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‘A Bright Room Called Day’ shows mundane reality of fascism on the rise

This weekend marks the start of Stage Left’s production of “A Bright Room Called Day” by Tony Kushner, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Angels in America.”


Theater review: In ‘True West,’ Lake City Playhouse finds the perfect cast to tell Shepard’s tale

Directed by Brooke Wood, “True West” embarks as a modest character study but ends as a jarring exploration of a dark and uniquely American comedy.


Theater review: ‘Hecuba’ at Stage Left makes for an unforgettable night

Stage Left Theater’s production of Marina Carr’s “Hecuba” is not a show I’ll soon forget. House lights dimmed as a funereal monody played over the empty stage. Hecuba (Caryn Hoaglund), …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 1:42 p.m.

Stage Left presents a modern take on the ancient tale of ‘Hecuba’

Friday night, the players of Stage Left Theater will open their production of Marina Carr’s “Hecuba.” Loosely based on Euripides’ play of the same name, “Hecuba” is a retelling of …


‘Lion King’ continues to rule the Pride Lands and the stage in Spokane

There’s a reason why Disney’s “The Lion King” is the highest grossing musical of all time. Why it’s been running for more than two decades on Broadway. Why it continues …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 2:08 p.m.

Theater review: Civic spreads holiday cheer with ‘Elf’

All in all “Elf the Musical” is exactly the kind of Christmas treat people like. It’s bright, sparkly and cheerful. It goes down easy, and leaves you smiling at the …


‘Don’t Look Now’ director Nicolas Roeg dies at 90

Nicolas Roeg, a director of provocative and otherworldly films who gave Mick Jagger and David Bowie enduring screen roles, has died. He was 90.


‘Finding Neverland’ flies high in Spokane

Inspired by a true life story, and based on a 2004 Johnny Depp-Kate Winslet film, the musical “Finding Neverland” tells how J.M. Barrie came to create his most famous play, …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

Theater Review: In ‘Constellations,’ a path of fractured moments that make up a relationship

Is life one big “Choose Your Own Adventure” game or are all the twists and turns we experience predetermined? Nick Payne’s “Constellations” doesn’t answer the question, but it does offer …


Then and Now: Riverside Theater

The Casino Theater, on the 800 block of Riverside Avenue, opened in 1909.


It’s showtime: Spokane-born Sophia Anne Caruso begins her journey in Broadway-bound ‘Beetlejuice’

In 2019, Sophia Anne Caruso will get to check off another box on her to-do list: Playing the female lead in a big new Broadway musical.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 6:01 p.m.

With ‘Closing It Up,’ playwright and actress Molly Allen explores the funny side of dysfunctional families

KZZU’s Molly Allen writes and stars in the new family comedy on stage this weekend at Stage Left.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 3:59 p.m.

Tucker puts his spin on another classic, ‘Back to the Future’

Ryan Dean Tucker had hardly washed all the fake blood off his feet when he started thinking about his next one-man show. There were a few technical difficulties in the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 11:06 a.m.

CYT North Idaho brings ‘Newsies’ to Lake City Playhouse stage

CYT North Idaho leaders see “Newsies” as a perfect fit for their organization.


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 5:28 p.m.

A Spokane teen’s love for theater has him headed toward a bigger stage

At age 17, Brady Magruder has been a university professor, a high school basketball star, a con man and the president of Argentina. Magruder, an incoming senior at University High …


AMC’s new subscription launches, replicating MoviePass

AMC Theatres, like the one in Downtown Spokane, is introducing a new subscription program today to compete with similar programs like MoviePass.


UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018, 5:07 p.m.

Theater review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ at the Spokane Civic Theatre

Spokane Civic Theatre’s production of “Hello, Dolly!” owes a lot to an area fabric store.


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Banana dragons, pirates and a ninja: First graders debut their scripts at Kids Korner Playwright Festival

If the audience seemed a tad youthful on opening night at the Stage Left Theater, Thursday, the playwrights themselves were just as young – first graders, to be exact.


The tangles of family, romantic life play out in ‘Misalliance’ at the Spokane Civic Theatre

It might have been a mix of the unseasonably warm weather and Matthew Egan’s beautiful set design, but walking into Spokane Civic Theatre on Friday to see “Misalliance” truly felt …


UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018, 7:43 p.m.

Best of Broadway to bring ‘Lion King’ and ‘Les Miserables’ back to Spokane

From the “Circle of Life” to “I Dreamed a Dream,” two theatrical blockbusters are returning to Spokane for the 2018-19 Best of Broadway season at the INB Performing Arts Center.


Theater review: Strong vocal performances, cute kids carry ‘The Sound of Music’

All told, the national touring production of the venerable “The Sound of Music” that opened Thursday at the INB Performing Arts Center is a testament to the strengths of a …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 3:36 p.m.

Spokane Valley Summer Theatre heading ‘Into the Woods’

Spokane Valley Summer Theatre will go “Into the Woods” in late July. Stephen Sondheim’s fairy-tale musical will take over the Central Valley Performing Arts Center July 13-29.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Theater review: ‘Hamilton’ proves why it’s a theatrical sensation

When it comes to “Hamilton,” it’s magical to be in the room where it happens. Since it opened in New York three years ago, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s sung-through musical about America’s …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 3:12 p.m.

‘York’ revived to celebrate Black History Month

In 2004, Spokane Civic Theatre’s playwright-in-residence Bryan Harnetiaux received a request from Gonzaga University’s drama department to write a play about the 1804 Lewis and Clark expedition. Harnetiaux said he …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018, 7:35 p.m.

Theater review: ‘Motown: The Musical’ brings the highs and lows – and plenty of hits – to the INB stage

Based on Barry Gordy’s memoir, and with a book by Gordy himself, “Motown: The Musical” is a sleek and slick look at one of the most influential record labels in …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 6:31 p.m.

Spokane Civic Theatre’s production of ‘Virginia Woolf’ holds attention beyond final curtain call

“Truth and illusion. Who knows the difference?” This line, uttered by the character George, encapsulates the entirety of Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 2:18 p.m.

Theater review: Heartfelt ‘Falsettos’ good step for rebounding Lake City

This Tony-winning musical by William Finn and James Lapine is a critical darling and cult favorite. On opening night, an audience member could be heard telling others, “You’re going to …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 2:37 p.m.

‘Falsettos’ arrives in Coeur d’Alene with its story of family and love

This nearly perfect musical about a decidedly imperfect family opens at Coeur d’Alene’s Lake City Playhouse this weekend and is being staged in the region for this first time since …


Lake City Playhouse takes on ‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told’

Coeur d’Alene’s nonprofit theater company will stage “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” beginning Friday and continuing through Dec. 17. The three-person comedy replaces “A Doll’s House” on …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 10:16 a.m.

‘Hamilton’ is headed to Puerto Rico, with Lin-Manuel Miranda reprising lead role

Meanwhile, tickets sales for the “Hamilton” run in Seattle were brisk.