Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September is theater month

Happy September! It's Weisenheimer's favorite month because it means that my Sweetie, the official scorer, and I will soon be headed off to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival! Theater heaven!

In the meantime there's still plenty happening on the local theater scene.

Balagan Theatre's season opener, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, with the fabulous Terri Weagant, just wrapped last weekend. Play number two, Elephant's Graveyard by George Brant and directed by Jason Harber, opens Thursday. It's the West Coast premiere of the play and Harber's directorial debut. Balagan favorites Ryan Higgins, Chris Bell, and Ray Tagavilla are in the cast, as is the company's executive director Jake Groshong, who hits the stage for the first time in a couple of years.

Tickets for Elephant's Graveyard are available on-line, and you can still get Balagan season tickets, a steal at $110 for the remaining nine shows in the season.

The usual disclaimer: Weisenheimer is president of the board at Balagan, but it doesn't mean I'm biased!

There's a bit of Balagan flavor to the next show at West Seattle's ArtsWest Theater. Balagan board member Mike Dooly is in the cast of ArtsWest's production of Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Carol Roscoe. The show opens Sept. 9. It's the season opener for ArtsWest and the Seattle premiere of the play, which ran from February through June at OSF.

We especially loved Dooly as Iago in Balagan's Othello last year. He's was also in Closer, Death/Sex, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Balagan, played in Wooden O's Richard III this summer, and had a couple of great roles in the 14/48 festival last month.

Tickets to Dean Man's Cell Phone can be found on-line.

Go see live theater!

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