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Civic Theatre leader’s defamation suit revived

The Washington Court of Appeals on Thursday reinstated a defamation suit filed by former Spokane Civic Theatre artistic director Yvonne A.K. Johnson against the theater’s former music director. Johnson fired …


Choose your weapon: Civic Theatre stages ‘Clue: The Musical’

No matter how many times you sit through “Clue: The Musical,” the odds of seeing the exact same show twice are pretty slim. There are 216 possible endings to the …


Review: Comedy classic ‘Nunsense’ gets fresh twist with male cast

“Nunsense,” the perennial crowd-pleaser that’s kept Spokane Civic Theatre audiences in stitches over the past two decades, is back, this time in a production featuring five male actors as the …


All-male cast forces change of habit

You’d think that the comic premise of nuns behaving badly would eventually lose its novelty, but Dan Goggin’s musical comedy “Nunsense” has proven that theory wrong, spinning out one popular …


Draining drama pays dividends

“Orphans” begins with a quiet scene of childlike glee and ends with a pained, howling, almost primal scream. Those moments bookend a character study that careens from one dramatic extreme …


‘Orphans’ provides comedy on the dark side

Lyle Kessler’s “Orphans” is a probing character study about wayward souls and broken men, and it deals with issues of abandonment, death, deception, masculinity and violence. It’s also kind of …


Review: Civic’s “The Servant of Two Masters” a chaotic, timeless comedy

All comedy revels in anarchy, but great comedy revels in the anarchy that results when the best intentions go disastrously wrong. (I’m reminded of that great Steve Martin quote about …


Classic story, new direction

Tonight marks a major debut at Spokane Civic Theatre, but it isn’t the show that’s playing. Sure, “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” opens this evening, and it promises to be …


Classic story, new direction

Tonight marks a major debut at Spokane Civic Theatre, but it isn’t the show that’s playing. Sure, “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” opens this evening, and it promises to be …


Civic’s ‘Hyde’ adds unexpected twists

Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is one of the most influential and oft-imitated stories of the past few centuries, the kind …


Review: Civic’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ tests tensions of faith

“Fiddler on the Roof” originally premiered on Broadway in 1964, during what is generally considered the Golden Age of theater, and swept the Tony Awards that year on its way …


Father confronting change keeps ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ relevant

Spokane Civic Theatre kicks off its newest season tonight with a production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” one of the most revered and oft-performed shows in Broadway history. Like Civic’s …


Civic revives forum for new works by local playwrights

It’s been six years since Spokane’s Civic Theatre last hosted its Playwrights’ Forum Festival, which was an annual tradition for 25 years until it was retired in 2008. But Civic …


Review: Spokane Civic Theatre’s ‘Gypsy’ a timeless takedown of showbiz

When “Gypsy” first premiered 55 years ago, Ethel Merman tore up the stage as brash stage mother Mama Rose. Her big, brassy performance cemented her as a Broadway legend. But …


Musical comedy meets family drama in ‘Gypsy’

There’s something inherently fascinating about the painted-on glamour and inevitable tragedy of showbiz – after all, how many films, plays, novels and TV shows have been made about the rise …


Civic’s ‘Becky’s New Car’ a wild, energetic comedy

Sometimes our lives become defined by such familiar, indelible routines that we don’t notice how tedious they are until something – or someone – upsets the formula. This realization hits …


Civic brings in a new artistic director

At first glance, Baton Rouge, La., and Spokane seem pretty different. One city is nestled in the hot and humid deep South, while the other is on the dry side …


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 …


Musical ‘Suds’ spins 1960s as rock comedy

Combine supernatural romance with the breezy period musicals “Hairspray” and “Grease,” soundtrack it to the tunes of Phil Spector, Burt Bacharach and Motown, and put it through spin cycle for …


Musical ‘Suds’ spins 1960s as rock comedy

Combine supernatural romance with the breezy period musicals “Hairspray” and “Grease,” soundtrack it to the tunes of Phil Spector, Burt Bacharach and Motown, and put it through spin cycle for …


Review: Spokane Civic Theatre’s ‘Mousetrap’ a playful whodunit

It’s a setup you’ve no doubt heard before. On a stormy, snowy night in 1949, an investigator visits the married proprietors of an English guesthouse called Monkswell Manor and their …


Spokane Civic Theatre hires new artistic director

Keith Dixon, currently the managing artistic director at Theatre Baton Rouge, has been hired as the new artistic director for the Spokane Civic Theatre. Dixon, 40, will take over the …


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 …


Physical comedy, music make ‘Crazy for You’ fun

When it comes to screwball farce, a little exuberance can go a long way. And when it comes to “Crazy for You,” Ken Ludwig’s Tony Award-winning musical that opened at …


Spotlight: Civic, Symphony team up for ‘Les Mis’

Jim Swoboda made quite a splash this fall in what was in essence his musical theater debut. In Spokane Civic Theatre’s production of “Les Miserables,” Swoboda walked into the challenging …


‘Les Miserables’ at The Fox pairs Spokane Symphony, Civic Theatre

Spokane Civic Theatre and the Spokane Symphony will team up for the first time in March to stage Civic’s production of “Les Miserables” on the stage at the Martin Woldson …


Spotlight: SpokAnimal donation earns tickets to Civic’s latest

Through today, patrons who make a donation to SpokAnimal can see Spokane Civic Theatre’s production of “The Christmas Schooner” for $11. This offer is good today only through the Civic …


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 …


Review: ‘Second Samuel’ explores themes of tolerance, community

“Second Samuel,” Pamela Parker’s bittersweet comedy running at Spokane’s Civic Theatre, is a two-act play. This is an important distinction, because each half of the story shows a small Georgia …


Theaters roll out dramatic, musical takes on comedy

Now that the dog days of summer are fading from our seasonal rearview mirror, the local theater scene is buzzing with activity. Tonight alone you’ve got two theatrical premieres to …