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Originally published Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6:16 AM

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Jim Lynch’s ‘Truth Like the Sun’ alights at Book-It Rep

Book-It Rep premieres “Truth Like the Sun,” a dramatization of Jim Lynch’s novel about two phases and faces of Seattle, in 1962 and 2001.


Seattle Times theater critic

THEATER PREVIEW

‘Truth Like the Sun’

Previews Friday, April 25, runs April 26-May 18 at Center House Theatre, Seattle Center; tickets start at $23 (206-216-0833 or www.book-it.org).

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Olympia novelist and former journalist Jim Lynch has set all his books in the Pacific Northwest.

But “Truth Like the Sun” (which came out in 2012) was his first to gaze, knowingly and incisively, at Seattle proper — from the 1962 World’s Fair that gave this burg the Space Needle and a raised national profile, to a vastly changed urban landscape and ethos in post-tech boom 2001.

The story of a fictional, charismatic mover-and-shaker who looms large in both Seattle epochs, and a dogged young female reporter who tracks his surprise mayoral run, this is the third Lynch novel that Book-It Repertory Theatre has adapted for the stage.

(The others were “The Highest Tide” and “Border Songs,” both successes for the company.)

In the book, there are cameo appearances by the likes of Lyndon Baines Johnson, Elvis, Ed Sullivan and other celebrity fairgoers.

Will these same notables show up in Kevin McKeon’s premiere dramatization? Maybe so, but the star here is definitely the Emerald City, in both its glory and its growing pains.

Under the direction of Jane Jones, Book-It regulars Jennifer Lee Taylor and Chris Ensweiler take the lead roles in this version of Lynch’s close-to-home novel, which, according to Seattle Times reviewer Moira Macdonald, “feels agreeably crowded with people and noise and fleeting impressions, like Pike Place Market on a sunny Saturday.”

Misha Berson: mberson@seattletimes.com



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