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Assisted Living

Tues-Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sat at 2 pm, Sun at 2 and 7 pm. Through May 12. This event has passed.   |   $15-$41 ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 206-292-7676
"Assisted Living, a world-premiere play by Seattle writer Katie Forgette, opens in an assisted-living facility that is actually a lightly veneered prison: bars on the windows, linoleum trim, dull gray-blue tile, cheap office furniture, and a photo of a smiling President Dick Cheney. This is the near future, where the economy is on the verge of collapse, and senior citizens have to pay for any medical treatment that might be even obliquely related to their former lifestyles (such as eating). Those who can’t pay, or those who make a fuss about the situation, are sent to the 'first floor,' a land of permanent sedation and light rotation over a heat source to keep them alive. Or maybe they just get killed. Nobody has ever come back to describe it. The production’s unarticulated but looming argument is twofold. First: If you remove the social-ish (not socialist) safety net and let businesses run the show, they’ll be much quicker to kill off the sick and unprofitable than any liberal-democratic 'Obamacare' bureaucracy. Second: If you’re living in a death camp—even if it pretends to be cheerful—the power of theater can save the day." (Brendan Kiley)

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ACT Theatre

700 Union St
Seattle, WA, 98101 (Downtown)
(206) 292-7676