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Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Madison Awards; SPELLING BEE Leads Best Musical! Photo Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Madison Awards; SPELLING BEE Leads Best Musical!
by Alan Henry - Dec 1, 2017

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors.

New Century Theatre Company Announces Closure Photo New Century Theatre Company Announces Closure
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 27, 2017

After 10 years of producing bold, honest, groundbreaking theater, Seattle's award-winning New Century Theatre Company (NCTC) is closing its doors at the end of 2017.

Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Madison Awards; FIRESIDE Leads Theatre of the Year! Photo Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Madison Awards; FIRESIDE Leads Theatre of the Year!
by Alan Henry - Nov 24, 2017

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors.

Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Madison Awards; Middleton's RAGTIME Leads as Best Mus Photo Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Madison Awards; Middleton's RAGTIME Leads as Best Musical!
by Alan Henry - Nov 17, 2017

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors.

California Revels presents  SCOTTISH CELEBRATION OF THE SOLSTICE Photo California Revels presents SCOTTISH CELEBRATION OF THE SOLSTICE
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 24, 2017

For its 32nd year, the Bay Area's beloved Christmas Revels salutes the season, this time taking audiences to Scotland for A Scottish Celebration of the Solstice.

BWW Review: ACT's Searing THE CRUCIBLE Shines with all Substance and Very Little Flas Photo BWW Review: ACT's Searing THE CRUCIBLE Shines with all Substance and Very Little Flash
by Jay Irwin - Oct 20, 2017

Arthur Miller's classic The Crucible remains a kind of mainstay of theater across the country from professional productions down to the myriad high school productions. But for it to ring true it must resonate with society's repeated history with mob mentality whether that be the literal Salem witch trials of the story or McCarthyism or even more recent moments in our history where truth is over shadowed by fear. And while ACT's current production of the classic nails those themes it also manages to make the production all about the stellar performances and the brilliant script than about any set or costumes or flashy presentation.

VIDEO: Director John Langs Discusses A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM At American Players Th Photo VIDEO: Director John Langs Discusses A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM At American Players Theatre
by Alan Henry - Oct 3, 2017

Watch director John Langs discuss staging A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at American Players Theatre!

Review Roundup: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at American Players Theatre Photo Review Roundup: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at American Players Theatre
by BWW Intern - Sep 5, 2017

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at American Players Theatre's newly renovated Hill Theatre brings a modern spin on this Shakespearean classic, which first played on the American Players Theatre stage thirty seven years ago.

Two Shakespearean Comedies, X: OR, BETTY SHABAZZ V. THE NATION Set for The Acting Com Photo Two Shakespearean Comedies, X: OR, BETTY SHABAZZ V. THE NATION Set for The Acting Company's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2017

The Acting Company has announced its 2017-18 season, which exemplifies the venerable organization's commitment to cultivating a national audience for the theater with exceptional touring productions of classical and new works; developing the best young American actors by giving them an opportunity to practice their craft in a wide-ranging repertory; and educating students that have limited access to the arts.

HE BROUGHT HER HEART BACK IN A BOX Premiere and More Set for Theatre For A New Audien Photo HE BROUGHT HER HEART BACK IN A BOX Premiere and More Set for Theatre For A New Audience's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

On the heels of winning its second Ross Wetzsteon Award for Sustained Excellence at the 2017 OBIE Awards, Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) have just announced its 2017-18 season.

BWW Review: ACT's Stirring ALEX & ARIS Relies Too Much on Advance Knowledge
by Jay Irwin - Jul 23, 2017

There are certain shows out there that, while being engaging and performed well, make you feel like you're missing something. Many of the plays of Tom Stoppard are that way for me in that, unless you've taken a master class on that particular subject matter, you may not get the full impact. The World Premiere of Moby Pomerance's "Alex & Aris", currently playing at ACT, falls into this category. Stirring performances and crisp dialog but unless you've taken the prerequisite class on Greek history you may fall behind.

New Century Theatre Company Takes on New Directions
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 26, 2017

After 10 years of producing award-winning productions and helping to change the face of mid-level professional theatre in Seattle, New Century Theatre Company (NCTC) is excited to share several new developments in its future.

New Century Theatre Company to Stage THE REALISTIC JONESES This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

New Century Theatre Company (NCTC) ends its 2017 10th Anniversary Season with Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses.

BWW Review: ACT's TRIBES ‚Ä" Touching and Engaging But a Bit Clich√© and Forced
by Jay Irwin - Mar 10, 2017

I want to start off, Dear Readers, by stating that I really did enjoy ACT's current production of "Tribes". There are some great performances and it's a funny, engaging play with rich dialog. But even with my level of enjoyment in the moments of the play I can't help but also see some glaring shortcomings in the piece itself specifically having to do with the characters and their arcs. But let's set the stage (so to speak) first.

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Josh Schmidt
by Elliot Lanes - Mar 2, 2017

Today's subject (click on the name for lots of great music) Josh Schmidt is currently living his theatre life at Signature Theatre as the composer/co-lyricist and orchestrator of the world premiere musical Midwestern Gothic. The production runs from March 14 to April 30.

American Players Theatre Announces 38th Summer Festival Season
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 14, 2017

American Players Theatre (APT) announces its 38th Summer Festival Season, June 10 - October 22, 2017, a diverse lineup of eight classical and contemporary plays in repertory that includes the return and work of visiting Chicago director and Jeff Award-winner William Brown taking on Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters in APT's newly renovated flagship 1140-seat outdoor amphitheater on the Hill. 

Seattle Opera Expands Programs, Performances in 2017/18
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 3, 2017

Opera is for everyone-and so is Seattle Opera's 2017/18 season! There's a new bilingual performance for elementary-school students, new performance venues such as Georgetown Steam Plant, a new mainstage collaboration with ACT Theatre and Seattle Symphony leaders, and even an outdoor performance offered free of charge. Regardless of background or socioeconomic status, this season offers ways for a broad audience to be able to experience opera; it's an open invitation for the Pacific Northwest. 

BWW 2016 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)
by Jay Irwin - Dec 31, 2016

It's been a crazy year, Dear Readers. Lots of ups, lots of downs, and LOTS of emotions. And I'm not just talking about on stage. But let's not dwell on the bad things that may have happened in the world and focus on some of the amazing things Seattle theater companies gave us this past year, and let me tell you there were quite a few. So many in fact that in some categories I simply had to call out more than the usual Honorable Mentions as some performances just needed to be noted. You'll see what I mean especially when you get to the female categories as the ladies were certainly bringing it this year. But let's get started shall we? Out of the myriad shows I saw this year in Seattle, here are the shows and performances that truly stood out to me.

BWW Review: ACT's Deliciously Naughty and Complex DANGEROUS LIAISONS
by Jay Irwin - Oct 29, 2016

One of my favorite things in seeing all the shows I do is to stumble upon one that I like to refer to as 'alchemy'. It's that rare instance where all of the elements, the script, actors, director, set, costume, lights, music, etc all come together in just the right way and at just the right times to form pure gold. It may look like science or technical expertise but it's really just magic. One of those shows is ACT's current production of Christopher Hampton's 'Dangerous Liaisons'. If in seeing this show you are not able to have a thrilling night then you're just not paying attention.

BWW Review: BAD APPLES at ACT Shocks, Disturbs, Potentially Offends, and Kills It!
by Jay Irwin - Sep 10, 2016

Are there any taboo subjects for musicals anymore? I mean we've had shows about serial killers and assassins, drug addicts and prisoners, demons and super powered psychotic teens, and even oversexed puppets. So I don't know why anyone should be surprised by the new musical at ACT in conjunction with ArtsWest and Circle X Theatre Co., 'Bad Apples' which takes a look at one of our countries most disgraceful moments, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. This in your face rock musical will definitely not be everyone's cup of tea and especially not for the kids. But if you can get past all the language, sex, and horrific images then what you're left with is a killer show that looks at how easily people in power can justify appalling acts.

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