Archive for April 2013

“The Hen Night Epiphany” presented by Arouet in conjunction with The Driftwood Players’ Theatre of Intriguing Possibilities

It’s amazing to me that this remarkably powerful play has its first American staging at a small venue in Seattle. It deserves a Broadway theatre and a block-buster advertising campaign. The play is funny; it’s hard hitting; its subject demands attention. Jimmy Murphy, the Irish playwright works the audience as well as a gifted fly fisherman plays his catch, reeling us in one bit at a time.

And if the play ever does appear on Broadway, it’s cast couldn’t do much better than the five Seattle actresses who take the stage in Arouet’s production, directed by Roy Arauz. In this tiny theatre, on a shoestring production budget, five women give us something we won’t easily forget.

Una (Colleen Carey) is getting married, and in good Irish tradition she’s having her Hen Night, a bachelor party for women. Una’s so happy, so full of plans, so looking forward to marriage with her beloved. This party is to celebrate the nuptials. She and her four guests are supposed to get blind-eyed drunk together and filled with joy. Only it doesn’t work out quite as expected.

As the liquor loosens tongues, as events unfold, the women reveal issues related to the men in their lives that are best left unexposed. The worst revelation comes from Anta (Laura Crouch),¬†an abused woman, a woman abused again and again by a man who cried and pleaded for forgiveness after each of his violent episodes. “You believe him because you want to…” she says, as do abused women around the world.

Anta has suffered greatly. No woman should have to endure what she did. And now she has reason to believe that Una is headed for the same fate. What is her moral responsibility? What responsibility has Una’s friend who accidentally finds out about abuse Una has already experienced?

Which is better for Una, to call off the wedding she so desperately wants with the man she adores or to go through with it and face a life of degradation?

You’ll leave this theatre with much to think about.

Through April 6 at the Down Stage Theatre, 4029 Stone Way N., Seattle; $12.00-$20.00 (425 298-3852 or www.arouet.us)