Crime and Punishment: Chloe Moss' Award-Winning This Wide Night
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Joe Montello's adaptation of The Santaland Diaries returns to Seattle Public Theater just in time for the holidays, starring audience favorite Patrick Lennon once again as David, aka Crumpet the Elf. This outrageously funny one-man show is based on author David Sedaris' essay on the trials and tribulations of working as a department store elf during the Christmas season. Told in Sedaris' inimitable sardonic style, The Santaland Diaries is steeped in caustic humor and irony that strips away the layers of frenzied holiday insanity to reveal the best and worst in us all. Sedaris delightfully skewers parents, children, holiday consumerism and even his own cynical protagonist. The show captures the true holiday spirit of excitement, stress, wonder, disillusionment, hope, disappointment and humiliation that represents, for many, the real experience of this time of year. Kelly Kitchens returns to direct. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Robin
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This drama is brilliantly and well acted. The two characters are superb in their roles. The problem is this and I am a fan of serious, thought-provoking drama: it is hard to be an audience member, not so much due to the subject matter but due to the length of the play--at 60 minutes this would work and enable the audience to feel some air. At 90 minutes you find yourself hoping that there isn't another scene yet to come. The acting AGAIN is fabulous--superb-amazing. But at just this time in our world and in our city, to watch the absence of hope and love that tries to hang on in the friendship between the two characters, you can leave and need a 30 minute sitcom to break the low. Perhaps if there was some opportunity to donate to incarcerated women's causes you would feel you could place your grief and sadness SOMEWHERE to have some measure of control over tragedies like the one that plays out on stage. Let me add that it was VERY refreshing NOT to see some god-like message save the day! The day is not saved--the playwright gives us some reprieve at the end but you can't be sure what might erupt between them the next morning!
Quotes & Highlights
- "The play is shaped with compassion, but there is never even an echo of special pleading. Ms. Moss’s goal is to convey, in visceral terms, the disorientation of lives resumed after rending, warping interruptions. And you don’t have to have done time to identify with Lorraine and Marie’s addled, anguished sense of time." --New York Times
- Read the interview with director Sheila Daniels.
- Read about the play's preview at Washington Corrections Center for Women.
Special Post-Play discussions on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27. SPT Artistic Director, Shana Bestock and Director Sheila Daniels lead an illuminating panel discussion with former prison inmates and leaders from the Project IF. These discussions will take place directly after the play.
Project IF has been asking women in prison, “If there was something someone could have said or done that would have changed the path that led you here, what would it have been?” The women’s responses are videotaped, and a team of former inmates, uses the videos in workshops with Seattle's at-risk youth.
Recommended for teens on up.
About the Ticket Supplier: Seattle Public Theater
Founded in 1988, Seattle Public Theater was originally a small company that primarily toured plays in local Seattle public schools and worked with adult and at-risk youth populations to create socially conscious theater. In 2000, Seattle Public was chosen by the City of Seattle in a competitive bidding process to be the resident theater company at the historic Bathhouse. Since then Seattle Public has had a remarkable rebirth to become one of Seattle's premiere mid-sized theaters, renowned for both an ambitious education program as well as high-quality professional productions.