Stories tagged: review
FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017, 11:19 P.M.
Recent discrepancies prompt review of Idaho’s sunshine law
Officials with the Idaho secretary of state’s office say they want to review the state’s entire sunshine laws after finding discrepancies in how lobbying requirements are enforced.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 3:36 P.M.
Review: ‘A Little Night Music’ shines with a talented cast
A cast of talented singers, paired with Henry McNulty’s music direction, makes “A Little Night Music” a strong first showing for new artistic director Lenny Bart, who makes his Civic …
MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2016, 4:50 P.M.
Organ phenom Todd Wilson puts passion, talent and imagination on full display in recital at St. John’s Cathedral
A modest crowd was on hand to hear the remarkable performance of acclaimed organist.
THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2016, 1:46 P.M.
Prisons chief orders review of inmate sentences
The state Department of Corrections is conducting a review to determine whether offenders are serving the correct amount of prison time.
TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016, 4:34 P.M.
‘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 …
SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016
‘Thunder Boy Jr.’ an entertaining read for young and old
Our panel of pint-sized experts agree: “Thunder Boy Jr.” is pretty cool.
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016, 2 P.M.
Movie review: ‘Hardcore Henry’ is first movie completely shot on Go-Pro
“Hardcore Henry” is a front-row type of film. It should be seen and experienced in a theater. However, no matter where you sit or how you see it, you will …
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016, 1 P.M.
Movie review: Some nuggets of hilarity in ‘The Boss’
Melissa McCarthy is a two-man woman when it comes to her career. With writer/director Paul Feig, she’s found some of her greatest success, from her breakout in “Bridesmaids,” to the …
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2016, 10 A.M.
Movie review: Cast shines in way-out-there sci-fi thriller ‘Midnight Special’
They ride by night on back roads through the South in “Midnight Special,” two grim-faced men in the front seat of a battered old car. Men with guns, watching warily. …
SUNDAY, FEB. 28, 2016, 6:36 P.M.
Symphony review: Devotee of ‘French School’ lights up cello masterpiece
Audiences at this weekend’s concerts by the Spokane Symphony were treated to the first Spokane appearance by a rising star in the firmament of solo cellists, Maja Bogdanovic. She cast …
MONDAY, SEPT. 21, 2015
Review: Spokane Symphony opens season by evoking Mussorgsky’s genius
The themes running through Saturday’s concert by the Spokane Symphony in the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, the first of the 2015-16 season, examined how composers use musical means …
FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015
‘Aloha’ may be Crowe’s goodbye
Cameron Crowe fans – and that includes most movie critics – have cut him a lot of slack over the years. Our love for “Say Anything,” “Almost Famous” and “Jerry …
FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015
Disaster done right
Disaster movies, which predate the zeitgeist’s fascination with a world falling apart around us, are always great measures of the state of the Hollywood art of special effects. In “San …
TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015
Review: Modern Theater’s ‘God of Carnage’ rivets attention
The wickedly acerbic domestic satire “God of Carnage” is only 80 minutes long, and the two married couples at the center of the play are at one another’s throats for …
SATURDAY, FEB. 21, 2015
Review: ‘Memphis’ like a great ‘Hairspray’ cover
“Memphis,” like “Hairspray” before it, is a crowd-pleaser that embraces the transformative powers of rock and roll, a story about the possibility of racial harmony through the unifying power of …
FRIDAY, AUG. 15, 2014
‘Book of Mormon’ fulfills mission to make you laugh
Picture a song-and-dance number about a shy young man talking himself into doing the right thing, aided in his imagination by Lt. Uhura from “Star Trek,” the angel Moroni and …
TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014
‘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 …
THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2014
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 …
MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014
Review: Light takes center stage in Interplayers’ ‘Wait Until Dark’
Our scene opens on a typical New York City basement apartment in 1944. It’s dark, illuminated only by an outside streetlight. We see a man walk past the window over …
MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014
Spokane Symphony Orchestra concert a technical marvel
It seems that two classical music buffs cannot converse for two minutes without using the word “technique.” Saturday’s concert of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra at the Martin Woldson Theater at …
SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014
Music, vocals make Civic’s ’60s romp ‘Suds’ worth it
There’s an old story about the first time Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson heard the Phil Spector-produced classic “Be My Baby.” He was reportedly driving around when the song came …
THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014
Review: Interplayers’ ‘Barrymore’ both humorous, human
Screen and stage legend John “Jack” Barrymore comes to life in Interplayers Theatre’s production of the one-man show “Barrymore,” by William Luce, directed by Mary Starkey. When we meet Barrymore …
SUNDAY, FEB. 2, 2014
Review: Civic Theatre update shows Shakespeare’s ‘Tempest’ is timeless
It’s one thing for a community theater to tackle the work of William Shakespeare; it’s another thing entirely for one to tackle his epic magical comedy “The Tempest.” There are …
SATURDAY, FEB. 1, 2014
‘Hello, Dolly!’ Best of Broadway show is high-spirited, goofy fun
When the musical “Hello, Dolly!” premiered in 1964, it became a classic right out of the gate. Written by Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart, the original production won 10 Tony …
THURSDAY, JAN. 30, 2014
Interplayers’ production of ‘Good People’ displays raw human nature, humor
In “Good People,” the line between being a good person and a bad one is blurred. No one is ever fully one or the other, and no situation is black …
SATURDAY, DEC. 14, 2013
‘Million Dollar Quartet’ recreates iconic day
In early December 1956, four musicians gathered by chance at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tenn. As they jammed, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis couldn’t have …
FRIDAY, NOV. 29, 2013
Elegant film suffers from over-long scenes
Say this for “Blue is the Warmest Color,” the Cannes award winner that is as famous for its long, explicit sex scenes as it is for its honors and actresses: …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27, 2013
Review: Interplayers’ ‘Our Town’ harkens to simpler times
Interplayers Theatre’s new imagining of Thornton Wilder’s classic play “Our Town” offers the same slice-of-life portrait of American life and heart that fans of the play appreciate. Artistic Director Reed …
SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2013
Spokane Civic Theatre’s ‘Christmas Schooner’ watertight
F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said that there are no second acts in American lives, but in the case of the characters in “The Christmas Schooner,” it’s the second act that …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 27, 2013
Drake changes game with latest release
Drake warns us what’s coming on his new album “Nothing Was the Same,” laying out a mission statement of sorts on sprawling opener “Tuscan Leather.” “This is nothin’ for the …