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Seattle Celebrity News!

May 4, 2012

Jorj Savage: the first OLLIE

OLLIE’S SPIRIT LIVES ON…

Editor:  The Dangerous Theatre in Denver has picked up the Ollie ‘spirit’  (first embodied by our own Jorj Savage – see interview right here: https://schn00dles.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/ive-had-death-threats/ )  And opening night is today!  Catch a bus, or catch a flight… but put this on your bucket list.

Ollie’s Day Out

Written by Carl Nelson

Directed by Patricial Goodman

Featuring the talents of Art Goodman, Hannah Richards & Ben Telayo

 

Are you ever too old to appreciate the beauty of a young woman? Ollie doesn’t think so. At the age of 84 he seeks out beauty wherever he can. He finds Niki alone and not so patiently waiting for her boyfriend in a hotel bar. By the time Paul shows up Ollie has fallen in love with Niki. She has grown fond of Ollie and is not about to let Paul off the hook so easily for being late.

May 4 – June 10, 2012

{NOTE: No performances over Memorial Day Weekend}

Fridays at 7:30 & Saturdays at 7:00

Sundays 6/3 & 10 @ 1:00 (includes brunch in the ticket price)
Tickets $20.00

$5.00 Discount for students, seniors, military and members of the

Colorado Theatre Guild.

Work, work, work… with Rita Andreeva

April 9, 2012

Rita’s Life Further Dramatized

"American Roomates"

 As if Rita’s life were not dramatic enough, it has now been further ‘dramatized’ into a short play, “American Roomates”.  To read this roman de clef, go to: http://ritasplays.blogspot.com/2012/03/just-finished-now-american-roommates.html 

Photo by Carl Nelson

NEW PLAYS

March 9, 2012

OLLIE’S DAY OUT

OLLIE at the Bar.

OLLIE, 84, awakes one day to find his shoes wrapped and waiting under the Christmas tree.  He takes this as a ‘suggestion’, and wandering away from his assisted care facility finds himself in Fitzgeralds, an upscale hotel bar.  He immediately takes a shine to NIKI, who is waiting there for her boyfriend, PAUL to show.  Love struck, OLLIE decides to try and woo her. 

 While talking with OLLIE, NIKI lets it drop that she is pregnant.  OLLIE offers to marry her.  PAUL, the father, who arrives late, is hesitant to get married.  OLLIE’s ardor and commitment battle with PAUL’s youth and hesitance for the heart of NIKI.

To read the first 10 pages of this script, click on OLLIE’S DAY OUT under “Pages” to the right….     – Editor

From the Editor’s Perch

October 15, 2010

God of Carnage

by Yasmina Reza

Note:  Jorj can’t review this latest offering by the Seattle Rep because of contractual arrangements.  So this leaves your dear Editor the task.  Which is fine with me, because Yasmina Reza is my favorite playwright.

Ruth Yenter Plays a Character with Issues

Most of the reviews I have currently read about this production have been pretty much in the ballpark of what my friend Dan Green had to say at his blog (http://dangblog.wordpress.com/),  “Pretty funny, pretty lightweight.”   

To which I would reply: “Very funny, but lightweight?  Only deceptively so…”

The problems of human relationships which Yasmina mines with such theatrical success establish her as a leading interpreter of our modern world.  Recently, at an ACT Theater lecture series, Mindscapes, the local historian Mott Greene, detailed some of what we have learned about how our brains make sense of things.   When the external world rewards an idea we have,  by virtue of an arrangement of neuronal networking, these networks become established (myelinated).   What is interesting is that these ideas come from both stimuli entering from outside and from autonomous neural activity from within our own brains.  Carl Jung, the psychoanalyst, had much to say about this.  He described “complexes” which arise from within the brain.  When these complexes are able to define themselves through healthy encounters with the external world, they can become very positive and productive.  However, when they are unable to attach to an external verification, they often erupt as negative manifestations.    So, for example, he found that those patients with some of the most intractable “mother complexes” were actually orphans; people with no experience of mothering.

What I’m getting at is this:  As our culture becomes more and more socially isolating, what with children only raised by one parent, isolated play activities, decreased experience of either parent, tv and computer  use, and decreased traditional experiences – we risk never having the experiences necessary to ‘civilize’ these neuronal activities which continually arise.   And perhaps, we become a society that becomes harder and harder to ‘civilize’, as each issue becomes more and more of a ‘hot button’ and we ‘foresee’ the worst in each other.   In Yasmina’s plays, it’s the issue at hand which is hardly explored – and it’s the hysteria induced by just a slighting familiarity with the issue which produces the play.  In this current production at the Rep, the children have a relatively normal altercation – but the parents make rubble of each others’ entire lives while attempting to discuss it.  What could be more crucial to our complex modern existence but the ability to dispassionately discuss and resolve issues?    This playwright’s success indicates to me that we aren’t doing very well, and that huge numbers of well- educated people recognize this.

Extrapolating, I wonder if we haven’t reached the point often nowadays, where the person you are discussing an issue with simply hasn’t the neural network in place to understand what you are saying.  That is, your “two plus two equals four “ does not ring any bells for them – or if it does, they’re alarms!   And I wonder if this is the next turn Yasmina’s new plays might take.  Whatever, I’ll be there to watch and learn… and oddly, to laugh and enjoy myself.  For awhile.

Photo by Carl Nelson

Plays and Such with Jorj Savage

October 5, 2010

Editor’s note:  Jorj and I have agreed to disagree.  The Editor feels that if you are REALLY immature, you will like this play, a LOT.  (Because you will identify with its characters… that is, because YOU are immature.)  But let’s hear what Jorj has to say.

Jorj and the Editor Face Off

“Arts West does a season of plays and the current offering, REASONS TO BE PRETTY, by Neil LaBute, an established playwright and screen writer grabbed me tonight (9/22/10).  It was well cast and directed by Katjana Vadeboncoueur.  I’ve been writing a two characer play and REASONS TO BE PRETTY is sort of two two character plays that intertwine.  There are two couples but not a love triangle.  One couple, Greg and Steph, break up after a 4 year relationship.  They have a lot going for them but just can’t quite commit.  Meanwhile, Greg’s old friend Kent is married but begins fooling around. We see that relationship will end even though she’s pregnant.

I sat next to two women who looked to be in their twenies and they were really into it.  The play seem to speak to their generation and had some of the language down pretty well.

There’s a lot of swearing and yet it seems in character.  I didn’t want the play to end.  I’d grown to like and care about these people.  –  Jorj”

Photo (taken out of  context) by Carl Nelson


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