DOGG’S HAMLET, CAHOOT’S MACBETH

Posted: August 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

Teresa Thuman and the crew at  Sound Theatre Company just keep on cranking out solid productions of well-written and well-chosen plays that not only delight but also challenge audiences. And the company’s latest show, Tom Stoppard’s two one-act plays, “Dogg’s Hamlet” and “Cahoot’s Macbeth” is no exception to the rule.

In “Dogg’s Hamlet,” a play in which English schoolboys speak the language of “Dogg” as they prepare their production of “Hamlet,” Stoppard explores some of the most innovative ideas to emerge from Linguistic Studies throughout the 20th century. In particular, drawing on Saussurean linguistics, the play dramatizes the arbitrary nature of language and the interdependence of words, context and meaning. Although the characters speak in this made-up language of “Dogg” that consists of many English words whose meanings have changed, audience have no problems following what’s going on because the language is rooted in action and gesture.

The second play, “Cahoot’s Macbeth,” follows a theatre company in Czechoslovakia who attempts to do a private production of “Macbeth” under the surveillance of a police inspector who suspects them of subversion.

Between the two plays, I would say that the first one is probably the most interesting. “Cahoot’s Macbeth” relies a little too heavily on Shakespeare’s seminal work, which makes up the bulk of the show.

This production is more of an ensemble type show and the cast that Ms. Thuman has assembled is certainly up to the task of performing these challenging one-acts.  The show is chock full of humor and physical action that keep the audience engaged and entertained.

The set design by Richard Schaefer is simple, yet effective, allowing the actors to successfully realize the physicality demanded by Stoppard’s text.

All in all, it was a good night of substantive, thought-provoking and well-produced theatre. Kudos to all involved!

“Dogg’s Hamlet” and “Cahoot’s Macbeth” play through June 23 at Center Theatre at the Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St. Tickets: 800-838-3006 or on-line at http://www.bronpapertickets.com/event/362445.

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