Theatre

REVIEW: 'Relativity' at Taproot Theatre

Mark St. Germain’s play, Relativity brings a unique theatrical experience to Taproot Theatre about the life of Albert Einstein with themes of public vs. private, genius vs. eccentric and good vs. great. Though “relatively” short, this play tackles a lot of ground that is sometimes comedic, sometimes heartbreaking but wholly thought-provoking. Based on real history events based of the life of Einstein, Relativity is actually a fictional tale of “what if.” History books share information about Einstein’s two sons and one daughter who was born in 1902. However, there is no mention of her after 1904 leaving many to speculate what happened to the girl. Did she die? Was she given up for adoption? Read More>>>

REVIEW: 'Into the Woods' at Village Theatre

While a cursory glance of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods may appear to be nothing more than a musical comedy featuring a mashup of fairy tale characters, by the end, you’ll realize that there is a lot more to this story. Its messages are deceptively deep and though I knew going into it that this production had some dark undertones, I had no idea. And just because the play features Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood doesn’t mean that this production is one for the kids. Well, maybe if you left after Act One. Read More>>>

Disney’s Newsies
Village Theatre – Nov. 9 – Dec. 31, 2017 (Issaquah)
"This high-energy Disney musical combines Broadway-caliber entertainment with the story and tunes from the beloved cult-classic film. 'Seize the Day' with the newsboys of New York as they become unlikely heroes and stand up for what’s right in this Tony Award-winning and Grammy-nominated hit full of classic Disney magic and theatricality."

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Seattle Children’s Theatre – Nov. 9 – Dec. 31, 2017
"Mr. and Mrs. Popper are an ordinary couple in an ordinary English town…until some extraordinary Antarctic penguins come to stay! Lighting up the stage with song and dance, these birds possess talents rivaling the best of vaudeville. Delight in imaginative storytelling, hilarious puppetry and charming musical numbers as these talented creatures warm their way into your heart, taking you and the Poppers on an unpredictable, toe-tapping adventure."

The Humans
Seattle Repertory Theatre – Nov. 17 – Dec. 17, 2017
"Stephen Karam’s The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play."

A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration
Taproot Theatre Company – Nov. 22 – Dec. 30, 2017
"It’s a bitterly cold Christmas Eve on the banks of the Potomac River where the lives of abolitionists, assassins, soldiers, enslaved and free are woven together in an American tapestry. In their darkest hour, when peace seems impossible, the promise of Christmas breaks through despair in this musical celebration of compassion and hope by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel."

A Christmas Carol
ACT Theatre – Nov. 24 – Dec. 28, 2017
"Join ACT for a Seattle tradition: a ripping good telling of the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly businessman who requires the intervention of a few spectral guides to understand the true meaning of Christmas and life. Well over a century after its writing, Dickens' classic tale of hope and redemption continues to remind us what's really worth celebrating—at the holidays, or any time!"

Irving Berlins Holiday Inn
5th Avenue Theatre – Nov. 24 – Dec. 31, 2017
"The West Coast Premiere of this recent Broadway hit! Holiday Inn is a wonderful new musical inspired by the Oscar-winning film featuring lavish sets and costumes, spectacular choreography and 20 Irving Berlin songs. This is a heartwarming treat, sure to put your whole family in the best of holiday spirits."

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Taproot Theatre Company – Nov. 30 – Dec. 27, 2017
Based on the favorite TV special by Charles M. Schulz, this production brings Charlie, Snoopy and all their friends to life in a show that just the right length for little ones - but big "kids" will love it too.

Disney’s Newsies
Village Theatre – Jan. 5 – 28, 2018 (Everett)
"This high-energy Disney musical combines Broadway-caliber entertainment with the story and tunes from the beloved cult-classic film. 'Seize the Day' with the newsboys of New York as they become unlikely heroes and stand up for what’s right in this Tony Award-winning and Grammy-nominated hit full of classic Disney magic and theatricality."

The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long
5th Avenue Theatre – Jan. 5 – 7, 2018
"The 5th Avenue Theatre will be turned into a movie palace for one weekend only to screen the musical that made Julie Andrews famous! Even better, this version of The Sound of Music comes complete with subtitles so everyone can sing along. We'll have popcorn and goodie bags available and if you come dressed as your favorite character from the film, you can compete for prizes in the costume competition before the show."

Two Trains Running
Seattle Repertory Theatre – Jan. 12 – Feb. 11, 2018
"There’s a new President in the White House, and racial tensions are on the rise. No, it’s not 2017, it’s 1969. At a critical moment in the civil rights movement, Memphis is forced to consider selling his restaurant to the city of Pittsburgh as urban planning eats away at his beloved neighborhood. Featuring a captivating slice-of-lice cast of characters, Two Trains Running is celebrated playwright August Wilson’s portrait of a defining moment in American history."

The Gin Game
Village Theatre – Jan. 18 – Feb. 25, 2018 (Issaquah)
"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."

The Little Prince
Seattle Children’s Theatre – Jan. 18 – Mar. 4, 2018
"In the middle of the Sahara Desert, a stranded aviator meets the Little Prince, a young boy from a small, faraway asteroid, and a dreamlike journey unfolds across a universe. A rose, a sheep, and an array of unusual adults on their own small planets spark wonder. Adapted from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry classic novella, this treasured tale reminds us of the power of innocence and boundless love."

Camping with Henry and Tom
Taproot Theatre Company – Jan. 24 – Feb. 24, 2018
"Inspired by a real event – three titans of history find themselves stranded in the woods while on a camping trip in Maryland. Fact and fiction collide for Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Warren G. Harding as they try to kill time without killing each other in this comedic and dramatic clash of wits and wills."

Mamma Mia!
5th Avenue Theatre – Feb. 2 – 25, 2018
"The smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA. A brand new, original version of the famed piece that has wowed audiences worldwide. On the Greek island of Kalokairi, Sophie is preparing to marry her fiance, Sky. She wants her father to walk her down the aisle but doesn't know who he is. She discovers her mother's old diary and finds entries describing intimate dates with three men. Surely one of these men is her father. On the day before Sophie's wedding, her mother begins receiving guests at her taverna, and so the story begins."

Ibsen in Chicago
Seattle Repertory Theatre – Feb. 2 – Mar. 4, 2018
"In 1882, an unlikely ensemble of scrappy Scandinavian immigrants converge to put on a play in Boomtown Chicago. As this ragtag group of new Americans rehearse a controversial new play written by their fellow countryman Henrik Ibsen, their various enmities and misunderstandings take on vaudevillian proportions. Bricklayer turned impresario Henning Folden has a chance to fulfill a dream, but first he has to keep the real world at bay and get his cast to opening night in this world premiere comedy."

The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559
Seattle Children’s Theatre – Feb. 8 – Mar. 4, 2018
"Witness the story of 12-year-old Ben Uchida, a Japanese-American boy whose life is changed forever following the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor. When the U.S. government forces Japanese-American citizens into internment camps, Ben and his family must face difficult truths about the idea of home. One young person’s struggle to understand a society allowing mass discrimination against its citizens poses questions as urgent today as they were in the past."

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."

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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