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GUYS & DOLLS Hits Village Theatre's Stage For The Holiday Season Photo GUYS & DOLLS Hits Village Theatre's Stage For The Holiday Season
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 25, 2019

This winter, Village Theatre will warm the cold and dreary Seattle days with the brassy and colorful iconic crowd pleaser, Guys & Dolls. The second show in their celebratory 40th Anniversary Season, Guys & Dolls will run at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah November 7 a?' December 29, 2019 before moving to the Everett Performing Arts Center January 3 a?' February 2, 2020.

BWW Review: BULRUSHER from Intiman Fails to Engage Photo BWW Review: BULRUSHER from Intiman Fails to Engage
by Jay Irwin - Aug 24, 2019

Eighty percent of having a successful show is casting. If you have the right cast, even the dullest show can shine. However, that means the opposite is also true. You can have a good play, such as Eisa Davis' a?oeBulrushera??, currently being offered from Intiman Theatre, but if the cast isn't there, then neither is the decent storytelling. In the case of Intiman's show, the cast is mostly there, but one glaring weak link sapped the energy and emotion from a piece that should be filled with energy and emotion.

Intiman Theatre Presents BULRUSHER Photo Intiman Theatre Presents BULRUSHER
by Julie Musbach - Jul 25, 2019

Intiman Theatre announce the cast for their upcoming production of BULRUSHER, presented in partnership with The Hansberry Project, and directed by Seattle favorite Valerie Curtis-Newton. The cast will star Ayo Tushinde as Bulrusher, along with Allyson Brown, Adam Fontana, Reggie Jackson, Charles Leggett and Christine Salvador. This lyrical and passionate coming of age story will play at The Jones Playhouse at the University of Washington, from August 20 - September 14, 2019.

Season 3 Of BRASS Podcast to Feature New Northwest Cast Members Photo Season 3 Of BRASS Podcast to Feature New Northwest Cast Members
by Julie Musbach - Jul 12, 2019

The ongoing alternate-history podcast BRASS premieres its third season this month. Recorded in Seattle, Washington and featuring a veteran cast of Pacific Northwest talent, the series follows the adventures of a quartet of Victorian science geniuses and their ongoing battle against a criminal mastermind known only as the Crime Minister.

BWW Review: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS at the Seattle Rep Offers Up Sage Advice Photo BWW Review: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS at the Seattle Rep Offers Up Sage Advice
by Jay Irwin - May 23, 2019

Nia Vardalos' stage adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's book "Tiny Beautiful Things", currently playing at the Seattle Rep, on the surface may seem like just a string of Strayed's advice columns, but when you peel back the layers and dive deeper it becomes so much more. As we get into the advice, we also get a glimpse into the woman who gave it, painting a portrait of a woman who's been through a lot and come out wiser on the other side.

Full Cast Released For TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Seattle Rep Photo Full Cast Released For TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS At Seattle Rep
by Stephi Wild - Apr 30, 2019

Seattle Rep today announced the cast and creative team of its final production of the 2018/2019 Season, Tiny Beautiful Things, based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed (Torch, Brave Enough, Wild, 'Dear Sugar') and adapted for the stage by Academy Award nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Instant Mom). Co-conceived by Marshall Heyman ('Dietland'), Thomas Kail (Hamilton, Fox's 'Grease Live!'), and Vardalos, and directed by Courtney Sale (Artistic Director for Seattle Children's Theatre), Tiny Beautiful Things will run May 17 - June 23, 2019 (opening night is May 22) on the Leo K. stage. Single tickets are on sale now (starting at $17) and are available through the Seattle Rep Patron Services Office at 206.443.2222 or online at SeattleRep.org.

Winners Announced For Seattle's 2018 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards Photo Winners Announced For Seattle's 2018 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards
by Stephi Wild - Feb 1, 2019

The votes are in and the nominees have been announced! And now, the worthy recipients of the 2018 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards are finally able to get the recognition they richly deserve.

Seattle Theater Writers Announce the Eighth Annual Nominations of the 2018 Gypsy Rose Photo Seattle Theater Writers Announce the Eighth Annual Nominations of the 2018 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 26, 2019

Seattle's critics' circle announces Nominees of Excellence in Seattle theatrical productions. Spanning dozens of theater companies and productions, from large and prominent to small and humble, the Gypsy Rose Lee Awards honor the excellence found in the myriad of professional theater productions that we reviewers attend in a year.

Casting and New Venues Announced: Wooden O Free Summer Shakespeare in the Parks Photo Casting and New Venues Announced: Wooden O Free Summer Shakespeare in the Parks
by Rebecca Russo - Jun 19, 2018

 Casting is announced for Seattle Shakespeare Company's free Wooden O productions of King Lear and The Merry Wives of Windsor which start performances on Thursday, July 12. Both productions will perform in park venues throughout King and Pierce Counties (please see attached schedule). This summer marks the 25th Anniversary for Wooden O productions in the parks.

BWW Review: Portland Center Stage's MAJOR BARBARA is Pretty, but Dusty Photo BWW Review: Portland Center Stage's MAJOR BARBARA is Pretty, but Dusty
by Krista Garver - Apr 30, 2018

MAJOR BARBARA tackles the age-old question of how best to help someone: Do you give them a fish or a job fishing? It's an interesting play to be putting on right now, but I think the material -- and the audience -- would have benefitted from a slightly less dusty, even if that meant less opulent, production.

Chris Coleman Directs Final Production At The Armory, Shaw's MAJOR BARBARA Photo Chris Coleman Directs Final Production At The Armory, Shaw's MAJOR BARBARA
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 14, 2018

The clash between a daughter's philanthropic idealism and her father's hard-headed capitalism is at the heart of George Bernard Shaw's witty and timely classic Major Barbara, which begins preview performances at The Armory on April 14, opens on April 20, and runs through May 13 on the U.S. Bank Main Stage.

BWW Review: ArtsWest's HIR Takes Gender/Family Issues to an Absurd Level, and That's  Photo BWW Review: ArtsWest's HIR Takes Gender/Family Issues to an Absurd Level, and That's Funny?
by Jay Irwin - Mar 5, 2018

There seems to be a spate of plays getting a lot of critical acclaim these days that take on societal changes and amp them up to an extreme and absurd level. For example, the recent "Straight White Men" that looked at white male privilege. And now we have the gender conformity examining "Hir" by Taylor Mac, currently playing at ArtsWest. The thing is they keep billing these as comedies and touting them for their daring. Daring, maybe as they tackle subjects that make people uncomfortable, but comedy, no. As was the case with "Straight White Men", "Hir" takes everything to an absurd level, and don't get me wrong I love an absurd comedy, but they do it in such a way that by the end there is not one likable character.

ArtsWest And Intiman Team Up For Taylor Mac's HIR Photo ArtsWest And Intiman Team Up For Taylor Mac's HIR
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 5, 2018

This month, ArtsWest and Intiman join forces to stage Taylor Mac's HIR, a fearless comedy about a household in revolt, from February 28 to March 25, 2018, with Intiman Artistic Director Jennifer Zeyl directing.  

The Gypsy Rose Lee Awards Announce 2017 Winners Photo The Gypsy Rose Lee Awards Announce 2017 Winners
by Stephi Wild - Feb 1, 2018

The winners of the 2017 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards are announced by the Seattle critics circle, Seattle Theater Writers!

Announcing The Nominees For The 2017 GYPSY ROSE LEE AWARDS By The Seattle Theater Wri Photo Announcing The Nominees For The 2017 GYPSY ROSE LEE AWARDS By The Seattle Theater Writers
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 24, 2018

Seattle's critics announce the Nominees of Excellence in Seattle theatrical productions. Spanning dozens of theater companies and productions, from large and prominent to small and humble, the Gypsy Rose Lee Awards honor the excellence found in as much professional theater as we reviewers can attend in a year. Named in honor of the famed theater entrepreneur and Seattle native, Gypsy Rose Lee, and in a nod to the vast numbers or theater practitioners forced to travel the country to earn their living, the Gypsys seek to acknowledge the excellence of the Seattle theater community.

BWW Review: Rich Talent, Poor Narrative in Wall Street Satire 63 TRILLION at West of  Photo BWW Review: Rich Talent, Poor Narrative in Wall Street Satire 63 TRILLION at West of Lenin
by Amelia Reynolds - Nov 7, 2017

Good satire needs two things: merciless mockery, and a compelling narrative. Sandbox Radio's farcical 63 Trillion nails the mockery, but focuses so much of its attention on cramming in as many double-entendres as possible that the narrative becomes secondary to the dick jokes.

BWW Review: Intiman's BARBECUE Sizzles with Familial and Racial Tension
by Jay Irwin - Jun 3, 2017

It's going to be very tough, Dear Readers, to tell you about the latest offering from Intiman Theatre, 'Barbecue', as I don't want to give anything away. The show is packed full of twists, turns and misdirections that for me to tell you much would be tantamount to writing up a review of certain movies and sharing details like, Rosebud is a sled, Darth Vader is Luke's Father, or Bruce Willis is a ghost too. But I will try simply by saying that Robert O'Hara's play is quite engaging and filled with rich dialog and his script is only served by some outstanding performers.

BWW Review: Strawberry Theatre Workshop's PROOF Need Not Prove Its Integrity
by Amelia Reynolds - Jan 26, 2017

Behold, a rare gem, a piece of art that combines two vastly different disciplines: theater, and math. Ironically, what makes David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize winning play, 'Proof' so entertaining isn't so much the math, but the chemistry between the characters. Get out your pens and pencils, students, because Strawberry Theatre Workshop's harmonious performances are noteworthy.

BWW Review: Classic RAISIN IN THE SUN at Rep Spotlights How Far We Haven't Come
by Jay Irwin - Oct 6, 2016

There are certain plays out there that remain enduring classics. Maybe they're just that good. Or maybe they still pack a punch all these years later and resonate with attitudes of today. Well the Seattle Rep is presenting one on those classics with Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" and while it falls firmly into that first category of "just that good" unfortunately watching it last night I also felt how far we have and haven't come since it debuted in 1959 as many of the themes of inequality and prejudice on display are still all too prevalent today.

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at the Making of Seattle Rep's A RAISIN IN THE SUN
by Stage Tube - Oct 6, 2016

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents A Raisin in the Sun, a classic Lorraine Hansberry's drama, directed by Timothy McCuen Piggee. A Raisin in the Sun is currently running thru October 30, 2016 in the Bagley Wright Theatre. Tickets are on sale now through the Seattle Rep Box Office at (206) 443-2222 and online at seattlerep.org.  BroadwayWorld brings you a sneak peek at the making of the show below!

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