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Stories tagged: Spokane Civic Theatre


Theater review: Shining moments in a too-long play

Ivan Menchell’s “The Cemetery Club” is not the kind of play I am inclined to favor, and I’ll give you a few reasons why: • The characters hold lengthy conversations …


Civic’s studio theater stages ‘The Cemetery Club’

Doris, Ida and Lucille are widows from Queens who meet every month at their husbands’ gravesites. They talk about life, love and loss – but not exactly with little-old-lady gentility.


Spotlight: Local foundation has big plans for Bing collection

A Spokane foundation has purchased one of the three largest Bing Crosby photo/memorabilia collections in the world – about 5,000 pieces – with an idea toward a future museum in …


Rock ’n’ roll’s draw modeled in Civic Theatre rarity

The Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” isn’t merely about the rock ’n’ roll of the 1950s; it IS the rock ’n’ roll of the 1950s. By that, …


Civic Theatre has high hopes for ‘The Buddy Holly Story’

‘Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” should prove to be a different kind of season opener for the Spokane Civic Theatre: • It comes from the 1980s as opposed to the …


Artistic director helps Civic Theatre thrive despite tough economy

The recession has been brutal for Spokane’s live theater. Two theaters closed, others teetered. Meanwhile, the Spokane Civic Theatre has just come off its biggest ticket-sales season ever. How do …


Theaters’ upcoming season include ‘Wicked,’ ‘White Christmas’

Buy a ticket, park yourself in your theater seat and watch the following unfold: • Four actors playing 150 characters in a Hitchcock spoof.


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 …