Given a choice between this show"the tale of a sentimental bomb-makers tangled relations with the calculating denizens of his desperate hometown"and this one"Gary Bazman is a fabulous, wonderful actor who only needs a thousand dollars to make his dream of being discovered at a touring arts conference a reality. Also, his cat needs a thousand-dollar operation, but thats just way too much money to spend on a cat"which would you choose? Ha! Trick question! You dont have to choose! Because Andrew Connors Boom and Jayson McDonalds Boat Load are playing the same night as part of SPF2: Sweatproof!, the festival of solo plays running through March 16. In the Bellingham-premiered Boom, Connor (half of comedy duo the Cody Rivers Show) plays characters from kids to retirees, and McDonald is also the creator of Giant Invisible Robot, playing March 12 and 15. Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave. S., 340-1049, www.theatreoffjackson.org. $15/$45 festival pass. 7 p.m. Tues., March 11, Thurs., March 13, and Fri., March 14. GAVIN BORCHERT See Longenbaugh's column here.
We sent Dylan Sladky to the Feb. 29 performance; his report: "Some of the newest, funniest, and most remarkable material can be seen in a good solo performance. Lucky for us, Seattle is home to some stellar solo performers and, even better, to the Solo Performance Festival, a collection of local artists featuring original monologues, dance/movement, and video. The best sampling is Unicycle Collectives "MonoLodge," the fourth of a recurring series, which covers a wide range of material in an all-too-short two hoursan astounding collection of honest voices coming from an even more astounding collection of people."
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 29. Continues through March 16, 2008