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Last-chance theater: Clock strikes twelve for 'Cinderella' and all that jazz

May 24, 2013

YellowBrix

May 24--In the jazzed-up musical adaptation of "Cinderella" that composer Ezra Weiss has written for Northwest Children's Theatre, dance is the language of love and the fairy godmother is a tart-tongued Russian ballet mistress named Madame Tatyana. When young Cinderella puzzles at hearing her new carriage was fashioned from a pumpkin, Madame Tatyana retorts, "I had to make it out of something. What do you think I am, magic?!"

Perhaps Tatyana's merely resourceful, but Weiss' funny, flashy, fabulous fairy tale really is magic, the sort of smart, accessible kid's show that adults can find rewarding even with no tots in tow. The tap-dancing teen performers do a fine job, but pay attention also to what you can't see: an offstage big band featuring many of the finest musicians in town. Just five more performances remain: 7 p.m. Friday, noon and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Also on Sunday, Adriana Baer's impressive first season as artistic director of Profile Theatre comes to a close, as does her affecting production of Athol Fugard's "My Children! My Africa!" And at Artists Repertory Theatre (where, by the way, Profile Theatre will move for its next season), it's the last of the first show by incoming artistic director Damaso Rodriguez, the subtly metatheatrical Jeffrey Hatcher comedy "Ten Chimneys."

Darkness falls Saturday for Miracle Theatre's "Dance for a Dollar," then on Sunday for Triangle Productions' "Ari-Maria" and Bag & Baggage Productions' "Rough Crossing."

And the Brooklyn Bay announces the final two performances of Melanya Helene's at once lively and meditative solo show "Hopeless," at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a tag line we here at the Last Chance Theater desk appreciate especially: "Impermanence is here to stay."

-- Marty Hughley

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