"Woody Sez": A Stage Review

Richard Smaby

Woody Guthrie was a Progressive and is now here again, when we sorely need him. His music, life and politics is playing at the Seattle Repertory Theatre until January 29, previously performed to rave reviews by the Woody Sez company touring since 2010. In these days when we are experiencing a descent into the abyss, Woody Sez recalls a time in the 1920’s and 30’s when Progressives fought back and victories were won.

The cast provides an uplifting (read 'thrilling' for Progressives) live concert (part hootenanny) of Woody Guthrie’s music, stitching together iconic Guthrie songs with dialogue that includes frequent pointed anachronistic references to current events. Woody’s was a hard life that started in Oklahoma and moved all across this land "from California to the New York Island".

Don’t walk, run to Seattle to get a deliciously entertaining respite from the tweeting nation and an inspiration to take action.

Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie was devised by David M. Lutken with Nick Corley, Darcie Deaville, Helen Jean Russell, and Andy Teirstein.

Listen to the music performed by various artists.

You can find suggestions for further reading on the Seattle Repertory Theatre website.