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Creature Comedy at Jet City Improv

Review of Twisted Flicks at Jet City Improv.

Written by TeenTix Press Corps Writer Ben Capuano, and edited by Teen Editorial Staff Member Anya Shukla!

Jet City Improv in Twisted Flicks. Photo by Todd Gardiner.

If you’ve lived in Seattle long enough, at some point, you might have seen a poster for Twisted Flicks and wondered what Jet City Improv’s on-the-spot movie redubbing entails. The premise for the show is simple: an obscure black and white movie is played in its entirety while improv performers and musicians reimagine the dialogue and score. It’s been happening with a new film every month ever since the 1997 original, but, on...

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Psychodrama and Spectacle Take the Stage in Night Parade

Review of Night Parade by Pork Filled Productions. 

Written by TeenTix Press Corps Writer Jonah de Forest, and edited by Teen Editorial Staff Member Lily Williamson!

Night Parade by Pork Filled Productions and REBATEnsemble. Photo by Tom Dang.

Moments of brilliance abound in Night Parade, the latest offering from Pork Filled Productions and REBATEnsemble, but the play suffers from a convoluted storyline. Though it stands out for its engaging stagecraft and costuming, Night Parade simply has too many ideas.

After arriving at an undisclosed location, the audience is ushered into a cramped lobby, where tea is served and Japanese music sets an ominous tone. Posters on...

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Election Day

The Press Corps November Editorial! 

Written by Teen Editorial Staff members Anya Shukla and Lily Williamson.

Photo by Miguel Bruna on Unsplash.

What do you think of when you hear the word “November”? Thanksgiving? Fall? Homework? Boredom? How about “midterms” or “politics”? For those lucky TeenTix members who are of voting age and ready to make their voices heard, the word “November” will probably inspire excitement and fear—the fate of the government is in their hands. The rest of us, however, will have to settle for seeing political and social justice-themed art.

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The Hair-Raising Tale of Sweeney Todd

Review of Sweeney Todd at Ludus Performing Arts. Written by TeenTix Press Corps Writer Annika Prom, and edited by Teen Editorial Staff Member Huma Ali!

Sweeney Todd by Ludus Performing Arts. Photo courtesy of Ludus Performing Arts.

The night of October 19, it was especially dark with a touch of rain, and my plus-one invite canceled on me an hour before the performance. I felt cold, glum and ever-so-slightly heartbroken—it wasn’t hard to relate to Sweeney Todd and become emotionally invested in the show.

This morose feeling continued inside the theater where a suspended sign, made of burlap and decorated with the play’s title, rested in front of the...

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The Turn of the Screw: A Visually and Mentally Haunting Experience

Review of The Turn of the Screw at Seattle Opera. Written by TeenTix Press Corps Writer Sumeya Block and edited by Teen Editorial Staff Member Hannah Schoettmer!

The Turn of the Screw by Seattle Opera. Photo by Philip Newton.

Seattle Opera's newest opera, an adaptation of the book The Turn of The Screw by Henry James, will leave you forever haunted by the spirits that reside in the Bly mansion. In mere minutes, we are staring into a somber world cast by phantom-like blue walls. What was most memorable to me in The Turn of The Screw was the attention put into the set. When looking at the stage, it was the little things I noticed, like the blue plaid...

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The Teen Take on the Teeny Awards

Recap and review of the 2018 Teeny Awards. Written by Teen Editorial Staff Member Hannah Schoettmer. 

The 2018 Teeny Awards. Photo by Bronwen Houck Photography.

The Teeny Awards, an annual ceremony run by TeenTix to honor their partner organizations and art’s collision with teens in the Seattle community, is something of a mecca for the artistically inclined youth in the area. However, I’d never heard of the awards before I volunteered to write this piece. Reminiscing on my memories of past awards events, I expected a bowl of Ritz crackers, a seemingly bored keynote speaker, and a few...

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It’s Spooky Season!

The Press Corps October Editorial! Written by Teen Editorial Staff members Hannah Schoettmer and Huma Ali. 

Photo by Nicolas Picard on Unsplash.

There are two types of people: people who love fall, and people who LOVE fall. Here on the Teen Editorial Staff, we fall into the latter category. Besides the cooler weather, there’s all the trappings of fall, too. Here in Seattle, we have the whole gamut—fuzzy socks, pumpkin patches, cute picture spots, a torrential, neverending wall of rain—anything you could want! But here at TeenTix, it’s safe to say that Spooky Season is...

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Controversial Opinion: Country Music Isn’t Always Bad

Review of Radney Foster at Fremont Abbey Arts. Written by Teen Editorial Staff Member Hannah Schoettmer, and edited by Teen Editorial Staff Member Josh Fernandes!

Musician Radney Foster played "For You to See the Stars" at Fremont Abbey Arts on October 20, 2018.

There’s a stigma against country music. Everyone has the same assumption—a twangy assortment of half-clothed women, guns, and an unusual, unnatural love for one’s truck set over a backdrop of rolling wheat fields and cattle herds. And those assumptions lead to changing the radio station at the first hint of mandolin—something I am guilty of too. And while there is certainly country music that fits that description, there’s a...

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Sikh Captain America Combats Discrimination

Review of "Wham! Bam! Pow!” at the Wing Luke Museum and of “Vishavjit Singh: Sikh Captain America” at Seattle Town Hall, Written by Teen Editorial Staff Member Lily W, and edited by Teen Editorial Staff Member Hannah S!

Sikh Captain America explores the Seattle Central Library. Photo by Simon Kidde

When I think about America, especially in our current political climate, I think about prejudice. Bigotry seems to have infected every part our nation and, as a teen, it often feels like reducing the amount of discrimination in our country is simply impossible. Many current events and happenings in the news pile on, spreading hate and contributing towards a perpetual feeling of political stagnation and ambivalence. But...

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The Fantastically Dark “Dark Fantastic”

Review of 18th & Union's Dark Fantastic, written by Teen Editorial Staff Member Josh F, and edited by Teen Editorial Staff Member Huma A!

The Dark Fantastic at 18th & Union. Photo by Tony Beeman.

I'm not someone who's really into horror. It's just not something I grew up having, and nowadays, it seems to be rapidly dropping in quality. I’m also not someone who's really into improv. I've always liked the idea, but, as a newcomer, the thought of audience interaction always seemed too intimidating. So when I went to see Dark Fantastic, a horror improv show, I really had no idea what to expect. I only knew the show...

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What Happens When You Give Dancers A Say?

Review of Whim W'Him's Choreographic Shindig IV, written by Teen Editorial Staff Member Anya S, and edited by Teen Editorial Staff Member Hannah S!

Whim W'Him dancers in Alice Klock's "Before After" at Choreographic Shindig IV. Photo by Stefano Altamura.

I used to be a dancer. When I danced, however, I never felt closely connected with what I was asked to perform. Sure, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty were classics, but their stories didn’t represent my identity. I didn’t feel that my dancing reflected who I was.

At Whim W’Him’s Choreographic Shindig IV, however, the company could choose pieces and choreographers that reflected them. For the Choreographic Shindig IV, the...

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Reader, She Married Him

Review of Jane Eyre at Book-It Repertory Theatre, written by Teen Editorial Staff Member Huma A, and edited by Teen Editorial Staff Member Anya S!

Mi Kang as Jane Eyre in Book-It Repertory Theatre's production of Jane Eyre. Photo by Alabastro Photography.

Opening night at Book-It's production of Jane Eyre was a memorable experience. The place was bustling with an activity and vibrancy synonymous with champagne, cupcakes, and opening night.

The play began with a girl, Jane, holding a candle in the dark and singing an eerie song —replicating the Gothic Romanticism portrayed in Brontë’s novel. As the night progressed, full and rich with English accents, the story switched...

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Storytelling That Transcends Boundaries

Review of Richard III at Seattle Shakespeare Company, written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Emily B, and edited by the Teen Editorial Staff!

Sarah Harlett and Suzanne Bouchard in Richard III at Seattle Shakespeare Company. Photo by HMMM Productions.

Rarely do I enter a play with as many thoughts and questions as I had going into Richard III at Seattle Shakespeare Company. There was so much to be explored: would a historical play remain accessible not only 400 years after it was written, but 500 years after its events occurred? And what would it be like to see this play – with 21 male characters and 4 female characters – presented by an all-female cast? The answers I found...

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The Human Behind the Label

​Review of Sweet Land at Taproot Theatre Company, written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Emily B.!

Hugh Hastings, Michael Winters, Pam Nolte, Molli Corcoran, Tyler Todd Kimmel, Daniel Stoltenberg, April Poland and Chris Shea in Sweet Land, the Musical at Taproot Theatre. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

The battle cry “Us versus them,”and the brutal labeling accompanying it, is all too familiar today. One might not expect a seemingly simple historical fiction musical to offer a relevant response, yet Taproot Theatre’s Sweet Land does just that with touching, convicting, and joyful power.

Sweet Land tells the story of a young German woman, Inge Altenburg, who travels to Minnesota to marry a man she’s never met, Norwegian...

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Humanity and Imperfection

​Review of MUSE: Mickalene Thomas Photographs at Henry Art Gallery, written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Lily W.!

Mickalene Thomas. La leçon d’amour. 2008. © Mickalene Thomas. Courtesy of the artist; Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong; and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Mickalene Thomas’s most recent exhibition, MUSE: Mickalene Thomas Photographs at the Henry Museum and tête-à-tête is a reminder of the importance of community in the process of creating and experiencing art. The collection features Thomas’s photography and film—both lesser known aspects of her artistic repertoire, but ones that deserve just as much appreciation as the imposing rhinestone-studded paintings she’s best known for....

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Hedwig Gives in to the Unknown

​Review of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at ArtsWest, written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Anya S!

Dani Hobbs and Nicholas Japaul Bernard in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at ArtsWest. Photo by John McLellan.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is not your typical Broadway musical. Instead of chorus lines and tap numbers, the show features an onstage band and 90 minutes of punk rock. On top of that, the characters are eclectic. There’s Hedwig (played by Nicholas Japaul Bernard), who struggles to come to terms with her identity after a botched sex-change operation (although she is genderqueer, she uses she/her pronouns); Yitzhak (played by...

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Family is Family

​Teen Review of Familiar at Seattle Rep. Written by Zoe M. of Cleveland High School 

The cast of Familiar at Seatte Rep. Photo by Navid Baraty.

Powerful. That's the first word that comes to mind when talking about Familiar, a play written by Danai Gurira, a well-known African American actress. This play is a masterpiece that everyone should see at least once. Drama is one of the oldest forms of entertainment, and, as humans, we love drama. This makes the play a hit for the audience as it is packed with the twists and turns that make a great family drama. Gurira draws...

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Relatable and Quite Humorous

​Teen Review of Familiar at Seattle Rep. Written by Brooklyn J. of Cleveland High School 

The cast of Familiar at Seatte Rep. Photo by Navid Baraty.

Before seeing Danai Gurira’s Familiar performed at the Seattle Rep Theatre I was doubtful that I would be able to relate to an immigrant family from Zimbabwe. I even questioned if I would enjoy going. Though after the school trip and the one hour and 50 minutes of the play, I was surprised to find that it was indeed relatable and quite humorous. Despite my preconception, I really enjoyed watching the play, could even say I...

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A Diamond in the Rough

Teen ​Review of Familiar at Seattle Rep, by Andrew P. of Cleveland High School

Peri Gaffney, Sha Cage, Harvy Banks, and Austene Van in Familiar at Seattle Rep. Photo by Navid Baraty.

Before I went to go watch the play Familiar with my school, I watched the movie Black Panther. Then, I went and watched Familiar and I had no clue what to expect. Danai Gurira, or General Okoye from Black Panther, wrote Familiar. I walked in the theater expecting a boring play, but I found a diamond in the rough.

The play has a little bit of a slow start, just some dialogue between a couple characters. The dialogue built the...

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Confusing in All the Right Ways

​Review of JACK & at On the Boards, written by TeenTix Press Corps Member Juneaux L! 

JACK & by Kaneza Schaal and Cornell Alston at On the Boards. Photo by Christopher Myers

Going into a performance or art display of any kind without given any sort of information about the performance beforehand is certainly a curious and exciting experience. Going in to see JACK &, this fact didn't change. I found the steadiness of the fish in the bowl theme to be quite intriguing, given the fact that, in hindsight, I believe it represented much more than what it originally seemed to.

The beginning set up of...

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