Week in Reviews: ‘Osage’ All the Rage

Despite opening only a few days ago, the reviews are already pouring in for August: Osage County at The Paramount.  This week also brings us some Jane Austen, Obama, and naughtiness in restoration times.

  • August: Osage County, here briefly on a nationwide tour, is presented locally by Seattle Theatre Group.  Reviews raved about lead actress Estelle Parsons, but they also had nice things to say about the script and the rest of the cast.  Miryam Gordon has the highest praise, calling it “the next classic drama of our century.”  Seattle Broadwayworld.com calls it a “finely crafted piece of art on stage that will leave you reeling.”
  • Book-It Repertory presents their adaptation of Emma, which was itself adapted from the hit 1995 movie Clueless.. or maybe it was the other way around?  The Seattle Weekly calls the men in Emma “perfect” with extra points for Dylan Chalfy as Mr. Knightly.  Rosemary Jones says the production “retains all of Jane Austen’s pointed humor about the trials and tribulations of a young lady determined to rearrange other people’s romantic lives.”
  • Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center received a fairly mild reception for Obama on My Mind, a musical about the final days of last year’s election.  Jay Irwin had the harshest words, accusing it of “one of the most blatant and unnecessary abuses” of President Obama’s name.  Tom Keogh in The Seattle Times stook up for the show however: “[Obama] is more a collection of sociopolitical types than complex people. But that works quite well for Hayes’ jokey show.”
  • Measure For Pleasure opened last weekend at ArtsWest.  Nancy Worssam (Seattle Times) calls it “naughty though lighthearted entertainment for mature audiences.” Lindy West at the Stranger says it “doesn’t go far enough” but also says the cast “goes for it with charming results.”

Also this week: reviews for Annex Theatre‘s The Believers, Live Girls! Bone Portraits and Seattle Children Theatre‘s If You Give a Mouse a CookieCheck out the latest reviews on SeattlePerforms!

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