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VIC: The Life and Times Of Victoria C. Woodhull, Future Presidentess Will Be Performe Photo VIC: The Life and Times Of Victoria C. Woodhull, Future Presidentess Will Be Performed by UMO Ensemble Beginning in July
by Stephi Wild - Jun 12, 2021

Victoria C. Woodhull: Spiritualist, Suffragist, Free Lover‚ÄĒand in¬†her time, the most famous woman in the United States. In 1872, she ran for President. By the time of her death, she'd been nearly erased from history. On the last night of her very long life, Victoria reckons with spirits and voices from her past as she relives moments both painful and exultant.

BWW Review: A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS at Seattle Public Theater Will Have You Dying o Photo BWW Review: A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS at Seattle Public Theater Will Have You Dying of Laughter
by Kelly Rogers Flynt - Dec 4, 2019

A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS at Seattle Public Theatre will have you dying from laughter. With gags, antics, witty remarks, and tomfoolery, the cast manages to tell a fairly accurate story. While the gunfire and explosions may be downgraded to squirt guns and Nerf guns, there is nothing downgraded about the humor and entertainment. With barely a pause for a rollerblading Zamboni clean up, the show heats up the holidays in perfect parody style.

A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS is Returning to the Seattle Public Theater Photo A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS is Returning to the Seattle Public Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 13, 2019

It's a Christmas miracle, Yippie Ki Yay! After a full sold-out run in 2018, The Habit's A Very Die Hard Christmas returns to Seattle Public Theater. Created by the comedy writers that have had Seattle in stitches for years, this musical parody borrows from the iconic film and promises lots of action, 80s jokes, smooth soft rock jams, and snarky German terrorists. Performances run November 29 - December 28, 2019 and tickets are on sale now.

BWW Review:  THE CALL at Seattle Public Theater Should Pick a Story and Stick with It Photo BWW Review: THE CALL at Seattle Public Theater Should Pick a Story and Stick with It
by Jay Irwin - May 19, 2019

Dear Readers, you know when you leave a play and you just feel unsatisfied? Maybe the performances weren't up to snuff or the direction faltered, but you have trouble putting your finger on why you feel this way. Such was my experience last night at Seattle Public Theater's Northwest Premiere of Tanya Barfield's "The Call". I walked to my car wondering why this hadn't hit me harder. The performers were all top notch and the direction from Annie Lareau was lively and flowed beautifully. And then it hit me, Ms. Barfield was simply trying to tell me too many stories and with so many flying about, none of them quite stuck the landing.

BWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's Intense DRY LAND Drowns in Gratuitousness Photo BWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's Intense DRY LAND Drowns in Gratuitousness
by Jay Irwin - Mar 25, 2019

The word that springs to mind when I think of Seattle Public Theater's current production of Ruby Rae Spiegel's "Dry Land" is "gratuitous". That's the first thing I think of. Not "intense" or "gripping" as the climactic scene was, or "raw" or "honest" as much of the dialog between the young girls felt, but "gratuitous" as all of that is overshadowed by a production that felt the need to, I don't know, shock or fill time? The play is already shocking, and the filler just diluted that shock, so I am only left with "gratuitous".

Annex Theatre Presents ANASI AND THE HALFLING Photo Annex Theatre Presents ANASI AND THE HALFLING
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 2, 2018

"I wanted to write a story about a black woman who was searching for her place in the world." - Madison Jade Jones, Playwright

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center 18th Monte Cristo Award Honors Lin-Manuel Miranda Photo Eugene O'Neill Theater Center 18th Monte Cristo Award Honors Lin-Manuel Miranda
by Stephi Wild - May 1, 2018

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center honored multi-discipline creative artist Lin-Manuel Miranda with the 18th Monte Cristo Award, last night at a private dinner at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. An alumnus of the O'Neill, Miranda's first professional production was at the O'Neill's National Music Theater Conference with In The Heights in 2005. The gala dinner featured a conversation with the honoree and raised $575,000 to support the Center's commitment to developing new work and new artists for the stage.

BWW Review: Sound Theatre's YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU a Roller Coaster of Commitment Photo BWW Review: Sound Theatre's YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU a Roller Coaster of Commitment
by Jay Irwin - Feb 25, 2018

Even before Sound Theatre Company's current production of "You Can't Take It With You" began, it showed promise with a stunning, well-appointed set by Robin Macartney. Then the effervescent Shermona Mitchell walked on stage to begin the show with tons of energy, conviction and intent to her character of Penny, the matriarch of the Sycamore clan and I thought, "Excellent! Let's do this! I'm in for a good night." Unfortunately, that excitement continued to ebb and flow all night long as others would enter the stage. Some with the same level of exuberance as Mitchell, while others weren't quite there yet, and while others still had much work to do as they never were quite able to convey their intent or character or in some cases even remember their lines. What resulted was a roller coaster of energy, pace, intent and commitment that didn't leave me joyful over the quirky family winning out, but just left me tired.

BWW Feature: WOLF'S HEAD: A TALE OF ROBIN HOOD AND THE SHERIFF at the ALBAN ART CENTE Photo BWW Feature: WOLF'S HEAD: A TALE OF ROBIN HOOD AND THE SHERIFF at the ALBAN ART CENTER In March!
by Richard Allen - Feb 12, 2018

Robin Hood is heading to the stage in a brand-new tale written by John Johnson of the Astral Theatre Collective. Wolf's Head: A Tale of Robin Hood and the Sheriff, based on the ancient ballads and history of Robin Hood, is gearing up to begin performances at the Alban Art Center in St. Albans, WV in March.

Sound Theatre Company Presents YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU Photo Sound Theatre Company Presents YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
by Rebecca Russo - Jan 22, 2018

Sound Theatre Company is proud to present the YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, the first play of Sound Theatre's 2018 Season, THE HUMAN FAMILY: Toward A Radical Inclusion. In 2018, we challenge our audiences to consider how we define family, what members of the human family we include, and whose stories we choose to tell.

SLO Repertory Theatre presents Mel Brooks' THE PRODUCERS Photo SLO Repertory Theatre presents Mel Brooks' THE PRODUCERS
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 16, 2018

The San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre is thrilled to launch the second half of their inaugural season as SLO County's only nonprofit, professional theatre company with THE PRODUCERS! The hilarious musical comedy from comic genius Mel Brooks is based upon his 1967 movie and premiered on Broadway in 2001.

Mirror Stage Launches New Expand Upon Staged Reading Series with a Focus on Instituti Photo Mirror Stage Launches New Expand Upon Staged Reading Series with a Focus on Institutional Racism
by Julie Musbach - Oct 17, 2017

Sponsored in part by ArtsWA and the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Mirror Stage is thrilled to launch its new Expand Upon staged reading series responding to the community-selected theme 'Institutional Racism.' For this first round of Expand Upon, Mirror Stage commissioned Seattle playwrights Rachel Atkins and Seayoung Yim to each develop a short play using the same multi-generational, multi-racial cast. The plays will be presented in tandem, with a oderated discussion following every performance.

Mirror Stage Launches Its New Expand Upon Staged Reading Series With A Focus On Insti Photo Mirror Stage Launches Its New Expand Upon Staged Reading Series With A Focus On Institutional Racism
by Rebecca Russo - Aug 29, 2017

Sponsored in part by ArtsWA and the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Mirror Stage is thrilled to launch its new Expand Upon staged reading series responding to the community-selected theme 'Institutional Racism.' For this first round of Expand Upon, Mirror Stage commissioned Seattle playwrights Rachel Atkins and Seayoung Yim to each develop a short play using the same multi-generational, multi-racial cast. The plays will be presented in tandem, with a oderated discussion following every performance.

BWW Review: Pony World's Collaborative AMERICAN ARCHIPELAGO is Bizarre, and Works as a Comedy
by Amelia Reynolds - Jul 30, 2017

Pony World's world premiere 'American Archipelago' is a collaborative examination of American culture and values. Written by Holly Arsenault, Kelleen C. Blanchard, Tre Calhoun, Vincent Delaney, Brendan Healy, Maggie Lee, Sara Porkalob, and Seayoung Yim, 'American Archipelago' feels more like an incubator than a melting pot. Eight folks from different communities live side-by-side in a semi-symbolic neighborhood called 'The United States of America.' While this campy fever-dream succeeds as a black comedy, what's missing from this conceptual piece is a fresh concept.

Pony World Theatre Proudly Announces AMERICAN ARCHIPELAGO
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2017

Pony World Theatre returns to 12th Avenue Arts this summer with their latest creation. Titled American Archipelago, this new play examines the joys and heartaches of being an American today.

Mirror Stage Launches New EXPAND UPON Series
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 13, 2017

Sponsored in part by the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Mirror Stage is thrilled to launch its new Expand Upon staged reading series. Mirror Stage commissions two local playwrights to each develop a short play responding to a community-selected theme, using the same multi-generational, multi-racial cast. For this first round of Expand Upon, the community selected the theme Institutional Racism, and Mirror Stage commissioned playwrights Rachel Atkins and Seayoung Yim.

Amador/Stokes Presents CARRY WE OPENLY at Seattle Fringe Fest
by Julie Musbach - Mar 11, 2017

CARRY WE OPENLY is an absurd tale of dominant culture presented by a minority cast.

18th & Union Announces New Openings
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 21, 2017

Shows, Shows, Shows! By the end of March, 18th & Union will have presented 20 different productions in its opening season and hosted dozens of performers. Here's what's opening in the next few weeks.

Bloomingdale's Teams with DEAR EVAN HANSEN to Design 'Blue Room' at the Music Box
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

Bloomingdale's, in partnership with Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, has teamed up with the highly anticipated new original musical, Dear Evan Hansen to create a unique space that has never been seen before.

Serenbe Playhouse to Stage BUYER & CELLAR and ART for 'Intimate Indoors' Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Now, Serenbe Playhouse is headed to the city for a brand new series - Intimate Indoors - with its inaugural productions of BUYER & CELLAR and ART. Never ones to settle for traditional venues, the plays will take place in two of Atlanta's most unique locations.

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