Stories tagged: Theater review
UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 9:39 a.m.
Civic adds needed modern twist to ‘Taming of the Shrew’
While the language is as Shakespeare wrote, director/scenic and lighting designer David Baker has added a modern touch to the Shakespeare comedy with updated costumes and more attitude than the …
Mon., April 3, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
‘Noises Off’ at Spokane Civic Theatre finds comedy in the chaos
“Noises Off,” which opened Friday at Spokane Civic Theatre, cracks the lens of the rose-colored glasses worn by the enchanted theatergoer and gives the audience a glance, albeit a (hopefully) …
UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 5:50 p.m.
Review: ‘Kinky Boots’ is frothy, flamboyant fun
Mishap with leading man on opening night doesn’t detract from a teriffic show.
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 10:15 p.m.
Theater review: With Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Ovo,’ a bug’s life appears to be a good one
“Ovo,” the latest Cirque du Soleil show to make its way to the Spokane Arena, is filled with whimsy and magic, comedy and thrills.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 10:29 p.m.
‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ is about regret, but it’s very funny
Near the end of Christopher Durang’s play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” one of its titular characters, named after a famous creation of Anton Chekhov, unspools a lengthy …
Tue., Jan. 17, 2017, 4:11 p.m.
‘Disgraced’ at Spokane’s Stage Left packs a wallop
Pulitzer-winning drama brings four characters together for a dinner party that comes undone when prejudices come into the fray.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 9:56 p.m.
‘Pippin’ is odd in all the right ways
Best of Broadway season continues with a touring production of the 2013 Tony winner for best musical revival.
Thu., Nov. 10, 2016, 12:07 p.m.
A ‘Beautiful’ night: Carole King musical rocks the INB with great tunes
Luckily for us, King’s artistic output was much deeper than the 12 tracks on “Tapestry.” With her former husband Gerry Goffin, King wrote a string of hits for groups like …
Sat., Oct. 29, 2016, 8:02 p.m.
Review: Iconic ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ rich on local stage
Stanley Kowalski looms so large in our cultural conscience that it’s easy to forget that “A Streetcar Named Desire” is really about Blanche DuBois, his emotionally disturbed sister-in-law. Much of …
Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 5:15 p.m.
Theater review: “ ’night Mother” at Modern CdA an intense, powerful story
There is something shockingly straightforward about Jessie’s decision to end her life in Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “ ’night Mother.”
Mon., Oct. 17, 2016, 1:17 p.m.
Civic’s time warp to ‘Rocky Horror’ is worth the trip
Cult comedy, which was the basis of the beloved movie, will run at Civic through Nov. 5.
Sat., Sept. 24, 2016, 4:45 p.m.
Modern Theater Spokane takes a giddy, rowdy and jazzy trip to ‘Chicago’
Directed by Abbey Crawford, the Spokane theater opens its season on a high note with Kander and Ebb’s still-relevant musical.
Mon., Sept. 12, 2016, 7:29 p.m.
Theater review: Civic’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ lives up to its billing as beloved classic
This is a classic, lovingly realized story, full of wonder, mystery, humor and romance, and it boasts some terrific songs that you’ll be humming on your way home from the …
Mon., Sept. 5, 2016, 2:48 p.m.
Review: “[title of show]” from the Modern Theater is a fun, funny ode to musical theater
They say you’re supposed to write what you know, and what Jeff and Hunter know best is creative desperation. They’re wannabe playwrights living in New York City, and they’ve got …
Mon., Aug. 1, 2016, 3:59 p.m.
Review: Modern’s ‘Dogfight’ examines Vietnam era with potent mix of men behaving badly, romance
“Dogfight” is the story of characters in the moments before their lives are upended, and one of its tragedies is that they’re so oblivious to the turbulence that lies ahead. …
Fri., July 15, 2016, 12:57 p.m.
CST’s ‘Music Man’ a delightful trip to River City
Harold Hill is a con man, and his game is selling instruments, music, and uniforms to small-town rubes. His plan: to get out of town long before anyone figures out …
Sat., July 9, 2016, 3:49 p.m.
The Modern’s modern twist on ‘Man of La Mancha’ is assured and thoughtful
The Modern Theater Spokane’s production of “Man of La Mancha” this weekend, and it expands upon the playful, experimental styles of both Cervante’s work and playwright Dale Wasserman’s 1964 reimagining. …
Fri., July 8, 2016, 6:49 p.m.
Theater review: ‘Buddy’ doesn’t fade away
“Buddy,” the inaugural production from the Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, puts the legendary rocker’s story in veteran hands.
Fri., June 17, 2016, noon
‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ brings a little magic to Coeur d’Alene
“Peter and the Starcatcher,” making its regional debut at Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, is a prequel to “Peter Pan,” telling the story of how a nameless orphan became the boy …
Sat., June 4, 2016, 7:08 p.m.
‘Anything Goes’ at Modern CdA finds the right cast for an evening of fun
1934 musical features classic tunes by Cole Porter and serves as a perfect showcase for Abbey Crawford’s voice.
Sun., May 22, 2016, 3:50 p.m.
Review: ‘Guys and Dolls’ is fleet, fun and fiercely sentimental
“Guys and Dolls” is a story about hustlers, heavies, gamblers, gangsters and good-for-nothings, but its central conflict is one of relatively low stakes. Sure, our heroes are always hightailing it …
Mon., May 16, 2016, 3:13 p.m.
‘Ladies Foursome’ at the Modern a bittersweet day on the links
“The Ladies Foursome,” directed for the Modern Theater Spokane by Dawn Taylor Reinhardt, is a show that remains winsome and buoyant in the face of weighty, potentially melodramatic themes.
Wed., May 4, 2016, 3:54 p.m.
High-energy ‘Newsies’ a ton of fun
Morgan Keene shines in her homecoming performance of “Newsies” at the INB Performing Arts Center.
Mon., May 2, 2016, 10:23 a.m.
Review: Civic’s ‘Fiction’ writes an expertly modulated tale
Steven Dietz’s “Fiction” is a drama about the gaps between our memories and how we fill them in as a means of making our pasts feel more complete.
Sat., April 23, 2016, 7:56 p.m.
‘A Bright New Boise’ showcases talented young playwright
In the drab break room of a Boise Hobby Lobby store, five employees confront family, faith and futility in Samuel D. Hunter’s award-winning “A Bright New Boise,” now running at …
Tue., April 12, 2016, 3:43 p.m.
‘Next to Normal’ a challenging evening of theater
“Next to Normal,” which continues its run at the Bing Crosby Theater through the weekend, is as unconventional as its characters: It’s an edgy, occasionally bracing rock opera about one …
Mon., April 11, 2016, 9:42 a.m.
Review: Quiet moments prove strongest in Civic’s ‘Fox on the Fairway’
Written by Ken Ludwig and slickly directed for the Civic by Wes Deitrick, “The Fox on the Fairway” comfortably takes on the form of a classic farce: It combines the …
Fri., March 25, 2016, 12:16 p.m.
Theater review: ‘42nd Street’ packs a lot of charm into those tap shoes
It’s impossible to be sad when there is tap dancing. And if you need cheering up, head to “42nd Street.”
Mon., March 21, 2016, 3:42 p.m.
‘Hapgood’ a twisty tale of intrigue
“Hapgood” is a study of duplicates, a spy thriller about a search for a double agent that has ulterior motives of its own. Every character, every twist of the plot …
Sun., Feb. 21, 2016, 5:26 p.m.
Review: Pain, guilt, patriotism probed in Vietnam saga onstage
It’s been nearly 41 years since the last American helicopter lifted off from Saigon, yet the Vietnam War refuses to slink away gently into the pages of history. Which begs …