Seattle Spotlight: March 2007
What's in a Name?
The Scopes trial, reflecting current controversy over teaching Darwinism, is revisited with a revival of the 1950s chestnut, Inherit the Wind, at Renton Civic Theatre (March 23-April 8). Race-related political controversy explodes in The Story, about a black journalist who writes about a white teacher being killed in a black neighborhood, which will be given a reading by the Mirror Stage Company (March 11-12). The award-winning docudrama The Exonerated, presented at New Everett Theatre Company (March 9-25), reflects true life stories of innocent death row inmates who find freedom thanks to new evidence.
Love is analyzed in many different ways this month: Diana Son's Stop Kiss at the Seattle Public Theater, (March 15-April 8), shows how a kiss between two women catalyzes an examination of their relationship. Mary's Wedding, at Taproot Theatre Company (March 21-April 21), throws us back into World War I and a long-distance courtship. Seascape with Sharks and Dancer, at Absurd Reality Theatre (March 29-April 21), questions whether functional relationships between men and women are possible. Meanwhile, Act Theatre opens its season with Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House (March 30-April 29), a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, in which an accomplished doctor loses her husband -- also a physician -- to an older cancer patient.
Two musicals of note, one old and one brand new, will pluck your heartstrings. The national tour of Camelot rides into the 5th Avenue Theatre (March 20-April 8), with Michael York, Rachel York, and James Barbour as the members of the star-crossed triangle, while Once Upon a Time in New Jersey at the Village Theatre (March 14-May 13) transports Issaquah into 1956 New Jersey and the days of doo-wop, and pony tails.
Other notable offerings this month include Before It Hits Home at Brownbox (March 3-25), in which a man dying with AIDS goes "home" to find unexpected support from his homophobic father; the Strawberry Theatre Workshop performs David Mamet's The Water Engine (March 22-April 21) about a young inventor who runs an engine on distilled water, but is ridiculed and threatened; and GreenStage serves up Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth (March 2-24), which satirically tells of a wacky family's journey through flood, fire, pestilence, the ice age, and a dozen wars.
For something completely different, try the 2007 Moisture Festival at Hales Palladium (March 15-April 1), featuring local, national, and international performers in more than 28 shows spread out over three weekends.