Sunday, Dec 09, 2018
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 43 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
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, March 31, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 13
Bad Panda a great way to go beyond yourself
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Bad Panda a great way to go beyond yourself

by Paul Torres - SGN A&E Writer

BAD PANDA
FANTASTIC.Z PRODUCTIONS
THEATRE OFF JACKSON
Through April 8


If Walt Disney and Aesop had a one-night stand after a wild night out at Pony on Capitol Hill, then the characters in Bad Panda would be their progeny through some odd sort of sorcery and unbelievably messed up chemical calamity.

Currently running at Theatre Off Jackson and produced by Fantastic.Z Productions, Bad Panda is local Seattle theatre at its most daring and vital.

It's mating season for male panda bear Gwo Gwo, performed by Richard Sean Glen and female mate Marion, performed by Helen Martin. They chomp on bamboo, romp, and roll around giggling and pretend to give birth to their dream baby in preparation for the real thing. Their world is uninhibited and quite innocent. Unbeknownst to them, a wild creature is watching them from beyond the bramble and it will forever change their vision of their world and meaning of their existence.

Glen and Martin are absolutely gleaming in their respective animal roles. I immediately fell in love with their stuffed animal geniality once I got beyond this absurd premise. The costumes only hint at their panda-ness. It requires the audience to tap into that childlike wonder like watching 'Teletubbies' or even the current live action Beauty and the Beast to become absorbed in the fantastical world of this production.

Gwo Gwo ventures out one day and meets a sly, slithery, and growling and Gay crocodile named Chester, played with aplomb by Michael Ryan Blackwood in an amazing performance. At first Chester approaches Gwo Gwo with all braggadocios attitude touting his beastly ways; he is a mean and lean carnivore who can supposedly take on a panda bear (and maybe even eat Gwo Gwo) any time any day. Blackwood's performance is truly unique and memorable. Things get tricky as the vexing emotional bond between Gwo Gwo and Chester takes a tumultuous and hilarious turn. Even naïve Marion gets swept up in the 'it's complicated' relationship.

This bare bones production sticks to the essentials of its hard-hitting themes; gender roles, sexuality, bonding, and unconditional love. Kate Huisentruit directs with honesty and striking sincerity. Playwright Megan Gogerty's script does not mince words to drive home the aforementioned themes. The language has a brutal verisimilitude that hits you in the gut and heart, despite coming from the gnarly jaws of a crocodile and the furry faces of panda bears.

Bad Panda is a great way to go beyond yourself for a while to ponder your existence in place and time as the animals in the play are doing. Nothing is wrong with a little dream time now and then, especially when the dream time has the power to move you. It's moments like this that make productions like this strangely transcendent.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Peaches Christ and Bob the Drag Queen present 'Legally Black' at the Egyptian April 6th
------------------------------
Bad Panda a great way to go beyond yourself
------------------------------
SGN EXCLUSIVE:
Strike a Pose
An interview with Salim 'Slam' Gauwloos

------------------------------
Scotland's Teenage Fanclub
------------------------------
Ariana Grande gives a dangerously good performance at Key Arena
------------------------------
April theater openings
------------------------------
Sleek production might not be enough for Dry Powder
------------------------------
MISS RICHFIELD 1981 coming to Seattle with '2020 VISION: A SURVIVAL GUIDE TO THE NEW WORLD!' April 20 & 21 at Century Ballroom
------------------------------
Thirsty Girl Productions presents 3rd Annual Seattle Boylesque Festival April 21 & 22 at The Triple Door
------------------------------
Impressively mounted Life devoid of originality
------------------------------

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

------------------------------
Letters
------------------------------
Fleet Foxes, Animal Collective announce Seattle shows
------------------------------
Three Dollar Bill Cinema co-presents STRIKE A POSE at Northwest Film Forum April 5
------------------------------
Nostalgic T2 an addictively energizing reunion
------------------------------
Understanding the margins:
Danny Boyle on returning to Trainspotting 20 years later

------------------------------
Entertaining Zookeeper's Wife a poignant lesson in selfless heroism
------------------------------

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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
 
 
 
 

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
1707 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

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

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

copyright Seattle Gay News 2017 - DigitalTeamWorks 2017

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