All stories by Gemma Wilson on BroadwayStars

Friday, May 10, 2024

There’s a ‘Seattle takeover’ happening at Oregon Shakespeare Festival by Gemma Wilson

Oregon Shakespeare Festival's new artistic director, Tim Bond, is assembling a leadership team with strong Seattle ties to help guide the storied company on its continued road to recovery.

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Monday, May 6, 2024

5 hot Seattle-area theater shows to see in the coming weeks by Gemma Wilson

Let local theater take you all over the world and beyond.

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Thursday, April 25, 2024

John Langs, artistic director of Seattle’s ACT Theatre, to step down by Gemma Wilson

Here why John Langs is leaving ACT Theatre, after some 10 years with the company.

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Friday, April 12, 2024

5 Seattle places for dinner-and-a-show — and what we think of them by Gemma Wilson

Done well, dinner theater — or whatever live art form is on the menu — can be a truly wonderful one-stop shop for food and entertainment. How do these Seattle venues measure up?

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

‘Threesome’ explores new drag ideas in an unexpected Seattle location by Gemma Wilson

Cherdonna & the Bearded Ladies (Philadelphia drag stars Jarbeaux and Martha Graham Cracker) explore uncharted drag territory in "Threesome."

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Monday, April 8, 2024

‘English’ at ArtsWest asks what is lost, or sacrificed, in translation by Gemma Wilson

Here's your chance to see the exquisite play "English," winner of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

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Tony and Pulitzer winners to see on Seattle stages this season by Gemma Wilson

A number of plays that have won major awards hits Seattle stages this month. Here are the can't-miss shows.

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Seattle’s New City Theater founders’ lifelong love for art and each other by Gemma Wilson

Mary Ewald and John Kazanjian, married and artistic partners of more than 40 years, have produced some of Seattle's most interesting theater.

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Monday, April 1, 2024

Village Theatre’s version of ‘The Fantasticks’ hits all the right notes by Gemma Wilson

If you're here for comfort food, Village Theatre’s production of "The Fantasticks" has a little something for everyone in this retelling of a timeless classic.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

What our critic thought of 2 fresh, funny Seattle plays by Gemma Wilson

Lies and laughter run rampant in Seattle Shakespeare Company's “The Bed Trick” and Seattle Public Theater's “The Moors,” both running now and worth your time.

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Seattle’s theaters lean on an age-old funding model to bring new audiences by Gemma Wilson

In an era where consumers subscribe to everything, Seattle's theaters are coming up with new ways to lean on a funding model that once seemed out of date

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Playwright and performer Keiko Green lights up Seattle stages by Gemma Wilson

Keiko Green's latest work, "The Bed Trick" debuts this month at Seattle Shakespeare Company.

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Friday, March 8, 2024

At Seattle Rep, a staggeringly good ‘Sanctuary City’ by Gemma Wilson

Martyna Majok's play about the friendship of two undocumented teens melon-balled our reviewer's heart.

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5 most intriguing shows you’ll find on Seattle’s stages in March by Gemma Wilson

Whether you're looking for a cozy mystery, a sweet romance or Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, there's something for everyone in Seattle's theaters this month.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Our Arts Adviser can help you plan your next night out around Seattle by Gemma Wilson

Got a question about what to see? In our new feature, Arts Adviser, we're going to try and provide tailored advice for you about arts events and itineraries.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Seattle theater abounds in mystery — of the fun kind by Gemma Wilson

What is it about mysteries — and particularly cozy mysteries — that resonate with so many of us?

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

What ‘The Lower Depths,’ a 1902 play about homelessness, says about Seattle in 2024 by Gemma Wilson

Maxim Gorky's play about people living in poverty revolutionized theater in 1902. Its 2024 production prompts our critic to ponder the purpose of theater.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Must-see Seattle theater in February 2024 by Gemma Wilson

From the tried-and-true to experimental and acrobatic works, here are theater works to put on your calendar this month.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

At Seattle Public Theater, a world-premiere, time-travel quest by Gemma Wilson

Maggie Lee's world-premiere "Once More, Just for You" runs through Feb. 25 at Seattle Public Theater.

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Friday, February 2, 2024

What is acrobatics? In Seattle, far more than a spectacle by Gemma Wilson

Human bodies that seem unbeholden to gravity inspire awe, but spectacle is just one facet of modern circus.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Writer of ‘The Whale’ on the Oscars and his play at Seattle’s ACT by Gemma Wilson

Playwright Samuel D. Hunter, whose "A Case for the Existence of God" runs at ACT Theatre Feb. 2-18, chats about the value of complexity and working with Brendan Fraser.

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Monday, January 29, 2024

What Seattle stands to lose if Theatre Puget Sound doesn’t make it by Gemma Wilson

TPS, with its mission “to foster and advocate for a robust and equitable theater community," only has a financial runway to survive through April. They're doing everything they can to keep…

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Friday, January 26, 2024

At Seattle Rep, fantasy and reality collide in ‘Quixote Nuevo’ by Gemma Wilson

Octavio Solis’ Chicano riff on "Don Quixote de la Mancha" plays at Seattle Rep through Feb. 11.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Lily Gladstone’s path from Seattle theater to an Oscar nomination by Gemma Wilson

How Oscar nominee Lily Gladstone’s local theater roots helped set her up for Hollywood success on her own terms.

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Friday, January 12, 2024

Alexandra Tavares tackles complex roles on many Seattle stages by Gemma Wilson

In the first of our new series, Artist to Know, we highlight Alexandra Tavares, who's graced nearly every major stage in Seattle with stellar performances.

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Monday, January 8, 2024

Seattle-area theater shows to watch in January and February 2024 by Gemma Wilson

From an updated take on "Don Quixote" to the grande dame-ness of Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard," here are must-see shows to put on your theater calendar.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

2024 Seattle-area theater highlights to put on your calendar by Gemma Wilson

There's plenty of intriguing theater on tap for 2024. Here are just a few of them to get your planning started.

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Thursday, December 28, 2023

Top Seattle-area arts and culture happenings of 2023 by Margo Vansynghel, Michael Rietmulder, Moira Macdonald and Gemma Wilson

From the return of Bumbershoot and Cinerama to the Swift Quake and "Boys in the Boat" premiere, relive the biggest moments in Seattle arts & culture this year.

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Thursday, December 14, 2023

Wier Harman, former Town Hall Seattle director, dies at 57 by Gemma Wilson

Harman, a champion of the city's arts and cultural community who stepped down in late 2022, died Dec. 11.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Intiman brings back ‘Black Nativity,’ a beloved Seattle tradition by Gemma Wilson

From 1998 to 2012, Intiman Theatre's "Black Nativity," Langston Hughes' gospel song-play, was a beloved holiday tradition. The theater is bringing the joyous show back this year.

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Monday, December 4, 2023

Top Seattle theater events in December 2023 by Gemma Wilson

From the return of longtime local tradition "Black Nativity" to "MJ the Musical," here's what to put on your theater calendar in December.

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards