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Finals Week Got You Down? Hutchinson will Cheer You Up

June 1, 2011
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At this point in the academic quarter, I would imagine your life is much like mine:
PANIC OVER FINAL ESSAY/procrastinate on Netflix/PANIC OVER FINAL EXAM/procrastinate on Facebook/PANIC/make cookies/ACTUALLY STUDY FOR EXAM/make more cookies/EXAM IS TOMORROW/HAVE A SLEEPOVER IN ODEGAARD/EAT COOKIES FOR BREAKFAST/TAKE EXAM/nap… And then repeat.

If that sounds about right, last weekend I discovered the perfect cure. No, it’s not on Hulu or at the bottom of a Haagen Daz carton, and yes, you actually have to leave your apartment to find it. The perfect cure is a show on north campus, playing in the Cabaret theater inside Hutchinson. And yes, Hutchinson is the drama building.

The Undergraduate Theater Society is performing Urinetown The Musical! with performances throughout this weekend. And boy, if you need to procrastinate on your Ochem exam like I do, I would recommend catching a show.

 

UrinetownREASONS TO SEE URINETOWN THE MUSICAL!

1) Laughing about pee hasn’t gotten any less funny since 1st grade, no matter how much you might deny it.

2) This pee has a flavor of environmentalism to it; it is a fitting show for us green Huskies to enjoy.

3) Urinetown is performed by the sweat, the eyeliner, and the blood of your very own classmates. Who wouldn’t want to see the guy from your physical tutorial dressed as a businessman (or woman) as he engages in a Westside-story dance battle with the girl from your anthro class dressed like a hobo? Nothing on Hulu will give you that.

4) The play and the actors are dancing themselves silly for YOU. You are the audience, and Urinetown is a show all about it’s audience – the musical talks to its audience, laughing with it, teasing. I left the show feeling pampered, ready to hum my way through essay writing.

5) Catchy songs, often about pee.

Another reason to see Urinetown! is that you have unfortunately already missed another fantastic escapism opportunity provided by the drama department. It was Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and was presented by the UW Professional Actor Training Program (PATP = graduate school for theater folk).

picasso.jpg*Photo: Seattlest.com

REASONS TO CATCH THE NEXT PATP SHOW

1) You feel bad you didn’t see Picasso, which ended its run last weekend. Written by Steve Martin, the show captured the awkward, random hilarity of being young and weird. This is an experience I (and I feel most UW students could identify with) – the show was refreshing, and comforting.

2) No screen required. Live performance is a shared experience, unlike anything that comes in 2D or 3D glasses. Now is your chance to share this moment in your life with complete strangers for two hours, and connect through an audience’s applause after many pee references (yes, it was in this show as well).

3) The PATP school is high quality theater. For south campus science majors, we’ve been taught UW is all about the med school. Think again: up north resides one of the best professional acting schools in the country ( FactSheet), and we are lucky to get discount student tickets. Take advantage, and take a peek into the lives of your north campus neighbors.

Best of luck on finals everyone! I’ll catch you after June 10th!

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  1. June 10, 2011 11:40 am

    Heh! When I was a freshman (1981), Hutchinson didn’t cheer anyone up. They had Sections there. I’m not ever sure we still call it Sections, and surely it’s online now, but for us it was long lines followed by finding out that the class we wanted was full, and having to take Psych 101 instead. I’m glad it’s cheerier now!

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