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Vintage Theatre presents Snow Falling on Cedars from the Book by David Guterson Adapted for the Stage by Kevin McKeon Directed by Sam Wood November 22 - December 15, 2013 A Japanese-American fisherman named Kabuo Miyamoto goes on trial for the murder of Carl Heine, a well-liked local fisherman and respected war veteran. Set in 1954 in a Puget Sound community divided among fishermen and farmers, whites and Japanese, the story is at once a courtroom drama, a mystery, and a love story.  Playwright Kevin McKeon adroitly captures the beauty and mystery of David Guterson’s 1994 award-winning novel in this riveting adaptation.  ...

Vintage Theatre presents Young Frankenstein Book by Mel Brooks Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Directed by Deb Flomberg Music Direction by Hunter Hall Choreography by Jamie Horban  December 13, 2013 - February 2, 2014 In the town of Transylvania Heights, in the year 1934, the villagers celebrate the funeral procession of the mad scientist, Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. Meanwhile, in New York, Frederick Frankenstein is ashamed to be a Frankenstein, insisting his name be pronounced 'Fronkensteen' and that he is not a madman but, rather, a scientist. After learning that he has inherited his grandfather's castle in Transylvania, he is forced to resolve the issue of the property. With such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' On The Ritz," "Young Frankenstein" is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment…and the only place you'll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made.  ...

“Snow Falling on Cedars” Review by Adam Goldstein It’s tough not to feel at least a little invested in the Vintage Theatre’s production of “Snow Falling on Cedars.” That has a lot to do with atmosphere. Director Sam Wood stages the murder-mystery/courtroom-drama in the Vintage’s black box theater, an intimate space with a capacity of 80. During terse courtroom scenes, actors sit side-by-side with audience members and cry out at dramatic revelations. In the scenes set on the ships that navigate the waters around the fictional San Piedro Island in Washington state, Tim Barbiaux’s maritime set inescapably looms in the center of the space. The wooden beams and shallow pool of water at center stage make the ocean feel impossibly close. That feeling of immediacy helps keep this challenging drama afloat. Based on the award-winning novel by David Guterson, “Cedars” takes place in a fictional West Coast community in the decades leading up to World War II. A murder case against Kabuo Miyamoto (Dale Li) is the springboard for flashbacks that tell the story of a divided community. We learn of the struggles of Miyamoto’s family, Japanese-Americans deported to internment camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. We learn that Miyamoto’s wife, Hatsue (Arlene Rapal), had a taboo relationship with Ishmael Chambers (Benjamin Cowhick) before he was sent off to war and before her family went to the camps. We see that the family of the murder victim, Carl Heine Jr. (Brian Brooks), had a tense history with the Miyamotos over a question of land. All of these strains come together in a murder trial that raises questions of race, allegiance and the challenge of letting go of emotional scars. Apart from some clunky moments in the first act, Wood carves a graceful and moving path through a dense storyline. That journey finds fluency in some standout performances. Rapal and Cowhick offer strong emotion in bringing the backstory of Hatsue and Ishmael to life. As Nels Gudmundsson, Miyamoto’s public defender, Roger Simon offers gravity and insight. These performances help ground an intricate tale. Along with the staging and the ambiance, the effect is immersive.  ...