Archive for October, 2010

Plays and Such with Jorj Savage

October 29, 2010

Editor’s Note:  MacBeth in 3 hours.  “Dear Carl – Roi Martin and I saw it this evening.” 

Greenstage is doing MacBeth at their space at Fifth and Lenore and tonight, (Thursday 10/28/10), I got in although 40 people were turned away.  It’s a fun MacBeth.  The witches are blonde in gold dresses.  There’s a barbershbop quartette with Mok Moser singing bass.  Ryan Spickford plays MacBeth with great althleticism.  A cast of 17, some playing multiple roles is full of promising actors.  It’s done fast paced and rips along skimming the surface of the story.

Erin Day appears at McDuff in a silly Amelia Erhart pilot’s outfit.  You see her a few times and then in the second act suddenly she is there, she is McDuff, told that his wife has been killed and his children.  You see her eyes.  Are you sure she asks.  Yes and the dog.  She stares into space.  She is a man who has lost his family. I was moved to tears.  And then she kisses her sword and you know MacBeth doesn’t have a chance.

A few scenes later she is much abusing him.  Kicking him saying that’s for my wife, that’s for my children.  She kicks him ten feet.  For my dog.  She cuts off his head and holds it high and the audience cheers.  And it becomes a play about McDuff not MacBeth.  You see what real theater is, what Shakespeare can be when played by a real actor. “Tis enough.  Twil serve.”

– Jorj

Photo by Carl Nelson


Marquee du jour

October 29, 2010
Editor’s Note:  I directed Lunch in the Afterworld in this WARP’s production of scary shorts.  And Will Phillips and Molly Blades gave me fine performances.

Halloween Thriller/Chiller!

WARP’s Halloween Show, “Revenge of the Fun Forest”, is a festival of original one-act plays and comedy sketches by Seattle playwrights. Come and enjoy tales of ghosts, ghouls, vampires, high school teachers, and some of the world’s most dysfunctional families. The lineup includes work by John Ruoff, Chris Mathews, Leonard Goodisman, Lyn Coffin, Chris Fruitrich, Donna Van Norman, Josie de Lellis and, of course, a performance by Troupe Comique. Cast includes Molly Blades, Tamara Burnett, Lyn Coffin, Ellen Covey, Jason Dooley, Sherein Idkeidek, Jeremy January, Adam Jones, Dale Kazdan, Chris Mathews, Danny Osborne, Will Phillips, Jim Quatier, Rachel Ross, John Ruoff, Eric Smiley, Mara Steve, Sonja Watson, and Stephanie Wichmann.
Performances will be at the Seattle Center TPS Theater 4, located on the fourth floor of the Center House, on October 29, 30 and 31 and November 5 and 6. All performances start at 8PM, with doors opening at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10 at the door, $5 for students and those over 65. Tickets are 2 for $10 if purchased (i.e., paid for) in advance from WARP writers, directors, cast, or crew members. Tickets can also be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets

Photo by Carl Nelson

Plays and Such with Jorj Savage

October 29, 2010

Actual Measurements May Vary

THREE TALL WOMEN by Edward Albee

“Albee Play at Leo K.  Allison Narver has mounted THREE TALL WOMEN and I saw opening night last night (10/27/10).  The play within a play became even more so when Megan Cole playing the oldest version of the woman, in her dotage, started calling for lines.  In the first act an over 90 woman rants and recalls her youth while a caregiver and women representing her lawyer listen and deal with her.  At the end of Act I she has a stroke and dies.

A dummy of her dead body remains in her bed for act two.  Megan Cole comes back as a more vigorous version of her elder self to talk with a middle age version and a twenty something version of herself played by the actors from act one.  Nick Garrison appears in a non speaking role.

The play first done in 1991 is autobiographical and Nick Garrison is Albee, adopted to a wealthy family that he didn’t fit into very well.

Hopefully the Rep. will keep doing Albee having done LADY FROM DUBUQUE a few years ago. Some people think he is America’s greatest living playwright. He does bleak well and with humor.”  – Jorj

Drawing by Carl Nelson

Seattle Celebrity News!

October 28, 2010
The Divine Marigolds ramps up:

Starlet Preparing / Shoot Begins this Coming Month

Director Flown in From LA!

Shooting to begin mid-November

Flash!  According to Producer Will Chase, initial filming of the TV Pilot The Divine Marigolds is to begin this mid-November at a West Seattle location.  The initial shoot  should take 2 days.  And an LA Director is being flown in special, apparently to deposit a little of that lucky  Hollywood pixie dust onto this talented local effort.  Stay tuned.  We will be offering full coverage. 

Photo by Carl Nelson

Plays and Such with Jorj Savage

October 27, 2010

Ghosts Love Hamlet

HAMLET at the Center House

“Last night 10/26/10 I saw the first prevue of HAMLET at Center House free because of Art’s Crush free week.  Directed by John Langs and starring Darragh Kennan it runs nearly 3 1/2 hours with one intermission.  A subdued Charles Leggit has multiple roles including the ghost of Hamlet’s father.  The production has a Scandinavian quality which is good because the play is set in Denmark.  The bare walls set, with a interesting walls to look it, is vaguely reminicent of the time of kings.  There is much use of a knife and sword and a climactic sword fight between Hamelt and Laertes but various modern elements get into the show, some suitcases on a cart, high heels, a colt 45.  The suggestion is that the story is timeless.

The show stalls a little in the second act when Hamlet is off stage but I liked that all the lines were delivered so I could hear them.  So many phrases and book titles and comparing Denmark to rotten fruit are there to revisit.

Darragh Kennan is centered and kind of a Holden Caufield Hamlet.  He sees corruption and so rejects the whole society he’s part of.  He plays at being  mad, then when he kills David Plichette (Polonius) things spin out of control.  There are 15 actors, many in multiple roles.  Seattle Shakespere Company has gone all out.

There were many teachers in attendance who planned to study the play in their classes and then bring them to the show.

My college friend Jim Missey was fond of quoting an old professor as saying: “We do not like to see our author produced, least of all Hamlet.”  The text alone is more than any production but I love seeing it.  I saw Stacy Keach do it once.   –  Jorj  10/27/10″

Photo by Carl Nelson

Fashion with Chris

October 27, 2010

Will Chris Drop Fashion for a Hollywood Career?

Editor’s Note:  We’ve had a lot of requests for Chris’ fall line-up.  I’m afraid Hollywood has had its feelers out also.  Here’s a short trailer of Chris’ upcoming movie, Chocolate Holics. 

Chocolate Holics

However, the Seattle Celebrity News! is in negotiations with Chris’ Hollywood agent.  And we’re hopeful we can resume shooting Chris’ Fall AND Christmas fashion line-up as soon as some contractural complications are resolved.  In the meanwhile, enjoy Chris Mathews in his first romantic lead with the lovely actress, Kara Thorne!

Photo by Carl Nelson

Plays and Such with Jorj Savage

October 25, 2010

Jorj Likes to Hang Around for the Post Play Discussions

Celebrity AlertFormer Seattle Police Chief  Norm Stamper stars in this transplant from Orcas Island. 

Brilliant Traces

“”BRILLIANT TRACES at Richard Hugo House remaining performaces October 29 and 30 and Novemberf 5,6 and 7 8:00 pm.  This is a Dramatists Play Service Catalogue play by Cindy Lou Johnson that was produced on Orcus Island and the production has been moved for a three weekend run at Richard Hugo House.  The two character play, with former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper as a old Alaska recluse who is visted by a runaway bride from Arizona is good community theater.  Very different from the usual Capitol Hill edgy fare.  It’s an actors vehicle and Chief Stamper and Melinda Milligan have it down.  She’s freaked out and he’s trying to get away from all people but they are forced into a romantic situation in his remote cabin.  He looks fit and lean and she is blonde and wild and the set up makes for engaging interplay. Since I’m trying to write my first two character play it was a good one for me to see.”  –   Jorj 10/25/10

Photo by Carl Nelson

From the Editor’s Perch

October 25, 2010


Life in the Multiverse

by Johnjoe McFadden

(Final review of 2.)

Noodle Still Can't Decide If He's a Wave or a Particle

Well, I’ve finished the book.  And it was quite a read.  A little work, but very rewarding.  And for those of you who might be worried about running into God Declared Miracles… not to worry.  It’s safe to proceed.   (I have run point for you here.)

We all need an audience to help us decide what we are.  (What you see in the photo above is a ‘bark’ for help!  So please read this post and help Noodle to ‘decohere’ from his present quantum ‘superposition’!)  And apparently atomic particles are no different; not being able to decide upon acting like a wave or particle until they are watched very closely.  (A lot like teenagers, you might think.) 

This book takes a sober look at some current thinking about the relationship between quantum theory dynamics and evolutionary theory facts, and also discusses what may be the quatum nature of our own neural consciousness.  That’s a lot thrown into the pot for one book. 

 But there’s more.  And I leave you with this tantalizing quote from our author, Johnjoe McFadden:  “I believe we are now on the brink of a new adventure which will bring about the synthesis of physical  and biological sciences through quantum mechanics.  On one hand, electronic engineers are constructing nanotechnology devices – electronics on the scale of living cells – manipulating single atoms and single electrons, on a level where they inevitably confront the quantum nature of their raw materials.  Biologists are coming to appreciate the fact that living cells have been performing nanotechnology for billions of years and must have learnt to deal with, and to exploit, the quantum realm.”

Have fun!

Photo by Carl Nelson

Work, work, work… with Rita Andreeva

October 21, 2010
Editor’s Note:  Rita continues to vent.  I can’t stop it.

Geek Emerging

 “Looking for work I came across an ad for an IT commercial. The ad said: “5 good looking, height-weight proportionate people: 2 men and 3 women between 25 and 35 y.o. to sit in front of laptops and look intelligent. Pay $100/hr.” I am so sick of commercials making a ridiculous standardized fairy tale out life! So I sent them a reply:   “Just thought I’d point out that most IT professionals are not at all attractive or height-weight proportionate, and the age range is spread from 18 to about 60 pretty evenly, and out of 5 people only one would be a woman, it would never be 3 women 2 men ratio. Get five geeky fat slobs, feet clad in torn sneakers up on the tables, unwashed baggy jeans showing the butt cracks, throw pop cans around and empty Frito bags, pizza boxes, a week-old sandwich and leftover cake from a birthday party, get some flies buzzing around, a dog that keeps scratching and licking itself with relish, some heavy metal glaring in the background – now that would be a correct representation of IT professionals”         –  Rita

Photo (taken completely out of context) by Carl Nelson

The Most Exciting Thing I Can Imagine

October 20, 2010

Leavin' cheap motels surrounding cracked asphalt, leavin' the ratty backyards, leavin' off bakin' in the hot sun...

Editor’s note:  In school we read poems and then talk about them; discuss their meaning.  I would suggest finding an actor to ‘play’ the poem, while the students play director – adjusting the various bits of the actors performance for  ‘authenticity’.   This is how we go about it in the theater.  And it’s a valuable way of feeling one’s way into a piece of art, rather than thinking one’s way.  Artwork is often more revealing and receptive to this approach.  For example, in this poem we found that the narrator was an older Southern woman recounting one of her earliest adventures at age 15, when she ran off with her older boyfriend.

Voice by Molly Blades / Photo by Carl Nelson

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