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University Of Washington School Of Drama Announces 2021 ‚Ä" 2022 Public Season Photo University Of Washington School Of Drama Announces 2021 ‚Ä" 2022 Public Season
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 30, 2021

The University of Washington School of Drama has announce its 2021-2022 public season, a season that will happen live and in-person in the beautiful Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse at UW.

Kentucky Opera Announces Brown-Forman 2021/22 Season
by Stephi Wild - Apr 14, 2021

Kentucky Opera has announced its Brown-Forman 2021/22 season highlighting community and artistic partners, as well as key themes of Faith, Justice and Family that resonated throughout Kentucky Opera’s 2020/21 virtual season.

Kentucky Opera Announces Brown-Forman 2020/21 Season Photo Kentucky Opera Announces Brown-Forman 2020/21 Season
by Stephi Wild - Jan 31, 2020

The 20/21 season begins with Kentucky Opera's second annual Open House at the Brown Theatre. This free-of-charge event on June 14 will feature fun for all ages with engaging activities, backstage tours, performances, and a peek at the upcoming season. On the mainstage, the opera continues to humanize the art form with three productions that celebrate the importance of friendship and community. In its second season, the Awakenings series will continue to partner with social service organizations to explore the connection of the operas' themes to our society today with arts-centered conversations. The Awakenings panel discussions are designed to open our eyes to the world around us by challenging tradition, questioning social narratives and inviting varied perspectives.

Showtunes Theatre Company Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary at Town Hall Photo Showtunes Theatre Company Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary at Town Hall
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 30, 2020

Showtunes Theatre Company produced its first musical in concert on January 22, 2000 at Town Hall in Seattle. That first show was Anyone Can Whistle, a Stephen Sondheim/Arthur Laurents cult favorite that showcased 30+ local performers and musicians and enjoyed a sold-out-one-night-only performance. Now, 20 years and one month to the day, Showtunes has produced 40 musicals in concert, multiple cabarets and special events produced in and around Seattle since January of 2000 on the very stage it all began - Town Hall Seattle.

BWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS at Arts West Is a Revolutionary Dream Fugue That Elici Photo BWW Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS at Arts West Is a Revolutionary Dream Fugue That Elicits Both a Chuckle and a Sigh.
by Kelly Rogers Flynt - Jan 20, 2020

THE REVOLUTIONISTS at ArtsWest is a revolutionary dream fugue of an implausible meeting of four great women during the French Revolution. They have individual battles and seek to better the world, yet find a way to support each other. Their imagined sisterhood is a fresh take on could happen if people work together and move beyond the stereotypes and labels that box us in. The show's tragi-comedy elicits both a chuckle and a sigh.

BWW 2019 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks) Photo BWW 2019 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)
by Jay Irwin - Jan 13, 2020

Oh my! What a year! We've seen bad-ass gospel singers, lost Jewish plays, mythical towns of excretion and even an octopus wrestler or two. No, those aren't allusions to the crazy theater going on in Washington D.C. but the crazy wonderful theater going on right here in the Seattle area. It was tough coming up with just one winner (or even just a few Honorable Mentions) but I managed to do it a?? for the most part. Plus, some shows that more of you should have seen. (Yes, that's me nagging you all, Dear Readers, to check out more of the smaller or obscure theaters around here.) But what it all comes down to is, we're blessed here in the Northwest with an over-abundance of theatrical riches and I'm so fortunate to be able to share some of my favorites of the year with you with the BWW 2019 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks). So, let's get started, shall we?

Full Cast Announced For THE REVOLUTIONISTS At ArtsWest Photo Full Cast Announced For THE REVOLUTIONISTS At ArtsWest
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 27, 2019

Starting off the new year, ArtsWest will stage the THE REVOLUTIONISTS, by Lauren Gunderson- a fearless comedy about a sisterhood of heroes, re-writing their stories amidst the French Revolution. Performances will run January 16, Thursday through Sunday, until February 9.                                                                        

BWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's THE THANKSGIVING PLAY Brings the 'Woke' Laughs Photo BWW Review: Seattle Public Theater's THE THANKSGIVING PLAY Brings the 'Woke' Laughs
by Jay Irwin - Oct 20, 2019

We all know that person, be it friend or co-worker or maybe you ARE that person, who's just a little too PC and a bit too a?oewokea??. They're the first one's to jump on your when you're being culturally insensitive as they see it as their duty to make the world as a?oewokea?? as them. Well now with Larissa Fasthorse's a?oeThe Thanksgiving Playa?? currently being offered from Seattle Public Theater, we can finally laugh in that person's face. Or if you are that person, maybe you can find some moments to laugh at yourself.

BWW Review: The Beauty Is LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA from Showtunes Photo BWW Review: The Beauty Is LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA from Showtunes
by Jay Irwin - Sep 16, 2019

Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel's soaring romantic and tragic musical a?oeLight in the Piazzaa?? is not often tackled a?? thank the theater Gods. I'm not saying it's bad by any stretch of the imagination, it's just that I'd hate to see every small company, without the resources to handle it well, take it on. Fortunately, they've built in a few traps that may dissuade. First off, it's not your typical, rollicking musical with songs you'll be singing after. Second, there's all that Italian that your cast needs to learn and deliver authentically. And finally, it's some tough music. It needs to be done by insanely talented professionals who can handle these beautiful melodies that fly up into the rafters (often in Italian) as well as the heartfelt story. Enter Showtunes Theatre as they begin their 20th season, who routinely gather together the cream of the crop of Seattle artists for just a few weekends, books in hand, and you'll find yourself gifted with the mind-blowingly gorgeous evening that is their current production of a?oeLight in the Piazzaa??.

Showtunes Presents THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA In Concert At The Cornish Playhouse Photo Showtunes Presents THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA In Concert At The Cornish Playhouse
by Julie Musbach - Aug 20, 2019

For the opener of its 20th Anniversary Season, Showtunes is bringing this legendary work home to the theatre where it began. Join them as The Light in the Piazza returns to Seattle in one of the biggest concerts ever, featuring the full, Broadway orchestration.

Seattle Opera Presents RIGOLETTO Photo Seattle Opera Presents RIGOLETTO
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 1, 2019

For years, Lindy Hume, stage director of Seattle Opera's August production of Rigoletto, has been frustrated by the way opera celebrates misogyny through its ‚Äúbad boy‚ÄĚ characters. In beloved works such as Don Giovanni, Carmen, and Tosca, sopranos must rehearse how to fall, how to be stabbed, brutalized, and thrown across the room, behaviors they would never accept in real life.

AS YOU LIKE IT Starts April 23 At Seattle Shakespeare Photo AS YOU LIKE IT Starts April 23 At Seattle Shakespeare
by A.A. Cristi - 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.

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.

BWW Review: Seattle Public's World Premiere FIRE SEASON Crackles with Honest Vulnerab Photo BWW 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.

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.

BWW 2018 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks) Photo 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).

University of Washington School of Drama Announces Fall Productions Photo University of Washington School of Drama Announces Fall Productions
by A.A. Cristi - 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.

Seattle Public Theater Names The Price Of Ambition In FADE Photo Seattle Public Theater Names The Price Of Ambition In FADE
by Julie Musbach - 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.

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Seattle Opera's O+E Photo Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Seattle Opera's O+E
by A.A. Cristi - 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. 

The University of Washington School of Drama Announces 2018 - 2019 Season Photo The University of Washington School of Drama Announces 2018 - 2019 Season
by A.A. Cristi - 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.

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