“You Are Right, If You Think” Presented by Theatre 9/12

Theatre 9/12 is one of Seattle’s outstanding treasures that not enough people know about. It’s an Actor’s Equity Association Members’ project directed by Charles Waxberg whose purpose is to assist Seattle actors through workshops and performances in developing their talents and skills.

The company presents three or four plays a year in the Trinity Episcopal Church auditorium on First Hill, offering them at a pay-what-you-will price. I’ve attended most of their productions over the past few years, and there has only been a one that I wouldn’t recommend. It’s inevitably great theatre by good actors, presented modestly. You’ll find the actors in this current play live up to the standards set in past productions.

The show is Luigi Pirandello’s “You Are Right, If You Think” as adapted and directed by Waxberg. Pirandello, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1934, is noted for his marvelously funny yet intellectually rich explorations of “truth.”

Truth is illusive he reminds us, It depends on what you hear, how you interpret it, and what baggage you bring to the issue. On stage his characters are inevitably embroiled in mishaps resulting from their conflicting certainties about what the truth is. In this play the characters can’t even agree on whether one of them is dead or alive.

Pirandello’s work is always filled with memorable lines like, “The more facts you have, the less you know.” “Maybe there are infinite truths in our imagination.” And then again, maybe the only truth that matters is what we believe. Yet think of the horrors whole societies have endured because of false beliefs. Oh the subject is so rich. Pirandello is a master in his explorations of it, and Waxberg’s adaptation and production seem particularly relevant in this our age of “fake news.”

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 P.M. through February 25, Matinees Feb. 10, 18, and 25 at 2:00 P.M., Trinity Episcopal Church, 609 Eighth Ave., Seattle.

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