August 1 - 7, 1996


CALENDAR: August 1 to 7 performance
by Scot Augustson

CRIMES OF THE HEART: Repertory Actors Workshop
An all-Asian American casting of Beth Henley's first play, a Pulitzer Prize-winning evening of "fun and frolic," directed by David Hsieh. The McGrath sisters, three white trash denizens of Hazelhurst, Mississippi, are waiting for grandpa to die in this "touchingly hilarious comedy." All performances are benefits for the NW AIDS Foundation, March of Dimes, and the NW Asian American Theater. Bring canned food for NW Harvest and get a dollar off the ticket price. Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 4pm, through August 4, $6-$12, this Sun is Pay-What-cha-Want. At the Theater Off Jackson, 409 7th Ave S, International District, 364-3283. "Director David Hsieh stages a straightforward no-bells-and-whistles production of this Beth Henley chestnut. While all the performances might not have been polished, the cast did have a certain honesty and enthusiasm that was refreshing in this jaded, town-without-pity of ours. The biggest problem was a failure to nail down southern dialect. They had the basic vowels and consonants right, but didn't capture the rhythm of the words, and without that we're never fully transported to the quirky, exaggerated, off-kilter world of the play."


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