Let's take a moment to savor an exceptional moment in Spokane theater. Rarely, in my 22 years covering local theater, have I seen so much creative energy, at the same moment, enlivening our cultural scene:
- Raucous sellout crowds are whooping and hollering at "The Full Monty," continuing at the Spokane Civic Theatre's Main stage through June 19. Here's the review.
- More than 40,000 people are attending the national tour of "Wicked," which continues through May 29 at the INB Performing Arts Center. Here's the review.
- "The Miracle Worker" at Interplayers Professional Theatre has been making national news because of Patty Duke, who has closed a circle with this, her first time directing the show that brought her an Oscar and an Emmy. It has been extended a week, through May 29, because of popular demand. Here's the review,
- "Frost/Nixon" sold out its first weekend at the Spokane Civic Theatre's Firth Chew Studio Theatre and continues through June 5. Here's Tracy Poindexter-Canton's review.
So, if you have any hankering whatsoever to see live actors tell a story on a stage, the time doesn't get much riper.