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From the Editor’s Perch

January 30, 2011

It’s All Greek to Us

If you want the primal emotions you have to go back to the Greeks.  ODonnaugh’s carnage is leavened with humor.  Tennessee William’s brutality is hysteric.  And Shakespeare is just way too intelligent.  We’re all Post-Modern now.  We’re all too self-aware – or think that we are – to be caught off-guard like the Greeks.  There’s too much Hamlet in our bones.   Greek theater is the best way nowadays (outside perusing the Tabloids) to see what lurks in the deepest recesses of our emotional DNA.  Alas!  Most of the real Greeks nowadays are locked up in sexual rehabilitation centers and/or prisons and receiving counselling.  But there are some very good simalcrums having a very good time on stage at the Trinity Church  on First Hill in a production of Jason and Medea …a Love Story by Theatre 9/12.  A funny thought occurred to me half-way through the play that it would be interesting to plop a psychotherapist down in the midst of it all.  The modern call-in-show, talk therapy and self-help books – even Dr. Phil – would seem pretty weak medicine indeed for what is troubling these souls.  A lot of thorazine might make a start…  Anyway…

Barbara Lindsay Wrote the Adaption

I attended this past Saturday evening with my wife Lynn and several theater friends and found a full house and comfortable chairs.  The play was from a very successful adaption by Barbara Lindsay (start our series of interviews with her, here:  ) commissioned by Theatre 9/12.  Performing on a spare stage with just the few symbolic props left the actors license to perform feats which sketched the action in our heads.  An audience favorite was their re-creation of a fire breathing dragon.  Some of the most magical transformations for me involved the simplest of means, for example: two girls speaking in unison – pretending to be boys, or a group of women rowing as Jason stood looking forward to his destiny.  All of the actors did good work.  Therese Diekhans, as the Narrator, seemed especially well cast and moving.  All that long black curling hair on Medea summoned the spirit of the Greek Medussa, and Lisa Carswell, Medea, looked like she’d applied some of that liquid tanning to her skin.  This affected me, as it recalled those shamins and sorcerers who spread colored muds and such across themselves – I would guess – to get in the ‘mood’.  Anyway, to more important matters for those of us obsessed with  celebrity, Chris – our Fashion editor – pointed out to me later that the actor, Simon Hamlin, who plays Pelias (among many personas) in this production (who appears also in The Divine Marigolds – see our piece on this in the Seattle Celebrity News! backissues) also is currently seen in the movie, The Fighter, staring Mark Walberg and Christian Bale.  (This is a fine movie, by the way.)  Like all the events I’ve seen produced by Theatre 9/12 this one was well done and well attended.

And for those of you interested in eccentric dining experiences, you might visit a small crepierie, just a block and a half north of the Trinity Church after the performance.  It’s open till 11pm.  And it may take you that long to get your order.  The service is surreal.  The menu is a long line of pages taped to the counter breathe barrier.  And it doesn’t matter whether you order just a glass of orange juice or a crepe wilh all sorts of amendments, you get a spot in line and that’s that.  So you might as well order large.  Because the food is great when it gets there.  The cafe is quiet.  Chris, Dan, Scot, Freddie, Lyn, Jorj, Lynn and I all had a great time discussing the play afterwards.  And the restauranteur actually looked a lot like the Medea of the play.  What does it all mean? 

Photo by Carl Nelson

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