Wednesday, August 19, 2015

32. Taproot Theater: Jeeves Intervenes

Thirty two down. Twenty three to go. 

Taproot Theater is a great venue for live theater. We bought our tickets for Jeeves Intervenes at the last minute, and though they were certainly not the best in the house, they were still great. Even at the back I felt close to the large thrust stage and connected to all the action and fun. Jeeves Intervenes had plenty of both, including hilarious rapid-fire exchanges, physical comedy, and the slick plot twists that are all hallmarks of P. G. Wodehouse on stage. A Huff Post review captured it well: "Crisp, Witty and Intimate." 

Founded in 1976 by six friends, five of them Seattle Pacific University graduates, the company now serves over 150,000 people annually throughout the Pacific Northwest. Taproot's programs include the Jewell MainStage season, which featured this production of Jeeves Intervenes, and the Isaac Studio Season in the company's 120-seat black box theater at the same Greenwood location. Taproot also offers a family-oriented Touring Program for schools and other groups, and the Acting Studio, a year-round program with classes for theater artists of all ages and experience.

Our family has a true P. G. Wodehouse nut in it, our beloved Aunt Fran. She inherited a life-long passion for the books from her father, has read most of them several times, and never misses a chance to see Jeeves on stage. Well, almost never. This time she was happily busy with new twin grand babies, which can also be lots of fun and full of physical comedy! Missing Jeeves Intervenes, however, was her loss indeed.

Taproot Theater in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood
 is a great venue for live theater. 

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