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Gigler, local actor, dies while rehearsing musical

Local actor David Gigler died Saturday where countless Inland Northwest residents had come to know him: on stage. Gigler, 47, collapsed from what appeared to be a heart attack during …


Set designer Peter Hardie has earned farewell bow

At the curtain call, the actors are always the ones soaking up the applause. Yet sometimes the people behind the scenes – the ones who build the scenes – should …


Spotlight: Huey Lewis, Styx set to play Spokane fair

Huey Lewis and the News and Styx are among the rock acts heading to the Spokane County Interstate Fair this summer. Kicking off the fair’s Grandstand entertainment this year is …


‘Annie’ characters shine again at Civic

After a 28-year hiatus from the Spokane Civic Theatre stage, “Annie” returns with a glorious bang. Directed by Yvonne A.K. Johnson, the show exudes the uplifting and heartfelt spirit of …


‘Annie’ comes out tomorrow

The sun will come out tomorrow. It’s a sentiment that’s been with us a long time, thanks to “Annie,” the classic Broadway musical about a little red-headed orphan girl, her …


By end of ‘Annie,’ theater hopes to find rescued dog a home

There are two stars in the Spokane Civic Theatre’s upcoming production of “Annie.” Both are cute, both have adorable curls, both are talented vocalizers – but only one was rescued …


Civic Theatre crew succeeds despite ‘Premiere’ script’s flaws

Spokane Civic Theatre’s director Wes Deitrick, cast and crew try their best to add sparkle to Dale Wasserman’s lackluster satirical comedy “Premiere.” This is not to say Wasserman wasn’t a …


Theater review: Bumpkin brothers keep ‘Duck’ show lively

It’s all fun and games until somebody shoots a celestial being in Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel.” Kathie Doyle-Lipe directs an applaudable production of the comedy by Mitch …


Civic Theatre stages Mitch Albom comedy

“Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” has an impressive pedigree. Namely: Mitch Albom. It’s the first play the newspaper columnist and bestselling author (“Tuesdays With Morrie”) wrote that wasn’t based on a …


Theater review: Spontaneity keeps ‘Bingo’ breezy

Zany antics and shenanigans abound in “Bingo,” an interactive experience that involves bingo playing, friendship and not-so-friendly competition. Spokane Civic Theatre Director Scott Doughty provides a rip-roaring interpretation of Michael …


Grudge match

Before the audience members take their seats for the new Civic Theatre production of “Bingo,” they’ll be handed bingo cards and encouraged to play along. Instead of watching actors on …


Theater review: Ex-sailor in ‘Count’ has vengeful new identity

Based on the literary masterpiece, “The Count of Monte Cristo” spins the ultimate tale of treachery, romance, adventure and revenge. Yvonne A.K. Johnson effectively directs the Spokane Civic Theatre’s production …


Theater pro makes Shakespeare more accessible to students

The idea behind the Spokane Civic Theatre’s new Shakespeare in Schools Program is to introduce students to the Bard of Avon with less eye-rolling and more dynamism than the usual …


Civic set to stage one of literature’s most renowned stories

‘The Count of Monte Cristo,” opening at the Spokane Civic Theatre this week, is one of the most famous stories in the entire history of literature. Let’s quantify that:


‘Catfish Moon’ shines at times

The play “Catfish Moon” by Laddy Sartin is a simple story about normal Southern people at an old fishing hole, and Spokane Civic Theatre’s intimate Firth J. Chew Studio is …


‘Catfish Moon’ promises hilarity among friends

Three old buddies pack up their fishing gear, head to their favorite lake haunt, and in the course of the weekend deal head-on with adult issues and the meaning of …


Theater review: Nothing bashful about ‘Whorehouse’

Spokane Civic Theatre director Marianne McLaughlin and musical director Benjamin Bentler deliver a satisfying version of Carol Hall’s musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” chock-full of spot-on comedic timing …


What happens in Texas … ‘Best Little Whorehouse’

What: Civic Theatre’s production of the Tony-winning musical comedy about a brothel and the crusading reporter who tries to shut it down; directed by Marianne McLaughlin When: Friday through Feb. …


Spotlight: Civic offers few teases to 2012-13 season

Here’s a sneak peek at the Spokane Civic Theatre’s 2012-’13 season. The 2011-’12 season is only halfway finished, yet executive artistic director Yvonne A.K. Johnson has already set the schedule …


Theater review: A timeless tale, beautifully told

The Spokane Civic Theatre’s new version of “A Christmas Carol” reaffirms my conviction that all of us, every year, should reacquaint ourselves with Ebenezer Scrooge. He’s a man who doesn’t …


‘Christmas’ future

Everybody has seen “A Christmas Carol.” Yet you may not have seen one like the Spokane Civic Theatre’s version. It has:


Civic puts tale of Eyre, Mr. Rochester to music

The story of the governess Jane Eyre and her stormy relationship with Mr. Rochester will be told entirely through song on the Spokane Civic Theatre’s Main Stage this weekend. Paul …


Civic shows its scary side

Henry James’ 1898 novella, “The Turn of the Screw,” is one of literature’s most famous ghost stories – assuming that it actually has ghosts. Several questions have vexed readers for …


Theater review: ‘Millie’ taps energy of ’20s

Most people wouldn’t employ the word “frothy” in casual conversation, but I can’t think of any other word to describe “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Except possibly “fizzy.” This is a show …


Return of ‘Millie’

Don’t let the word “modern” fool you in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” This is an old-fashioned musical with lots of tap-dancing, elaborate production numbers and – in the Spokane Civic Theatre’s …


From ‘Frankenstein’ to ‘Millie,’ stage is packed with promise

Coming alive on a stage near you: Frankenstein, the Chairman of the Board, a Killer Rabbit and a certain pair of Gothic governesses. This fall’s theater scene will bring these …


‘Buddy’ returns to Civic Friday

Back in October, the Spokane Civic Theatre had a “Buddy” problem: The tickets were gone. Talk about an excellent problem.


Spokane stage productions reap their just rewards

Live theater in Spokane has been going through a metamorphosis – or maybe we should say a “Metamorphoses” (to name one of the season’s best shows). Theaters have come and …


Spotlight: Judds were a hit, seats were amiss at Northern Quest

According to most reports, The Judds performed a great inaugural show at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino’s new outdoor venue last weekend. On the other hand, the seats didn’t …


Spotlight: At first glance, ‘da Vinci’ impresses

I just walked through “Leonardo da Vinci: Man – Inventor – Genius” while installers and curators readied it for a Friday opening at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. …