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Violet Hour a trip through time, 'What if?'
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Violet Hour a trip through time, 'What if?'

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

The Violet Hour
Seattle Public Theater
Through February 21


Let's say you're psychic and think you know the future. What if there's a pivotal moment and you think something terrible will happen to your friend if you do this huge favor? Would you do the huge favor, or not do it because you don't want the terrible future to come true?

This is the kind of dilemma that John finds himself in in The Violet Hour by Richard Greenberg, now at Seattle Public Theater. John's not psychic, but he's a neophyte publisher being pushed by a best friend and a lover to choose one of their books to publish. A strange machine arrives at his office and begins spitting out a sort of frontwards diary - a historic look frontwards, as if it has already happened. John finds out that some terrible things might happen to his friend if he publishes his friend's book. But if he doesn't, will his friend kill himself in despair?

The Violet Hour is an intriguing exploration of "what if," and the second act is riveting. To get to the second act, though, you have to wade through the first. It's hard to know if it's a production issue or a script issue, but the first act takes quite a while to get where it needs to go. All the actors are strong in their roles, so it's not the acting. Director Rita Giomi gets the rhythm going really well in the second act, so the first act might just be inherently tentative. Still, there's such a good payoff in the second act that you are encouraged to hang in there all the way through.

Shawn Law plays the neophyte publisher. His best friend, Denny (Eric Reidmann), will lose the opportunity to marry Rosamund (Shanna Allman), the girl of his dreams, if John refuses to publish his book. But John is seeing Jessie (Amber Wolfe Wollam) behind people's backs, and Jessie also has a book to publish. Both Reidmann and Allman and Law and Wolfe Wollam make good couples.

It's April 1, 1919, in New York City. Jessie is a famous black singer. In the 1919 ethos, mixing between races (miscegenation) is considered taboo - if not illegal - so John and Jessie hide their relationship. Since the whole play takes place on that one day, we don't really see if the relationship progresses or resolves, but it's an interesting exploration of the time.

There is a comic foil in the person of an assistant to the publisher, Gidger (Evan Whitfield). Gidger is amusing, but has very little to do in the play, except announce people and complain about the new mysterious machine. Gidger does get a chance to spout some very contemporary slang that he has been picking up from his copious reading of the future.

Set design by Gerald B. Browning is a great multistory office building office with a great view of old-timey skyscrapers. Costumes by K.D. Shill are excellent period pieces that fit the needs of each character. There is an amazing amount of paper on the stage.

It's fun to put yourself into John's shoes and try to figure out what your decision would be. The play ends with time reversing itself to the present, so do they really know the future, or not? For more information, go to www.seattlepublictheater.org or call 206-524-1300.

Comments on reviews go to sgncritic@gmail.com.

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