The Phoenix Theatre draws laughter with its quirky take on life’s simplicities

Grab the car keys! We’re going to Seattle’s Fringe Fest 2017 to cheer on local theatre, The Phoenix.


The Phoenix Theatre played Fringe Fest 2017 to an appreciative audience on Saturday, March 25 and continues a set of four theatre “shorts” at the Eclectic Theatre (1214 10th Ave.) on Sunday, March 26 at 2:15 p.m.; Friday, March 31 at 9:30 p.m.; and Saturday, April 1 at 5:45 p.m.

The “fest” features 34 live productions at a number of locations in Seattle’s Broadway district and at Seattle Center. You will see, on tiny stages, in wide-ranging venues everything from cabaret to scripted theatre to clown acts and improv.

The setting for The Phoenix Theatre’s performance of “Askew” has affiliation with Cornish College of the Arts. It’s easy to imagine the off-beat space having been a 1930s machine shop, turned cobbler space, turned lock and key spot. It’s located on a more industrial block of 10th Ave. but still just a block away from trendy Broadway night spots and watering holes.

The Phoenix troupe was juried into this year’s festival with four pieces which offer, “a comic and quirky view of the world from separate [off-kilter] perspectives”.  “Askew” was written by playwright and Phoenix Theatre’s managing director Debra Gettleman and is directed by Eric Lewis.

For today’s performance, standing in the back of the theatre with playwright Bill Bernat, whose production followed our local stars, it was quite a thrill to hear the positive comments from the audience as they filed out of the theatre. We’re now wondering how well The Phoenix Theatre will place in the balloting that takes place after each production. (We’ll let you know!)

Artfully Edmonds recommends the Sunday, March 26 2:15 p.m. showing of “Askew” or the March 31 9:30p.m. performance, to take advantage of free on-the-street parking.

Tickets for Seattle Fringe Fest 2017 are available through this link.


— Emily Hill


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