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HIGHLIGHTS

  • “…Taproot’s production sparkles.” The Seattle Times
  • “It warmed, cheered, nourished, and satisfied…” Good Life NW
  • Mike Spee hems and haws with blook-pressure-raising exasperation as a beleaguered hotel manager. Daniel Stoltenberg tosses off snide comments with flair as a haughty play director. Christopher Morson nails every pratfall as a desperately naïve playwright. Bill Johns brims with madcap vigor in a quartet of supporting roles.” The Seattle Times
  • “…who isn’t in need of a good ol’ laugh today? Let the silliness reign!” Drama in the Hood
  • “…the play is a delight, and one that you probably haven’t seen before, so go give it a try.” BestofSeattleWA.com

REVIEWS

THE SEATTLE TIMES | DUSTY SOMERS

  • “Taproot Theatre’s production, skillfully maneuvered by director Karen Lund, features and able cast ready to make the most of those opportunities.”
  • Mike Spee hems and haws with blook-pressure-raising exasperation as a beleaguered hotel manager. Daniel Stoltenberg tosses off snide comments with flair as a haughty play director. Christopher Morson nails every pratfall as a desperately naïve playwright. Bill Johns brims with madcap vigor in a quartet of supporting roles.”
  • [Erwin] Galán brings a studied intensity to dramatic roles .. by transforming the play’s agent of chaos into its straight man, Galán opens up opportunities for other forms of comic lunacy to unfold around him.”
  • “…[Nikki] Visel smartly demonstrates how to gradually escalate a character’s neuroses, her patience deteriorating as Miller devises new ways to avoid eviction.”
  • “Taproot’s decision to gender-swap the Wagner role and two other supporting parts played by Kim Morris adds some much-needed balance to a play with only two traditionally female roles that aren’t much more than thinly conceived love interests.”
  • “…Taproot’s production sparkles.”

GOOD LIFE NORTHWEST | CANDACE BROWN

  • “It warmed, cheered, nourished, and satisfied…”
  • “This relationship puts poor Gribble in a most awkward and stressful position, (made all the more tense by [Mike] Spee’s fine acting)”
  • [Kim] Morris’ performance in this role was one of the best and funniest in the production, perfect, really.”
  • [Kim] Morris has also mastered the art of subtlety, making the role all the more enticing by causing one to wonder if Jenkins is really who she claims to be, or is possibly pulling off a trick of her own.”
  • “The talented [Bill] Johns excelled in this role, as well as three others.”
  • [Daniel] Stoltenberg, as the director, Binion, was another of my favorites. He could drop a hilarious comment like no one else.” 
  • [Eric] Hampton, as business manager Englund, offered some good laughs too, through his goofy character.”
  • “Without the cigar, monotone voice, and animated eyebrows, this very experienced actor [Erwin Galán] did a fine job of creating his own unique version of a lively character who will do anything to produce the play, even if that involves shenanigans.”
  • “The costume staff, true to my observations at all Taproot productions, did an outstanding job. Lighting, sound, and stage direction were excellent too.”
  • “It also serves to remind us, as our nation faces uncertainty, that humor helps buoy hope and the arts are critical to any society’s collective intellectual and emotional well-being.”

DRAMA IN THE HOOD | ALLAN SYDNEY

  • Daniel Stoltenberg shines as the droll director…”
  • “His fake death scene, required to help keep the bill collectors and house detectives away, is one of the highlights of the play.”
  • Laura Lee Caudill makes for a delightful ingénue…”
  • “Taproot veteran Bill Johns does quadruple duty, taking on a variety of roles, ranging from the ambitious waiter/wannabe actor Sasha Smirnoff, to the dignified Senator Blake who arrives to save the day.”
  • “Dialect Coach Benjamin Wippel has all of the casts’ lines sounding just right to this ear.”
  • “…who isn’t in need of a good ol’ laugh today? Let the silliness reign!”

MIRYAM’S THEATER MUSINGS | MIRYAM GORDON

  • “Taproot director Karen Lundis one of the best directors in town for farces in particular.”
  • “This production boasts three expert practitioners of farce here in Seattle: Bill JohnsDaniel Stoltenbergand Christopher Morson.”
  • “The technical aspects of the play are well done with a four door set by Mark Lundand wonderful costumes by Nanette Acosta.”
  • “It’s definitely a fun farce.”
  • “[it’s] a retreat from the outside world and a chance to relax and laugh.”

ARTS STAGE SEATTLE RAGE | NANCY WORSSAM

  • [Erwin] Galán’s encounters with Mike Spee as Joseph Gribble the beleaguered hotel manager work well and are among the funniest in the play.”
  • “…it brought loud and frequent guffaws from most of the audience.”
  • “…it’s a funny play and obviously please the audience…”

BESTOFSEATTLWA.COM | JEFF TOTEY

  • Bill Johns does a brilliant job playing four different roles…”
  • “…the play is a delight, and one that you probably haven’t seen before, so go give it a try.”

 

 

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