by Jim Moran
Thursday-Saturday at 8pm.
Runs through December 6.
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!!!”
Thursday-Saturday, December 11-13 and Thursday December 18 at 7:30pm.
On the heels of the well-attended 10-minute play festival the past two summers running, Eclectic Theater presents an expansion on the construct: what happens when you offer playwrights a longer time slot to present their vision? (longer) One-Act Play Fest will answer that question: each evening exhibits a different combination of four slightly longer plays (up to 30 min apiece) by 7 different playwright/producers. Each team puts a production together without constraint of theme or style to see what can be created beyond the typical 10-minute boundary.
If you prefer a little slapstick with your ghostly black comedy or relish a little reimagining with your Shakespeare – if you’ve ever participated in marriage counseling or lived in an apartment there’s something here to pique your curiosity. From a dare at the top of a waterfall to a life change via a card game to the needle at the end of a tattoo gun, this play festival has it all in this Do-It-Yourself theatrical extravaganza!
Eclectic Theater’s (longer) One-Act Play Festival features plays by Lenore Bensinger,Mandy Canales, Len Goodisman, David Gordon, Chelsea LeValley, Dan Niven, and Carolynne Wilcox and additionally, the talents of Lauren Anderson, Michael Ryan Blackwood, Molly Blades, David Booker, Stephen Bucheit, Karen Demasters, Tina Devrin, Kim Douthit, Jazzy Ducay, Ralph Fontaine, Alice Ghosti, Rhys Henley, Allison Irvine, Eva Jane, Isis King, Joanne Klein,Stephanie Mallard Couch, Conner Nedderson, Kendra Phillips, Jane Ryan*,Jessica Severance, Margie Slovan, Tom Spangenberg, Hannah Specter, Tom Stewart, Alex Trewain, Amber Zipperer and more!
The festival runs December 11-13 & 18 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 online at Brown Paper Tickets or $12 at the door. Free to AEA and SAG-AFTRA Members with card.
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.
This month we bring you headliner Emmett Montgomery, along with Elicia Sanchez, and Ryan Casey.
Get your tickets early here: http://m.bpt.me/event/953839
THE GOOD FUN SHOW is a monthly, late night comedy showcase that takes place every third Saturday of the month at (new location!) Eclectic Theater on Capitol Hill and features a small, curated line-up of both local greats and special out of town guests performing longer sets!
Featuring this month:
(Comedy Womb, Put A Rainbow On It)
(Live Girls! Theater, Wine Shots)
(Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SLO Comedy Fest)
Hosted by ELICIA SANCHEZ
Show starts at NEW TIME! 10:30 PM
Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Buy advance tickets here!: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/993693]
Produced by Elicia Sanchez
A Gothic Fantasy in Three Acts written by Steve Treacy
Previews January 8-11, 2015. Opens January 15, 2015 and runs Thu-Sat at 7:30pm 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.
Previous draft received Honorable Mention:
Virtual Theatre Project’s 2008-2009
The Pen Is A Mighty Sword.
A World Premiere directed by Kim Deskin and produced by Rik Deskin* and Steve Treacy*! Starring Margaret Bicknell*, James Kelly*, TBA, Jeremy Adams, Benito Vasquez, Buddy Todd, Lara Fox and TBA. With Costume Design by Holly L. Forbis!
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