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  • Review: ‘The Producers’ finds comedy in taboo places

    Leave it to comedy legend Mel Brooks to conceive a musical with material so offensive it becomes downright hysterical. Thus, the major ingredient in Brooks’ multi-Tony Award-winning musical, “The Producers.” …


  • ‘The Producers’ starts Friday at Civic Theatre

    What: Tony-winning stage adaptation of the Mel Brooks movie comedy Where: Spokane Civic Theatre


  • Spotlight: Spokane doctor named to state arts commission

    Spokane physician Bassem Bejjani has been appointed to the Washington State Arts Commission. He joins two other Eastern Washington appointees on the 23-member panel – Mark Anderson of Walla Walla …


  • Spotlight: Politics dominate Bing’s fall film series

    The Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater is getting into the spirit of the season with is fall film series. “Best of Politicial Movie Classics” kicks off Sept. 19 with …


  • Spotlight: New theater group plans its first play

    There’s a new theater company in the Idaho Panhandle. The JACC Theater Troupe was formed this spring by the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Post Falls and will be …


  • ‘Happy Days’ at Civic

    You know the theme song. “Sunday, Monday, Happy Days. Tuesday, Wednesday, Happy Days.”


  • String Quartet unveils 2012-’13 lineup

    The Spokane String Quartet has announced its 2012-’13 season, with works by Ludwig von Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Johannes Brahms, Dmitri Shostakovich, Antonin Dvorak and Franz Schubert among the pieces to …


  • Spotlight: ‘Greater Tuna’ reunites Weaver, Treadway

    Michael Weaver and Patrick Treadway are headed back to Tuna, Texas. Interplayers Professional Resident Theater is opening “Greater Tuna” on Thursday to replace “Ruthless! The Musical,” which was canceled after …


  • Pearl Jam to play Missoula on Sept. 30

    Pearl Jam is only playing a few festivals in the U.S. this year. But if you’re dying to see the band play live in 2012, a three-hour road trip to …


  • 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:

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