Taproot Theatre’s “Brownie Points” is as fun as a summer camp out

  • Theresa Goffredo
  • Monday, May 23, 2011 1:53pm
  • Life

Sometimes being a parent, or a human for that matter, can be like eating a s’more. The experience can be sweet, occasionally messy and often a challenge to handle.

Especially if you are trying to be a good parent and a good human.

In playwright Janece Shaffer’s play “Brownie Poin

ts” at Taproot Theatre, there are five women, five moms, sharing a common experience of a campout in the woods with their daughters while trying to raise them the best way they can.

What gets in the way in this idyllic setting in Forsyth County, Ga., is not so much their differing backgrounds, which all these women are strong enough to overcome, but race – the great separator.

With one of the moms calling another a racist even before the bedrolls are unfurled, the tension turns way up real fast and the fur flies.

Fortunately, Shaffer doesn’t use a marshmallow-stick-sized weapon to get this stew to simmer down. She uses humor, wonderfully funny, side-splitting humor. The great equalizer.

Add to Shaffer’s awesome one-liners – “Black folks don’t belong in the woods” – and Karen Lund’s talented directing, along with Taproot’s intimate setting and stage design, “Brownie Points” scores big.

The talented cast shone like shooting stars on stage. They were: Karen Ann Daniels as the friendly yet firm Nicole; Amy Love as the Jewish mom Jamie; Faith Russell as the fiery surgeon Deidre; Nikki Visel as divorced and loveable Sue and Casi Wilkerson, playing Allison, the beleaguered leader of this pack.

The show moves quickly with short scene breaks and no intermission. But there’s enough time for the audience to learn about these moms, appreciate each one’s baggage and watch this squall form, foment and fly away.

“Brownie Points” will get you laughing and get you talking, about how to be a better parent and a better human.

“Brownie Points” plays through June 18 at Taproot Theatre, 204 N 85th St., Seattle. Tickets range from $20 to $35. Call 206-781-9707 or go to Taproot Theatre

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