Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Watch for these plays coming to area theaters in January

There are some great plays coming to South Sound theaters this month.

My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg is back on stage at Tacoma’s Dukesbay Theater for three nights only, Jan. 9, 10 and 17 at 7 p.m. plus one matinee Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. This is the amazingly touching and funny one-man play (a true story) written and performed by Peter Serko. This is what I wrote in my review a year ago: “(Serko’s) demeanor and timing were impeccable. His voice is soft and well-articulated, and his sincerity is palatable. The almost two-hour show zooms by. It is heartbreaking, inspirational, and generously peppered with comic relief. The descriptions of what AIDS did to David Serko’s body are hard to take, but this is not something we should close our eyes to. AIDS is very much still with us and despite marvelous advancements in treatment it is still destroying lives.”

Dukesbay Theater is located in the Merlino Art Center (3rd floor), the corner of Fawcett St and 6th Ave in Tacoma, the same building as the Grand Cinema.
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Also coming in January is the award-winning play Glengarry Glenross by David Mamet, coming to a href="" target="_blank">Lakewood Playhouse Jan. 9 to Feb. 1 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Known for its biting humor tinged with harsh reality and for liberal use of adult language, including the infamous F-bomb in almost every sentence, Glengarry Glenross has won almost every major award imaginable including:

Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Olivier Award  For Best New Play

New York Drama Critics' Circle For Best American Play

Tony Award For Best Revival of a Play

I’ve seen the movie (who hasn’t?) but have not yet seen the play. I am looking forward to it and will be reviewing it for The News Tribune.

Finally, this quirky little gem is coming to Olympia Little Theatre: Come Back to the Five & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. I saw it years ago and loved it. Can’t wait to see it again.

The OLT website describes it as a poignant drama with adult themes and mild language. “The ‘Disciples of James Dean’ fan club are gathering for their 20th annual reunion at the Kressmont Five-and-Dime in McCarthy, Texas.  Teenagers when Dean filmed the movie Giant nearby, the now middle-aged women were infatuated by Dean's ‘bad boy’ beauty. Fond memories of their youthful heyday are shattered with the arrival of a stunning, yet familiar, stranger who sparks a confrontation that smashes their illusions of the past and forces them to rebuild their friendships in the present.”

It runs Jan. 16-Feb. 1, Thurs.-Sat. at 7:55 p.m. and Sundays at 1:55 p.m. Tickets are $10-$14 ($2 student discount).

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