Theatre

REVIEW: The Gin Game
At first glance, The Gin Game seems to have everything working against its success. The play features only two characters interacting within an old folks’ home with the action happening around a fold-up card table. Watching two seniors playing cards doesn’t sound like much to get excited about, but this Pulitzer Prize-winning play is full of surprises. Read More>>>

REVIEW: Mamma Mia!
he current 5th Avenue Theatre production is the first in the Northwest to receive the rights to create its own refreshed version of the show. Many of us are only familiar with the film version, and for those, just know that this is a lot better. Mamma Mia is different from a lot of traditional musicals in that all of the music comes from the pop rock group ABBA music library of hit tunes. There’s not a bit of new music added to the show and ABBA fans couldn’t be more satisfied. Read More>>>

REVIEW: Camping with Henry and Tom 
Taproot Theatre has opened its 2018 season with Mark St. Germain’s clever Camping with Henry and Tom. Like last year’s production of Relativity, also by Germain, Camping with Henry and Tom is a “what if” story based on a real event with real flawed people, but their conversations have been reimagined. Here, the story is about auto manufacture Henry Ford, inventor Thomas Edison and President Warren G. Harding who find themselves lost in the woods while on a camping trip in Licking Creek, Maryland. Read More>>>

Win $10 Tickets to Hamilton
Paramount Theatre - Feb. 6 - Mar. 18, 2018

Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. Read More>>> 

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Seattle Repertory Theatre – Feb. 23 – Mar. 18, 2018
"From Imperial Russia to the streets of the Lower East Side, actor and pianist Hershey Felder takes us on a journey through "America's Composer" Irving Berlin’s incredible and fascinating life. Featuring Berlin’s most enduring tunes including 'God Bless America' and 'White Christmas,' this musical portrait is an uplifting immigrant tale that breathes new life into the American dream."

The Gin Game
Village Theatre – Mar. 2-25, 2018 (Everett)
"Snappy dialogue and quick wit crackle in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play that was called, “the closest thing the theatre offers to a duel at 10 paces” by The New York Times. Meet Weller and Fonsia, two strangers who are about to enter into a seemingly harmless game of Gin Rummy. But when Fonsia goes on an instant winning streak, tensions build within their new friendship and the conversation starts to get personal. The Gin Game is full of humor, spirit, and more than a touch of warfare."

Naked Mole Rate Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience
Seattle Children’s Theatre – Mar. 22 – May 13, 2018
"Emmy winner and Caldecott honoree Mo Willems is back, once again teaming up with Deborah Wicks La Puma for this world premiere, rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza. Grab your friends and watch as Wilbur, a clothes-loving mole rat with exceptional style, navigates the pressure to be just like everyone else. With tail-shaking tunes, empowering messages of individuality, and classic Mo Willems humor, this musical is sure to rock audiences of all ages."

Ride the Cyclone
ACT Theatre – Mar. 9 – May 20, 2018
"At 8:17 PM, the Saint Cassian High School Chamber Choir will board the Cyclone roller coaster. At 8:19, the front axle will break, sending them to their tragic demise. Trapped in fantastical carnival-like purgatory, the recently deceased teens tell their stories of life. This wonderfully weird story is at every turn satirical, macabre, creepy, campy and hilarious."


The Lamp is the Moon
Seattle Children’s Theatre – Apr. 12 – May 20, 2018
"Meet Shawn, a bright young girl with a head full of science and imagination, which makes naptimes particularly difficult. Today it’s her friend, Lamp, that despite having no cord and no bulb, triggers a wide awake adventure when it reveals its greatest dream is to learn to fly and become the moon. Launch into a voyage fit for mission control as Shawn and her lamp, with the guidance of the audience, escape another naptime and blast into space."

String
Village Theatre – Mar. 15-Apr. 22, 2018 (Issaquah)
"A brand-new story with a mythological twist, this world premiere musical is a fun and fresh fable about fate, love, and the wonders of chocolate. On a mountaintop high over ancient Greece, three sisters – goddesses known as the Greek Fates – are responsible for spinning, measuring, and snipping the String of Life. After falling out of favor with Zeus, they find themselves banished to a modern skyscraper in the mortal world. But when the eldest sister falls in love, the very fabric of the universe begins to unravel."

Crowns
Taproot Theatre Company – Mar. 21 – Apr. 21, 2018
"Gospel music and storytelling come together to surprise, delight and remind us all of the unique and diverse ways we express ourselves. When a young woman from Brooklyn struggles to find her place in the world, she is surrounded by a community of women that transcend place and time to infuse her with stories of faith, fortitude and pride."

The Great Leap
Seattle Repertory Theatre – Mar. 23 – Apr. 22, 2018
"China, 1971. The Communist Cultural Revolution is in full swing. San Francisco, 1989. The city by the bay is on the brink of a cultural revolution of its own. The name of the game is basketball. Beijing University’s Coach Wen Chang is the quiet, efficient Tim Duncan-esque Party supporter, and Manford is a young, sparky kid from SF's Chinatown, vertically challenged, yet graced with undeniable baller skill. As the story leaps back and forth in time, Wen Chang and Manford play the game, facing unimaginable cultural barriers and as they circle ever closer to one another, an undeniable truth is revealed: Sometimes there's more to life than making the shot."

Twilight Zone UnScripted
Impro Theatre - Mar. 24, 2018

From the darkest corners of reality to the land of the unexplained, Impro Theatre’s Twilight Zone UnScripted is a complete improvised show in the style of the classic ‘60s sci-fi gems. Using little more than their razor-sharp imaginations, quick wits and audience suggestions, this show's talented performers will create an improvised parody in the style of the unforgettably mind-bending and classic television hit. Step into the Pantages Theater each for a hilarious night of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas created in an instant. Read More >>>

Kiss Me, Kate
5th Avenue Theatre – Apr. 6 – 29, 2018
"A play-within-a-play inspired by William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, Kiss Me, Kate is a true battle of the sexes. A leading man and his diva ex-wife are starring in a production of the Bard's play where combat and romance abound, both on stage and off. Kiss Me, Kate is a multi-Tony Award-winning Cole Porter masterpiece, celebrating its 70th anniversary."

The Wolves
ACT Theatre - Apr. 20 - May 13, 2018
"Big questions are asked and tiny battles are waged with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. "...a delightful meditation on society, sex, and soccer...DeLappe's dialogue is hilarious and idiosyncratic, moving swiftly from gross-out humor to pain. Ninety minutes in a smart, sympathetic, female world," The Village Voice."


String

Village Theatre – Apr. 27 – May 20, 2018 (Everett)

"A brand-new story with a mythological twist, this World Premiere musical is a fun and fresh fable about fate, love, and the wonders of chocolate. On a mountaintop high over ancient Greece, three sisters – goddesses known as the Greek Fates – are responsible for spinning, measuring, and snipping the String of Life. After falling out of favor with Zeus, they find themselves banished to a modern skyscraper in the mortal world. But when the eldest sister falls in love, the very fabric of the universe begins to unravel. String takes a charming new look at the imperfections that make us human."

Familiar
Seattle Repertory Theatre – Apr. 27 – May 20, 2018
"In wintry Minnesota, the Chinyaramwira family is getting ready for the marriage of their eldest daughter, but when the bride wants to observe a traditional Zimbabwean custom for her wedding, deep-seated tensions arise. Adding fuel to the flames, unexpected family guests turn up revealing uninvited secrets. Written by Tony-nominated Danai Gurira, Familiar focuses a lens on the messy, hilarious, spirited dynamic of a modern first-generation Zimbabwean American family, revealing the layers of complexities rooted in the search for a sense of belonging.

Hairspray
Village Thatre – May 10 – July 1, 2018 (Issaquah)
"This all-new stage production will be bursting with Village Theatre’s unique flair, as Hairspray gives new meaning to BIG entertainment. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger dream: to dance her way onto national TV, dethrone the reigning teen queen, win the affections of the local heartthrob, and integrate a TV network... all without denting her 'do! The Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning Best Musical teaches us to look past skin color and size in the fight for equal rights."

Lady Windermere’s Fan
Taproot Theatre Company – May 16 – Jun 16, 2018
"It’s the party of the social season, but instead of celebrating, Lady Windermere suspects her husband is having an affair with a mysterious and beautiful stranger. As rumors swirl and secrets are revealed, the Windermeres’ lives are upended and threatened to end in disgrace. This comedy classic from Oscar Wilde will charm you with its cleverness and wit."

Mac Beth
Seattle Repertory Theatre – May 18 – Jun. 17, 2018
In playwright/director Erica Schmidt’s innovative adaptation, seven young women gather after school to re-tell the story of Macbeth, Shakespeare’s epic tragedy about the corrosive effects of ambition. Witches, ghosts, and prophecies drive this dark tale of a Scottish general who believes he is destined to be King of Scotland. And as the girls immerse themselves further and further in this infamous tragedy, the line between real life and bloody fantasy becomes increasingly blurred…

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
5th Avenue Theatre – Jun. 1-24, 2018
"A glorious retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic masterpiece, this powerful tale of love, faith and prejudice will leave you utterly spellbound. The Hunchback of Notre Dame features songs from the Disney animated feature, with new music from legendary composers Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Newsies) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell and Pippin)."

Until the Flood
ACT Theatre - Jun. 8 - Jul. 8, 2018

The latest work by award-winning playwright, performer and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Dael Orlandersmith focuses on the social unrest following the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. This one-act, one-woman drama surrounds eight composite characters from the St. Louis region, examining the issues of race and social unrest from a variety of perspectives.

Hairspray
Village Thatre – July 6 – 29, 2018 (Everett)
"This all-new stage production will be bursting with Village Theatre’s unique flair, as Hairspray gives new meaning to BIG entertainment. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger dream: to dance her way onto national TV, dethrone the reigning teen queen, win the affections of the local heartthrob, and integrate a TV network... all without denting her 'do! The Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning Best Musical teaches us to look past skin color and size in the fight for equal rights."

Sweet Land
Taproot Theatre Company – Jul. 11 – Aug. 18, 2018
"In this sweeping musical that soars like the Minnesota skies, a young German woman crosses the sea to marry a man she’s never met. What should be their happy ending is met with suspicion and prejudice as friends and neighbors abandon them. But when hardship befalls the community, Inge and Olaf sacrifice everything to save their friends."

Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
ACT Theatre – Jul. 20 – Aug. 12, 2018

"With her hair bigger than ever, Lauren Weedman (and her alter ego Tami Lisa) and her fine band are ready to take you on a journey of heartbreak, laughter and fresh starts. “While the plot of the show centers on the issues of being betrayed and getting divorced, the themes are applicable to most anyone, for example, discovering who you really are, or finding yourself alone, or perhaps realizing that you're not who you thought you were. This universality is what makes Lauren Weedman's brand of comedy / performance so funny and so emotional. Whoever you are and whatever your life has been like, I'm betting you'll find something in this show that hits close to home.” – Broadway World

Skylight
ACT Theatre – Sep. 7 – 30, 2018

"A man and woman reunite after several years apart. Is the gap between them unbridgeable, or can they resurrect their relationship? An intensely clear-sighted, complex, and thought-provoking drama about power, politics, and a love affair."

Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville
Taproot Theatre Company – Sep. 12 – Oct. 13, 2018

"Sherlock Holmes is back and searching for clues to explain a mysterious death on a haunted moor. Five fearless actors conjure over 35 characters to deliver laughter and chills in this dizzyingly inventive adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Bite your nails and howl with delight as Holmes and Watson face their most diabolical case ever."

OSLO
ACT Theatre – Oct. 12 – Nov. 11, 2018

"OSLO tells the true—albeit little known—story of Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, Terje Rød-Larsen, who together coordinated top-secret peace negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat in the early 1990s. Their efforts culminated in the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. A deeply personal story set against the background of a high stakes political thriller about the individuals behind world history and their all-too-human ambitions."


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