend's son, and a vengeful, haunted baby painting. (Annex Theatre has A/C now!)
The Bar Plays, The Williams Project, 8/7-25 in repertory (at Washington Hall)
Small Craft Warnings by Tennessee Williams (opens 8/8)
A doctor, a beautician, a sex worker, a scriptwriter, a stud, a cook, and a boy from Iowa walk into a bar. In a dive on the wharf in San Diego, a makeshift community laughs, drinks, dances, fights, and cares for one another in Small Craft Warnings, Tennessee Williams' raucous and searching meditation on the lengths to which we will go to find human connection.
The Time of Your Life by William Saroyan (opens 8/16)
How should you spend the time you're given? 27 indelible characters stumble in and out of Nick's Waterfront Saloon, a spot trying to hold onto its soul in a city being rapidly transformed by economics and anxiety. Music, humor, poetry, and politics call on us to enjoy our city and each other while we have the chance.
(Every performance pay-what-you-can!)
Lungs, Really Really Theatre Group, 8/7-31 (at 12th Avenue Arts)
The world is getting hotter, seas are rising, and one couple is thinking of having a baby and considering what it truly means to bring one more person into the world. Lungs asks us to examine the responsibilities we have to each other, ourselves, and our environment.
Peeling, Sound Theatre Company, 8/8-25
Alfa, Beaty and Coral are three disabled actresses cast as the chorus in an absurdly over-produced, post-modern production of The Trojan Women. As the play-within-a-play unfolds about the women of Troy who lose their children in the bloody conflicts of men, so in parallel run the stories of Alfa, Beaty and Coral. The three actresses are harsh and clever critics of each other, themselves and the privileged cast and production team around them. (Tickets as low as $5.00.)
9 to 5 The Musical, Twelfth Night Productions, 8/9-18
Violet, Judy, and Doralee are fed up with the sexist, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. Pushed to the boiling point, they concoct a plan to give him the boot. When these unlikely friends take control of the office, they learn there's nothing they can't do, even in a man's world.
Kiki's Delivery Service, Theatre Battery, 8/10-25
Kiki is a 13-year old witch who flies away from home on her broomstick to start her own small business. On the path to success in a strange new place, Kiki must learn to trust her magical powers and find the determination to change a community for the better. Based on a series of books by Eiko Kadono and later adapted into a hit anime film by Hayao Miyazaki, this will be the first American production of Jessica Sian's stage adaptation. (Suitable for families and children.)
Indy Jones and the Raiders of the Last Temple of the Doomed Ark, Marxiano Productions, 8/15-9/15 (at the Bathhouse)
The Habit brings us another parody following the story of the original film, peppered with memorable scenes from the second and third films, and woven together with tons of jokes, witty songs, and clever commentary in the critically acclaimed troupe The Habit's trademark fast-paced style. Note: Indy Jones is a Crystal Skull free zone.
Bulrusher, Intiman Theatre and The Hansberry Project, 8/22-9/14 (at Jones Playhouse)
In 1955, in the Redwood Country north of San Francisco, a multiracial girl grows up in a predominantly white town whose residents pepper their speech with the historical dialect of Boontling. Bulrusher (found as an infant in a basket on the river) is an orphan with a gift for clairvoyance. She feels awkward in her small world but then discovers an entirely new place in her identity when a black girl from Alabama comes to town. Passionate, lyrical, and brimming with down-home humor, this play is an unforgettable experience in envisioning new community. (All seats for this production are free.)
Steel Magnolias, SecondStory Repertory, 8/23-9/8
Truvy Jones' beauty salon is where outspoken women regularly gather to laugh, cry and celebrate the events of their lives. But their world is rocked when M'Lynn's diabetic daughter gets pregnant, which could prove fatal, and the ladies' inner strength and love for one another is put to the ultimate test.
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