Endangered Species Project

They’ve done it again! Enchanted me, overwhelmed me with their skill, absolutely delighted me. The Endangered Species Project’s August production of Chekhov’s “A Marriage Proposal” and Shaw’s “Village Wooing” offered love’s sweetest side as well as its potential for disaster.

You won’t see these one-act plays at a theatre near you any time soon or probably ever. That’s what ESP is all about, resurrecting theatrical gems and getting them before an audience. For one night only, no props, no set or costumes, just brilliant acting to make it all come alive. It’s an experience that gets to the essence of acting. I’ve seen readers’ theatre before, but never as good as this.

In the Chekhov piece, Robert Alan Barnett self destructed before our eyes, his paroxysms reducing the audience to fits of laughter. Kate Kremer moved from gracious lady to harridan in the blink of an eye, excelling in both aspects of her split personality. Alan Bryce, personified the Russian landholder melding graciousness and pomposity with a sort of confused reality.

And then there were Clayton and Susan Corzatte in the Shaw piece. So wonderfully matched to each other, so nuanced. She, so forward yet demure. He, so wry, witty, and so borderline acerbic. The little lady wins in the end, but it’s a delectable battle of wits. Kudos to Cynthia White who directed both pieces in this one-night delight.

On Sept. 19 it’s “Stalag 17” at the Erickson Theatre, 1524 Harvard Ave. Seattle Central Community College. Get there early for this free gift to Seattle. The August show played to a full house. Clearly the word’s getting out.

Endangered Species Project at info@endangeredspeciesproject.org

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