Most yoga-philes are familiar with the term "namaste" as the parting word they mutter to their instructor as they waddle out of a particularly strenuous class. In Nepal, the term is used much more casually to mean both "hi" and "bye"--essentially it's the Nepali version of "'sup" or "aloha." The greeting also comprises half of the title of Andrew Weems' autobiographical one-man play Namaste Man.
The play premiered at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle and features Weems acting out various experiences and characters he encountered as a child in South Korea, Zambia and Nepal and as an adult in New York City. Whether he's recounting the tale of bumping into a charred corpse while floating down a holy river as a kid, or mimicking his U.S. State Department dad and Sinatra-loving Bostonian mom, Weems prods audiences to consider exactly what "home" means and where it's located.
Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson praised the one-man play, saying, "there is much to appreciate, to marvel and laugh at, with Weems as our winningly befuddled, highly observant and rigorously candid guide."
Previews Wednesday, April 7-Friday, April 9, 8 p.m.; Opening night Saturday, April 10, 8 p.m.; $12-$32, Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224. Visit bctheater.org for other dates and times.