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BWW Reviews: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM from Seattle Shakespeare Company
by Jay Irwin - October 23, 2011

There are many words I can use to describe Seattle Shakespeare Company's current production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". But the one word that kept popping up so many times while watching it was "HOT!" This production is just plain hot as director Sheila Daniels has put together a fearless prod... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE CRYPTOGRAM at Seattle Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - October 23, 2011

On the surface, Seattle Public Theater's current production of David Mamet's "The Cryptogram" is a simple family drama. But then, this is Mamet and nothing is simple. Especially when you add in his glorious language and it goes from simple story to sublime dance of words. And while I enjoyed the ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: HUMOR ABUSE at the Seattle Rep
by BWW News Desk - October 23, 2011

Many of us think of our families as a big circus but Lorenzo Pisoni has special insight on the real thing as he had to run away from home in order to NOT be in the circus. Drawing from his memories growing up in the Pickle Family Circus, Pisoni and director Erica Schmidt have concocted a show that ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SAVING AIMEE at the 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - October 21, 2011

Saint or Sinner? That's the question that the latest new musical tryout at the 5th Avenue Theatre is wanting us to answer with the bio-musical, "Saving Aimee". Problem is, as charismatic and engaging as the lead is, the book and songs don't engage enough to care for the answer. ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: BLUE MAN GROUP at the Paramount
by BWW News Desk - October 16, 2011

OK, so I find it an interesting coincidence that there are two (kinda) clowning shows in town right now. "Humor Abuse" over at the Rep (which I reviewed a few days ago) and now the tour of "Blue Man Group" over at the Paramount. And really the two couldn't be more different from each other. While... (more...)
BWW Reviews: DOG SEES GOD from Balagan Theatre
by Jay Irwin - October 15, 2011

I guess it's just human nature to wonder what became of our beloved childhood icons when they grow up. Owe it to some sense of fictional closure if you must. And such is the subject of Balagan Theatre's season opener "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" by Bert V. Royal and directed ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: MARY STUART at ACT
by BWW News Desk - October 09, 2011

Political intrigue, shifting loyalties and two powerhouses vying for victory over the other while advisors whisper their own agendas in their ears. No, it's not the upcoming Presidential campaign although one does resonate with the other. No, this is ACT's production of "Mary Stuart" directed by V... (more...)
BWW Reviews: BLUE MAN GROUP at the Paramount
by Jay Irwin - October 08, 2011

OK, so I find it an interesting coincidence that there are two (kinda) clowning shows in town right now. "Humor Abuse" over at the Rep (which I reviewed a few days ago) and now the tour of "Blue Man Group" over at the Paramount. And really the two couldn't be more different from each other. While... (more...)
BWW Reviews: HUMOR ABUSE at the Seattle Rep
by Jay Irwin - October 06, 2011

Many of us think of our families as a big circus but Lorenzo Pisoni has special insight on the real thing as he had to run away from home in order to NOT be in the circus. Drawing from his memories growing up in the Pickle Family Circus, Pisoni and director Erica Schmidt have concocted a show that ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE CRYPTOGRAM at Seattle Public Theater
by Jay Irwin - October 02, 2011

On the surface, Seattle Public Theater's current production of David Mamet's "The Cryptogram" is a simple family drama. But then, this is Mamet and nothing is simple. Especially when you add in his glorious language and it goes from simple story to sublime dance of words. And while I enjoyed the ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE PAJAMA GAME at Seattle Musical Theatre
by BWW News Desk - October 02, 2011

Seattle Musical Theatre is starting off their new season of musicals through the decades with the 50's tuner, "The Pajama Game" by George Abbott, Richard Bissell, Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and direction from local theater veteran David Edward Hughes. With an evening full of fun and frothy number... (more...)
BWW Reviews: BONSOIR LILIANE! At Teatro ZinZanni
by Jay Irwin - September 27, 2011

One part circus, one part play, one part performance art and a dash of improv for good measure, put all that together and you have Teatro ZinZanni. And for those that have never seen a Teatro ZinZanni show before (as I was before the other night) you may be a little put off by the price tag. But r... (more...)
BWW Reviews: TAKE ME AMERICA at Village Theatre
by Jay Irwin - September 18, 2011

Not since "Contact: The Musical" have I seen such an ill conceived new musical roll into town. But the latest new musical to get a mainstage run at Village Theatre brought up from their "Village Originals Festival"; "Take Me America" is just that. ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: MARY STUART at ACT
by Jay Irwin - September 16, 2011

Political intrigue, shifting loyalties and two powerhouses vying for victory over the other while advisors whisper their own agendas in their ears. No, it's not the upcoming Presidential campaign although one does resonate with the other. No, this is ACT's production of "Mary Stuart" directed by V... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE PAJAMA GAME at Seattle Musical Theatre
by Jay Irwin - September 10, 2011

Seattle Musical Theatre is starting off their new season of musicals through the decades with the 50's tuner, "The Pajama Game" by George Abbott, Richard Bissell, Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and direction from local theater veteran David Edward Hughes. With an evening full of fun and frothy number... (more...)
BWW Reviews: LES MISERABLES at the 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - August 27, 2011

There's really nothing like the first time you see one of your favorite shows. The first time I saw "Hairspray" I leapt to my feet on the final note. The first time I saw "West Side Story" I was on the edge of my seat for these tragic lovers. And the first time I saw "Les Miserables" I wept throu... (more...)
BWW Reviews: PORGY AND BESS at the Seattle Opera
by Jay Irwin - August 20, 2011

Right from the first few notes of the overture, whether you're familiar with the show or not, a musical theater lover's ears will register the familiar lilt of a Gershwin melody reminiscent of "Rhapsody in Blue" and cause you to settle in your seat a little more with a contended sigh. At least that... (more...)
BWW Reviews: ADVENTURES IN MATING at Theater Schmeater
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2011

Do you remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books like "The Cave of Time" from when you were a kid? The kind that would give you choices on how the story would continue like, "If you continue toward the ranch, turn to page 8. If you go back into the cave, turn to page 10." Well, Theater Schme... (more...)
BWW Reviews: PROJECT: B-MOVIE from Wing-It Productions
by Jay Irwin - August 19, 2011

Look out! The aliens are coming! … or the monsters … or the mysterious virus … or the woodchucks? Well which is it? That's one of the questions Wing-It productions is attempting to answer with their latest improv show "Project: B-Movie". And while it seemed to be a bit of an off night for the gi... (more...)
BWW Reviews: NEW VOICES 11 from Contemporary Classics
by Jay Irwin - August 16, 2011

Last night the incredible talent from Contemporary Classics stepped up to the mic once more for the 11th installment of their wildly popular "New Voices" series, spotlighting new works from composers around the country. Some local composers and some abroad, some new-ish pieces and some brand spanki... (more...)
BWW Reviews: LES MISERABLES at the 5th Avenue Theatre
by Jay Irwin - August 12, 2011

There's really nothing like the first time you see one of your favorite shows. The first time I saw "Hairspray" I leapt to my feet on the final note. The first time I saw "West Side Story" I was on the edge of my seat for these tragic lovers. And the first time I saw "Les Miserables" I wept throu... (more...)
BWW Reviews: IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY at ACT
by Jay Irwin - August 05, 2011

Right off the bat let's just get out there what Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play" is about. It's in the title for Pete's sake. Yes, the show is about vibrators and their use in the 1880's. Yes, THOSE kinds of devices and activities that usually are not discussed in polite soci... (more...)
BWW Reviews: PORGY AND BESS at the Seattle Opera
by Jay Irwin - July 31, 2011

Right from the first few notes of the overture, whether you're familiar with the show or not, a musical theater lover's ears will register the familiar lilt of a Gershwin melody reminiscent of "Rhapsody in Blue" and cause you to settle in your seat a little more with a contended sigh. At least that... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE STRANGE MISADVENTURES OF PATTY … at Annex Theatre
by Jay Irwin - July 31, 2011

If there's one thing that irritates me more than anything else it's someone else's therapy on stage. If it's wrapped up in an engaging story then I'm willing to overlook a lot but when it's just an author working out their issues for all to see, then don't waste my time. And while Annex Theatre's ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Village Theatre
by BWW News Desk - July 31, 2011

I'm not always the biggest fan of transplanting established shows to another time or place. "Hamlet" doesn't need to be set in space and "Our Town" without that old time Grover's Corners feel would just be wrong. And don't even get me started on the thought of moving "Oklahoma". But sometimes, wh... (more...)




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