Jay Irwin

Jay Irwin

         Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Jay has been a theater geek for years.  He attends as many shows as he can around the country and loves taking in new exciting works.  

Three-letter rating system on each review is as follows.  They range from best to worst as WOW (A can’t miss), YAY (Too damn good), MEH+ (Good, with some great things going for it), MEH (Just OK), NAH (You can miss this one) and WTF (I think you can figure out my complex code there).

Jay is also an actor in the local Seattle scene.  Follow me on Twitter @SeattleBdwyGeek. .  You can also check me out in my web series "The Gamers: The Shadow Menace" available on Amazon Prime.




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First Show:

First big show I saw here in Seattle was either 42nd Street or Hello Dolly with Carol Channing. Not sure which one was first. First Broadway show on Broadway was the original cast of Spamalot. Great way to start off my Broadway experiences especially since I hung by theb stage door (back when we could do that) and meet the entire cast.

Favorite Show:

Little Shop of Horrors

Favorite Stories:



MOST POPULAR ARTICLES

Review: JINKX MONSOON & MAJOR SCALES TOGETHER AGAIN, AGAIN! at The Seattle Rep
Review: JINKX MONSOON & MAJOR SCALES TOGETHER AGAIN, AGAIN! at The Seattle Rep
June 6, 2024

I was excited for this one. And if the show had been 30 minutes, it would have been great. At an hour, it would have been good. But at 90 plus minutes, the dead horse was severely beaten, and I found myself repeatedly looking at my watch.

Review: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE PRECARIOUS POSITION at Taproot Theatre
Review: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE PRECARIOUS POSITION at Taproot Theatre
May 19, 2024

First off, Dear Readers, “Sherlock Holmes and the Precarious Position” currently playing at Taproot Theatre, is not a Holmes story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s a silly little lark with Holmesian characters by Margaret Raether. The program even says, “Based on the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle”. Second, do not try and gleam anything from the title. I’m still not certain what the “Precarious Position” was. At least, not without really reaching for a connection. Having said that, this silly little lark was fairly fun, largely due to a cast that was having just as much fun. So, it’s not brilliant or life changing, but I will go so far as saying it’s gigglelicious.

Review: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at Village Theatre
Review: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at Village Theatre
May 18, 2024

Dear Readers, we’re about to enter the realm of one of my favorite shows, “Once on This Island”, currently playing at Village Theatre. This gem of a show is, sadly, not often produced. In fact, I’ve only seen it twice, once on Broadway in 2017, and once in 2005, again from Village Theatre. Both of those productions hold very special places in my memory as being stellar shows. I tell you this for one reason and one reason only, I am very picky when it comes to this show. I know the story and the music backwards and forwards. And I am loathed to say that this current production suffered from bad choice after bad choice, misstep after misstep, resulting in something that resembled the gem, but ultimately did not shine.

Review: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY at ACT Theatre
Review: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY at ACT Theatre
May 3, 2024

At first glance, Dear Readers, Stefano Massini’s “The Lehman Trilogy”, as adapted by Ben Power and currently playing at ACT, may seem like a daunting task. I mean, a 3-and-a-half-hour play (thankfully with two intermissions) about bankers. It doesn’t sound like a rollicking good time. It sounds like the theatrical equivalent of eating your vegetables. Well, with a scintillating script and stunning performances from the three actors in the play, these vegetables have been sauteed to perfection and spiced and sauced to delicious result.

Review: DISNEY'S ALADDIN at The Paramount Theatre
Review: DISNEY'S ALADDIN at The Paramount Theatre
April 25, 2024

If there’s one thing, Dear Readers, that Disney is good at, it’s spectacle. But when you take that spectacle and combine it with one of their most musically magical properties such as “Aladdin”, it should end up with theatrical gold for the whole family. When the genie first poked his head from the lamp on stage back in 2011, I’ll admit it was less than magical. But, by the time it went to Broadway it grew by leaps and bounds. And even now, this tour currently playing at the Paramount, they seem to have updated some of their Disney Imagineering to make the experience even more magical and when combined with a killer cast, just hold on for a good time.

Review: FAT HAM at Seattle Rep
Review: FAT HAM at Seattle Rep
April 18, 2024

So, did the Rep’s “Fat Ham” crush my soul? Absolutely not and I must entreat anyone reading this, DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW!!!

Review: SCRAMBLING THE GOOSE at Washington Ensemble Theatre
Review: SCRAMBLING THE GOOSE at Washington Ensemble Theatre
April 12, 2024

When you go to the theater, Dear Readers, you sit in silence and enjoy the show. You may laugh, or cry, or gasp, but for the most part, you keep yourself to yourself. (At least I hope you do.) But every now and again, shows may ask something of you. Maybe a call back like in “Rocky Horror” or voting for who the murderer is in “Drood”. Well, Washington Ensemble Theatre has created a little piece, or rather several little pieces, in the style of the Neofuturists, with “Scrambling the Goose”, opening at 12th Ave Arts on April 26th. I was able to catch a rehearsal, and even with some elements missing, I can tell this show is going to be a blast.

Review: BEETLEJUICE at The Paramount Theatre
Review: BEETLEJUICE at The Paramount Theatre
April 3, 2024

Dear Readers, warning, I’m about to be a bit of a snob here. I know, big surprise. But I’m not the biggest fan of the musical, “Beetlejuice”, currently playing at the Paramount Theatre. I wasn’t a fan when I first heard the cast recording and now having seen it, I can’t say my opinion has changed all that much. A bit, but not much.

Review: THE MOORS at Seattle Public Theater
Review: THE MOORS at Seattle Public Theater
March 23, 2024

We’ve had a recent spate of the murderous, dark comedies, Dear Reader. First there was “Blood Countess” from MAP Theatre and then the 5th Avenue gave us “Something’s Afoot” and is soon to give us “Clue”. And now Seattle Public Theater has joined in with Jen Silverman’s “The Moors”. And like the others, this one has a tendency to dwell on its own joke a touch too long. But luckily for us it also has a killer cast (pun intended) to keep us giggling.

Review: STEW at ACT Theatre
Review: STEW at ACT Theatre
March 22, 2024

I like to think, Dear Reader, that I don’t need to have the meaning/plot/message of a show spoon fed to me. But sometimes, as with Zora Howard’s “Stew” currently playing at ACT, I could use a bit of clarity. I’m not saying the show was completely confusing, not by a long shot, just a few elements in it as well as that ending that left me questioning what I just saw. Then again, sometimes those shows can be the most fun afterwards, as my theater companion and I got to try and decipher what it meant to us.

Review: THE FANTASTICKS at Village Theatre
Review: THE FANTASTICKS at Village Theatre
March 16, 2024

Pop quiz, Dear Readers. What is the world’s longest running musical? No, it’s not “Phantom”, that’s the longest running Broadway musical. But if we include Off-Broadway we get the longest run of 42 years and 17,162 performances with Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s “The Fantasticks”. And while the current production at Village Theatre dragged a bit at times, this enduring classic still has some fun to offer.

Review: NOIR at The Can Can
Review: NOIR at The Can Can
March 11, 2024

Dear Readers, I cannot imagine a time when anyone, let alone me, would have a bad time at The Can Can. I honestly am not even certain what that show would look like. They’d need to change up everything they are by having bad and out of shape singers and dancers, performing a lame story and songs, while keeping all their clothes on. Luckily for us, the Can Can, including their current offering “Noir”, is the exact opposite of all that.

Review: SOMETHING'S AFOOT at The 5th Avenue Theatre
Review: SOMETHING'S AFOOT at The 5th Avenue Theatre
March 9, 2024

Curating a season is not an easy thing, especially for a large, professional theater. You want to strike that delicate balance of diversity, entertainment, cutting edge, and most of all audience appeal. But when the 5th Avenue Theater announced they were doing “Something’s Afoot”, an old show often done by community theaters, I was perplexed. But maybe it’s good, I mean, I’ve never seen it. Sadly, it’s not.

Review: SANCTUARY CITY at The Seattle Rep
Review: SANCTUARY CITY at The Seattle Rep
March 7, 2024

Dear Readers, I want to share with you one of the issues I come up against while writing these reviews. How much of the story to tell you. Especially with shows such as “Sanctuary City” by Martyna Majok, currently playing at the Seattle Rep, I want you to experience it somewhat blind, and let this brilliantly layered show unfold and wash over you the same way it did for me. But I want to tell you what it’s about. So, I’ll do my best and still try to avoid the spoilers.

Review: SUNSET BOULEVARD at Showtunes Theatre
Review: SUNSET BOULEVARD at Showtunes Theatre
February 11, 2024

Dear Readers, if you know me at all you know my disdain for most things Andrew Lloyd Webber. With so much repetition and borrowing from other’s works, I just don’t see the appeal. But many love him and so it should come as no surprise that Showtunes Theatre would choose to dust off one of his grander works, “Sunset Boulevard” for their latest concert. And while the leads certainly got to show off their talents, I question the choice of this one and the presentation, beyond it being an ALW work.

Review: BLOOD COUNTESS at MAP Theatre
Review: BLOOD COUNTESS at MAP Theatre
February 10, 2024

The MAP Theatre gang is back, Dear Readers, and as usual they’re not ones to shy away from the bizarre with their latest offering, “Blood Countess” by Kelleen Conway Blanchard. This gothic, horror, sex, comedy doesn’t pull any punches. I just question if it needed all the punches it landed.

Review: A CASE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD at ACT
Review: A CASE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD at ACT
February 9, 2024

If you’re unfamiliar with the playwright Samuel D. Hunter, Dear Readers, you shouldn’t be. His latest, “A Case for the Existence of God”, currently playing at ACT, isn’t the first of his we’ve seen in the area. We were blessed with his “A Great Wilderness” back in 2014, plus his “The Whale” which first got a workshop at the Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, not to mention it’s latest life as an Oscar winning film in 2022. His raw takes on modern lives are exhilarating and his current production at ACT is no different.

Review: HOUSE OF HEARTS at The Can Can
Review: HOUSE OF HEARTS at The Can Can
January 19, 2024

Come with me, Dear Readers, for a little trip down the rabbit hole to “House of Hearts”, the latest offering at The Can Can. If you’ve read my previous reviews of The Can Can shows, you know of my love for these folks. And if you’ve seen any of their shows, you know they consistently put on the good stuff. But if you haven’t partaken in the hilarious debauchery of The Can Can, what are you waiting for?!

Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at The Paramount Theatre
Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at The Paramount Theatre
January 10, 2024

Dear Readers, I hope you already have your tickets to “The Book of Mormon”, currently playing at the Paramount Theatre, because it’s pretty much sold out. And with good reason as it’s a near perfect show.

Review: THE DINA MARTINA CHRISTMAS SHOW at ACT
Review: THE DINA MARTINA CHRISTMAS SHOW at ACT
December 9, 2023

Dear Readers, I am loathed to admit that I’ve never seen one of Dina Martina’s Christmas shows. Hey, I’ve only had 25 years to catch one. I have seen her perform before, way back when at Thumpers on Capitol Hill (back when that existed). Well, she’s back at ACT this year with “The Dina Martina Christmas Show” and I had to ask myself, “Why did I wait so long?”



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