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posted Friday, July 12, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 28
Death and the Maiden succeeds in staying current
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Death and the Maiden succeeds in staying current

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

THEATRE 9/12
Through July 29


Ariel Dorfman is a South American playwright (born in Argentina and living in Chile) who wrote a play about an unnamed country trying to dig out from a fascist past after creating devastating emotional chaos for years. Theatre 9/12 has chosen the play to reflect on the current moment in U.S. history. The play also works as a commentary on the current #MeToo movement and how difficult is it to believe women when they say they have been violated.

Death and the Maiden focuses on a mid-level political appointee to a new government, Gerardo Escobar (Chip Wood), and his wife. Paulina (Cynthia Geary) has become a recluse, protected by Gerardo from too much agitation. Gerardo has been offered a prestigious appointment to a government taking over from a recent dictatorship. Trust in the government is close to non-existent, but Gerardo would be investigating crimes of the dictatorship with an eye toward justice and reconciliation.

Gerardo gets a flat tire. A stranger, Dr. Medina (Robert A Barnett), happens by to drive him home so Gerardo is not stranded. But who is this stranger? Does he have a more sinister connection to the couple? Paulina believes that he does. In fact, we soon see this passive, emotion-cramped woman take Dr. Medina hostage and accuse him of being the doctor who raped and tortured her 15 years before!

Gerardo is appalled at her behavior and it is now her job to convince him that she has not gone crazy. But has she also jeopardized his promotion? Will Dr. Medina go to the authorities and have her arrested? How will she successfully get out of this wild situation?

The play is a cat and mouse game for the audience, really, to challenge you and what you believe when you hear the characters talk. A woman is mentally ill and wrongly believes a man is her years-ago abuser. Or a woman really knows who the man is and her husband is challenged to support her. Or a man is only playing at good-Samaritan behaviors in order to play with a man and his wife.

There are a lot of layers and each of the three actors is terrific in possibly misdirecting you, the audience, so you don't know who to believe. Then you have the issue of the gun: will she shoot it? won't she? will she kill him? will she just hurt him? is it just for power and leverage? You Decide.

For more information, go to www.theatre912.com or call 206-332-7908.

Discuss your opinions with SGNCritic@gmail.com or go to www.facebook.com/SeattleTheaterWriters. More articles can be found at MiryamsTheaterMusings.blogspot.com.

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Jeffrey Moose Gallery presents paintings by indigenous artists from Yuendumu, Australia
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