Parsons the centerpiece of ‘August’

  • By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer
  • Thursday, October 22, 2009 10:08pm
  • Life

“August: Osage County”: This 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play tells a bitingly funny story of the Weston family of Pawhuska, Okla.

The show stars Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons as Violet. Parsons was an original member of “The Today Show.” She made her Broadway debut in “Happy Hunting” with Ethel Merman and won her Academy Award for her performance in “Bonnie and Clyde.”

In “Osage County,” Violet is the pill-popping, deeply unsettled family matriarch at the center of the Westons, a large extended clan who come together at their rural Oklahoma homestead after the alcoholic patriarch disappears. This large-scale theatrical tragicomedy filled with 13 characters was described by the New York Times as “the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years.”

“August: Osage County” opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for eight performances through Nov. 1. Tickets range from $20 to $60. Call 206-292-2787 or go to ticketmaster.com, stgpresents.org or BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

“Puppetry of the Penis”: This is a show that picks up where the Full Monty finished.

The way “Puppetry of the Penis” works is that Northwest native Christopher J. Cannon, along with his puppetry partner Rich Binning, display their natural abilities in the ancient Australian art of “genital origami.”

This daring duo display more than 40 hilarious penis installations with names like “The Pelican,” “The Windsurfer,” “The Eiffel Tower,” “Loch Ness Monster” and their signature installation, the “Hamburger.”

“Puppetry of the Penis” is at 7 tonight and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle. Tickets are $45. Call 206-292-7676 or go to www.acttheatre.org. “Puppetry of the Penis” is a nonsexual adult show.

“Durang7”: Stone Soup Theatre presents a retrospective of Christopher Durang, featuring his short theatrical parodies and absurdist social satires of the ’80s and ’90s. These seven short pieces that take six actors on a journey ranging from outrageous to sympathetic, showcasing domestic conundrums such as sex ed and family dynamics.

“Durang7” opens at 8 p.m. Thursday with shows at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way N., Seattle. Tickets are $16 to $20. Call 206-633-1883, 800-838-3006 or go to www.brownpapertickets.com.

“Beaumount &Caswell”: This show is being billed as a combination of “Private Lives,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “The Thin Man.” Then add the zaniness of Teatro ZinZanni with a rollicking live score.

Audiences will watch as Kevin Kent and Christine Deaver join forces as Beaumount and Caswell, a famous show business couple who continue their on-again, off-again relationship on and off stage, all the while changing their personas as often as they change their shoes, and engaging audiences in their shameless shenanigans.

Rounding out the international cast are Parisian acrobats and slapstick powerhouses Les Petits Freres; Ukrainian contortionist Vita Radionova, who defies the laws of physics, and American aerialists Erika and Andrew.

The show is a three-hour swirling stream of performance, music and comedy presented in the antique Belgian tent with guests seated restaurant style while being served a five-course meal created by Northwest chef Tom Douglas.

“Beaumount &Caswell” performs Wednesday through Sunday evenings through Jan. 17 at the tent at 222 Mercer St., Seattle. Tickets include dinner and start at $114. For reservations call 206-802-0015 or at www.zinzanni.org.

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

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