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This moving play opens next week at Seattle Public Theatre at the Bathhouse, under the smart, crisply unsentimental orchestration of director Sheila Daniels. The often comic repartee of a pair of outcasts in bleak surroundings, waiting for something definitive and life-changing to happen and falling into silences that threaten to open up a vast and terrifying emptiness, invites comparisons with Beckett. But the erratic current that flows between the women, driving them apart when it doesn't sweep them into collisions, is warm. The disreputable, deadpan wit of Lorraine (played by Christina Mastin) is laced with affection, and Marie (Emily Chisholm) embodies both frozen trauma and fullness of soul.
If you go: This Wide Night has its West Coast premiere at Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse on Green Lake, May 18-June 10. There will be special post-performance Talk Backs with The If Project and St. Vincent De Paul on May 18, May 31, and June 3, and Talk Backs with director and cast following the shows on May 26, 27, and 31. Tickets here; $20-29 for adults; discounts for seniors and youth (65 and older; under 25).
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