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Originally published Friday, May 30, 2014 at 6:17 AM

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6 new plays in Seattle via ACT, Sandbox Collective and Book-It

One-acts, an Arthur Miller drama and a new stage adaptation of a sprawling Michael Chabon novel, “The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” all await Seattle audiences at West of Lenin, ACT and Book-It.


Seattle Times theater critic

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A bounty of stage shows will open over the coming week. Here are several local productions of note in the wings:

SOAP Fest

Sandbox Artists Collective has rounded up a quartet of scripts by practicing Seattle dramatists for its annual one-act play festival.

On one, two-hour bill, you can sample short takes from Yussef El Guindi (“The Tyrant,” in which a deposed Mideast dictator gives America a piece of his mind; Brendan Healy (“Things to Say When It’s Too Late to Say Them, aka Proof You Were Here,” an anniversary celebration with singing, boxing and smashing dishes); K. Brian Neel (“il,” in which hackers make a startling discovery) and Juliet Waller Pruzan (“Cumulus,” which tunes into the conversations of various travelers on the same flight).

Wednesday, June 4-Sunday, June 8 at West of Lenin, Seattle; $18 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com)

“The Price”

Arthur Miller’s infrequently revived family drama asks which is better: to sacrifice your happiness for the good of others and live a life unfulfilled? Or to succeed without regard to others, and suffer the drip, drip, drip of guilt?

The play dramatizes the tensions between two estranged brothers — one a rich doctor, the other a humble cop — when they reunite after the death of their parents to distribute the belongings left behind.

Though “The Price” takes place in the 1960s, it is as much about what happened to the American psyche during the Great Depression of the 1930s — and to the values of the adult generation that struggled through it, and their children who were molded by it.

Victor Pappas stages the show, which features Charles Leggett and Peter Lohnes as the brothers, Anne Allgood as the cop’s wife and veteran actor Peter Silbert, in his first Seattle performance in many a moon, as a wily furniture dealer on hand to assess the goods.

Through Sunday, June 22, at ACT Theatre, Seattle; $20-$45 (206-292-7676 or acttheatre.org).

“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay”

As a season-closer, Book-It Repertory Theatre tackles Michael Chabon’s sprawling, action-packed best-seller about two cousins (one fleeing Europe to escape the Nazis and the other growing up in the U.S.), who bond as teenagers in Brooklyn and whose adventures include inventing an anti-Fascist, Houdini-esque hero called The Escapist.

The picturesque tale spans several decades, drawing heavily on the real writers and illustrators behind America’s comic-book boom. There are also walk-ons by such real-life figures as Salvador Dali and Orson Welles.

Adapter Jeff Schwager and director Myra Platt are tasked with compressing this colorful epic, a Book-It world premiere, into an evening’s entertainment. The production unfolds over five hours, including intermissions and a 40-minute dinner break.

June 7-July 13, at Center House Theatre, Seattle Center; $25-$43 ( 206-216-0833 or book-it.org).

Misha Berson: mberson@seattletimes.com



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