The Seagull: ACT Presents Chekhov's Dark Comedy
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The last date listed for The Seagull was Sunday February 10, 2013 / 2:00pm.
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For more than 20 years, comedians Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt have combined their considerable talents as the duo Dos Fallopia. For hardcore fans or the simply curious, there is no better showcase of their sketch comedy chops than their annual Christmas tradition, Ham For the Holidays. This year's outing -- dubbed Close Encounters of the Pork Rind -- includes such celebrated characters as mother-daughter country duo The Spudds, the tiny but proud Sequim Gay Men's Chorus, and the angst-ridden Slam Poet. If you love LGBT comedy, song parodies, cheap laughs and razor-sharp zingers, you might need an extra serving of Ham for the Holidays. Warning: Although no hams are harmed during the production of the show, young minds might still get warped. Best to leave the kids at home. Learn More
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Featured review from Will Rose
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The play does a creditable job of moving Chekhov's words from the page to the stage, in a spare, uncluttered setting that frames the characters and action neatly. The unhurried pace allows actors to explore nuances of language and subtext, and gives the audience time to gradually figure out who is who, who loves whom, who hates whom, etc. The downside is that the production seems to lack energy, or maybe it is a center of gravity. I and other members of my party of three shared the feeling that the story was circling around in a void, without a strong focus or driving force. Characters, though vividly played, felt empty of life, like very well drawn portraits that capture the exterior but lack soul. Perhaps part of the challenge is the play itself, with its repeated references to theater and finding new forms. I found myself longing for less form, and more content; less study, and greater zest. We are an older crew and tire easily; we were not sufficiently compelled by the production to remain after the intermission.
There was excellent work on the part of all the actors, and many enjoyable scenes and aspects of the show. Not at all a waste of time, but not an edge of your seat experience by any means.
About the Ticket Supplier: ACT (A Contemporary Theatre)
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