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posted Friday, November 1 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 44
Magnificent Mootz (or, Mootz the magnificent - whatever works visually) - Young actress is a tour de force in Seattle Rep's new production
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Magnificent Mootz (or, Mootz the magnificent - whatever works visually) - Young actress is a tour de force in Seattle Rep's new production

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

BO-NITA
SEATTLE REPERTORY THEATRE
Through November 17


Hannah Mootz got a well-deserved standing ovation on opening night of the world premiere play Bo-Nita, at Seattle Repertory Theatre. She is a talented young woman destined to do much more notable work in our town, and is definitely an actress to watch.

Mootz played more than a half-dozen people in this 90-minute production, a complicated feat to begin with. She did so with supreme subtlety - her changes from one character to another might involve nothing more than looking down. That made following some of the changes a bit challenging, but also kept the audience's attention riveted to her performance.

With help from director Paul Budraitis, Mootz became 13-year-old Bo-Nita, a girl who had already experienced several lifetimes of experiences, many of them awful. Bo-Nita is waiting for someone as she begins to tell us her story. She starts by explaining why she beats a particular rhythm out along her body, saying that she'd been coached into developing a 'personal rhythm' that can help one remember oneself in tough situations. This introduces the poetic styling of playwright Elizabeth Heffron.

Many moments in the play are notable for the language that Heffron uses to describe a situation, a person, a philosophy. Heffron can create, beautifully, a sense of what is happening with a few well-chosen phrases.

CHILDHOOD TRAUMA
Bo-Nita starts her story with a time she saw a miracle, but in order to get to the miracle part, she has to explain that her ex-stepfather was about to beat her to a pulp when he suffered a heart attack, and instead she beat him to a pulp. She is, by turns, a victim and a victimizer, when her overwhelming rage gets the better of her. But as she tells more of her story, it becomes clear why she has such fits of anger. If you had her life, maybe you would, too.

It's a dark story, but there are lighter moments, especially when Bo-Nita says something unexpected, or as she describes earlier times with her mother, who clearly wasn't meant to be a parent and doesn't try hard to figure out what a mother should do for her child. Bo-Nita, herself, doesn't look at her life with much sorrow - she just keeps on living and trying to get through as best she can. If she doesn't feel sorry for herself, it helps us not feel too much pity.

We meet several key people in her life, including her mother, the ex-stepfather, the new guy that her mother managed to pick up, and her grandmother, and we hear how her mother went to 'California,' which becomes code for being in prison. Bo-Nita doesn't tell a short story, she weaves details in and around, and circles through until she comes back to the point. But her style is entrancing and Mootz makes the journey entirely enjoyable.

This reviewer didn't have any problem with the piece just ending, without a real conclusion, leaving lots of loose ends and the whole rest of Bo-Nita's life up in the air. Some may not like that and feel like we should be told something or given a moral of the story or some other concrete point. But as we leave Bo-Nita, we now know she's waiting for that irresponsible mother of hers, having gotten in a car leaving St. Louis and ending up in Arizona, at a schoolyard where she's supposed to be launching a new life. After all, if we want to find out what happens to her, that would be a whole 'nother story. For more information, go to www.seattlerep.org or call (206) 443-2222.

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