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Mark Twain’s long-lost farce loud enough to wake the dead

Replete with artistic puns and a healthy dose of cynicism, Mark Twain’s recently rediscovered two-act play Is He Dead? — now onstage at Theater Schmeater  —…

‘Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam’: A haunting indictment of American otherness

In popular American culture, the experience of the Vietnamese people during and after the Vietnam War is represented marginally at best, as actor Trieu Tran observes…

A deeply offensive Helen Keller remake just might save Intiman

The pink placard above the stage of Miracle!, which opened at Intiman on July 14, says it all: “The play you are about to see is…

Lewis Black’s new play: More than just ‘One Slight Hitch’

  The year is 1981. Reagan is in the White House and, for 16-year-old Republican P.B. Coleman (Katherine Grant-Suttie), hope is in the Ohio air.…

The allure of bad boys with guns

There’s a certain kind of woman who’s powerfully attracted to guns and the bad boys who like to play with them. They have a strange…

A charming dog does not a good play make

A play that opens with the sound of heavy panting coming from the darkened stage is bound to be intriguing. Narrated by a dog, Book-It’s…

Seattle Children’s Theatre debuts a surprisingly mature Beatles story

Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who have never heard of The Beatles; thousands of them in the Seattle area alone.…

Musical genius verges on maniacal in new Eastside play

For an artist, perhaps the worst fate isn’t the antipathy of critics or the hostility of the public. It’s the awareness that one’s work is…

Hold the romance: A play about women turns on a friendship

Sometimes the most impassioned and life-changing relationship in a woman’s life isn’t a romantic one. It is a friendship. Lark Eden, now on stage at…

New musical upends the traditional marriage plot

Perhaps the most significant thing I took away from It Shoulda Been You, the possibly Broadway-bound new musical currently on stage at Village Theatre, was…

Head in the sand: Beckett play warns against blissful ignorance

Only Samuel Beckett‏ would write a play about a woman buried up to her chest in a massive hill of sand, her only companions a taciturn…

Strong talent infuses ‘Red’ with Rothko’s emotional intensity

The color red means different things to different people. Red can be passion or apples or lipstick. It can be a sunset or fire or…

Children’s Theatre premier succeeds by trusting its audience

As tastefully restrained spectacles go, there aren’t many shows that can compete with the new play, A Single Shard, which had its world premiere at…

Confronting a question: Does the truth help us?

The American dream as a guiding star, historic relic, or unreachable aspiration has been both studied and sullied by playwrights for decades. Never more so…

Poetry singing its way into dance

February is the month of love and the month of African American history. On Feb. 19, the Seattle-based performing arts project, Poetry+Motion, presented the results of…
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