Celebrity bites in SCC production of ‘Tooth’

  • Tue Jan 24th, 2012 7:05pm

<b>REVIEW | </b>By Dale Burrows For The Weekly Herald

Hoss is a top rock star fast running out of gas. Fame and fortune he has, but no more mojo (think Michael Jackson).

This tragic truth about modern-day celebrity takes center stage this week when Shoreline Community College presents Sam Shepard’s penetrating “Tooth of Crime.”

“Tooth” premiered in 1972 but is as timely today as the blogs, tweets and Facebook posts CNN increasingly feeds off. It was prophecy then – probably still is – and fact now.

Over 50 students, staff and faculty members of SCC’s arts, music and drama departments invested four months in this future-oriented, intensely psychological drama with live rock ’n’ roll. A lot is there, a lot went in, and a lot came out, even in the rehearsal I saw last week.

Dumi brings a true tragic hero’s presence to Hoss. His torment is primal, self-destructive and painful to watch. I think a less rushed and more clearly enunciated line delivery would make for an even more gut-wrenching experience.

Reference Prince, Eminem, a little Jimmy Hendrix and presto! You’ve got Frank William Jr.’s Crow, the upcoming guy with the eye, feel for the real and Hoss’ nightmare. Here, also, a more carefully articulated delivery would help. But, gals, Jr.’s definitely got Chippendale down pat.

Standout vocals by Jessica Atkinson from Bothell, Nicole Smedberg from Mountlake Terrace and Delaney Berreth add a much-appreciated lightweight touch to this seriously heavyweight production.

Interesting visuals, screaming guitars and a thundering drum are time sensitive to the 1970s.

This is college theater educating students to a timeless issue. Watch your tax dollars at work. It can make you think and feel.

Be advised: aspects of “Tooth” are R-rated.

Reactions? Comments? Email Dale Burrows at grayghost7@comcast.net or entertainment@weeklyherald.com.

‘Tooth of Crime’

WHERE: Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25-26, 28

TICKETS: $4-$8 at the door, 800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com