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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Something to Hope For

posted by on January 22 at 11:50 AM

You wouldn’t think Seattle needed another theater company, but the New Century Theater Company, despite its eminently forgettable name, looks promising—just because of the people involved. In fact, I think The Stranger has written enthusiastic sentences about all of them. There’s…

• Stranger Genius Award winner Amy Thone: “Her directness, her lack of artifice, is what makes her a great actor. When Thone walks onto a stage, she sucks all the frivolity out of the room, makes you lean forward to listen. Her presence is regal, never clownish. She is the opposite of coy.”

Hans Altweis: “without a doubt, the best Shakespeare actor in the city.”

• Playwright Stephanie Timm, who wrote Crumbs Are Also Bread, performed last year by WET. From a review of Timm’s W(h)acked by Lindy West: “This play did not cure my hangover. It did, however, captivate my attention and make me laugh, despite my insides’ persistent mad dashes for freedom. And in that, W(h)acked is a miracle.”

Paul Morgan Stetler, an actor we’ve liked, particularly as the star of Louis Slotin Sonata.


MJ Sieber, a local actor we’ve praised over and over again. My favorite sentence about him: “MJ Sieber, as the Creature, with his massive, sweaty (and most of the time, nude) body, is exceptionally intimidating…”

The praise becomes slightly less effusive with the rest of the company members. But still, praise is praise:

• Annie Wagner opined that Michael Patten was “competent” in Taming of the Shrew in 2005. (He was also excellent in Accidental Death of an Anarchist and The Water Engine with the Genius Award winning company Strawberry Theater Workshop.)

Jen Taylor was last praised as “effective” in 2000 for her performance in Fairy Tales of New York. (And check out the reviews on that page by Stranger freelancer cum Weekly staffer cum Seattle Metropolitan arts editor Steve Wiecking.)

• And we’ve never mentioned Ray Gonzalez by name. But he’s the one on the right:


Anyway: a new theater company! Whose name I’ve already forgotten! But with an uncommonly well-liked (by us) team of actors, directors, and playwrights!

The company’s inaugural event is next Monday, January 28, at Seattle Rep at 7:30 pm. There will be drinks, snacks, and a reading of Phyllis Nagy’s Disappeared by company members and guests Darragh Kennan (we’ve praised him), Lori Larsen (and her), and Chelsea Rives (but not her).

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There is a upcoming puppet show you should be pimping. You are not.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 22, 2008 12:26 PM


Posted by crackitty | January 22, 2008 12:41 PM

How "fringe" can a fringe theater be and still be on the Stranger's radar? In other words, have you heard of Emerald City Scene? (Full disclosure: I know most of them from UW, and they're awesome. Also, their current production of Copenhagen kicks ass.)

Posted by Greg | January 22, 2008 12:42 PM

yeah, talented company of artists and a really shitty, banal name.

isn't there a credit union with the same name?

Posted by michael strangeways | January 22, 2008 12:53 PM

Man, I am simply riddled with errors today.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 22, 2008 12:53 PM

I eminently wish I could forget Strawshop Theater...

Posted by I'll walk out of anything | January 22, 2008 12:55 PM

In accordance with standard Seattle Theatre practice, the company name has already been shortened to "NCTC".

But regardless, still a strong bench of heavy-hitters and some good, solid utility infielders.

Posted by COMTE | January 22, 2008 1:04 PM

@3: If you tell us about your show, you're on our radar. But I don't think I've heard from Emerald City Scene.

Posted by Brendan Kiley | January 22, 2008 1:36 PM

I'll let them know.

Posted by Greg | January 22, 2008 1:43 PM

Poe, you'd lose to Ecce in a spelling bee were it held today.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | January 22, 2008 1:59 PM

I know! What the FUCK?!?!?

I'm not on any drugs right now. I didn't get trashed last night, and nobody fucked my brains out.

There is no excuse for this nonsense. I sit in shame.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 22, 2008 2:11 PM

Mr Poe, maybe some of the senility is rubbing off on you, when you make sweet, sweet love to your geriatric friends?

Posted by michael strangeways | January 22, 2008 3:02 PM

Perhaps. I'll have to make a record of our findings.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 22, 2008 3:08 PM

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