The Seattle Theater Writer's annual "Gypsy Award" nominations are being announced this week, and Seattle Children's Theatre's Brooklyn Bridge was honored in the category of Excellence in Set Design. Thank you, Gypsies! And take a look here for the rest of this year's nominees.
From the December 30th edition of the Seattle Times comes Misha Berson's annual "Footlights Awards" honoring the best of Seattle Theatre, this year joined in the adjudicating by critic Dusty Somers.
Superb Sets: Matthew Smucker’s magical and menacing apartment complex in Seattle Children’s Theatre’s “Brooklyn Bridge.”
"Scenic designer Matthew Smucker has outdone himself," raves Seattle's Child, in the review of Seattle Children's Theatre's new production of Melissa James Gibson's play Brooklyn Bridge. "Uplifting, hopeful, charming and challenging, this show will stick with you long after the curtain closes. On the walk back to the car, my own daughter enjoyed making up her own versions of what happened next. Indeed, you can’t help but root for these characters and wish you had another glimpse into their apartment building to see how the events of that one night changed the relationships of its inhabitants. Beyond the characters, it may even leave you on a quest of your own to make more and stronger connections with your neighbors and to sift through all the facts that bombard us in our daily lives and find what’s left, what really matters."
The South Seattle Emerald writes "From the moment we saw the breathtakingly perfect set, inviting in its industrial, “real-world” complexity we were hooked: fascinated by this slightly dingy, somewhat broken-down, New York City apartment building. Before us stretched three floors complete with trash incinerator chute, mailboxes, door buzzers and an in-operational elevator. My daughter Mira’s eyes lit up and she breathed out, “Wow” her gazed fixed on the stage. All thoughts of parched throats were instantly forgotten."
"Brooklyn Bridge is the rare piece of children’s entertainment in which the adult characters don’t talk down to the kid protagonist. Melissa James Gibson’s play — a warm, melancholy and gently surreal depiction of community — doesn’t condescend to its audience either, making it an ideal piece of theater for adults and older kids to enjoy together." says the Seattle Times. "Matthew Smucker’s terrific set is equal parts magical and menacing, an off-kilter assemblage of canted hallways and oddly placed apartment doors."
Get your tickets here for performances through March 20th.