Seattle native Alison Sargent was once a City Arts intern. She has also written for Crosscut and Real Change news. When not writing for City Arts she works at Teatro Zinzanni where she is a member of the waitcast and occasionally teaches circus workshops to kids around Puget Sound. 

Recent Articles

Review

Powerful Isolation in “No Man’s Land” at ACT

When Harold Pinter penned No Man’s Land in 1974 he sat down to write with one phrase in his head: “As it is?” In the city’s first-ever professional production of the show, which opened last Saturday as part of ACT’s Pinter Festival,...
Review

Kamikaze 14/48: Zombies, Kazoos and Penguins

The bi-annual theatre festival 14/48 is one of the only Seattle theatre events where you’ll hear those around you gleefully whisper “this is so bad” just seconds before they spit their beer out laughing—because suddenly Charles Bronson is...
Review

Taproot’s Chaps! Serves High Tea in a Cowhide Canteen

Chaps!, directed by Karen Lund and extended at Taproot through Aug. 18, is a pertinent August reminder that the classic hero of summer sunsets and starry nights is the American Cowboy. Or rather, the British one. Written in 1995 by Ashland,...
Q&A

Q&A with the Pinter Festival’s Henry Woolf

The Pinter Festival runs through Aug. 26 at ACT Theatre When Henry Woolf was a postgraduate drama student at the University of Bristol in 1957, his theatre chum and best mate Harold Pinter told him an idea for a play over a cup of coffee. Woolf...
Review

Balagan’s [title of show]

Curly Stache’s latest production, [title of show], is self-described by writer and lead character Hunter Bell as “a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical.” To explain the show’s history is to summarize the...
Feature

An Artistic Engagement

On a Sunday evening last March, Grant Rehnberg picked up his boyfriend Bradford Schroeder at work and drove him to a warehouse in Georgetown. With help from his immediate family and friends, Rehnberg had spent five months and more than 120 man-hours...
Theater

Women on top in Ballagan’s “Death, Sex: Election Season”

Balagan presents its Death, Sex: Election Season series whenever a lull in their calendar frees up the space, usually a few times a year. The main purpose of the series is to showcase new local playwrights, emphasizing the writing by using the same...
Theater

Three Nights Only: New Century Theatre’s Fleeting Idea

New Century Theatre Company’s Holy Days opens and closes this weekend. It has a limited run time (three days), limited rehearsal time (two weeks) and a limited budget (as little as humanly possible). Producing quality theatre with few resources may...
Theater

Taproot Tartuffifies

If you’ve lately forgotten the pleasure of watching a man hide under a tiny table as another man attempts to ravish his wife, or that everything looks better in a wig and sounds better in a rhyme, then you, monsieur, madame, need to be...
Theater

The Callers connect at Washington Ensemble Theatre

Washington Ensemble Theatre’s first-ever original musical production, The Callers, crosses the lives of phone sex workers, phone psychics and the people who dial them. Both hotlines answer cries for help from complete strangers as they turn a profit...
Uncategorized

Je l’aime…moi aussi: Jane Birkin at the Neptune Theatre

Tuesday night at the Neptune Theatre, Jane Birkin resurrected two French icons—herself, and the late, great, Serge Gainsbourg. “Serge never got to sing in the United States,” she said. “I’m bringing him further.”Seattle was the first US...
Style

This is Not (Only) an Umbrella

Every time an umbrella opens, a parachute deploys, a jellyfish is born, a flower blooms. At once mechanical and magical, the umbrella’s metaphoric potential renders it as capricious as the weather it protects us from. Umbrellas transform Seattle...