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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Explore memories with shows from Seattle Public Theater, Dacha Theatre by Jerald Pierce

Nonlinear storytelling becomes a hurdle for both shows to overcome in their pursuit of proving the value of every moment we have on Earth.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Seattle theaters pull onstage an offstage conversation about race by Jerald Pierce

Conversations about the obstacles faced by Black artists within the theater industry grew over the last few years. Now, two productions bring that to the Seattle stage.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Tuesday, January 10, 2023

‘Becoming Othello’: a powerful, electric play at Seattle Shakespeare Company by Jerald Pierce

Debra Ann Byrd's one-person, autobiographical show details the pain of a dream deferred and the inspiration of a dream realized.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Get to know 5 actors who’ll light up Seattle stages in 2023 by Jerald Pierce

You’ve seen their work on stages across the city, but how much do you know about these five local actors? Find out more about them and their plans for 2023.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Thursday, December 29, 2022

Seattle’s 6 most-anticipated theater productions in 2023 by Jerald Pierce

From a rarely seen Lorraine Hansberry work to a celebration of a theater legend, Seattle theaters have plenty to look forward to for your 2023 calendar.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Thursday, December 22, 2022

Memorable moments and more in Seattle art and theater in 2022 by Jerald Pierce

Our arts and culture writer looks back at a year in flux for our city’s arts scene.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

‘Moulin Rouge’ is sensory overload at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre by Jerald Pierce

The musical, which adapts the 2001 movie directed by Baz Luhrmann, prioritizes spectacle, to the detriment of the love story at its heart.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Taproot, Book-It invite you into their takes on Jane Austen’s world by Jerald Pierce

Seattle-area residents have two chances to experience Austen's world onstage: a "Pride and Prejudice" continuation and an improvised Austen-inspired play.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Monday, December 5, 2022

Can ArtsWest and Seattle Rep offer improvements on ‘A Christmas Carol’? by Jerald Pierce

With "Q Brothers Christmas Carol" and the world premiere of "Mr. Dickens and His Carol," ArtsWest and Seattle Rep try new spins on Dickens' classic tale.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

‘The Wiz,’ at Seattle’s 5th Avenue, brings down the house with every number by Jerald Pierce

Led by Kataka Corn as Dorothy, 5th Avenue's outstanding production of "The Wiz" offers showstopping songs and a jaw-dropping costume design.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

How ‘The Wiz,’ at Seattle’s 5th Avenue, connects generations by Jerald Pierce

For some within the Black community, “The Wiz” has been part of their life for years, but they’ve rarely had the chance to see a production like 5th Avenue’s.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

7 Seattle shows you should see this holiday season by Jerald Pierce

This year, Seattle theaters offer a mix of classic tales and clever twists on familiar stories. Oh, and Paddington is here to save Christmas.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Thursday, November 10, 2022

Who is deserving of grace in James Baldwin’s ‘The Amen Corner’? by Jerald Pierce

The ending of this production of a seldom-produced James Baldwin play, from The Williams Project and LANGSTON, left our critic stunned.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Monday, November 7, 2022

With your help, Pony World Theatre’s ‘Not/Our Town’ questions a classic by Jerald Pierce

By utilizing a nightly audience survey, Pony World’s take on Wilder’s “Our Town” examines what of the classics should be kept and what should be left behind.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Friday, October 21, 2022

Seattle’s Sara Porkalob started a firestorm on Broadway. And she was right by Jerald Pierce

The Seattle star made big waves in the theater world after she spoke openly about her experience in the Broadway revival of "1776."

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Thursday, October 20, 2022

‘La Tofana’s Poison Emporium,’ at Macha Theatre Works, wants to cure what ails you by Jerald Pierce

This world premiere play from Joy McCullough centers on community when the government, police and church fail in their support of women.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

How West Seattle’s ArtsWest aims to stoke conversation around art by Jerald Pierce

By adding artists to the season planning process and carefully curating their gallery, ArtsWest is looking to expand the conversation around art.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

Seattle Rep Artistic Director Braden Abraham leaving to head Chicago’s Writers Theatre by Jerald Pierce

After 20 years in various roles around the Seattle theater, ushering in programming like Seattle Rep's Public Works, Abraham will head to Glencoe, Illinois.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 03:00PM
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Aaron Sorkin’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, doesn’t feel right by Jerald Pierce

Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Harper Lee's 1960 novel seeks to update and rectify issues in the source material. The question remains if it went far enough.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 05:51PM
Monday, October 10, 2022

Why everyone should see ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ at Seattle Rep by Jerald Pierce

You need to see this play "not only for its incisive brilliance, but because it's somehow managed to become even more timely," our theater critic writes.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Meet Idris Goodwin, Seattle Children’s Theatre’s new artistic director by Jerald Pierce

With “The Boy Who Kissed the Sky” opening Seattle Children’s Theatre’s season, Idris Goodwin is ready to introduce Seattle to his artistic vision.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Friday, September 30, 2022

Seattle-area shows to help you get your spook on this Halloween season by Jerald Pierce

The Halloween season offers plenty of chances for haunts and frights. Here are some local experiences to consider as you plan your October outings.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Thursday, September 29, 2022

‘Cloud Tectonics,’ at Seattle’s Sound Theatre, loses its connection to time by Jerald Pierce

José Rivera's play, through the use of magical realism, plays with the concept of time, and the effect love can have on it.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

What can Broadway-hopeful ‘The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation’ learn from Seattle? by Jerald Pierce

“The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation” is making its world premiere at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Here's how that helps the show as it turns its eyes toward Broadway.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Monday, September 26, 2022

‘The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation,’ at Seattle’s 5th Avenue, starts out fast by Jerald Pierce

In a Seattle run that aims to be a precursor to a Broadway stint, "Broadway Vacation" starts out hot before starting to lose its way.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

What to know about Seattle’s 2022-23 theater season by Jerald Pierce

Seattle's theaters have made strides in diversifying whose work is shown on area stages. What progress does a deeper dive into the upcoming season show?

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

At ACT, ‘Choir Boy’ explores creating space for Black boys to be vulnerable by Jerald Pierce

Tarell Alvin McCraney's "Choir Boy" aims to make space to explore masculinity through the world of young Black men in an all-male prep school's renowned choir.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Best bets for Seattle-area theater in fall 2022 by Jerald Pierce

The top-grossing American play in Broadway history, James Baldwin’s earliest play, a 5th Avenue “Vacation” and more highlight a vibrant fall theater slate.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM

As theaters move to more humane rehearsal practices, how are theatermakers adjusting? by Jerald Pierce

Theaters have adjusted rehearsal schedules to create a healthier work environment. What does that mean for theatermakers and the works you see onstage?

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Friday, August 26, 2022

How the intimacy choreographer played a key role in the production of ‘Choir Boy’ by Jerald Pierce

Intimacy work in theater goes beyond staging moments of physical intimacy. It extends to caring for actors of color as they prepare to take the stage.

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM
Friday, August 19, 2022

Seattle’s A Contemporary Theatre board has stepped down. What happens now? by Jerald Pierce

Most of ACT's board of trustees collectively stepped down to make way for a new, more collaborative, board structure. What does that look like?

SOURCE: www.seattletimes.com at 09:00AM

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