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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Count me as one of the few people who’s never seen the Oscar-winning film or the Edward Albee play. So I went into the theater cold and three hours later, was emotionally wrought. This is devastatingly great theater, the story of a middle-aged married couple named Martha (Pamela Reed) and George ( R. Hamilton Wright) who relish the game of verbal evisceration.
And on this night, they do it all in
front of two kids, a younger
but not-entirely-naïve couple
named Honey (Amy Hill) and Nick (Aaron Blakely). All four performances are knock-outs but Reed’s — vicious, boozy, desperately seductive – is wickedly fantastic. I could
watch her stab an ice cube or rip apart her husband again and again. The Rep always
serves fabulous play-themed drinks in the bar. You will need one at intermission and afterwards to recover. It’s that good.
If you go: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Seattle Rep, Through May 18 ($12-$60). – F.D.
Ian Bell’s Brown Derby Series present “The Lost Boys”
Long before there was a Team Jacob or a Team Edward, I was a passionate devotee of The Lost Boys. (Damn, that Jami Gertz was so lucky.) Here’s a chance to relive the ‘80s and surf to the Santa Cruz boardwalk and hang with the cool blood-sucking crowd through a staged reading of this classic film. Here’s hoping whoever plays the Corey Feldman character dons that masterful mullet. And this just in: First 40 people get Lost Boys-style sunglasses just like Jason Patric wore!
If you go: Ian Bell’s Brown Derby Series, Re-Bar, May 1-3 ($20). — F.D.
* Fe Fi Fo Fums and Unnatural Helpers
KEXP’s Sonic Reducer, the excellent hard/punk/noise rock show on Saturday nights, is throwing a benefit show for the Betsy Hansen Cancer Fund at the Highline this week, and they have two particularly choice garage rock bands that stand out among the night’s sizable lineup. Fe Fi Fo Fums, the mostly-retired black knights of Seattle lo-fi, are playing a special reunion show. And Unnatural Helpers, effortless masters of the two-minute punk song, are opening. It's a concert to support Hansen, who co-owns the awesome Radar hair salon and record store in SoDo.
If you go: Fe Fi Fo Fums and Unnatural Helpers, The Highline, May 1 ($8). 21+. – J.S.H.
Seattle Dance Project
Local choreographers Wade Madsen, Amy O’Neal and Iyun Ashani Harrison present work about identity, intimacy and desire for the company's seventh season. But why I’m going is to say farewell to dancers-dance leaders Timothy Lynch and Alexandra Dickson, who are moving to Ohio. Lynch co-founded SDP, which celebrates the craft and athleticism of mature dancers. He and his wife Dickson have helped build this unique company into one more testament of Seattle's thriving dance scene. We’ve been lucky to have them for all these years.
If you go: Seattle Dance Project, May 2-4, Broadway Performance Hall, ($20-$25). – F.D.
Grynch & Dave B
Seattle’s own Dave B is opening for fellow Seattle rapper Grynch’s album release this week. I hate to pull this party foul, but I’m always a little more excited about Dave. He’s a quintessentially modern rapper, mixing social media metaphors into his lyrics (e.g. “Now we alone, glued to our devices”) even when he’s talking dirty. But he’s also a student of the legends, shouting out to the likes of Kanye and Outkast. His flow, mercurial and urgent, is surely influenced by both musicians. Anyone who goes can pat themselves on the back for supporting several key fixtures of the expanding Seattle rap scene.
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