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It’s come to this: A checkup with the pediatrician may soon include a prescription for play

The advice, issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, may come as a shock to some parents. After spending years fretting over which toys to buy, which apps to download …


Egypt censors play ‘Before the Revolution,’ director appeals

Egypt’s state censors prohibited the performance of a play just hours before its Sunday premiere in Cairo, the latest episode in authorities’ unrelenting crackdown on free speech.


The Sun rises in new play about Murdoch’s tabloid revolution

Rupert Murdoch has power, wealth – and legions of detractors, who say the media mogul’s tabloids and TV stations have fueled crass celebrity culture, phone hacking and fake news. A …


Native Americans walk out of musical depicting stereotypes

The University of Wyoming is warning audiences about offensive material in a traveling musical after Native American high school students walked out of a performance of “The Fantasticks.”


‘Roseburg’ play slammed by Roseburg community

The recently debuted play “Roseburg,” based heavily on the shooting at Umpqua Community College, has been met with a chorus of boos from Douglas County residents who call the work …


‘Guys and Dolls’ offers a fine Lake City finish

Lake City Playhouse rolls the dice and scores with its season-ender, “Guys and Dolls.” This American classic musical, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling …


Interplayers’ ‘World Goes ‘Round’ entertains without storyline

Cheyenne Nelson kicks off Interplayers’ production of “The World Goes ‘Round” with a powerful and controlled rendition of the musical revue’s title song. Each member of the five-person cast has …


GU’s ‘Alice’ puts new spin on beloved, well-known tale

Friday night, Gonzaga University’s Magnuson Theatre opens “Alice,” a steampunk-themed rendition of the beloved Lewis Carroll work meant to creatively convey how the college experience leads to discovery and change. …


Civic stages ‘Dixie Swim Club’

What: ‘The Dixie Swim Club’ chronicles five lifelong friends as they return to their favorite beach cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina to chat about their pasts, speculate …


Taking time out for fun at East Central

Parents of young children often feel there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. The demands of work and home can squeeze out time for fun. But a new program …


CdA Theatre’s ‘Oz’ is true to the fun

Witches soar across the stage on bicycles. Flashpots spew flame in front of the eerie green visage of the great and powerful Oz. Flying monkeys do aerial acrobatics. The Coeur …


Civic Theatre breaks out ‘The Full Monty’

Yes, we know the question on everybody’s mind. Here’s the only way to answer it:


Patty Duke directs the show that made her famous

The 14-year-old Patty Duke was inconsolable on the day in 1961 when she filmed the final scene of “The Miracle Worker.” “I was heartbroken, absolutely heartbroken,” says Duke, 50 years …


Civic brings back the hilarious ‘Nunsense’

Way back in March 1990, a wimple-wearing Mother Superior Mary Regina walked out on the Spokane Civic Theatre stage and gave the audience a crabby tongue-lashing for arriving late and …


‘Red Tape’ melds visual, theater arts

Sandpoint has long been recognized as an artists’ community. But just when you think the creative level could not be more intriguing for a small town such as this, a …


CdA Summer Theatre to stage record-breaking musical

After 12 Tony Awards and two movie versions (37 years apart), most of us know that “The Producers” is rude, hilarious and filled with raucous Mel Brooks humor. This musical, …


Broadway smash hardly an instant success

Frank Rich, the former theater critic of The New York Times, was a teenager in 1962 when he bought a ticket to the Washington, D.C., tryout of a new comedy …


A sweet, simple look at small-town love

Norm Foster’s “The Affections of May” is a simple, predictable, warm-hearted and reasonably funny romantic comedy on the general theme of “Smart Women, Foolish Choices.” Or, to pick another apropos …


A warm but predictable ‘May’

Norm Foster’s “The Affections of May” is a simple, predictable, warm-hearted and reasonably funny romantic comedy on the general theme of “Smart Women, Foolish Choices.”


Mrs. Robinson, Benjamin to take the stage at Interplayers

Mrs. Robinson was voted the “hottest cougar of all time” in a recent poll. Now, she’ll be live and onstage at Interplayers Theatre in a stage adaptation of “The Graduate.” …


‘Midsummer’ mayhem

Playwright Ken Ludwig is best known for madcap American farces such as “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Moon Over Buffalo.” So what possessed him to pitch an idea several years …


Civic Theatre stages ‘Godspell’ on a New York City subway

Plenty of people have seen “Godspell” since it premiered in 1970 – but never like this. Director Troy Nickerson is setting the Spokane Civic Theatre’s new production in a New …


Interplayers’ ‘Cowgirls’ mixes honky-tonk and Beethoven

The concept of “Cowgirls” is almost classical (so to speak) in its simplicity. A classical music group called the Coghill Trio has been booked to play a concert in Hiram …


Interplayers serves up witty look at America

A.R. Gurney has always been one of Interplayers’ (and Spokane’s) favorite playwrights. This production of 1982’s “The Dining Room” shows us why. Gurney is funny, he’s creative, and he has …


ARt’s got ‘Pete ‘n’ Keely,’ babe

For the names “Pete ‘n’ Keely,” feel free to substitute Steve ‘n’ Eydie. The 2000 off-Broadway hit “Pete ‘n’ Keely” is a musical sendup of married ‘60s lounge acts such …


Musical is low-rent good fun

“The Great American Trailer Park Musical” isn’t exactly a great American musical – but at least it’s a semi-great trailer park musical. This national touring company delivers what the title …


‘Rabbit’ punch

The journey of “Rabbit Hole” to Spokane was surprisingly swift: from Broadway in 2006, to the Pulitzer Prize in 2007, to the Actor’s Repertory Theatre beginning this weekend. ARt pounced …


‘Schooner’ sets sail

Finding a new Christmas show with just the right mix of music, history, sentiment, plot and tradition is no easy task. Maria Caprile, director of “The Christmas Schooner,” which opens …


Infectious Fun Civic Theatre Successfully Delivers Musical “Kiss Me Kate” With All The Humor And Spice It Demands

From left to right, Patrick Treadway, Scarlett Hepworth, Laura Seable and Cheyenne Jackson perform in Civic Theatre’s production of “Kiss Me Kate.” Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review