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UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 9:39 a.m.

Civic adds needed modern twist to ‘Taming of the Shrew’

While the language is as Shakespeare wrote, director/scenic and lighting designer David Baker has added a modern touch to the Shakespeare comedy with updated costumes and more attitude than the …


‘Noises Off’ at Spokane Civic Theatre finds comedy in the chaos

“Noises Off,” which opened Friday at Spokane Civic Theatre, cracks the lens of the rose-colored glasses worn by the enchanted theatergoer and gives the audience a glance, albeit a (hopefully) …


UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 12:50 p.m.

Tried-and-true comedy ‘Noises Off’ opens at Civic

It’s not every production that Spokane Civic Theatre Artistic Director Lenny Bart suggests audience members “wear (their) Depends,” but a show like “Noises Off” calls for such a precaution.


‘Holding On ~ Letting Go’ explores end of life challenges

Spokane Civic Theatre’s production of Bryan Harnetiaux’s “Holding On ~ Letting Go” isn’t a family affair, but it might as well be; Harnetiaux and director Jack Delahanty first worked together …


UPDATED: Wed., 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 …


Civic to play ‘A Little Night Music’

In helming his first show on the Civic’s main stage, Lenny Bart isn’t pulling any punches. The theater’s artistic director is taking on “A Little Night Music,” a Tony-winning show …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 10:29 p.m.

‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ is about regret, but it’s very funny

Near the end of Christopher Durang’s play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” one of its titular characters, named after a famous creation of Anton Chekhov, unspools a lengthy …


Local actor pleads guilty to molesting teen he met through Spokane Civic Theatre

A Spokane man who has appeared on the Spokane Civic Theatre stage several times recently pleaded guilty to molesting a teenage boy he met through the theater.


Spokane Civic Theatre goofs on Chekhov in ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’

The characters in Christopher Durang’s play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” are either named after or inspired by figures in the canon of Anton Chekhov, and the plot …


Spokane stages promise to be crowded through March

After a brief respite during the Christmas season, activity on area stages is starting to pick up again. A few shows are currently running – the heartwarming drama “Tuesdays With …


Spokane Civic Theatre presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” as a live radio play

It was common practice in the 1940s and ’50s to adapt popular movies into hour-long radio dramas. Frank Capra’s 1946 classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” was one of those films, …


Musical revue brings dose of good cheer

Right in time for the holidays, “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings” hits Spokane Civic Theatre on Friday, a rollicking, feel-good, willfully goofy Christmas comedy that’s plastered wall-to-wall with classic songs.


‘Streetcar’ plot still edgy, even for modern audience

Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” is generally considered one of the greatest pieces of theater ever written, a tragic tale of two wayward sisters and the brutish man who …


Review: Iconic ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ rich on local stage

Stanley Kowalski looms so large in our cultural conscience that it’s easy to forget that “A Streetcar Named Desire” is really about Blanche DuBois, his emotionally disturbed sister-in-law. Much of …


Collaboration, costumes nab Civic Theatre’s Kearney Jordan a nomination for arts award

Kearney Jordan is one of nearly 25 nominees for the Spokane Arts Heroes awards, which will be announced in a ceremony Nov. 5. She runs the Spokane Civic Theatre’s costume …


Civic’s time warp to ‘Rocky Horror’ is worth the trip

Cult comedy, which was the basis of the beloved movie, will run at Civic through Nov. 5.


Civic jumps to the left for ‘Rocky Horror’

Few pieces of theater better represent the culture’s shifting social mores than “The Rocky Horror Show.” What was seen as a risque cult curiosity upon its premiere in 1973 is …


Spokane Civic Theatre kicks off its 70th year with new artistic director Lenny Bart

Following a change in management, Spokane Civic Theatre ushers in its 70th year with new artistic director Lenny Bart and CEO Mike Shannon at its helm. Bart, who moved to …


Theater review: Civic’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ lives up to its billing as beloved classic

This is a classic, lovingly realized story, full of wonder, mystery, humor and romance, and it boasts some terrific songs that you’ll be humming on your way home from the …


Spokane Civic Theatre opens 70th season with ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Because so many people are familiar with the story of “Beauty and the Beast,” the Civic’s production doesn’t stray too far from the 1991 Disney film.


Spokane Civic Theatre hires artistic director

Lenny Bart is the new artistic director for the Spokane Civic Theatre


Review: ‘Guys and Dolls’ is fleet, fun and fiercely sentimental

“Guys and Dolls” is a story about hustlers, heavies, gamblers, gangsters and good-for-nothings, but its central conflict is one of relatively low stakes. Sure, our heroes are always hightailing it …


Civic Theatre ends season with ‘Guys and Dolls’

“Guys and Dolls” is the epitome of cool, a story of gamblers, gangsters, molls and lounge lizards that’s become one of the most iconic Broadway shows of all time. The …


Review: Civic’s ‘Fiction’ writes an expertly modulated tale

Steven Dietz’s “Fiction” is a drama about the gaps between our memories and how we fill them in as a means of making our pasts feel more complete.


Shades of truth come out in ‘Fiction’

Imagine that you’ve detailed all your dreams, fears and innermost thoughts onto the pages of a journal for years. And then imagine that the person you’re closest to was made …


Review: Quiet moments prove strongest in Civic’s ‘Fox on the Fairway’

Written by Ken Ludwig and slickly directed for the Civic by Wes Deitrick, “The Fox on the Fairway” comfortably takes on the form of a classic farce: It combines the …


Shenanigans abound farcical ‘Fox on the Fairway’

“The Fox on the Fairway,” which opens Friday at Spokane Civic Theatre, is a big, broad farce through and through. Written by Ken Ludwig, whose work has been frequently staged …


Republican convention gun petition author is from Spokane, has legal history with online postings

Jim Ryan, former music director of Spokane’s Civic Theatre, was revealed as “The Hyperationalist,” more popularly known as the author of a petition 50,000 signatures strong calling for guns to …


‘Hapgood’ a twisty tale of intrigue

“Hapgood” is a study of duplicates, a spy thriller about a search for a double agent that has ulterior motives of its own. Every character, every twist of the plot …


Civic’s spy thriller gives timely commentary

Tom Stoppard’s “Hapgood,” which opens at Spokane Civic Theatre this weekend, is a puzzle box that may not have a key, a tricky, sometimes opaque morality play about duality, identity, …