Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website




 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, January 25, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 4
Marriage rewind - Undo proposes a realistic ceremony for divorcing couples
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Marriage rewind - Undo proposes a realistic ceremony for divorcing couples

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

UNDO
ANNEX THEATRE
Through February 16


A world-premiere play by local playwright Holly Arsenault, Undo, is being presented at Annex Theatre and it fancifully creates a ceremony for divorce that seems so plausible, people think it's real! How? Partly because the play focuses on two Jewish families blended in marriage and many don't know real Jewish custom from fake, but also because the ceremony of 'Undoing' is such a reasonable way of sanctifying the act of divorce that it's attractive to imagine it really happens.

To Undo a marriage, one must recreate the wedding day in virtually exact detail, including wearing the same underwear, as Joan (Barbara Lindsay) wails to her daughter, Rachel (Sydney Andrews), who cooperates with the ceremony because her almost-ex, Joe (Ashton Hyman) believes in it. Both sides of the family participate, even though Joe's mom was buried just two days earlier!

Abe (Mark Waldstein in a heart-tugging role of widower and father of the groom) explains to Rachel's teen sister (Samantha Leeds, a lovely actor who can still play a realistic young teen) that he's both grieving and relieved after a long illness that took his wife in tiny pieces. But Abe might have a secret that could revive his future with Rachel's aunt Adine (Marty Mukhalian).

Rachel has a Lesbian sister (Jillian Vashro) who brings a new love (Amy Hill), who has to stay outside because she wasn't at the wedding, while best man Ari (Nick Edwards) has to bring an old flame (Zoey Cane Belyea), because she was.

BELIEVABLE BREAKUP
Much of the detail unfolds slowly - some in funnier moments, others more contemplative, and a few in scenes between the divorcing couple. Andrews and Hyman do a great job of breaking up on stage, demonstrating the frustrations with misunderstandings and the care they used to have for one another. Sister Naomi gets to describe the reasons for a ceremony like this (a test of the couple's desire to divorce by having them repeat aspects of their wedding, such as the first dance, kissing, etc.). She is the holder of the sanctity of the occasion.

While the play could be trimmed in length, with some superfluous moments let go, there is tremendous strength in the writing. The dialogue is realistic and the relationships ring true. Some of the back-story reasons for the break-up are still a bit weak, but easily fixable. The cast is extremely likable, making the audience root for everybody (there aren't any 'bad guys').

Director Erin Kraft manages the rhythm and interaction well with the help of clean, unfussy costuming by Doreen Sayegh, great music choices by sound designer Kyle Thompson, and lighting by Michael Chinn. Set design by Catherine Cornell makes creative use of the small Annex stage for this play, which calls for a number of locations.

Overall, Undo is a lovely experience and has the potential to proliferate or even shift form in the future. Who knows, we might even have people wanting to develop an Undoing ceremony for themselves. For more information, go to www.annextheatre.org or call (206) 728-0933.

Discuss your opinions with sgncritic@gmail.com or go to www.facebook.com/SeattleTheaterWriters.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Fearless Franco - Breakout star Dave Franco on his new film - and his Gay sex appeal
------------------------------
She's got balls! - Miss Coco Peru visits Seattle's 'really friendly urinal'
------------------------------
Entertaining with love - A Gay couple show off their cooking chops on national TV
------------------------------
Vivacious Vancouver - The perfect layover for WinterPride
------------------------------
Envelope, please! - The 2012 Gypsy Rose Lee Award winners revealed
------------------------------
Endangered species - Seattle Rep explores the dark underbelly of the American Dream
------------------------------
Marriage rewind - Undo proposes a realistic ceremony for divorcing couples
------------------------------
Mouse in the house - Village Theatre brings London's longest-running play to Seattle
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Opera: The Next Generation
------------------------------
Devastating, intimate Amour lives up to its title
------------------------------
Haunting Mama an emotionally ethereal thriller
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson to perform at Obama's inauguration
------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------
Letters
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1605 12 Ave., Ste. 31
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2012

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News