AS YOU LIKE IT Starts April 23 At Seattle ShakespeareAS YOU LIKE IT Starts April 23 At Seattle Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2019

Rosalind and Orlando engage in a glorious game of love, lust, and mistaken identities in a magical forest in Shakespeare's As You Like It. Kelly Kitchens directs the production which begins previews on April 23, opens April 26, and runs through May 19 at the Center Theatre at Seattle Center. (more...)

Winners Announced For Seattle's 2018 Gypsy Rose Lee AwardsWinners Announced For Seattle's 2018 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

BWW Review: Seattle Public's World Premiere FIRE SEASON Crackles with Honest VulnerabilityBWW Review: Seattle Public's World Premiere FIRE SEASON Crackles with Honest Vulnerability
by Jay Irwin - Jan 28, 2019

Seattle Public Theater is currently offering a play you've probably never heard of, "Fire Season". And you've never heard of "Fire Season" because it's a World Premiere having been written by author Aurin Squire under the auspices of having won the inaugural Emerald Prize, Seattle Public Theater's new play award. So yes, "Fire Season" is a brand-new play that you've probably never heard of … but you need to. (more...)

Seattle Theater Writers Announce the Eighth Annual Nominations of the 2018 Gypsy Rose Lee AwardsSeattle Theater Writers Announce the Eighth Annual Nominations of the 2018 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards
by BWW News Desk - 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. (more...)

BWW 2018 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)BWW 2018 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)
by Jay Irwin - Jan 11, 2019

Dear Readers, it has been one crazy year with some amazing theater. You know it's true. We've had dead teens riding a roller coaster, demonic puppets, and an ageless guy with a picture of himself in his attic. And, of course, a hip-hop founding father sweeping through town. But let's not talk about the juggernaut when we have such amazing things right here that blew us all away. At least they blew me away. So, let's talk about what blew me away this past year and what I have chosen to give my BWW 2018 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks) to (not to mention all those honorable mentions since often I can't limit myself to just one). (more...)

University of Washington School of Drama Announces Fall ProductionsUniversity of Washington School of Drama Announces Fall Productions
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2018

This fall, the University of Washington School of Drama will present two plays that shifted the American theatre, Arthur Miller's Incident at Vichy, and Maria Irene Fornes' Fefu and Her Friends. The plays kick off a season dedicated to exploring how gender shapes our world. (more...)

Seattle Public Theater Names The Price Of Ambition In FADESeattle Public Theater Names The Price Of Ambition In FADE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2018

Seattle Public Theater opens its 2018/19 Season #CONFRONTINGAMERICA with Tanya Saracho's witty, true-to-life comedy FADE. In FADE, Mexican-born television writer Lucia is hired to work for a ruthless Hollywood studio. She soon discovers that the studio's Mexican-American custodian, Abel, has a windfall of plot ideas -- but as their friendship grows, his stories begin to blur with hers, leading to unexpected consequences. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Seattle Opera's O+EPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal with Seattle Opera's O+E
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018

Next week, join Seattle Opera for O+E-a chamber opera retelling of Gluck's classic Orpheus and Eurydice with a twist! Stage Director Kelly Kitchens brings this groundbreaking adaptation to life with Seattle Opera's first ever all-female creative team and cast of principal singers.  (more...)

The University of Washington School of Drama Announces 2018 - 2019 SeasonThe University of Washington School of Drama Announces 2018 - 2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018

The University of Washington School of Drama, under the leadership of outgoing Executive Director Todd London, incoming Executive Director Lynn M. Thomas and incoming Associate Director Geoff Korf, is pleased to announce our 2018 -2019 season. (more...)

BWW Review: SPT's HAND TO GOD is a Devilish Good TimeBWW Review: SPT's HAND TO GOD is a Devilish Good Time
by Jay Irwin - May 12, 2018

Dear Readers, a few years back on one of my trips to the Mothership, I managed to catch Robert Askins' hilarious play "Hand to God" on Broadway and as soon as I finished wetting myself from laughter I thought, "Someone in Seattle needs to do this so my Dear Readers can wet themselves as well." Well last night I watched the entire house at Seattle Public Theater collectively wetting themselves over this hysterical show and so my wish has come true. My wish for all of you. (more...)

Seattle Public Theater Invites Americans To Face Their Demons In Its 2018-19 SeasonSeattle Public Theater Invites Americans To Face Their Demons In Its 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2018

Seattle Public Theater announced today the four shows selected for its 2018-19 Mainstage Season: #CONFRONTINGAMERICA. Featuring four productions in the company's intimate 165-seat Bathhouse Theater, the season includes the regional premiere of Tanya Saracho's national sensation FADE; the world premiere of 2017 Emerald Prize winner FIRE SEASON by Aurin Squire; DRY LAND, "a shocking but honest portrayal of teenage crisis" by Ruby Rae Spiegel; and THE CALL by Tanya Barfield, which tackles the complex issues that accompany adoption across cultures. (more...)

SESAME STREET Meets THE EXORCIST In Dark Comedy HAND TO GODSESAME STREET Meets THE EXORCIST In Dark Comedy HAND TO GOD
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2018

After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason's complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and-most especially-his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason's puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. A devilishly dark, hysterical romp to hell and back, HAND TO GOD explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us. (more...)

BWW Review: Seattle Public's IRONBOUND Delivers Raw PowerBWW Review: Seattle Public's IRONBOUND Delivers Raw Power
by Jay Irwin - Mar 30, 2018

Seattle Public Theater tends towards the darker, edgier plays. That's not to say they're adverse to a comedy now and then as is evident with their next offering, 'Hand to God' which I saw on Broadway and laughed my butt off all the way through but still a very dark comedy. But I digress. Typically, they lean toward stories with grit, pathos and anguish. Now I'll admit that their choices don't always hit with me but when they do they hit hard. Past shows like 'On Clover Road' or 'Grounded' still reverberate in my memory as shows that managed to grab me by the heart and soul and shake me around like a little rag doll. Such is the case with their current offering, 'Ironbound' by Martyna Majok. (more...)

Seattle Opera's O+E Puts Feminist Storytelling Center StageSeattle Opera's O+E Puts Feminist Storytelling Center Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2018

What would you do for just one more moment with the person you love? Seattle Opera hopes to make audience members hold their dear ones a little closer through its new chamber opera, O+E, presented in the Seattle Opera Studios. This new twist on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth is brought to life through an all-women creative team and cast of principal singers. (more...)

Seattle Shakespeare Company Announces Female-Forward 2018-2019 SeasonSeattle Shakespeare Company Announces Female-Forward 2018-2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2018

Classical plays with strong female leads make up Seattle Shakespeare Company's upcoming season just announced by Artistic Director George Mount.  Plans for the company's 2018-2019 season include Richard III, Arms and the Man, All's Well That Ends Well, She Stoops to Conquer, and As You Like It. "The thematic narrative for the shows is All's Fair in Love and War," said Mount. "Each of the plays has something to say about the efforts that people go through to get what they want either in the field of combat or the field of romance." (more...)

Working Class Immigrants Choose Survival Over The American Dream In IRONBOUNDWorking Class Immigrants Choose Survival Over The American Dream In IRONBOUND
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2018

At a bus stop in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja, a Polish immigrant cleaning lady, is done talking about feelings; it's time to talk money. Over the course of 20 years, and three relationships, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both. Award-winning playwright Martyna Majok's IRONBOUND is a darkly funny, heartbreaking portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury-and a liability-as she fights to survive in America. (more...)

THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS, PORGY AND BESS and More Lead Seattle Opera's SeasonTHE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS, PORGY AND BESS and More Lead Seattle Opera's Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2018

Seattle Opera's 2018/19 season offers something new for everyone. Every production is new to Seattle, and the offerings span the entire repertoire from the standard European classics Il trovatore and Carmen to the twentieth- century masterpieces The Gershwins' Porgy And BessSM and The Turn of the Screw. The season also reaches into the twenty-first century with The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, which comes to Seattle after its world premiere and rave reviews in Santa Fe where it was hailed as the best-selling new production in the company's history. (more...)

BWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's Noir CHRISTMASTOWN Successfully Threads Parody NeedleBWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's Noir CHRISTMASTOWN Successfully Threads Parody Needle
by Amelia Reynolds - Dec 14, 2017

Can a Christmas noir be both gripping and funny? Can it succeed at all? Well, we know it can, because Christmastown returns to Seattle Public Theater as the second half of their holiday double feature. Not only does director Kelly Kitchens avoid cheesiness (which something like this could so, so easily have in spades), but she creates a yuletide, hard boiled mash-up that works both as a comedy and as a noir. Ring-a-ding-ding, we got us a perfect parody! (more...)

Seattle Public Theater Unveils New Holiday Double-HeaderSeattle Public Theater Unveils New Holiday Double-Header
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2017

Seattle Public Theater's holiday double-header returns this season with beloved Seattle favorite Christmastown: A Holiday Noir, to be directed by Co-Producing Artistic Director Kelly Kitchens, and the newly-commissioned world premiere of The Flight Before Xmas by local Gregory Award-nominated playwright Maggie Lee. (more...)

Seattle Public Theater Unveils New Holiday Double-HeaderSeattle Public Theater Unveils New Holiday Double-Header
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2017

Seattle Public Theater's holiday double-header returns this season with beloved Seattle favorite Christmastown: A Holiday Noir, to be directed by Co-Producing Artistic Director Kelly Kitchens, and the newly-commissioned world premiere of The Flight Before Xmas by local Gregory Award-nominated playwright Maggie Lee. (more...)

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