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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Pork Filled Productions sheds light on the ‘She Devil of the China Seas’ by Jerald Pierce

The world-premiere play focuses on Tse, playwright Roger W. Tang's take on a real-life 19th-century pirate.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

How to maximize your entertainment dollars in the Seattle area by Grace Gorenflo, Jerald Pierce and Michael Rietmulder

As inflation makes money tight, here are affordable ways to enjoy the Seattle area's rich arts-and-culture scene, including free movies, concerts and more.

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Monday, August 8, 2022

Review: Has ‘Hamilton,’ at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, aged well? by Jerald Pierce

The political and social landscape has shifted drastically since "Hamilton" hit the Broadway stages in 2015. So what does that mean for the newest rendition?

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

What would it take for Seattle to become a hotbed for playwrights? by Jerald Pierce

Shifts in national playwriting programs and multi-theater collaborations could mean the city is "perfectly positioned" to support a thriving fringe theater scene as well as crowd-pleasing hi…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

With new dual leadership model, Issaquah’s Village Theatre begins its next chapter by Jerald Pierce

Adam Immerwahr and Laura Lee are Village Theatre’s new artistic director and first managing director.

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Monday, July 25, 2022

‘Hamilton’ is coming back to Seattle. Here’s 5 fun facts and how to get tickets by Jerald Pierce

Whether this is your first time seeing the Broadway megahit or your fifth, these tidbits will show you a new side of the Tony-winning musical.

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

In ‘Black Coffee’ at Seattle’s Taproot Theatre, Hercule Poirot takes center stage by Jerald Pierce

Richard Nguyen Sloniker's take on Agatha Christie's classic detective lights up Taproot's stage as he attempts to solve a murder mystery.

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Thursday, July 14, 2022

‘Hadestown,’ at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, makes a strong argument for how art can change the world by Jerald Pierce

"Hadestown," the 2019 Tony Award-winning best musical, sets down in Seattle, showing the power of art in the face of society's biggest problems.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

A 12-year-old seeks the power to change the world in ‘miku, and the gods.’ by Jerald Pierce

This production from ArtsWest and Pork Filled Productions features a fun script from Julia Izumi and a clever design that doesn't quite stick the landing.

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Book-It’s ‘The Bonesetter’s Daughter’ is a loving tribute to the stories we pass on by Jerald Pierce

Book-It Repertory Theatre adapts Amy Tan's "The Bonesetter's Daughter," opening the door for audiences to consider the role of legacy and lineage in their lives.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

2 critics check out ‘Bruce,’ Seattle Rep’s new musical about the making of ‘Jaws’ by Jerald Pierce

Two critics discuss Seattle Rep's new musical about the behind-the-scenes struggles faced by Steven Spielberg and the team behind the 1975 movie "Jaws."

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

These WA master teachers and apprentices make sure cultural traditions don’t get lost  by Jerald Pierce

Washington's Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program partners master teachers and apprentices to hand down culturally specific artistic traditions.

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Where does Seattle stand 2 years into working on theater’s anti-racism demands? by Jerald Pierce

Two years into concerted efforts to make theater a more anti-racist industry, some progress has been made. But the work needs to continue as theaters reopen.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

In ‘Riverwood,’ individuals get lost in the gentrification of a community by Jerald Pierce

“Riverwood,” co-produced by LANGSTON and Seattle Public Theater, follows the lives of five people directly affected by gentrification.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Your guide to summer 2022 outdoor theater and performances in the Seattle area by Jerald Pierce

Many companies have moved back inside, but there's still great variety for anyone looking to experience performances in the open air this summer.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Review: ACT’s ‘Sweat’ challenges us to stop and listen to each other by Jerald Pierce

ACT's production of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer-winning play finally takes the stage after its 2020 cancellation, reminding audiences to know who is on your side.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

‘And So That Happened …’ looks for ‘something hopeful’ from the last 2 years by Jerald Pierce

Featuring work from six local artists and a new development process, “And So That Happened ...” looks to find hope in the events of the last two years.

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Intiman’s inconsistent parody, ‘Two Mile Hollow,’ tries to turn classics on their head by Jerald Pierce

Leah Nanako Winkler's parody of "white people by the water" plays takes on the works of Chekhov and Shepard, but Intiman's take falls short of coalescing.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Seattle Rep’s ‘Selling Kabul’ offers a humanizing look at who the U.S. left behind by Jerald Pierce

Sylvia Khoury's "Selling Kabul" gives actor Yousof Sultani a chance to tell a story deeply connected to his family and the people in Afghanistan.

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Seattle’s Seayoung Yim wins prestigious Yale Drama Series Prize, the next step in a budding career by Jerald Pierce

Crediting Seattle with setting the stage for her growth as a writer, Yim's win puts her name on the national scene.

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