by Jim Moran
Thursday-Saturday at 8pm. Sun at 2pm.
Runs through December 6. No performance on Thanksgiving.
Tickets are $25. $20 here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/900758
$20 for TPS Members. $15 for Union/Military/Veterans. $12 Students/Seniors. FREE for SAG-AFTRA and AEA Members.
From Drama In The Hood:
“One of the best subjects for humor in life as in comedy is hypocrisy. One of the most embarrassing situations for politicians, espousing the right-wing social agenda, is the behavior of their children, which can seriously derail their careers. Written by Jim Moran, Fangs, which opened at Eclectic Theater on Thursday, exploits this subject with humor and a certain amount ofWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe style alcohol-induced aggression.
Using Eclectic theater’s small space to best effect, Fangs takes place in a cabin in the mountains of Idaho in the middle of a blizzard, as Riley Perkins, an ambitious state senator is holed up with his second wife, Karen and Tobey, his Mormon chief of staff (NB. The Mormon population of Idaho is 60 % and our “hero” is Roman Catholic)
Instead of relaxing, the handsome and manly-looking Riley, is on the telephone making deals, trying to set up interviews with the RNC to run for the U.S. Senate, when who should walk in, but Madison, his 19 year-old daughter from his first marriage. Having hitched a ride with the local Animal Control and Wildlife Officer, Ed Ledbetter, she introduces a down-to-earth local into the mix of toxic resentment.
A right-wing politician’s version of hell breaks out, as his daughter threatens to “out” him by revealing both her secret past, as well as his participation in it, thereby derailing career. Bickering ensues, all in front of non-family members, who could potentially squeal to the political hierarchy, or even worse to the media.
The dialogue was incredibly funny, with a lot of witty remarks, and jokes about family tension, politics, and the pathetic nature of news reporting. Rachel Anne Godbe’s performance as Madison, was reminiscent of something out of the generational conflicts of the 1960’s. She did not let one opportunity slip to annoy her father, challenge his values, rub her mistakes in his nose and antagonize her stepmother. All of this was delivered with excellent comic timing, wit and endearing adolescent energy. As a family, none of them seemed to have heard of the concepts of tolerance, detachment or selective deafness.
Shane Regan, TPS’s much loved web-wallah, played Toby, with great comedic ability, his facial expression and comic timing were superb. Ashley Bagwell, as Ed Ledbetter, the backwoods Animal Control officer, was the deadpan comedian who stole many scenes with his dry wit and outsider’s perception ( and misperceptions).”
And from Acropolis Performance Lab:
“One thing I appreciate in FANGS is Jim’s excellence at crafting simple, inherently comedic characters — ably balancing text and space so the actors can really crack them open — with a more subtle approach to humor that yields the biggest laughs… every time. In this production, Ashley Bagwell takes the already wonderfully quirky character of Ed and develops him with such a fullness of presence and action that it’s hard not to walk away without feeling that this smaller role actually anchors the entire show. And Shane Regan takes Toby from his unassuming, uptight beginnings through a complete unraveling that… you should see for yourself. Jim has less success with the other characters, whose banter or attitudes are “trying” to be witty or funny, and through them we feel the playwright trying a bit too hard: these larger characters, ironically, become reduced in such a way that they never transcend caricature. That said, while Joseph and I have endured many a “funny” play of late that delivered few real laughs at all from anyone other than friends/family of the production, Jim’s FANGS succeeded in making us laugh a lot. The character of Ed alone — LMFAO!!!”
Eclectic Theater is located at 1214 10th Ave
(the south end of Capitol Hill)
Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/928384 . 1-800-838-3006.
Henrietta is a monthly comedy show that provides comedians with a chance to showcase the heart of their act in a curated and intimate environment.
Get your tickets early here: http://m.bpt.me/event/953839
written by Steve Treacy
Previews January 8-11, 2015. Opens January 15, 2015 and runs Thu-Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2pm through February 7.
See how many librarians and physicians (colleagues of Peter), Irish folk (friends of Sean), and goths (minions of Thiera) you can spot in the lobby.
A World Premiere directed by Kim Deskin and produced by Rik Deskin* and Steve Treacy*! Starring Margaret Bicknell* and more TBA. With Costume Design by Holly L. Forbis!
There will be a Post-Play Discussion with the Playwright on Sunday, January 18 after the matinee.
This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association Members’ Project Code.
Tickets are $20 online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/962540. $25 at the door.
$20 for TPS members. $15 for Military/Union/Veterans. $12 for Students/Seniors. FREE for AEA and SAG-AFTRA Members that are current and have their Member card.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
The Long Road by Shelagh Stephenson (U.S. Premiere)
Produced by Arouet
February 27-March 14, 2015
Directed by Zandi Carlson
In the aftermath of Danny’s pointless murder, his family struggles to find meaning and forgiveness. A hearbreaking journey to forgiveness, this topical play digs deeper than the headlines. Stephenson spent many hours talking with victims and perpertrators of violent crime, visiting prisons and collaborating with the Forgiveness Project, a charity working in the fields of reconciliation and restorative justice. The result is an astonishingly ran and affecting play intent on opening the hearts and minds without ever becoming preachy. (source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)
All performances at Eclectic Theater at 7:30PM on the dates below:
Friday February 27
Saturday February 28
Monday March 2
Thursday March 5
Friday March 6
Saturday March 7
Thursday March 12
Friday March 13
Saturday March 14