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“Lost” Milne Play Comes to Seattle

Chris Ensweiler, Ryan Childers and April Poland in Mr. Pim Passes By at Taproot Theatre.
Chris Ensweiler, Ryan Childers and April Poland in Mr. Pim Passes By at Taproot Theatre.
Erik Stuhaug

When you hear the name, A.A. Milne, we automatically think of Winnie the Pooh as he is the little’s bear’s creator. But Milne was known for writing much more than just poems and tales of stuffed animals interacting with his son. It is recorded that Milne has written seven novels, four non-fiction books and 32 plays! One of those plays, Mr. Pim Passes By, was written in 1919 and was turned into a silent comedy film in 1921. Now for the first time since…who knows when…Seattle audiences will be treated to this fine comedy at the “new-and-improved” Taproot Theatre beginning this weekend.

Milne is known for his droll humor, and Mr. Pim is apparently full of it. Taproot describes Mr. Pim as a charming yet confused man “who stops in for a visit one offhand remark turns a conventional English household upside down.” He doesn’t mean to. His neighbors, Olivia and George are having romantic issues and with Pim’s “help,” chaos ensures. And there is something about Olivia wanting new curtains. Whatever the case, it sounds like fun.

Associate Artistic Director Karen Lund directs Mr. Pim Passes By, which opens on January
31 and runs through March 1. The features the talents of Ryan Childers, Chris Ensweiler, Ginny Holladay, Kim Morris, April Poland, Allie Pratt and Daniel Stoltenberg.

Tickets range from $15-$40. Seniors and students can expect $5 off all regularly priced tickets and those ages 25 and under can get in for just $15. Tickets can be purchased by calling 206.781.9707, through email or at the box office. Taproot Theatre is located at 204 N. 85th Street, Seattle, WA 98103.