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Civic Theatre strives for authenticity in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’

Most Broadway musicals don’t have firearms in the plot, much less in the title. Yet “Annie Get Your Gun” involves so many blazing barrels that director Yvonne A.K. Johnson decided …


Civic Theatre stages off-Broadway hit ‘Lips Together, Teeth Apart’

Terrence McNally’s “Lips Together, Teeth Apart” is without question a comedy – but it’s “a comedy that hurts,” as one critic put it in 1991. McNally places two middle-aged couples …


Civic stages Jeff Daniels-written comedy ‘Escanaba’

The Spokane Civic Theatre’s upcoming comedy is set in a Michigan deer-hunting camp, has a character whose first name is “Jimmers” and is full of jokes about whiskey and Bambi. …


Civic’s musical ‘Grill’ carries substance if not a lot of sizzle

‘The Spitfire Grill” is a musical – and a beloved one at that – but it’s hardly of the Lloyd Webber blockbuster mega-musical variety. It’s based on the kind of …


The beauty of ‘Magnolias’

By now, most people have had their own appointment at Truvy’s Beauty Spot. America flocked to the 1989 film of “Steel Magnolias” with Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Julia …


Civic Theatre’s ‘Sylvia’ much deeper than a show about a dog

Yes, A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia” is a dog play. One of the three main characters is a dog named Sylvia. She’s played by a human – in this case, Spokane actress …


Civic Theater: ‘Curtains’ one-part whodunit, one-part who sang it

You might say you can see two musicals for the price of one at the Spokane Civic Theatre beginning Friday: • “Curtains,” the hit Broadway musical from 2007.


Herdman kids land at the Civic

Those rotten Herdman kids are coming back to the Spokane Civic Theatre’s Main Stage and, once again, they are threatening to sabotage the church Christmas pageant and turn it into …


Two male actors, redneck humor drives Civic’s latest, ‘Tuna’

For those playgoers who have not yet experienced the slapstick charms of Tuna, the “third smallest town in Texas,” here’s a hint: Imagine “King of the Hill” meets “Benny Hill.” …


Civic passes along ‘Pearls’

The concept of Michele Lowe’s 2004 comedy-drama “String of Pearls” is simple enough: The play follows one pearl necklace as it enters the lives of several women over the years. …


Offering comfort during cancer

October is breast cancer awareness month. But cancer survivors like Melody Biehl are always aware of the insidious disease that claims more than 40,000 women in the United States each …


Civic Theatre opens with ‘Pirates of Penzance’

The Spokane Civic Theatre breaks a long Gilbert & Sullivan drought Friday by opening its season with “The Pirates of Penzance,” an 1880 comic romp about pirates and kidnapped maidens. …


‘Forum’ a hit from the get-go

Sometimes, the opening number is enough to assure an audience that all will be well for the rest of the show. That was the case with “Comedy Tonight,” the classic …


Broadway smash hardly an instant success

Frank Rich, the former theater critic of The New York Times, was a teenager in 1962 when he bought a ticket to the Washington, D.C., tryout of a new comedy …


Civic goes back for seconds

Canadian playwright Norm Foster is not exactly a household name this side of the border. Yet he’s on the way to becoming a favorite in a city just barely on …


Frivolity meets fancy footwork

The lyrics perfectly state the theme of “No, No, Nanette”: “I want to be happy, but I won’t be happy, till I make you happy, too.” So this bright and …


Civic Theatre stages ‘No, No, Nanette’

Entire generations have been brought up on musicals with serious, if not tragic, themes: “Les Miserables,” “Sweeney Todd,” and “Assassins.” Beginning Friday, the Spokane Civic Theatre will give us a …


‘Cuckoo’ at Civic

Most people have wondered, at one time or another, whether the “crazy” people are more sane than “normal” people. Few works of fiction have explored this idea more successfully than …


Two plays, plenty of sparring

The Studio Theatre, downstairs at the Spokane Civic Theatre, tries something different beginning Friday: Two one-act plays, with contrasting themes. “Graceland,” by Ellen Byron, is about two women waiting outside …