|Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura), 1638-39|
Painted by Artemisia Gentileschi
You had such a good time reading about upcoming shows in January that you clamored for more information for February! Well, we’re happy to oblige and let you know about the scintillating choices around the Sound on area stages. In fact, there is so much locally written material this month, we could dub February Locally Written Theater Month.
First to open is a locally written play, Natural, at Annex Theatre, 2/3-18/15 but on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Writer Marcus Gorman crafts a play about six Seattleites who unravel messy, urban lives of retail hell, online erotica and crises of sexual identity. Art and Theo met in French class and seem to be very happy together. But while Theo sorts through his relationship with a persistent coworker, and his best friend Chloe tries to reconcile her on- and off-line reputations, Art finds himself unexpectedly drawn to worldly bartender Samantha. Alliances shift, friendships are tested, and mistakes are made.
Carousel is the next musical at The 5th Avenue Theatre, from 2/5/15-3/1/15 (a co-production of the 5th and Spectrum Dance Theater). It’s a classic musical love story about a carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, who loves mill worker Julie Jordan. After his untimely death, Billy makes a deal with an angel and is allowed to return to earth for just one day for a chance to redeem his life and make peace with the wife and daughter he left behind. A terrific cast, headed by Laura Griffith, Brandon O’Neill and Billie Wildrick, promises a strong showing, along with some unique choreography from Spectrum Dance Theater. The musical is not without controversy, though, since Billy Bigelow is a rough-cast fellow who has such difficulty managing his feelings that he hits people, including women.