Alaska Theatre of Youth began its Festival of Plays with two twisted one-acts by David Mamet, "The Poet and the Rent" and "Revenge of the Space Pandas."
Hard to say which takes the strangest turn, the overwrought story of a young artist confronting creativity through the ridiculous woes of poverty muddled by the throes of morality, or the trippy take on relativity via space pandas and a two-time clock.
Some of the young actors spoke too softly or too quickly Thursday morning, but simple staging and over-the-top antics clarified Mamet's stream of thought, not to mention the performers' enthusiasm.
Look for more ATY plays through July 27 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Weekend showings include "The Magic Flute" at 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday; "Twelfth Night" 4 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday; "Willy Wonka, Jr." at 6 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday; Mamet's one-acts at noon Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday and Bohemian Rhapsody at 4 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for children at the door.
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