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Playhouses plan ‘Fiddler,’ ‘Les Mis,’ more for fall

Coming off a summer during which many local stages were bare, September drops us right into the middle of theater season. This coming month is so jam packed with shows that you can see a new one each week.

From Broadway chestnuts to new classics, here are some of your best theater options during September.

Sept. 5 – “Broadway Bound,” Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. Last year, Interplayers opened its 33rd season with Neil Simon’s classic family comedy “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” Now their 34th season begins with Simon’s “Broadway Bound.” Like its predecessor, “Broadway Bound” is semi-autobiographical, following brothers Eugene and Stanley Jerome as they become radio gag writers. Their material is inspired by their eccentric family, which begins to break apart when it’s revealed that their father has been having an affair. Tickets are available at www. interplayerstheatre.com, or through the box office, (509) 455-7529.

Sept. 5 – “A Walk in the Woods,” Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third Ave. The most minimalist of next month’s theatrical offerings, Lee Blessing’s “A Walk in the Woods” is a dramatic two-hander centered on a Russian and American diplomat as they negotiate an arms deal in 1982 Geneva. Premiering on Broadway in 1988, the play was nominated for both a Tony and the Pulitzer Prize and has featured actors as diverse as Alec Guinness and Sam Waterston in different productions. Buy tickets at www.spokanestageleft.org.

Sept. 12 – “Les Miserables,” Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Spokane’s Civic Theatre opened last season with its take on this Broadway staple, and now Coeur d’Alene’s Lake City Playhouse is set to do the same. “Les Miserables” is one of those shows that will endure forever, one that can’t possibly fail with the right cast and orchestra. Based on LCP’s recent track record, this shouldn’t disappoint. Get tickets at www.lakecityplayhouse.org, or at (208) 667-1323.

Sept. 19 – “Fiddler on the Roof,” Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. Not to be outdone, Civic’s season opener is “Fiddler on the Roof,” which, along with “Les Mis,” is one of the most famous and frequently performed Broadway shows ever. “Fiddler” takes a story of romantic entanglements – in this case, the daughters of destitute milkman Tevye – and familial bonds and transplants it to a historical period fraught with conflict – pre-revolutionary Russia in the early 20th century. This is the kind of show where you hum the tunes (“If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker”) on your way in to the theater. Tickets are available at www.ticketswest.com, or through the box office at (509) 325-2507.

Sept. 26 – “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Ignite! Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley. Ignite! has made a habit of bringing more offbeat theater to the Inland Northwest, and they continue the trend with Christopher Durang’s comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Sure, it won the 2013 Tony for Best Play, but most are probably unfamiliar with this darkly comic tale of three siblings reeling from the deaths of their parents. It’s also a tribute to the great playwright Anton Chekov – it borrows elements from his plays “The Seagull,” “Three Sisters” and, of course, “Uncle Vanya” – so theater academics should be satisfied. Call (509) 795-0004 for details.



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