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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, …


CST undergoes change at top

Laura Little is stepping down as executive director of Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. Stepping in is Tracey Vaughan.


Audience gets musical connection with March sisters

Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” was originally published in two volumes in the late 1860s, and not only was it an instant commercial success, but it represented a sea change …


Spokane Civic Theatre executive director Keith Dixon resigns

Keith Dixon is returning to Louisiana to spend time with his family.


Review: ‘Sordid Lives’ at Civic is raucous, moving

Like an R-rated “Steel Magnolias,” Del Shores’ play “Sordid Lives,” which opened at Spokane Civic Theatre on Friday, explores love, death and familial dysfunction in a tight-knit Southern community. But …


‘Sordid Lives’ loves its uncouth characters

The characters in Del Shore’s “Sordid Lives” are unapologetically ribald and more than a little uncouth, the kind of people you might derogatorily refer to as “white trash.” But the …


Review: It’s getting ‘Dangereuses’ at Spokane Civic Theatre

Trio of strong performances bring Christopher Hampton’s tale of sexual manipulation to live on Civic’s Main Stage.


Civic announces lineup for 70th season

Civic Theatre kicks off 2016-17 year with ‘Beauty and the Beast.’


Extreme seduction: Civic stages ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’

The French aristocrats at the center of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” (translation: “Dangerous Liaisons”) are as bored as they are vicious, and their idea of entertainment is to seduce young, impressionable …


‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play’: Old-school story told the old-school way

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play,” presented by Spokane’s Civic Theatre and staged at the Bing Crosby Theater, is a one-act adaptation of that beloved film, and it’s designed …


Kids bring holiday Charlie Brown classic to life

Civic Theatre’s Academy stages “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”


Review: ‘White Christmas’ brings back its old-fashioned charm

According to the lyrics of one of Irving Berlin’s most famous tunes, love and the weather can’t be depended upon – they’re unpredictable, irresponsible, unbelievable, unreliable. The same adjectives can’t …