“American Wee-Pie” Presented by Seattle Public Theatre

Oh the drudgery of daily life! For so many of us jobs aren’t fulfilling or personal relationships are unsatisfying, and dreams certainly aren’t always fulfilled. Lisa Dillman’s “American Wee-Pie” deals with just those issues, but does so in a humorous manner that gives one hope, that proves that second chances are possible.

This is a quirky, life-affirming morsel where cupcakes and pies play a major role. Director Anita Montgomery has assembled a cast more than capable of playing the sometimes over-the-top characters.

Poor Zed, a discontented proofreader with a vacuum where his personality should be, returns home after his mother’s death. There, he and Pam, his high charging, hyper sister who also doesn’t like her job, snipe at each other as they assume the unhappy task of sorting through the household things. Meanwhile Zed has run into Linz an old high school acquaintance, who’s now in the cupcake business with her husband, a culinary artiste. By the end of the play, lives have been transformed.SPT_AmericanWeePie_03_Goldstein_Leigh_PhotoPaul Bestock

Evan Whitfield’s Zed is appropriately hollow until he finds the secret to a better life with help from Linz (the exuberant, wildly funny, Tracy Leigh). Alyssa Keene as Pam, business-like in pants suit and with severe hair turns out to have a knack for cemetery sales. David Goldstein as Pableu, the cupcake impresario presents his culinary masterpieces as if they were being auctioned off at Sotheby’s.

Early on Zed is given some advice during a game of scrabble with the postman (endearingly played by Stephen Grenley): we don’t have to hoard letters for the triple-word score, better to use them and get some points on the board. It might serve as Dillman’s metaphor for life in this sweet, maybe a bit overly sentimental but delightfully funny confection.

Through Feb. 16 at the Bathhouse Theatre, 7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N., Seattle, (206 524-1300 or www.seattlepublictheatre.org)

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