L. Nicol Cabe

Stage Director, Dramaturge, Acting Coach, Theatre Teacher, and general Artist

“Quickies, Vol. 11″, Live Girls! Theatre, and a quick blog review

Alright, so I’ve seen a couple of shows in the past two weeks — “Cancer: the Musical,” at Washington Ensemble Theatre, which has been thoroughly and well-reviewed already so I don’t feel the need to add my bit to it, and also “Quickies, Vol. 11″ which is Live Girls! Theatre’s first itinerant show. I don’t have an in depth review for it, really — it was adorable and funny. There wasn’t a short in the lot that I didn’t enjoy, or that was predictable. They were all well-directed and both visually and intellectually interesting. I highly recommend going to see it.

Despite the fact that Seattle is suffering from “June-uary,” we’re entering Summer Shakespeare Season. There are companies like Greenstage and Work It that specialize in Summer Shakespeare, and there are companies like Balagan and Theater Schmeater that have normal seasons but also have outdoor shows (classical or not — this year, not). Outdoor activities are a tradition in the Northwest, especially starting around the solstice, and regardless of the weather. But, because of the summer Shakespeare, there’s not as much happening indoors. There will be shows scattered throughout July, but until mid-August, most theatres won’t have substantial shows lined up.

So I think this is a good time to review.

Official blog stats!
Started: October 2009
Number of shows I’ve seen since then: 19, not including shows I worked on myself
Average shows per month: 2-3
Number of shows I’ve blogged about: 18
Why I started the blog, per the first entry: “The purpose of this blog is to officially share my thoughts on theatre with the world. In order to keep my director’s brain running, it helps a lot to see and critique other theatre productions. This also gives me an opportunity to help spread the word of small theatre companies in the area, who, I have found, produce much better art than the larger houses, despite the distinct lack of funding.”

That’s been pretty true so far. I have gone off the beaten path, talking about science, marketing, and my big argument with Roger Ebert. As I continue to write, I find that I want to write about more subjects than just theatre, although for me most things tie back to art somehow.

This coming year is going to be interesting. While I have a couple of vague offers for directing shows, I don’t have any particular plans. This was scary for awhile, but I find it kind of freeing. I’m taking the movement class at Freehold starting next month, which will be a departure from what I’ve been doing theatre-wise the past couple of years: proposing shows, working out the rehearsal schedule, getting designers together, holding auditions, rehearsing the show, and getting it on its feet. I’ve been going to see a lot of shows, too, but otherwise that’s about it. I have dramaturged a couple of shows as well. But, I haven’t had a wide range of creativity, since I gave myself specific directorial and managerial jobs. I’m looking forward to more creativity and fun this next year.

In other news, Shakespeare on the Troll is off to a good start. I’m also writing short articles as a SocialWriter for Gather.com, which has been interesting. So basically, I hope to broaden my focus a little bit and write on a lot more topics, and develop some theatrical ideas of my own in the coming year. Also, hoping to visit Chicago. Been thinking about moving there. We’ll see.

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