Theater The End of an Era
posted by August 13 at 10:30 AMon
One sentence, written by Annie Wagner, has appeared in almost every issue of The Stranger for the last three years. That sentence is:
The real point is not the adult-catechism monologue, but the script’s gaps, in which Sister Aubrey Manning dispenses tissues to cover salacious displays of flesh and kitschy prizes to reward the dumbstruck targets of her improvisations.
It’s an elegant sentence. It explains a lot—the show, its tone, its themes, its audience—in a few well-chosen words. It is also unassailable. I’ve tried to edit it many times for space, never to my satisfaction. Like most Annie Wagner constructions, it has an underlying logic of interlocking parts hidden by a deceptively smooth surface. It’s both rigorous and pleasant.
The 11-year-old Late-Nite Catechism closes at the end of August—which is also when Annie Wagner leaves The Stranger, and Seattle, for Chicago.
(Chicago, incidentally, is the city where Late-Nite Catechism was conceived and originally produced.)
That is Seattle’s tribute to Ms. Wagner. Without her, the Catechism cannot go on.