How to Follow Your Heart

​Review of Sarah Prefers to Run at Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival by K. Gibbs

Running is the focus of Sarah’s life, as much a part of it as breathing or sleeping. She cannot imagine life without it and wants to continue running at college in Montreal. But standing in her way is a lack of money and opposition from her mother. As Sarah fights to keep running, Sarah Prefers to Run portrays the struggle of doing what you love, no matter the cost.

When asked why she does track and field, Sarah simply states that she loves to run. It’s that simple. Finding her way to college, though? Not so much. Since her parents don’t have the money to pay for college, Sarah has to come up with another plan. The solution presents itself in her coworker, Antoine, who is also heading to Montreal. In order to get money from the government to help pay for school, the two decide to get married despite the fact that they barely know each other.

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An Engaging Love Story

​Review of Mary's Wedding at New Century Theatre Company by Hattie Sanders

Marys Wedding

Mary’s Wedding by New Century Theatre Company is an engaging, fantastic love story.

With only two actors in the whole production, a phenomenal performance is created between them. There’s a young British girl, Mary (played by Maya Sugarman), who moved to Canada with her family and the Canadian soldier (played by Conner Neddersen) who she fell in love with during the time of World War I. The whole play is a combination of scenes from their time together and scenes from his time at war based on letters he sent, melded together seamlessly.

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Parallel Lives, Unparalleled Tension

​Review of Slip/Shot at Seattle Public Theater by Evelyn Seo

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BANG! With a single gunshot, many lives change. Seattle Public Theater’s Pacific Northwest premiere of Slip/Shot evokes serious thought about the truth behind racial tension both in the 1960s and now. Written by Jacqueline Goldfinger in 2012, the play takes place in the racially divided town of Tallahassee in 1963, where a white security guard accidentally kills an innocent young black man. The first part of the play emphasizes the ideals of the American Dream as the characters look optimistically forward to the future with their families. Clem, a white security guard (played by Quinn Armstrong), attempts to establish an independent household away from his depressive father with his new wife Kitty (played by Jocelyn Maher). Likewise, couple Monroe and Euphrasie (played by Treavor Boykin and Marquicia Dominguez) look forward to their own future together as Euphrasie plans to attend college in the coming year. Bright stage lighting and fast-paced music evoke a sense of joy and giddiness within the audience. But the atmosphere changes when Clem accidentally fatally shoots Monroe. Everything becomes dark and turns into a blur; it’s as if time physically stops as the characters are unable to move on from the accident. Faith Russell, who plays Miz Athey, Monroe’s mother, does an exceptional job of showing the pain and angst of a mother losing her child. Her performance brings the audience to tears, including myself. Russell’s lingering eyes resting upon the spot where her son used to be arouses a sense of emptiness that cannot be filled again. Clem and Kitty seem to be caught up in the accident as well, unable to move on from the incident due to the fear of repercussions from the black population. They are unable to do anything without having to make sure that no harm would come to them. Their eventual fall into paranoia emphasizes one of the messages that the play is attempting to get across to its audience: Everyone needs to walk away from the past and work toward the future. Goldfinger also uses parallelism between the two families to illustrate the need for change in racial relationships. She shows that there is no difference between the two races when it comes down to their everyday lives. The blatant hatred and fear that both races have toward each other seem to be superficial as the play goes on to show how similar the characters of different races actually are. This effectively shows that one must have the courage to make choices for a better future for everyone, of all races, without having to fear each other. Slip/Shot prompts the audience to ponder whether we are caught up in false perceptions of the society today and make assumptions without learning the truth. Racial tension have been allowed to go on until now maybe due to lack of attempts to understand one another. In conclusion, this play offers a fresh perspective on still very present on social problems.

Slip/Shot Seattle Public Theater September 26 - October 12

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My Playlist

​Freaking Awesome Music and Art Recommendations from TeenTix Press Corps Writer Alyssa T.

About the DJ: I’m a nerdy programmer who lives for art, music, and anything ridiculously awesome, especially the five things I’m going to tell you about. I graduated from the UW Informatics: Human-Computer Interaction program, and in my spare time, I sing, sketch, and play the viola and guitar. Over the summer, I went on an art splurge in Europe and became a cheese farmer in France for a couple weeks. It was freaking awesome. And so are these:

1. Phantogram I have so much respect for Phantogram, it’s ridiculous. This alternative band manages to fuse sick beats with beautiful melodies and poetic lyrics to create some wicked music. This lovechild of alternative, hip hop, and electronic music is a real stunner. Listen to "Fall in Love," "Mouthful of Diamonds," "When I’m Small," and just all of their songs. “Dig a hole, fireworks exploding in my hands. If I could paint the sky, would all the stars be shining bloody red?”

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Shining Bright

​Review of Jewels at Pacific Northwest Ballet by Megan R.

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The show starts off with a bang — or rather, with a timpani. With the glittering curtain still down, the sound of Tchaikovsky soars from the orchestra pit and fills the concert hall. Then the curtain lifts and more then a dozen dancers come into view. As they leap and twirl across the stage, the dancers, dressed in sparkly bodices and flowing green skirts, truly become jewels.

Jewels at Pacific Northwest Ballet doesn’t set out to tell a story. When it premiered in 1967, George Balanchine’s Jewels became the first full-length plotless ballet and its three parts — “Emeralds,” “Rubies,” and “Diamonds” — are linked only by their jewel-toned costumes.

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Like Watching a Musician Destroy His Guitar

​Reveiw of Germinal at On the Boards by Tigerlily Cooley


From the beginning of Germinal, one can tell it's an unconventional production. The stage lights flash repeatedly into the audience, followed by a mysterious light display on stage, all narrated by bursts of nervous laughter from the audience. After the stage lights finally come fully on, one expects the actors to talk, but they can't. Rather their thoughts are projected onto the back wall of the stage, a concept which later morphs into the natural use of subtitles. Both English and French are used throughout the play, and the dialogue is sophisticated.

Watching Germinal unfold is like watching a musician destroy his guitar at the end of the show, as the actors take pickaxes to the stage and rip down the curtains. And yet, somehow in all the chaos the creators, Antoine Defoort and Halory Goerger, manage to slip in profound thoughts regarding the laws of physics, existentialism, and philosophy.

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Throwback Thursday

​Review of A Chorus Line at 5th Avenue Theatre by Bella A.

A Chorus Line

Two hours and 10 minutes of sitting in the gorgeous 5th Avenue Theatre with no intermission immerses you in the stories of each character encountered. A Chorus Line has the elaborate dance numbers of a Broadway showstopper, but also the intimate feel of underground theater as characters twist, twirl, yell, and even weep before you.

Winner of nine Tony Awards, this musical is regarded as a classic in the world of theater. With its age in mind — it first opened in 1975 — the storyline seems notably edgy as it wrestles with questions of sexuality and daddy issues, and presents a brand new look into the grueling showbiz audition procedure through the eyes of 17 young dancers auditioning for a coveted place in a Broadway chorus line. You’ll meet Mike, the youngest of 12 siblings, who learned to dance to prove himself; Richie, an almost kindergarten teacher turned dancer; and Cassie, the desperately ambitious fallen starlet. These and other young men and women bravely step up and share their life stories. The show ends up being more of a process than the unfolding of a gripping plot.

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The Reimagining of an American Hero

​Review of The Mountaintop at ArtsWest by Griffin Scott-Rifer


As I took my seat in the ArtsWest’s beautiful theater I was immediately was entranced by the set of The Mountaintop. Rain falling down windows transported me to another time and place. If I was at all distracted before, as soon as the lights dimmed in the theater, my mind was nowhere but right there in the Lorraine Motel with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the angel who comes to visit him the night before he is to die.

The lights come up on the well-known American hero, played by Reginald Andre Jackson. The Mountaintop begins as a raucous period comedy, complete with clever repartee between the two characters. But then about halfway through, it switches to an entrancing drama about the meaning of being a hero.

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A Provocative Conversation Starter

​Review of The Invisible Hand at ACT by Vida Behar

The Invisible Hand

At once thought-provoking, action-packed, and moving, The Invisible Hand opens up a conversation. It tells the story of an American economist held captive in Pakistan and tackles hefty themes — the role of journalism, the relationship between money and God, tensions between America and the Middle East, the nature of greed, racial issues, political corruption, and the desire for power — along the way. As the play unfolds, it proves to be a study of the relationship between the protagonist and his captors, both in terms of prisoner versus warden and their larger, thematic representations, namely capitalism versus Islam.

To amplify the intensity of the setting, The Invisible Hand uses some very original techniques on stage. Immediately noticeable is the circular format of the stage, with the audience seated a full 360 degrees around it, creating an up-close-and-personal feel. Additionally, before the play even begins, the scene is set when the pre-play reminder to turn off cellphones is spoken in Punjabi with accompanying subtitles on a mounted TV screen. This preemptively gets the audience into the world of the play, setting the scene in a very impactful and original way.

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Nothing and Everything

​Review of Waiting for Godot by Seattle Shakespeare Company by Lin G.

Waiting For Godot

The set is a stage within a stage. Red curtains flank a stark rock and tree — sparse and pathetic like a Charlie Brown tree — on a dull road. “There is no lack of void.” This is true of both the stage and the show. Waiting for Godot, written by Samuel Beckett, is a bizarre play in which nothing and everything happens. The plot goes in many circles from a nonsensical and hopeless beginning through many strange events and unexpected turns to an absurd but dismal end that in some ways leaves the audience wondering.

The story goes like this: Two miserable men, Didi and Gogo (played by Todd Jefferson Moore and Darragh Kennan respectively), find themselves waiting, endlessly, for someone named Godot. These two men try to pass the time in many ways, none of which seem to make time go any quicker. After a while, Pozzo (Chris Ensweiler), a proud and ridiculous merchant, arrives along with his exhausted and mistreated slave, Lucky (Jim Hamerlinck), who does Pozzo’s every bidding. A ton of crazy things happen, and Pozzo and Lucky leave. Soon a boy (Alex Silva) comes to tell Didi and Gogo that Godot cannot come today, but will surely come tomorrow.

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The Saddest and Hardest-Hitting Fantasia Around

​Review of Angels in America, Part 1: Millenium Approaches at Intiman Theatre by Vivian Lappenbusch

Angels In America

It's America circa 1986, the land of the guilt-ridden and home of the closeted homosexual people. And it's the world of Tony Kushner's award-winning play, Angels in America. Subtitled “A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” Angels in America might just be the saddest and hardest-hitting fantasia around – and it’s fantastic.

Part 1 of the play, Millennium Approaches, follows two couples in mid-1980s New York City. The first is Prior (Adam Standley) and Louis (Quinn Franzen), a gay couple working to keep Prior alive in his fight against AIDS and keep Louis from leaving in fear of what the future may bring. The second couple, Joe (Ty Boice) and Harper (Alex Highsmith), fight over Harper’s agoraphobia and Valium addiction, along with Joe’s emotional and sexual distance in light of a recent promotion at work. Along with other family and friends, these characters are forced into making unwinnable decisions in the face of death, infidelity, religion, and sexual orientation.

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Decidedly Northwestern

​Review of Modernism in the Pacific Northwest at Seattle Art Museum by Hattie Sanders

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Unsurprisingly, the Seattle Art Museum does not fail to impress with their current Modernism in the Pacific Northwest exhibition.

Even with no knowledge of the title and just a few minutes in the gallery, anyone would know that this is artwork from the Pacific Northwest. There is a miraculous similarity in colors, mainly featuring darker earth tones that scream Pacific Northwestern. I was actually quite surprised at the overall completeness of the color scheme, even between artists.

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Chocolate: From Bean to Bar

​Review of Chocolate: The Exhibition at Museum of History and Industry by Abby Searight


Chocolate: The Exhibition is a treat for one’s senses. The exhibition takes a ticketholder from bean to bar while chronicling chocolate’s history throughout civilization.

The first sense to be treated is smell. Entering the exhibition, one’s nose is met by the sweet scent distinct to cocoa. Eventually the aroma fades as one becomes accustomed to the sweetness, though a hint remains ever present. Having noted the exhibit’s scent, one adjusts their eyes. The lighting is dim, creating a relaxing sort of mood to offset that sugar buzz one’s bound to experience simply from the site of it all.

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The Hacktivist Crusader

​Review of The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz at Northwest Film Forum by Kally Patz

It’s clear throughout The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz that director Brian Knappenberger is partial to his documentary’s subject. But who can blame him? The blossoming programming prodigy turned enemy of the system is lovable from the moment he steps on screen.

Though Swartz has all the makings of a hero, he carries it with dorky accessibility. Friends and family describe him encouraging his brother to dress as a computer for Halloween, predating Wikipedia in his bedroom, and collaborating to develop Creative Commons at 14 years old.

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​Review of We Will Rock You at 5th Avenue Theatre by Mobird

Walking into the 5th Avenue Theatre, I thought that I would be sitting down for a concert with small bits of scripting between songs, so I was not ready at all for what I saw, and I was, quite literally, overwhelmed. Lights flashed, disco balls spun, and then the curtain rose, revealing a screen that carried a message of hope. By this point I was completely curious as to what would happen next, and I wasn’t disappointed. Swinging from one Queen tune to the next with witty quips, pop-culture references, sassy dancing, and fantastic set changes, I enjoyed myself and felt quite entertained by this take on one of the most classic, beloved bands in the history of rock and roll.

The outlawing of music has been a plot point in a few musicals, namely Footloose. That is repeated again in We Will Rock You. However, the thing that sets this apart from having a stereotypical plot and expectedly feel-good dance numbers is the rock-solid directing, the classic music from Queen, the concert-like lighting, and the fact that the lead characters — Galileo and Scaramouche — don’t know what they are supposed to do about Galileo’s dreams and differences until almost halfway through the musical.

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The Complete Ai Weiwei

​Review of Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case at Northwest Film Forum by Kally Patz

The photo on Ai Weiwei’s Wikipedia page is reverent. Luminous against a stony backdrop, he looks stoic, resilient. It’s an image fitting of a lone artist taking on the Chinese government, the sort that would win the praise of Ai’s media following and fans.

It would also make a great cover for a film. But that’s not the story Andreas Johnsen tells in his new documentary, Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case. In the film, Johnsen takes no pains to glorify Ai Weiwei. His goals were to spend as many hours with Ai as possible and to depict the artist’s vision of China. Johnsen never sits the family down for a heart-wrenching interview. He doesn’t propel Ai’s actions with music or effects.

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My Playlist

​Latest Hits from Press Corps Writer Bella A.

About the DJ: Hailing from Queen Anne, but truly belonging on Capitol Hill, you can find me having my nightly Game of Thrones marathon, or jumping up and down in my room to ear-bleedingly loud music, while I avoid practicing my viola by pretending I can play the guitar. Everyone I admire is either dead or a high school drop out, but I don’t plan on becoming either anytime soon. I love people, and if you have a story to tell, I have the ears to listen.

1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Fresh off my 16th birthday, I had the aaaabsolute pleasure of attending a midnight revival of 1970s cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show with my best friend at the Egyptian Theatre on Capitol Hill. At a true showing of this film, your average movie going props like popcorn, Red Vines, and soda pop are replaced with fishnets, sequins, toast, squirt guns, and a lot of shouting. Before becoming a film, the show was originally an off-Broadway production, written by Richard O’Brien as a rebellion, after he had been fired from the set of Jesus Christ Superstar. It became the longest running theatrical release in movie history. Starring Tim Curry as saucy drag queen Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Susan Sarandon as the fretful-gone-freaky Janet Weiss, there’s a reason we keep coming back over and over to do the time warp again.

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My Playlist

Top Recommendations from Press Corps Writer Isabella D.

About the DJ: Isabella is currently a freshman at Garfield High School who enjoys spending her time analyzing musicals, staring at maps, learning new things, and playing Casanova, her lovely violin, any chance she gets.

1. Stephen Sondheim Being a huge Sondheim lover, I felt that I needed to include all of his musicals in this list — which unfortunately wouldn't fit into only five slots — so I've decided to talk about how wonderful his work is. Stephen Sondheim is a composer and lyricist known for his stunning musical works on Broadway he's been contributing for over 50 years. So yeah, he's not new, but definitely notable. A few of my favorites include A Little Night Music, Company, and Into The Woods. If you're looking for a change of pace in the musicals you watch, consider watching a Sondheim musical; they're filled with complexity, witty tongue-twister lyrics, and important messages you'll never forget.

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My Playlist

​A Taste of Press Corps Writer Evelyn S.'s Favorite Things


About the DJ: My name is Evelyn, and I am an almost-senior attending Inglemoor High School. I love to read, watch movies, listen to Broadway musical soundtracks on my “down” days, or go out for a cup of coffee just for the sake of it. Overall, I’m just an easy-going person who appreciates small things in life. 1. Joe Hisaishi Joe Hisaishi is a film composer who composed soundtracks for pretty much all of the Studio Ghibli films. The soundtracks from famous Ghibli films such as Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Howl’s Moving Castle are all composed by the ever talented Hisaishi. I take delight in listening to those soundtracks pretty much all the time; there’s always a piece that fits your mood for the day. I recommend listening to Merry-Go-Round of Life or Path of the Wind, as they’re my favorites. 2. Les Miserables I absolutely love all forms of Les Miserables, from the original novel written by Victor Hugo to the Broadway musical, and further on to the movie starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean. My favorite element of the work is the music composed by Claude-Michel Schönberg, as it moves one into sympathizing with the characters who attempt to overcome their personal obstacles in life. My ultimate favorite song is “One Day More” as the title itself holds different meanings for the characters. 3. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries This YouTube program got me hooked from the first episode, probably because I’m such a die-hard Jane Austen fan. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is the modern reenactment of the Jane Austen’s most well-known novel: Pride and Prejudice. The show tells the story through a series of video blogs with Lizzie (Elizabeth) Bennet retelling us the major events of the story with few modern twists. Her way of recreating the story is especially hilarious if you have read the book, and it is refreshing to hear the story from a different perspective. 4. Eric Whitacre Eric Whitacre is my ultimate composer “crush” ever since I came across his name when our band chose to play his piece titled "Sleep." His creation of a virtual choir is what truly got me into his music. He gathered thousands of people to submit videos of themselves singing his work and then compiled all of their voices into one giant, virtual choir singing the song at the same time. How awesome is that? Pretty awesome. 5. Food photography I am a foodie — that means that I enjoy anything food related, including taking pictures of food. There is actually a lot of effort when it comes to taking the perfect picture, like the lighting, arrangement, and freshness of the food. Food photography is one of my therapeutic methods of getting by through the day; it helps me relax as my put my concentration into framing the perfect photo.

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