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Spend election eve with ESTP and one of the great American comic playwrights!

It isn’t hyperbolic to call S. N Behrman an American Shaw. A master of character and wit, in No Time for Comedy he plays with theatrical conventions in a sly and wildly entertaining way. The story concerns a comic playwright and a leading actress (played originally by Laurence Olivier and Katherine Cornell). They happen to be married, though the marriage seems to be unravelling, for the playwright has come under the sway of a new muse who demands that he ditch his comedy ways to write something more relevant. And that’s not just a dramatic stratagem to be deftly and patly resolved, either—for in 1939, when the play was written and first produced, fascism was on the rise in the world, and Behrman’s brilliantly constructed plot is continually repositioning itself, looking at its situation and its issues from every possible angle. Though it’s got wit to burn, it also crackles with home truths that have not dated a bit … In all the best ways, it’s as sophisticated and as modern a play as you can expect to see this season.

Each month, ESTP presents a play from the world's greatest playwrights—the seldom-seen or unfamiliar works that call out to us from the bookshelf. For our book-in-hand presentations, Seattle's finest actors combine with adventurous and imaginative audiences for unforgettable evenings.

Part of the series: Endangered Species Theatre Project

Endangered Species Theatre Project is an organization of distinguished Seattle theatre artists dedicated to presenting plays that seldom get full productions. While it is an essential duty of theatres to read and develop new work, there’s a parallel need to bring older neglected plays back to the stage. Through our simply staged readings, we lend live voices to plays that are now silent on our bookshelves.

Founded in February of 2011, Endangered Species Theatre Project has consistently mounted monthly readings. Expanding from our core group of eleven, dozens of Seattle’s best and bravest actors have been instrumental in bringing new life to these plays. We strive to do nothing that gets between the audience and the play. We want to give full scope to those two most powerful forces in the theatre: a playwright’s ideas and the audience’s imagination.

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