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BWW Review: Seattle Children's Theatre's BLACK BEAUTY Lacks an Arc Photo BWW Review: Seattle Children's Theatre's BLACK BEAUTY Lacks an Arc
by Jay Irwin - Sep 28, 2019

When putting up a show for Children's Theatre, one of the main things you need to concern yourself with is how are the adults doing watching your show. The kids may be having a great time but if there's nothing for the adults who brought the kids to latch onto, then they might not bring the kids back next time. Seattle Children's Theatre usually has that covered with some wonderful performances and artistry. And while their current production of a?oeBlack Beautya?? certainly looked great with some fantastic puppets from Annett Mateo, the story lacked much of an arc and, at least for this adult, failed to thrill.

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.

BWW Review: ACT's Near Perfect ROMEO + JULIET is the One We've Been Waiting For Photo BWW Review: ACT's Near Perfect ROMEO + JULIET is the One We've Been Waiting For
by Jay Irwin - Mar 9, 2019

Over the years, Dear Readers, I've seen many productions of Shakespeare's oft-produced tragedy 'Romeo + Juliet'. So many productions from so many levels of professionalism with so many different takes on how to tell the story. And to be honest, only one of them even came close to bringing the story of the star-crossed lovers to life. That is until now. ACT's current production with its vibrant staging and top-notch cast incorporating Deaf and hearing actors using American Sign Language in conjunction with the Shakespearean text has created a new standard by which all other R+J's must be judged from here on.

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 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.

TWO TRAINS RUNNING Extends at Arena Stage Photo TWO TRAINS RUNNING Extends at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2018

August Wilson's masterpiece drama on the civil rights movement, Two Trains Running, will receive an additional five performances during its run at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Under the direction of Juliette Carrillo and in a co-production with Seattle Repertory Theatre, Two Trains Running now plays through May 6, 2018 on the Fichandler Stage.

Arena Stage Announces Full Cast for TWO TRAINS RUNNING Photo Arena Stage Announces Full Cast for TWO TRAINS RUNNING
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2018

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company for August Wilson's quintessential epic drama Two Trains Running. Confronted with a rapidly changing world in the wake of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the looming demolition of Memphis Lee's diner, Memphis and his regular customers struggle to maintain their solidarity and sense of pride.

THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM 1963 to Get West Coast Premiere Photo THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM 1963 to Get West Coast Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2018

Black History Month is a prime time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in Memphis, TN. What better way to honor this historical event than by attending the West Coast Premier theatrical production of The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963. This is a play Adapted by Reginald Andre Jackson. Based on the Newberry and Coretta Scott King Honor Book novel by Christopher Paul Curtis.  This Comedy/Drama production is an All The Way West Productions, Inc. with Harry Jones, Jr. as producer and making her directorial debut, Bernadette Speakes.  

So Cal Premiere of BUD, NOT BUDDY Comes to La Mirada Theatre Photo So Cal Premiere of BUD, NOT BUDDY Comes to La Mirada Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2018

Phantom Projects Theatre Group will present the Southern California Premiere of Bud, Not Buddy, a heartwarming play for the entire family set in Michigan during the Great Depression. Based on the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel, the story follows the adventures of Bud, a young boy whose search for his father sets him off on journey that leads him to a new, deeper, understanding of 'family.' Directed by Timothy P. Thorn, Bud, Not Buddy performs at 10am, 12:30pm and 7pm, one day only: February 22, 2018 at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.

BWW Review: Seattle Rep's TWO TRAINS RUNNING Undercut with Quiet Strength Photo BWW Review: Seattle Rep's TWO TRAINS RUNNING Undercut with Quiet Strength
by Jay Irwin - Jan 18, 2018

The Seattle Rep, fortunately for all of us, has long held a special relationship with the works of August Wilson. They're one of the few theaters in the country to have done his entire Century Cycle sometimes premiering those plays as was the case with 'Two Trains Running' which they produced back in 1991 and have brought back to us this season. And as always, Wilson's plays still resonate and the Rep, this time in conjunction with Arena Stage, continues to present them with tons of honesty and heart.

Seattle Rep's TWO TRAINS RUNNING Opens Tonight Photo Seattle Rep's TWO TRAINS RUNNING Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

Seattle Repertory Theatre today announced the full ensemble cast of Two Trains Running, August Wilson's slice-of-life portrait of a defining moment in American history.

Photo Flash: Seattle Rep Stages TWO TRAINS RUNNING Photo Photo Flash: Seattle Rep Stages TWO TRAINS RUNNING
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2018

With great excitement, Seattle Repertory Theatre kicks off 2018 with its production of August Wilson's poetic masterpiece, Two Trains Running. A cast of seven-Eugene Lee (Memphis Lee), Nicole Lewis (Risa), William Hall Jr. (West), Carlton Byrd (Sterling), Reginald Andre Jackson (Wolf), David Emerson Toney (Holloway), and Frank Riley III (Hambone)-portray the denizens of a Pittsburgh diner who are all reckoning with a revolutionary time in history - the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING Takes the Stage at Seattle Rep Photo August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING Takes the Stage at Seattle Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2018

With great excitement, Seattle Repertory Theatre kicks off 2018 with its production of August Wilson's poetic masterpiece, Two Trains Running. A cast of seven-Eugene Lee (Memphis Lee), Nicole Lewis (Risa), William Hall Jr. (West), Carlton Byrd (Sterling),Reginald Andre Jackson (Wolf), David Emerson Toney (Holloway), and Frank Riley III(Hambone)-portray the denizens of a Pittsburgh diner who are all reckoning with a revolutionary time in history - the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s

Cast Complete for August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING at Seattle Rep Photo Cast Complete for August Wilson's TWO TRAINS RUNNING at Seattle Rep
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2017

Seattle Repertory Theatre today announced the full ensemble cast of Two Trains Running, August Wilson's slice-of-life portrait of a defining moment in American history.

BWW Review: Et Tu, Brute? is Comme Ci Comme Ça with Seattle Shakespeare Company's JU Photo BWW Review: Et Tu, Brute? is Comme Ci Comme Ça with Seattle Shakespeare Company's JULIUS CAESAR
by Amelia Reynolds - Sep 20, 2017

This rendition of Julius Caesar by the Seattle Shakespeare Company will offer a few surprises. It is a streamlined production with a race and gender-diverse cast. With no clear-cut villains and heroes, this epic tale of political savagery has an engaging narrative. But when said savagery feels tepid, hiccups are more conspicuous, leaving audience members recalling the bad, rather than the good. Now performing at the Cornish Playhouse, Julius Caesar gets the job done, but it's problematic.

Reginald Andre Jackson Stars in a Dynamic Staging of HAMLET
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Director Robin Lynn Smith and a seasoned company including Seattle theatre veterans Reginald Andre Jacskon (Hamlet), Mary Ewald (Gertrude), Sunam Ellis (Horatio), Shawn Belyea (Claudius) and Peter Dylan O'Connor (Laertes) brings HAMLET to stirring life with live music composted by Kultur Shock member Srdjan "Gino" Yevdjevich and movement by Butoh dancer Vanessa Skantze.

BWW Review: Intiman's Seething STICK FLY Feels Clunky
by Jay Irwin - Jun 2, 2016

One of the reasons we love a good family drama is it appeals to that voyeur in us all. We love to peek inside someone else's world and see how it compares to our own. But as chaotic and messy as those lives may be they still speak more eloquently and at just the right moments than we could, being scripted and all. And while peeking in on the secrets and lies of the LeVay family in Lydia R. Diamond's “Sticky Fly”, now playing as part of the Intiman Theatre Festival, may be powerful and evocative it also lacked some of that ordered chaos as much of the pacing of the play and the timing of it all felt clunky and unfocused.

Mirror Stage's 11th Season to Launch with AN ISSUE OF BLOOD
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2015

Sponsored in part by 4Culture, the 2015-16 season of Mirror Stage's popular Feed Your Mind staged reading series traces commences with An Issue of Blood by Marcus Gardley, on October 24 & 25, 2015 at the Ethnic Cultural Theatre in Seattle's University District. Directed by Suzanne M. Cohen, Feed Your Mind: An Issue of Blood features Marlette Buchanan, Ian Fraser, Reginald Andre Jackson, Pilar O'Connell, Shaunyce Omar, and Tyler Trerise.

Seattle Shakespeare to Put on Cyrano's Famous Nose
by Robbie Wachs - Feb 28, 2006