12th Avenue Arts Capitol Hill
June 7–July 7, Mondays and Thursdays–Saturdays, ended Jul 7, 2018
Recommended by Rich Smith
Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning memory play might feel a little overly familiar for Playwriting 101 students, but the time is certainly right—especially for Seattleites—to revisit Li'l Bit's story. Her uncle Peck teaches her how to drive, which gives her a kind of freedom, but he also manipulates and molests her throughout her childhood and adolescence. As she floats between the past and the present, she describes the work it took to leave him in the dust. It's an incredible story of resilience and trauma, and Strawshop has treated it well. Frank Boyd, who can switch from genuinely sweet to sickly sour at the drop of a hat, is a good choice to play Uncle Peck, a monstrous man with a nice-guy exterior. And Amy Danneker is also an inspired choice for Li'l Bit. (Though for some reason, she keeps getting cast in roles where her family members molest her. See: A View from the Bridge.) If you haven't seen the play before, now is the time.