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MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2011

'Much Ado' about quality

I caught the Spokane Shakespeare Company's free production of "Much Ado About Nothing" on the lawn at Gonzaga Prep and I was astonished at how good it was. This cast -- mostly college-age or just a little beyond -- brought this comedy to life. They...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2011

'Sperm! The Musical'? Really?

"Sperm! The Musical" is on the way to the Panida Theatre in Sandpoint. No, I don't think this is a joke. It's an original musical comedy set in that most romantic of settings, a sperm bank. It's about "sperm radiation therapy, and killer mutant sperm...

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MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2011

Brush up your Shakespeare

We have plenty of Shakespeare in the region this month, including: “Much Ado About Nothing,” on the lawn at Gonzaga Prep, 1224 E. Euclid Ave., weekends through Aug. 21 – The Spokane Shakespeare Company, under the direction of Kevin Connell, continues its run of this...

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MONDAY, AUG. 1, 2011


Duke's 'Miracle' will return

“The Miracle Worker,” directed by Patty Duke – a springtime hit for Interplayers Professional Theatre – is coming back next month for a 12-performance encore. The story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan will return from Aug. 26 to Sept. 4. Tickets are $24 and...

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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011

An outdoor 'Much Ado' at G-Prep

Free Shakespeare will return to the lawn on the Gonzaga Prep campus, with "Much Ado About Nothing," Aug. 5-21. This follows a successful "Taming of the Shrew" in 2009. Director and creative force Kevin Connell (also known as the G-Prep principal) said this year's production...

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MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

The Civic brings home two national awards

The Spokane Civic Theatre brought home two awards from last weekend's AACT/FEST 2011 national community theater awards in Rochester, NY: Lacey Bohnet won Best Supporting Actress. Nancy Vancil won Best Musical Accompaniment The Civic's entry, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," also earned three...

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Take two: After starring as Helen Keller alongside Anne Bancroft in the play and film version of “The Miracle Worker,” above, Duke is now directing Sophia Caruso as Keller and Sarah Denison as Annie Sullivan in Interplayers’ version, at left.

Spokane's Sophia, in the NY Times

Spokane's Sophia Caruso, 9, pictured here in rehearsals for "The Miracle Worker" at Interplayers Professional Theatre, was in the pages of the NY Times on Monday. She was one of thousands of little girls auditioning for a new production of "Annie" in New York. Here's...

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A great and powerful 'Oz'

The opening show at the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, “The Wizard of Oz,” which runs June 9-19, has had a robust pre-sale – just 300 tickets behind the theater’s all-time biggest seller, last year’s “Cinderella,” at a comparable date. That’s a good harbinger going into...

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

These busy 'Bees' need help to get to Rochester

The folks in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” are feverishly raising money to go to Rochester, N.Y., for AACT/Fest, which is the national community theater competition. They’ve already come up with $20,000. They have $10,000 more to go. This Spokane Civic Theatre production...

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Wicked work: Stage crews are bathed in orange as lights are tested and the set of the Broadway blockbuster “Wicked” is assembled on Tuesday in the INB Performing Arts Center in Spokane. The show travels with 13 semitrailers filled with props and sets and takes crews 2 ½ days to set up. “Wicked” runs today through May 29. (Dan Pelle)

Is it a giant bat? Or a dragon?

I received an e-mail from a reader pointing out that what I called a "a giant dragon looming over the proscenium" in "Wicked" was, in fact, a giant bat. "Don't you remember the bats in the 'Wizard of Oz?" she asked. I was ready to...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

The full 'Wicked' review

Here's my unedited review of "Wicked." It will appear in Saturday morning's print edition, after more editing and refinement: “Wicked,” Thursday night, INB Performing Arts Center, continues through May 29, tickets available through TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT, The first thing a newcomer to the “Wicked”...

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

A 'Wicked' quickie review

Just got in from 'Wicked' and I will write a full review for Saturday's print edition. But here's my quick initial reaction: "Wicked" is a feast or the eyes, with exceptionally creative sets, costumes and lighting. And it works for the heart and the brain,...

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

Going to 'Wicked'? Read this first

The people at WestCoast Entertainment have a few important reminders for people who have tickets to "Wicked," which opens a two-week run Wednesday. Those are: Leave the babies and toddlers with the sitter. No one under 4 will be allowed in the theater. And although...

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A post-show talkback with Patty Duke

The post-show talkback sessions at Interplayers Professional Theatre are always worthwhile -- but this is the talkback not to miss. Director Patty Duke will attend the May 29 matinee of "The Miracle Worker" at 2 p.m. and will be there for the after-performance discussion. This...

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Review of Duke-directed 'Miracle Worker'

"The Miracle Worker" has just been extended a week, through May 29. I thought I'd post my unedited review of last night's performance, which should appear in Sunday's print edition: “The Miracle Worker,” Interplayers Professional Theatre, Friday night, continues through May 29, call (509) 455-PLAY...

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'Aladdin' and 'Narnia' in Children's Theatre lineup

The Spokane Children’s Theatre has announced its 2011-2012 season: “Disney’s Aladdin,” based on the popular movie. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” the classic holiday comedy. “Go Dog Go,” an Inland Northwest premiere of a Seattle Children’s Theatre favorite. “Miss Nelson is Missing!” another Inland Northwest...

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