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Monday, August 7, 2017

Seattle's Taproot Debuts "Persuasion" by David-Edward Hughes

One of the most winning casts in Seattle musical history, and an out of the ordinary, strong adaptation of a Jane Austen novel with sterling silver book, music and lyrics, combine to make Ta…

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Interview with Priscilla Lopez, in Seattle with "Pippin" Tour by David-Edward Hughes

"I love this version, and it fits perfectly within this circus world, and I am so happy John is there for both of us to share that because I was his stepmother in the original, and John is a…

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Monday, May 25, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Dark Humor Fuels World Premiere "The Comparables" by David-Edward Hughes

If you long for the kind of melodrama between women that has tickled audiences ever since Clare Boothe Luce coined the phrase "Jungle Red," then Laura Schellhardt's prickly, witty, and even …

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"Time Stands Still" Movingly in ReAct Theatre Production by David-Edward Hughes

Director Hsieh and his cast create a true ensemble effort, and if the opening night pacing was a little erratic, that will surely evaporate through the run.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

A "Funny Girl" to Remember by David-Edward Hughes

Funny Girl, the most rarely produced famous musical I can think of, has triumphantly returned to Issaquah's Village Theatre (where it was last produced some 20 years ago) and the seismic act…

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"The Grimaldis - A Musical Ghost Story" Raises the Dead at Hale's Palladium by David-Edward Hughes

Revised and rewritten a bit after a successful Bay Area stint, producer/writer Dane Ballard and composer/lyricist John Woods feature a vaudeville/burlesque-like troupe in a show that may rem…

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"Hair" Stays True to its Roots in Breezy Staging at Arts West by David-Edward Hughes

Arts West's current production, directed in a breezy, lighthearted style by David Gassner, happily harkens back to the simpler, bare bones qualities of the original 1967 Off-Broadway version…

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Decorative "A Room With A View" Still Needs Some Refurnishing by David-Edward Hughes

No question about it, the new musical version of E.M Forster's novel (and the likely better known Merchant-Ivory film version starring Helena Bonham Carter) A Room With A View is being given…

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What's Not to Love about "Ernest Shackleton Loves Me" by David-Edward Hughes

I am not inclined to gush, but gush away I shall over the most delightful new musical in many a season, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, which blew onto the stage of the Seattle Repertory Theatre…

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Megan Hilty Back in Seattle by David-Edward Hughes

"I'll be singing 'Stranger to the Rain,' which is hilarious because I'm from Seattle ...

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Blooming, Warm-Hearted Little Shop of Horrors Kills It at ACT Theatre by David-Edward Hughes

n their third co-production in many years, the 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT Theatre have hit a vein of musical delight ...

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Seattle Rep "Venus in Fur" by David-Edward Hughes

Ives' tale, one rife with sexually provocative dialogue, takes place after a long day's journey turns into an even longer night for New York playwright/director Thomas, who has endured one e…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

5th Avenue"Monty Python's Spamalot" by David-Edward Hughes

Monty Python's Spamalot at the 5th is as royally entertaining a slice of showbiz sauted spam as one could hope for.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

An Emotionally Walloping The Normal Heart from Strawberry Theatre Workshop by David-Edward Hughes

That the current production by Strawberry Theatre Workshop at the Erickson Theatre can be described as must-see theatre is as much due to Kramer's playwriting as it is to the steady and mast…

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Balagan and STG's riotous night at Jerry Springer: The Opera at the Moore by David-Edward Hughes

Though shock-talk shows like Springer's and that of his ex-bodyguard Steve Wilkos are on the wane, the material is still good for quite a few laughs, especially juxtaposed with an operatic s…

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Lots to Admire in Little Women at ArtsWest Playhouse by David-Edward Hughes

The musical Little Women, a troubled piece which replaced its songwriting team prior to a short Broadway life has toured to Seattle in the past without leaving any strong impression.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Les Misrables at Village Theatre Delivers the Goods by David-Edward Hughes

Audiences still flock to see Les Misrables live on stage. What they get at this production is a far better sung and impressively acted version than they got at the movie houses this time la…

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Stage Right Seattle Premiere "Floyd Collins" by David-Edward Hughes

Directed with clarity and an open heart by Lindsey Larson, the tale of a central Kentucky cave explorer whose entrapment became big news in the mid-1920s soars musically under the expert and…

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Friday, October 25, 2013

ACT Theatre "Sugar Daddies" by David-Edward Hughes

Sir Alan Ayckbourn's plays are to Seattle's ACT Theatre what tea is to crumpets, fairly inseparable, and so it came as no surprise that the venerable playwright, who is often looked on as th…

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Unexpected Heart Outshines Horror in Balagan Theatre/Seattle Theatre Group Carrie by David-Edward Hughes

Though handicapped by underwhelming special effects, director Louis Hobson gets to the heart of the tale, and yes there is one, thanks to an earnest and talented cast headed by a trio of Bro…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

An Ambitious, Sprawling Secondhand Lions Roars into the 5th Avenue Theatre by David-Edward Hughes

The musical does feature a very good, if derivative, musical score by the team of Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (currently represented on Broadway by First Date) and a staunch, Broadway ve…

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Gods Have Smiled on Xanadu at Village Theatre by David-Edward Hughes

Xanadu may never be art, but what it is, and especially so at Village Theatre, is a cotton-candy dream of an entertainment.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Scaled Down "Les Misrables" from Balagan Theatre Has Its Pleasures by David-Edward Hughes

And in Erickson Theatre, an intimate house maybe one tenth the size of those you normally see Les Mis staged in, director Jake Groshong has impressively encapsulated the requisite visual swe…

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"Stu For Silverton" and the Second Coming of Intiman Theatre by David-Edward Hughes

In 2011 after the exit of Bartlett Sher and the unraveling and shuttering of Intiman Theatre not too far afterward, despite the efforts of then artistic director Kate Whoriskey, her associat…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"The Wild Party" at Seattle Center Theatre Wakes Up the Sleepy Summer by David-Edward Hughes

Lippa's version of the legendary Joseph Moncure March poem was Off-Broadway in the 1999-2000 season, starring the talented likes of Brian d'Arcy James, Idina Menzel, and Taye Diggs alongside…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Plenty of Swash, No Buckling in 5th Avenue's Rousing "The Pirates of Penzance" by David-Edward Hughes

The 5th Avenue Theatre closes out its successful 2012-2013 season with a rousing production of the jaunty tale, full of humor, high energy and a wealth of great actor/singers to keep the shi…

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Friday, July 19, 2013

"We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!" in Intiman Theatre Festival by David-Edward Hughes

The second annual Intiman Theatre Festival buoyant kicks off with a laugh-laden staging of Italian Nobel Prize-winning playwright Dario Fo's slapstick farce We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!, in a…

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