‘The Real Inspector Hound’ drags you into the action

  • Wed May 26th, 2010 6:34pm
  • Life

By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer

“The Real Inspector Hound”: Everett Community College’s drama students are staging a Tom Stoppard play that puts parody, farce and satire together in one act.

There’s a lot going on here in this play within a play. The first story line involves two theater critics who are reviewing a murder mystery. Then the critics get involved and that causes events to happen that parallel the play they are watching, according to press material about the show.

The play itself is a satire of classic whodunits, parodying Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The show also slays theater critics and breaks the fourth wall with actors engaging the audience as the play is performed, according to the press information.

The play is directed by EvCC student Collin Schreiber. Fight choreography was done by EvCC theater instructor Beth Peterson.

“The Real Inspector Hound” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at EvCC’s Baker Hall, 2000 Tower St., Everett.

Admission is by donation.

For more information call 425-388-9525.

“I Suck at My Job”: This is a combination of improv sketch comedy and music presented by the new comedy troupe called WTF Productions.

The troupe was started by John Messina, who brought together improv actors to present comedy in a multimedia approach.

Messina said the format of the show will be a short song, then a sketch, then a few seconds of a song, then an improv scene, then a few seconds of a song, and so forth. “It’s pretty seamless, actually,” Messina said. “We’re treating it more like theater than a comedy show, and we get our improv ‘ask fors’ in a pretty clever manner, so the improv isn’t 100 percent traditional per se. Anyway, there’s some other troupes doing both sketch and improv, but no one’s doing it like we are, with everything woven together by music and theme.”

Messina’s biography says that he began watching “Saturday Night Live” at age 8, memorized Steve Martin’s “Let’s Get Small” album, and has practiced pratfalls ever since, learning from Andy Kaufman, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor and the Smothers Brothers.

“I Suck at My Job” plays at 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Odd Duck Studio, 1214 10th Ave., Seattle.

Admission is $10 at the door.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.