I didn’t know what to expect when I entered the Alhadeff Studio behind the Cornish Theatre for Industry Night of The Intiman Theatre’s production of Bootycandy. There is not a bad seat in the intimate black box space, the small cast has names I already know and am impressed with, and coming off of how good the last show was that I saw at the Intiman (Orpheus Descending, and it was glorious!), I had high hopes for a good night of theatre. And, oh, was I right!
Bootycandy follows a cast of characters, held together by the journey of Sutter, played by the ridiculously talented Tyler Trerise, as they shift back and forth through a conglomeration of multi-faceted, multi-dimensional scenes, one more scintillating than the next. This ensemble, these brilliant masters of the stage, these actors brought to life so many amazingly real, complex, and honest characters, navigating real, complex and honest moments, that my actor’s heart was so full by the end, I jumped to my feet and cheered for their success! I laughed, I cried, I laughed so hard I cried, I was shocked, and I was awed, and as the show goes on, so does the brave choices of this phenomenal ensemble. You must go see this show.
In addition to Mr. Trerise, the rest of the ensemble play so many characters, there are too many to list in the program. Cited in the program as simply Actor One, Actor Two, Actor Three, Actor Four, Angel Brice, Rebecca M. Davis, Chris Ensweiler, and Isaiah Johnson friggin blew my mind with every new character they brought to life. I don’t want to go into detail, because I don’t want to ruin even one moment of discovery for any of you who have the privilege of seeing this amazing show! I will just congratulate all the artists bringing this story to life for their honesty, their commitment to every character, and their bravery to sink so selflessly into these relationships. What they were able to do with this sensational script, well frankly, there are just not enough words for how beautifully they performed it. Let’s just say that I am forever changed after seeing this show.
A show this complex, this authentically open, needs a strong hand at the helm, guiding it towards excellence, and director Malika Oyetimein’s grip was firm and steady on this production. I came in to this a fan of Ms. Oyetimein’s, as I saw her directing project of Bus Stop at the University of Washington, and was spellbound by her direction of that show. As a proud alumni of the University of Washington’s acting program, to see the talent that is still coming out of my alma mater makes me so happy, because she is killing it out there! Her strong concepts and ability to pull performances from performers, as well as her ability to perfectly cast shows are quickly becoming her trademarks. I cannot wait to see her next project. She’s a director to watch! Bravo!
Brilliantly costumed, stunningly lit, and perfectly staged, the design team was on point! They created a simplistic, yet accurate world for this amazing ensemble to play upon, and all elements came together perfectly!
When it comes to good theatre, the Intiman was my go-to back in the day, and I have always had immense respect for this theatre, especially when they paused for a moment to take a breath and regroup in 2011. I must say, after the last two shows I’ve seen, clearly that was the right decision, because under the Producing Artistic Direction of Andrew Russell, all I can say is, The Intiman is back, y’all!!! His ability to bring artists together to create great art is a wonder to behold. And you really should go see this show to fully experience the sheer brilliance that is happening in a little black box theatre in the Seattle Center.
Bootycandy runs through October 3rd, and tickets and show information
can be found on the Intiman’s Website. Please go support this wonderful local theatre, because the art they are putting out is fantastic!
I give Bootycandy a resounding standing ovation and a Yassssss, honey! Bravo!!!
Ciao for now,