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  • Jennifer Hodges as Mistress Ford and John Ellis as Falstaff in BPA's production of "Merry Wives."

    Bainbridge Performing Arts' 'Merry Wives of Windsor' a well-staged delight

    Once a year Bainbridge Performing Arts takes its show outside for a spot of The Bard of Avon. Their annual foray to the Island's Bloedel Reserve is a much-anticipated summer event. The whole thing feels like theater the way it ought to be experienced. Warm weather, (At least at the beginning. This...
  • Isaiah Parker and the ensemble cast of Tacoma Musical Playhouse's "The Little Mermaid."

    Tacoma Musical Playhouse creates high-flying 'Little Mermaid'

    "The Little Mermaid" was a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen way back in 1837. Its timelessness only grows as a new generation of children learns the story of Ariel, Ursula, her Prince and true love across the barrier of land and sea. Of course, children today get it not from Andersen's...
  • "Thoroughly Modern Millie" continues through July 8.

    Paradise Theatre's "Thoroughly Modern Millie" works on many levels

    "Thoroughly Modern Millie" is that rarest of live theater productions that is based on a movie, rather than the other way around. While the Julie Andrews starred movie is loosely based on the British musical, Chrysanthemum, the play is a wholly owned subsidiary of the 1967 film. It tells the story...
  • "One Man Two Guvnors" continues through June 25.

    'One Man Two Guvnors' a strange and wacky wonder at Bremerton Community Theatre

    "One Man, Two Guvnors" is an English adaptation of the Italian Servant of Two Masters. Written 33 years before the American Revolution it is an example of "Commedia dell'arte," which is considered the forefather of modern comedic acting.  Bremerton Community Theatre continues it's run of this show...
  • "Hairspray" continues through June 17

    'Hairspray' is an inclusive gem from Auburn Community Players

    "Hairspray" was first a John Waters movie, released in 1988. Later, as a 2003 Broadway and London play, it was seen by tens of thousands over a seven-year run, breaking the West End record for Laurence Olivier Awards. The story works on every level from nostalgia to contemporary race and ethnic...
  • Hallie (Jill Heinecke) & Foster (Jacob Tice) in TLT's production of "The man Who Shot Liberty Valance."

    Gripping 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' at Tacoma Little Theatre

    What is the Great American Western? Perhaps it was "How the West Was Won," "Stagecoach" or "Wagon Train." Even that list only scratches the surface of the possible answers. Every lover of the genre has a favorite. The above list has one thing in common. All were directed by John Ford. A movie that...
  • The Ensemble Cast from the Lakewood Playhouse Production of "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE"

    'Pirates of Penzance' frolic closes Lakewood Playhouse's 78th season

    There was no such thing as crack cocaine in 1879 when Gilbert and Sullivan wrote "The Pirates of Penzance." Apparently, the two boys pulled the comedy out of lucid minds. One would like to take a trip through minds of that sort. It would be like Monty Python in the age of Queen Victoria. "Pirates...
  • "Talking With...continues through  May 27

    'Talking With...' brings intensity to Changing Scene Theatre Northwest

    Jane Martin wrote "Talking With..." in 1982. Originally performed at the Manhattan Theatre Club, the show has since been showcased in theaters all over the world. It is a series of monologues, 11 in all, told by women with each monologue shedding light on a secret journey taken by each character...
  • "Forever Plaid" continues through  May 21.

    Forever Plaid a throwback joy at Bremerton Community Theatre

    Bremerton Community Theatre made its South Sound Critics' Association family of theaters debut this weekend with its production of "Forever Plaid." An hour and a half of songs the Mother's Day honored guests would remember became a musical and comedy pleasure to behold. "Forever Plaid" continues...
  • Jason Gingold leads the Bainbridge Performing Arts ensemble in the Alabama Stomp.

    'Big Fish' a beautifully told, sad tale at Bainbridge Performing Arts

    Bainbridge Performing Arts will always put together some of the most entertaining shows around. Each BPA show is much-anticipated both critically and amongst the theater-loving public. This weekend, they opened "Big Fish." Half fantasy and half family/relationship drama it left its audience wrung...
  • The singing nuns of "Sister Act the Musical" at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

    'Sister Act,' a holy roller at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

    When Whoopie Goldberg's "Sister Act" debuted on the screen in 1992 it became an instant hit! The chase-laden and torch singer in a nunnery storyline was entertaining, but not the reason for the movie's success. Whoopie made the movie hum. Her co-stars made it flow. The music made the movie rock and...
  • TMP announced its 2017/18 season Sunday night.

    Tacoma Musical Playhouse announces movie-based 2017-18 season

    Fans of cinema and of live community theater will have a reason to coalesce at Tacoma Musical Playhouse over the course of the next year. As announced Sunday night by Managing Artistic Director Jon Douglas Rake the 2017-18 TMP Mainstage season will be a celebration of plays with movie tie-ins. Each...
  • "Fancy Nancy" continues through April 30.

    TMP Family Theater rings an amusing bell with 'Fancy Nancy

    Tacoma Musical Playhouse produces a season's worth of mainstage entertainment each and every year. Simultaneously, the TMP Family Theater wing of TMP creates a delightful series of shows under the umbrella of Theater for Young Audiences. The latest entry from TMP Family Theater is "Fancy Nancy...
  • Connie (Carol Richmond), Millie (Shelleigh-Mairi Ferguson) & Leona (Sharry O'Hare) in Tacoma Little Theatre's "Exit Laughing"

    Tacoma Little Theatre lights up the night with hilarious 'Exit Laughing'

    It isn't likely that the leadership of the three major Tacoma-area community theater groups had this conversation. The various Managing Artistic Directors didn't say over drinks, "I want to put on traditional epic-type sagas and extravaganzas," and "I want to go out-of-the-box," and "I want to...
  • The wooded setting of Bainbridge Performing Arts.

    Bainbridge Performing Arts releases exciting slate for 2017-2018

    The good folks on Bainbridge Island are spoiled. They live on a beautiful island that covers only 65.02 square miles. With a population of just 23,196 traffic is three cars at a stoplight (unless someone is trying to get on a Seattle-bound ferry.) The average per capita income for those who live on...
  • "Lend me a Tenor" continues at Paradise through May 6.

    Paradise Theatre's 'Lend Me a Tenor' a fun throwback comedy

    As one patron left the Paradise Theatre production of "Lend Me a Tenor" Saturday night she asked, "What is that called when there is a lot of door slamming and frantic running around?" The word she was looking for was "madcap." In the spirit of madcap comedy from a generation ago, Paradise's...
  • (L to R) Frank Robersts (Rosencrantz), Paul Richter (Guildenstern) and Nathan Rice (The Player) from the Lakewood Playhouse Production of "R

    Lakewood Playhouse's 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead' is deeply humorous

    Friday night, Lakewood Playhouse staged "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" to a truly appreciative Opening Night crowd. The show, featuring two minor characters from "Hamlet" wondering what their purpose in life is all about, is preceded by "The Fifteen Minute Hamlet." The pre-show serves to...
  • Aya Hashiguchi Clark as Madame Saint-Pe and Eric Ray Anderson as General Saint-Pe in Dukesbay's "The Waltz of the Toreadors."

    Dukesbay's "The Waltz of the Toreadors" is their best effort to date

    Dukesbay Productions exists as a space for actors, stage managers and directors of diverse ethnic backgrounds to find a creative home. On the way to that goal, they produce some of the most interesting and thought-provoking work in the area. "The Waltz of the Toreadors" opened Friday night. The show...
  • The 2017 AACTFest Regionals get underway March 31st in Boise.

    Two South Sound theaters travel to Boise for regional championships March 31-April 1.

    Earlier this month, three South Sound community theater groups competed in the semi-annual Washington State Community Theatre Association one-act show competition. It was a great three nights of live theater. All three local groups, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Little Theatre and Changing Scene...
  • Geoff Finney as Little Charles, Pete Benson as Bill, Ann Wilkinson Ellis as Barbara, Melissa Fenwick as Ivy, Barbara Deering as Violet, Jenn

    Bainbridge Performing Arts stages powerhouse 'August: Osage County'

    Playwright Tracy Letts has some impressive productions on his resume'. As an actor, he performed admirably in seasons one and two of "Homeland." He wrote "Killer Joe." and adapted it later into a memorable movie vehicle for Matthew McConaguhey. It is "August: Osage County," though, of which Mr...
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