Seattle Repertory Theatre Seattle Center
Feb. 10-March 5 2017
Recommended by Rich Smith
There’s a lot going on in Tony Award-winning Lisa Kron’s Well, a darkly comic, socially engaged, meta-theatrical “solo show with people in it," as Kron describes it. Sarah Rudinoff plays the playwright, Lisa, who can't understand how her mother found the energy to save her neighborhood from being gentrified but who now struggles to get off the easy chair. They both suffer from the same invisible "hereditary" illness, but Kron managed to kick it by moving to New York, coming out as a lesbian, and eating good food. Using dark humor to handle emotionally intense biographical material is in Kron’s wheelhouse. She adapted Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home into a smash-hit musical on Broadway, and she also created another "solo" show called 2.5 Minute Ride, which dramatizes a trip Kron and her father—a Holocaust survivor—took to Auschwitz. “It’s actually very funny,” Rudinoff told me. Well will be, too.