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ACT cooks with Das Barbecü, Taproot, Divalycious extended

by Milton W. Hamlin - SGN A&E Writer

It's summer in the city, and light-hearted entertainment is packing the theaters and concert halls. Taproot's heartfelt Smoke On The Mountain Homecoming added two weeks to its original summer schedule - it now runs through tomorrow night. Divalycious, the spirited "girl group" revue on Sunday nights at Julia's, found out that Seattle can't get enough of its salute to the yesteryear of pop music and has added two more Sunday nights to its schedule. ACT's revival of Das Barbecu, the toe-tapping Texas send-up of Wagner's Ring cycle, is packing 'em in. It's a great time for Seattle entertainment fans - and, of course, Bits&Bytes. Read on:

ACT COOKS UP HIT WITH DAS BARBECÜ SATIRICAL SEND-UP
Critics often describe a hit comedy as "a hoot and a half," but this time out, it's an apt description. A Contemporary Theatre took a chance when it revived Das Barbecü, the musical send-up of Wagner's Ring cycle (currently playing at Seattle Opera). The sassy summer musical continues at ACT through September 6. Seattle Opera commissioned Das Barbecü in 1991 and a spirited revival at ACT 15 years ago was last time the Seattle original musical appeared in town.

ACT promised a "hootin' 'n' hollerin'" production with a heavy dose of cornpone, and that's exactly what it delivered. Big hair, big hats, and big egos rule the day in this satire. Add big voices and big characters - Texas style - to that list.

Each time Das Barbecü has appeared in Seattle, friends ask, "Will I understand it if I don't know Ring?" And each time, the answer is the same: no one will ever understand all dimensions of the Ring, but Das Barbecü works just fine without any opera background. Imagine a Carol Burnett skit from her classic TV show; her Gone With The Wind send-up (yes, the one with the green velvet dress made from the drapes with the curtain rod left in) is funny to everyone. To those who know (and cherish) the original, it's even funnier, but that's all icing on the cake.

ACT's production, broadly directed and choreographed by Stephen Terrell, utilizes six outstanding actors who play multiple characters. Three women - Anne Allgood, Jennifer Sue Johnson, Billie Wildrick - are all terrific. Two men - Carter J. Davis and Richard Ziman - are equally good. In the double casting, Davis makes a brief, gender-bending appearance as a female character. One the way out of the theater on opening night, one man ahead of us was adamant that there were four women in the show. "Damn it," he snarled at his wife, "I know a woman when I see one."

The four-member off-stage band, headed by Richard Gray as musical director and on keyboards, adds terrific support, even if the audience never sees them.

Some of the satire is very broad. The three Rhinemaidens who fail in their job to protect the gold end up in a tacky Aquacade-style carnival. The eternal infidelity conflict between Fricka and Wotan is played as a very Dallas-styled TV soap opera. Some of the satire is more gentle, and that's often where this ACT production finds its heart. Anne Allgood and Richard Ziman end the show with a touching reprise of "There's A Ring Of Gold In Texas" that gives this silly little satire more of a happy ending than Wagner gave the 17-hour Ring.

Most of the songs are, indeed, a "hoot and a half," with no lasting memory after the show ends. A few linger: the spirited "Hog Tie Your Man," the silly "Makin' Guacamole," the plaintive "Wanderin' Man" and "Turn The Tide." The show was written by Scott Warrender, music, and Jim Luigs, book and lyrics.

Broad puns, broader plot complications, colorful costumes and sets (and the wigs!) all add up to a delightful summer outing with Das Barbecü. Tickets start at $37.50 for the general public but student and senior discounts and last-minute "rush" ticket prices make the show affordable for everyone. Details are available at (206) 292-7676.

DIVALYCIOUS EXTENDS SUNDAYS AT JULIA'S, "NEW, LOWER PRICES"
Divalycious, the deliciously campy musical revue that has been playing at Julia's On Broadway each Sunday night for the past month, has added two more Sundays to its performance schedule. Plus, the show has lowered prices for students and seniors. Read on:

The show - with a merry, musical tribute to the "girl groups" of the past 100 years as its centerpiece - features four terrifically talented women. Thankfully, each artist gets individual solo turns, but the crowd is obviously happiest with the lengthy 100-year medley. It starts with Gilbert & Sullivan's "Four Little Maids From School Are We" and zips through dozens of classics, ending with "It's Raining Men" and more contemporary Spice Girls tributes. The whole evening ends with "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," and that is the show in a nutshell.

For the two added shows - this Sunday, August 23, and next week, August 30 - the show is lowering the student and senior cover charge to just $10. That's a wise, wise move in this economy. (At the first performance, when the snappy revue charged just $10 as an "opening night special," Bits&Bytes sat next to two students from Cornish College who were there to cheer on their vocal instructor. $10 was "a terrific deal," they both agreed, but $20 each might have put the show out of their budget.)

Reservations and complete details are available at Julia's, (206) 852-9179. Check it out.

TAPROOT ADDS TWO WEEKS TO SMOKE ON MOUNTAIN
Taproot Theatre, in North Seattle's Greenwood district, traditionally stages a mini-musical or a classic mystery for its summer production. And, year after year, it extends the summer show to accommodate the resulting crowds. This year is no different.

Smoke On The Mountain Homecoming, the third visit to the Sanders Family and the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, is an obvious audience-pleaser. Taproot wisely added two extra weeks to its summer performance schedule. It now closes this weekend, leaving just three more performances. But, be aware, many Taproot shows have been extended more than once, so check with the theater for possible extensions.

Ticket details at (206) 781-9707. Bits&Bytes has never seen a more spontaneous standing ovation than at the Smoke On The Mountain Homecoming performance he attended. Virtually the entire audience jumped to its feet to cheer on the talent cast of actors and musicians. It is that kind of a show.

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