Week in Reviews: “Artifacts” an Underground Hit

Artifacts of Consequence

Artifacts of Consequence

The Satori Group makes a big splash in their latest production, Theater Schmeater debuts a new act by Albee, and Opus continues to impress.  It’s.. the week in reviews!  A little late.  Darn that power outage..

  • The post-apocalyptic Artifacts of Consequence has it all, according to reviews: a stellar cast with a timely script in the perfect location for the script.  The Seattle Weekly raves “in terms of production, I haven’t seen a better, more well-rounded cast this year.”  Jerry Kraft (SeattleActor.com) calls it “progressive, sophisticated playwriting given an accomplished and invested performance. They managed to make the end of the world new again.”
  • Theater Schmeater is showing two productions right now: At Home At The Zoo by Edward Albee and the experimental An Oak Tree during the week.  The Albee piece is actually his classic one-act The Zoo Story paired with a new Act I, Homelife, detailing Peter’s..well.. life at home.  The Seattle Weekly says ” The ending is as disturbing as ever, though not more so for our new knowledge of Peter’s home life.”, while Seattle Gay News believes “what Homelife does do is make The Zoo Story more vital and make Peter someone you feel much more akin to as he goes to relax and sit on his bench.”
  • An Oak Tree is an interesting concept – two actors and only one has read the script.  David Gassner holds one role while a different local actor is brought in each evening with no knowledge of the play.  Jerry Kraft enjoyed it, saying “I can’t think of a better piece for an…adventurous fringe theater to be doing.”
  • The Seattle Repertory is still receiving wide acclaim for their production of Opus – The Seattle Times states “a finely attuned Seattle cast performs (writer Michael) Hollinger’s clever, moving score in near-perfect pitch.”

Last week also brought more reviews for Durang7 at Stone Soup Theatre, Nancy, Frank and Joe from Macha Monkey Productions, and a user review for Artifiacts of Consequence.  Find it all on Seattle Performs!

I can\’t think of a better piece for an…adventurous fringe theater to be doing“I can’t think of a better piece for an…adventurous fringe theater to be doing.”
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