(She She Pop in “Testament.”)
What’s up at On the Boards this weekend? Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson weighs in:
The archetypal father-daughter drama in Shakespeare’s “King Lear” gets revisited in contemporary experimental theater terms by the intriguing feminist German troupe She She Pop, which performs its offbeat piece “Testament” at On the Boards through Sunday night. Enlisting the audience to become part of the performance, the women members of She She Pop move beyond Shakespeare’s text about an aged monarch (unwisely) distributing his kingdom to his several daughters to interact onstage with some of their real-life fathers – not kings, just amazingly generous parents who’ve been enlisted as amateur actors. Together, the two generations must negotiate not only the particulars of the performance, but also issues of “respect, vulnerability, love and forgiveness,” as one critic put it, that arise when adult children and elders must face the inevitable shifts of roles and responsibilities for one another.
The unique piece, now in its first North American tour, plays through Sunday (Feb. 3) at On the Boards, Seattle. Info: www.ontheboards.org.