February 26 - March 28
Seattle Repertory Theatre
With spring around the corner, maybe you're thinking of what green you have to wear for St. Patrick's Day. If you're thinking spring, the Seattle Repertory Theatre has a play that'll meet your needs. Directed by Tony Award-winning director Conor McPherson, The Seafarer will bring back to the Rep stage always-likeable local actor Hans Altwies with a strong local cast in a play that promises to be provocative and funny at the same time.
Set in a small Irish village, the play deals with a group of friends who while away a Christmas evening playing cards, but are dealt a hand by fate when a mysterious stranger joins the fun. Things get intense and even a bit scary as the stakes are raised higher than any of them intend and they start to wonder who this stranger really is.
Is the devil, or just someone with a wicked sense of humor, or their own fears manifest in a human body? It should prove to be an evening of great entertainment either way, and on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, there'll be a special performance and an afterparty for those who want to wear the green and celebrate their Celtic heritage, whether you're actually Irish or just Irish for the day. Hans Altwies also starred in last year's Three Musketeers at The Rep, and cut a dashing figure as one of the daring swordsmen, rescuing the downtrodden and rabblerousing with the jaunty trio. For ticket information, call 206-443-2222, or go to www.seattlerep.org. So, even though there's rain out there as I'm writing this, here's a little bit of spring that should get you in the mood for warmer and more pleasant days ahead, and make you think at the same time.