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Everett's Village Theater presents 'String'

 


The foundation of "String," the current musical theater offering at the Village Theater in Everett, comes from Greek Mythology, specifically "The Fates." The Fates are three sister goddesses who determine destiny — when life begins, when it ends and all that falls between — the string of life.

In this play, the Fates (Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos) are cast off of Mount Olympus and consigned to a modern day office skyscraper. This Infinity Building becomes a microcosm of the universe, with the gods at the top, the security guards at the bottom and everyone else in between, going about their daily lives.

Jessica Skerritt, as Atropos, the eldest Fate, has been in several Village Theater productions (Singing in the Rain, No Way To Treat a Lady). Lauren Du Pree, plays the middle sister Lachesis. Lauren was last seen in the Village’s production of Dream Girls. The youngest sister, Clothe, is played by Sara Porkalob, who we also saw in Pump Boys and Dinettes. All three do a good job with their musical numbers, which are plentiful. The two security guards (one of whom becomes Atropos’ love interest and begins the unraveling of the universe) are played well by Eric Ankrim and Nathaniel Tenenbaum. These two provide most of the humor in the show. The ensemble of other workers provide nice support for the main actors.

The sets are well designed, and as is usual for this production staff, glide off and on the stage seamlessly ... both work stations and elevators almost become part of the choreography.

This production has a lot of musical numbers — two or three fewer, particularly in the second half, might have tightened it up. "String" is a bit of a departure for Village Theater, and probably won’t become an audience favorite, but it is an interesting concept, and worth seeing if you would like something different.

String is playing at the Everett Performing Arts Center at 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett through May 20. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. on Friday, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For tickets or more information call 425-257-8600 or go to http://www.villagetheatre.org/everett.

 

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