LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Visitor from Seattle enjoyed show and Walla Walla


I've heard about "Marilyn: Forever Blonde" for a couple of years. I knew it had played in England and New Zealand (in 2008), and all across Canada. This year alone I know it played in Palm Springs, Calif., Hot Springs, Ark., and Sarasota, Fla.

When I learned it was playing in Walla Walla I said to myself, It's my turn!

Oct. 22 I drove over from Seattle for MFB's Pacific Northwest Premier. I had not been in Walla Walla before. Here are my impressions:

1. Lovely city. Welcoming, warm, friendly, astute, literate people whom I met while walking around.

2. Great venue at the Power House Theatre: Eye-stopping outside; intimate and captivating inside.

3. Impressive the way the city has embraced this play, with banners along Main Street and theme displays in various stores.

4. What a magnificent program by Greg Thompson Productions. The printed programs and the merchandise at the theater do not offer a single hyperbole in describing Sunny Thompson's performance, Greg Thompson's writing and producing, the direction and production stage management, lighting, make-up, costumes: in short, every element that makes Marilyn: Forever Blonde the tender, funny, poignant, insightful masterpiece it turns out it is.

Well, clearly I loved it all -- the city, the theater, the play. I'd like to see it all again. I'm happy to hear the run has been extended through the first week of November!

Steven Gray


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