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BWW Reviews: ACT's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Alive with MagicBWW Reviews: ACT's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Alive with Magic
by Jay Irwin - Dec 1, 2014

ACT and Director John Langs completely nailed it again and then some. I saw the production last year of ACT's Seattle tradition of "A Christmas Carol" and found myself struck by how well they conveyed this classic tale. And as much as I enjoyed it last year there was something even more magical and special in the air for this year's production (or they spiked my eggnog) as I completely found myself swept away by this incredible show and, yes, crying my eyes out. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Intiman's ANGELS IN AMERICA PT. 2 Lacks PunchBWW Reviews: Intiman's ANGELS IN AMERICA PT. 2 Lacks Punch
by Jay Irwin - Sep 8, 2014

If you remember, Dear Readers, three weeks ago I said that Intiman's production of Part 1 of Tony Kushner's masterpiece, "Angels in America" still resonated through Kushner's script but the show felt under done and lacked focus. But I hoped it would settle into itself over time. I also hoped that the settling in to the characters would affect the power of the second part, "Angels in America Part 2: Perestroika". Alas, it did not. While it's still, again, Kushner's beautiful script, the show lacks the heart, punch and commitment to the piece to make it truly great. And while you may think that now this one needs to settle in, I think it stems from a larger issue. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ANGELS IN AMERICA, PT. 1 from Intiman Still ResonatesBWW Reviews: ANGELS IN AMERICA, PT. 1 from Intiman Still Resonates
by Jay Irwin - Aug 15, 2014

20 Years ago a bright eyed theater nerd (as opposed to the bitter, jaded wretch I am today) was over the moon that the Intiman Theatre was able to get the rights to do one of the most exciting and talked about plays of the day, "Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches" so close on the heels of it's wowing Broadway and winning the Tony and Pulitzer. That fresh faced 25 year old was blown away by the artistry, language and sheer incredible storytelling prowess of author Tony Kushner and that amazing production solidified my love for this work. But can anything compare to your first time? Well the bloom may be a little off the rose and my cynical sensibilities of today may have missed some of the focus and wow factor of that original production in this current one being presented by Intiman Theatre, but the play still shows itself to be a masterwork and still deserves attention. (more...)

Intiman Theatre to Present ANGELS IN AMERICA, 8/12-9/21Intiman Theatre to Present ANGELS IN AMERICA, 8/12-9/21
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

As the cornerstone of its annual theatre festival, Intiman Theatre presents Angels in America, Tony Kushner's epic masterpiece about finding hope in the face of crisis. One of the great plays of the 20th century, this two-play blockbuster explores gay culture, race, inequality, and the future of America through the lens of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE PRICE at ACT is Worth PayingBWW Reviews: THE PRICE at ACT is Worth Paying
by Jay Irwin - Jun 6, 2014

OK, so we'll start off with the fact that it's an Arthur Miller piece. One of the greatest storytellers of our time and ACT's current production of "The Price" is a shining example of that. But add into the genius of Miller a killer set, sizzlingly intense pacing and a stunner of a cast and ACT has an absolute winner of a show that deserves to be seen and savored. (more...)

Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks in SeattleSummer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks in Seattle
by Jay Irwin - Jun 2, 2014

Because I couldn't be limited to just five, here are the top SIX theatrical endeavors happening this summer in Seattle that have me a little giddy. (more...)

Arthur Miller's THE PRICE Returns to ACT, 5/30 - 6/22Arthur Miller's THE PRICE Returns to ACT, 5/30 - 6/22
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2014

Two estranged brothers who haven't spoke in sixteen years are forced to come together to settle their late father's estate. In the attic of a New York brownstone scheduled for demolition, two men whose lives have taken different paths attempt to resolve their father's holdings and reconcile a past rife with conflicting family histories. Nominated for two Tony Awards including Best Play, The Price is one of Arthur Miller's masterpieces examining the worth of family loyalty in a powder keg of resentment and animosity. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Seattle Shakes' IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Is Thoroughly DelightfulBWW Reviews: Seattle Shakes' IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Is Thoroughly Delightful
by Jay Irwin - Mar 23, 2014

When Seattle Shakespeare Company hits one out of the park they do it with gusto. Such is the case with their current production of Oscar Wilde's battle of witty banter, "The Importance of Being Earnest". They've managed to take Wilde's delightful romp and made it even more delightful by executing it with magnificent precision in all aspects. If I had to find one drawback with the production it's that it ended as I, for one, was having entirely too good a time. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Seattle Shakespeare Company's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Beg. TonightPhoto Flash: First Look at Seattle Shakespeare Company's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

Seattle Shakespeare Company is proud to announce their new production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde. The production, directed by Victor Pappas, will run tonight, March 21 through Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Center Theatre at Seattle Center. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Seattle Shakespeare Company's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNESTPhoto Flash: First Look at Seattle Shakespeare Company's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

Seattle Shakespeare Company is proud to announce their new production of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde. The production, directed by Victor Pappas, will run Friday, March 21 through Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Center Theatre at Seattle Center. (more...)

Seattle Shakespeare Company to Present THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, 3/19-4/13Seattle Shakespeare Company to Present THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, 3/19-4/13
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

Only one other writer could compete with Shakespeare for the title of the most quoted playwright, and that is Oscar Wilde. Seattle Shakespeare Company produces their first production of a Wilde play with The Importance of Being Earnest directed by Victor Pappas this spring. (more...)

Tickets to ACT's 2014 Mainstage Season On Sale 2/12Tickets to ACT's 2014 Mainstage Season On Sale 2/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2014

A Contemporary Theatre single tickets go on sale to the public for all 2014 Mainstage shows February 12, 2014. ACT is offering 50% off of adult price tickets for previews of Bethany one-week only February 12-18. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Rep's HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES Filled with Thrills, Humor and Epic StagingBWW Reviews: Rep's HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES Filled with Thrills, Humor and Epic Staging
by Jay Irwin - Nov 21, 2013

I love it when a production manages to actually make me giddy with its technical aspects whether that be the gorgeous set, the intricate staging or the storytelling lights and sound. It appeals to the theater geek in me. So, Dear Readers, you can imagine how much I was in geek heaven at the Seattle Rep's current production of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" which managed all four of those elements. And when coupled with a fresh fun new script and equally fun cast, this new production makes for a chilling romp through the world of Sherlock Holmes. (more...)

SANDBOX RADIO LIVE: THE NAKED TRUTH Set for West of Lenin TonightSANDBOX RADIO LIVE: THE NAKED TRUTH Set for West of Lenin Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2013

Werner Heisenberg gave us the uncertainty principal, the essence of which is, you can't know everything about everything. A few decades later, Kurt Godel proved-literally proved with MATH-that some truths cannot be proven. If science and mathematics seem to be telling us anything, it's that the truth likes to keep its clothes on. Butnothing gets things naked like art can. Come watch us strip it all down to the gist... (more...)

BWW Reviews: Intiman's LYSISTRATA Puts Interesting Twist on Classic Tale of WarBWW Reviews: Intiman's LYSISTRATA Puts Interesting Twist on Classic Tale of War
by Jay Irwin - Jul 25, 2013

This is not your Grandfather's "Lysistrata". It's not even your Great great great great (you get the idea) Grandfather's version. The Intiman has taken this classic Anti-War story and amped it up to 11 making it resonate with modern sensibilities and given it a hard hitting ending that you won't soon forget. (more...)

SANDBOX RADIO LIVE: THE NAKED TRUTH Set for West of Lenin, 7/29SANDBOX RADIO LIVE: THE NAKED TRUTH Set for West of Lenin, 7/29
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2013

Werner Heisenberg gave us the uncertainty principal, the essence of which is, you can't know everything about everything. A few decades later, Kurt Godel proved-literally proved with MATH-that some truths cannot be proven. If science and mathematics seem to be telling us anything, it's that the truth likes to keep its clothes on. Butnothing gets things naked like art can. Come watch us strip it all down to the gist... (more...)

BWW Reviews: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at Balagan ľ Stunningly PowerfulBWW Reviews: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at Balagan ľ Stunningly Powerful
by Jay Irwin - Apr 6, 2013

If you've seen it you know you love it. "August: Osage County" has got to be one of the most powerful stories to grace the stage in quite some time. And soon everyone will love it as it's about to be turned into a movie due out next November with a powerhouse cast. But until that time you can still visit with the Westons right here in Seattle with the regional premiere of this stunning work brilliantly put up by Balagan Theatre. (more...)

Sandbox Radio Presents Latest Episode EYE OF THE BEHOLDER Live at West of Lenin TodaySandbox Radio Presents Latest Episode EYE OF THE BEHOLDER Live at West of Lenin Today
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2013

Is there any vision clearer than that born in imagination's utter darkness? All stories become vibrantly possible when you set the stage in your mind. So close your eyes and come hear what all the fuss is about as Sandbox Radio presents its latest episode, 'Eye of the Beholder', live! at 8:00 PM, today, January 28 at Fremont's most happening theatre, West of Lenin. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Frightening Intensity in Seattle Rep's AMERICAN BUFFALOBWW Reviews: Frightening Intensity in Seattle Rep's AMERICAN BUFFALO
by Jay Irwin - Jan 17, 2013

As with any David Mamet play, "American Buffalo" currently on stage at the Seattle Rep has a few stock elements. Clever banter, high stakes and more F-Bombs than you can shake a stick at. Yes, if you're put off by harsh language then stop reading now and plan on seeing something else. But if you can handle the occasional (or quite frequent) colorful phrase then this production may be just up your alley with its stunning performances and edge of your seat intensity. (more...)

Sandbox Radio to Present Latest Episode EYE OF THE BEHOLDER Live at West of Lenin, 1/28Sandbox Radio to Present Latest Episode EYE OF THE BEHOLDER Live at West of Lenin, 1/28
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2013

Is there any vision clearer than that born in imagination's utter darkness? All stories become vibrantly possible when you set the stage in your mind. So close your eyes and come hear what all the fuss is about as Sandbox Radio presents its latest episode, 'Eye of the Beholder', live! at 8:00 PM, Monday, January 28 at Fremont's most happening theatre, West of Lenin. (more...)

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