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Private Lives

Presented by Reboot


The Slate Theater Sodo
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through May 20 2017


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The play's premise: Elyot (Kit Lascher) and Amanda (Isis Phoenix) were once in a toxic marriage. After their divorce, they each married normies: Sybil (Alysha Curry) and Victor (Jesse Calixto), respectively. On their honeymoon, Elyot and Amanda wind up booking neighboring hotel rooms. The two meet by chance on a moonlit balcony. High jinks ensue.

Aside from enjoying the high-octane wit, the play ultimately offers a bleak, cynical take on the staying power of first loves. And Reboot Theatre's production of the play promised to, as they say in their mission statement, test "new interpretations of established works through nontraditional casting, design, and methods yet to be discovered." In this case, they "reimagined the male protagonist, Elyot, as a trans man" and cast Lascher, a genderqueer actor, to play him. But the show's main problem is the pacing in the second act is deadly slow, and the good performances only come from Phoenix and Calixto. Unlike the other actors during the performance I saw, Phoenix and Calixto never get caught trying to catch up to the speed of the dialogue. While Phoenix shows she can banter just as well as she can roar, Calixto totally embodies Victor's comically stiff persona, never once bending under the weight of what should be, for him, a devastating emotional situation.

Read the full review by Rich Smith.

The Slate Theater

815 Seattle Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98134
Hours: Daily

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This event is in the past.
  • Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through May 20 2017