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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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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Seattle Rep’s ‘Ghosts’ pulls into question our own morality by Jerald Pierce

Starring Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Oscar nominee David Strathairn, Ibsen's "Ghosts" pits morals and truth against each other and the audience in between.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

‘Mrs. Caliban’ at Book-It provides entertaining spin on a monster story by Jerald Pierce

This spin on the 1982 story by Rachel Ingalls offers a surreal journey of self discovery as love blooms between a housewife and a creature from the sea.

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

Seattle theaters weigh costs, new procedures as they venture back on stage by Jerald Pierce

From understudies to digital production to a lot of testing, theaters are parsing new ways to do business as they step back on stage.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Review: Seattle Public Theater’s ‘Pipeline’ questions the role of education, parenting in young Black men’s lives by Jerald Pierce

Seattle Public Theater's production of "Pipeline," despite outstanding performances from the actors, falls just shy of its full potential.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Review: What it’s like to process the pandemic with a group of strangers at On the Boards by Jerald Pierce

600 Highwaymen use the final chapter of their triptych to bring strangers together and start to process the pandemic's mental and emotional fallout.

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Monday, March 7, 2022

What you need to know about mask and vaccine requirements to get into Seattle-area arts and music events this spring by Grace Gorenflo, Jerald Pierce, Moira Macdonald and Michael Rietmulder

As Washington and King County drop COVID-19 masking and vaccination requirements this month, what arts groups and venues are doing is varied.

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Thursday, March 3, 2022

How 3 women-led arts organizations in the Seattle area make room for diverse voices by Jerald Pierce

The leaders of Hedgebrook, Seattle Arts & Lectures and Macha Theatre Works are making room for writers to be, and find, themselves.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Review: ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ at Seattle Rep provides much-needed catharsis by Jerald Pierce

"Freestyle Love Supreme," infused with a unique blend of freestyle rap, hip-hop and improvisation, invites audiences to reconnect with the joy of live theater.

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Monday, February 14, 2022

‘Dragon Mama’ adds to Seattle theater artist Sara Porkalob’s star-making trajectory by Jerald Pierce

Before she takes the Broadway stage, Porkalob offers Seattle a look at the second installment of her intimate series of memoir plays.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Chicago cast knows a lot has to go right to create ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ by Jerald Pierce

Welcome to the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society. Chris Bean will be making his directorial debut, and for the next two hours his cast will be telling you the story of “The Murder at Haver…

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Monday, December 6, 2021

Review: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ by American Blues Theater is once again live on stage, right where it belongs by Jerald Pierce

Once the “on air” light goes on, the story of George Bailey in Bedford Falls is told at a brisk pace, broken up only a couple of times by “commercial breaks” that include sung jingle…

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Does theater have to be on a stage? Teatro Vista’s new co-leaders challenge themselves and the company to think different by Jerald Pierce

With its “Futurology” season, guided by co-artistic directors Lorena Diaz and Wendy Mateo, Teatro Vista offers a glimpse at the future of the company.

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Monday, November 29, 2021

How does the Goodman Theatre try out new plays? New Stages is back with free live performances in December by Jerald Pierce

Audiences can get an early look at theater’s future. “New Stages is a really important part of our new-work pipeline,” said director of new works Jonathan L. Green. “It feels great t…

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Review: Let ‘Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins’ by Strawdog Theatre be a new Chicago holiday tradition by Jerald Pierce

On the first night of Hanukkah, a quirky band of actors comes across a town and they look to trade a story for food and shelter. That story tells the tale of Hershel as he spends Hanukkah ou…

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Review: ‘Hundred Days’ by Kokandy Productions is a moving story about grief, death and love, told through a concert-like play by Jerald Pierce

“Hundred Days” allows love to shine through the darkness of grief. The story plays out over the course of essentially an hour-and-a-half concert featuring a mix of folk and punk music.

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

Review: ‘Pump Boys & Dinettes’ is Porchlight Music Theatre’s warm welcome return for its audiences. Pie, anyone? by Jerald Pierce

When the cast bursts onto the stage with a blast of warm energy against the quickly cooling Chicago weather, it’s clear that there are few better ways to spend 90 minutes than with gas sta…

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Review: ‘The Last Pair of Earlies’ at Raven Theatre is set in Chicago and the South, exploring a marriage heading in different directions by Jerald Pierce

The play follows two tracks: One, with a young Wayland wanting to move away from the racism he’s facing in Mississippi and to Chicago. In the other, Della Rose sits dreaming of a chance fo…

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Monday, October 18, 2021

Far from closed: Mercury Theater on Southport is back, both its mainstage and cabaret, and first up is ‘Sister Act’ by Jerald Pierce

As the Mercury Theater reopens, it looks to become a place for artistic growth and community. “For those audience members coming back, it’s still going to be the same great Mercury that …

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Athenaeum Theatre on Southport plans a renovation, as well as a new mission and new name by Jerald Pierce

Now called the Athenaeum Center for Thought and Culture, the historic venue company will undergo a series of renovations, beginning with a $4 million first-floor project.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Review: ‘This Wide Night’ invites audiences to open their hearts to pair of women just out of prison by Jerald Pierce

Inspired by real accounts of women in a U.K. prison, this Chicago premiere is presented by Shattered Globe Theatre in association with Interrobang Theatre Project.

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Review: ‘Drunk Shakespeare’ cast attempts, hilariously, to tap into ‘Macbeth’ — drinkers with a Shakespeare problem by Jerald Pierce

Tucked away in a corner of the Loop, "Drunk Shakespeare,” created by Scott Griffin and David Hudson, sets about telling the story of Macbeth’s rise to and fall from power through improvi…

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

First big touring musical back in Chicago? ‘Rent’ — including cast members on return visits by Jerald Pierce

“Every person, no matter who you are, no matter what walk of life you come from, there’s someone on that stage that you can relate to in some capacity," said Javon King about "Rent."

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Collaboraction’s Peacebook includes Karen Olivo in her first time on stage since departing Broadway’s ‘Moulin Rouge!’ by Jerald Pierce

This Saturday, Collaboraction will present the second night of its sixth annual Peacebook Festival, featuring a series of films and solo reflections on the topic of peace.

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Destinos Latino Theater Fest is back on stage: With plays from Chicago, Mexico and elsewhere, what to expect from 2021 by Jerald Pierce

After a year away, Destinos: Chicago International Latino Theater Festival returns to brighten Chicago stages with presenters both local and international.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Review: ‘The Infinite Wrench’ is back on the Neo-Futurist stage without missing a beat by Jerald Pierce

The basics remain the same: The Neo-Futurists ensemble attempts to perform 30 short plays in 60 minutes, with the order of the plays determined by the audience.

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