Review by Katie Duke:
I first saw Rent in 1998. I was 18 and had big dreams that I’d make it on Broadway just as soon as I moved to The Big Apple. As I sat in the audience tonight singly along in my head, I was surprised at how heartbreaking Rent really is. Death, disease, drug addiction, poverty, and homelessness are big issues that fill the stage. As a 36-year- old, I have a lot more life experience and couldn’t escape feeling empathy and longing for the characters on stage. The themes that seemed so groundbreaking in 1998 certainly held up to the problems of 2017, and the message of love rang loud and true.
The ensemble of the touring cast of Rent at The Paramount in Seattle was fantastic—strong voices and good dancers supported the main characters.Tim Ehrlich as Angel rocked “Today 4 U.” “Tango Maureen” was a personal favorite— Jasmine Easier as Joanne and Danny Harris Kornfeld as Mark were a silly dancing pair. The answering machine voicemails made me laugh every time and reminded me just how much our parents must miss and love us. It made me want to call my mom! Katie LaMark’s performance of “Over the Moon” as Maureen was superb. At times, I was distracted by some cheesy choreography and lead voices which were occasionally a little flat, but for the most part the music was excellent.
“Seasons of Love” is a personal favorite and I loved the way the cast lined up together at the front of the stage. It felt powerful and raw. I was less compelled by the love story of Mimi and Roger than I was by the sweet romance of Angel and Tom Collins (played last night by Bryson Bruce). Mimi and Roger’s relationship felt forced and abusive whereas Angel and Collins reflected mutual respect, admiration, and love. All in all, I highly recommend this show, especially for anyone who didn’t see it on Broadway back in the 90s. The show ends powerfully with a strong, united cast singing powerfully about the power of friendship and love.
RENT plays The Paramount in downtown Seattle now through February 26, 2017. Tickets here.
Photos by Carol Rosegg.
POP! Bubbles & Seafood: Friday, February 24, 2016 at McCaw Hall
1. Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Cava, Cremant, and more than 40 kinds of bubbles to sample
2. World-class seafood, including oyster bars, from 20 of Seattle’s best chefs
3. Specialty cocktail and cider (and tunes by DJ Dubreezy)
4. The Callebaut Belgium Chocolate Lounge featuring bites from Seattle’s top pastry chefs
5. Dozens of Reserve Red wines from top wineries
Comfort: Seattle’s Best Feel-Good Foods and Crafty Brews: Saturday, February 25, 2016 at Fremont Foundry
1. Do-it-Yourself Bars: Hot Toddy, Bloody Mary, s’mores, fry potato bar and more
2. Mac & cheese, burgers, fried chicken and other comfort foods
3. More than 50 craft beers, ciders, bubbly and more to quench your thirst between tasty bites
4. A doughnut wall!
5. Rock out with your friends to tunes by DJ Branden Landon and take photos in the Shutterbus
The Grand Tasting: Sunday, February 26, 2016 at McCaw Exhibition Hall
1. More than 500 wines, plus tastes from distilleries, beer and cider
2. Fare from 25 local chefs and 25 specialty food makers
3. The Savor Experience from San Luis Obispo County
4. The Sweet Suite–Indulge to your hearts content
5. Buy your favorite wine, beer, cider and spirits from the QFC product store benefitting Les Dames d’Escoffier
Want to enter to win two tickets to The Seattle Wine & Food Experience Grand Tasting? Of course you do.
This legendary evening of short and fascinating presentations that started in Seattle 10 years ago, has a simple goal “Enlighten us, but make it quick.” 16 passionate Seattleites are given five minutes at the microphone to inspire, inform, entertain or do all at the same time. It’s a reinvention of the very idea of a lecture, offering an exciting and provocative evening of storytelling for all ages.
The description caught my attention:
“Lisa Kron, the multi-talented humorist, performer, playwright, and Tony Award-winning writer and lyricist behind the recent Broadway hit Fun Home takes us on a hilarious, self-referential journey that explores everything from chronic allergies, to community organizing, and most importantly, to her zany, unpredictable relationship with her mother.”
Then I learned that one of my favorite performers, Sarah Rudinoff, plays Lisa Kron in this production of “Well” at Seattle Rep? So in.
We all need a laugh right now. One of the valuable things about live theatre is that it makes us be present and in the moment. Put your own troubles aside and step inside the Seattle Rep’s doors to see one of the best actors of today in a unique, dark comedy.
I’m not familiar with Lisa Kron (playwright) or actress Barbara Dirickson (who plays the character of Lisa’s mom), but I’m delighted that “Well” will introduce me to both of these talents with the skilled direction of Braden Abraham.
Bonus? The show is 1 hours and 30 minutes with no intermission (I’m personally not a fan of 3 hour productions, so just including this for those who share my feelings).
Want to enter to win tickets (winner’s choice of date in the show’s first week)?
Follow @keridwyn on Twitter and tweet this tweet to enter via Twitter
Giveaway ends 2/12/17 at 11:59pm.
Read more: Encore interviews actor Sarah Rudinoff here.
“I Do Sodo” is the newest wedding show in town and here is your chance to win 2 tickets! The event’s shuttle will whisk you around SODO, touring 8 venues and 100+ vendors.
About the event:
“I Do Sodo, Seattle’s newest wedding show returns to give couples, their friends and families an opportunity to experience stylized venues designed by top wedding planners. On Sunday, February 12, 2017, take a tour through the historic Sodo neighborhood and experience what happens when industrial is chic and elegance has an edge.
Our eight venues all possess architectural charm and unique details. The neighborhood blends metal, concrete and wood, new and old materials and modern and vintage construction. Each venue has its own history, its own tale to tell, just as you two do. The planners will assemble their team of premier wedding professionals, including caterer, florist, musician, photographer and stationer plus many more. You’ll meet and experience a variety of industry experts at each location to find the perfect fit for you and your special day. Spend the afternoon saying I Do in Sodo!”
Read on to learn how to enter to win 2 tickets.
You can enter to win 2 tickets on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter:
- RSVP “Interested” or “Going” on the I Do SODO Facebook event page.
- Post on the event wall “I want to win 2 tickets from seattlepockets.com!”
- Retweet this tweet and follow @keridwyn.
- Follow @idosodo and @keridwyn
- Follow directions on my Instagram post here.
Giveaway ends 2/8/17 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Winner will be contacted 2/9/17.