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It’s 1250 in Priseaux, France. The local monastery has hit a rough patch. It seems the relics of its patron saint, St. Foy, aren’t bringing in the pilgrims they used to. The coffers are empty, and the monks find it hard to keep themselves fed, let alone help the villagers in need of assistance. It’s the opening of Michael Hollinger’s “Incorruptible: A Dark Comedy About the Dark Ages,” which will come to the Interplayers stage beginning tonight.
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 “State of the Union.” The 1948 Frank Capra movie stars Spencer Tracy as an industrialist urged to run for the presidency, and Katharine Hepburn as his estranged wife.
Setting a play in a nursing home is an artistic risk. In real life, many people avoid nursing homes – now more commonly known as assisted living residences. So watching assisted living life unfold on stage? Forget it.
John de Lancie, who played the meddlesome Q on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” is coming to Spokane in November to lend a hand to Interplayers Professional Theatre. De Lancie will do two different programs, said Interplayers Artistic Director Reed McColm. On Nov. 16, de Lancie will participate in “A Q-and-A with Q,” in which audience members can pepper the actor with questions about his career on stage and screen. The next night, Nov. 17, de Lancie will present “Flying Without a Net: An Evening with John de Lancie.” This program is one that he has taught at colleges, including the University of California-Merced; it centers on the business of acting.
Patrick Treadway and Michael Weaver are no strangers to Tuna, Texas. In fact, earlier this year year the duo starred in “Tuna Does Vegas” at Interplayers Professional Theatre.
A lot of life happens in a bedroom – romance, arguments, laundry. In David Schulner’s play “An Infinite Ache,” a couple progress from youth to old age, all in the confines of that intimate space. Interplayers Professional Resident Theatre’s earnest production features deep sadness, wit and two very fine performances by Todd Kehne, as Charles, and Yvonne Same, as Hope.
What, exactly, is a “Mauritius”? • It’s an island off the cost of Africa, not far from Madagascar.
Spokane theatergoers have been waiting years for Thurston Wheelis, Bertha Bumiller and the other beloved redneck denizens of Tuna, “the third-smallest town in Texas,” to return to local stages. They’ll get their wish on Thursday, when Interplayers Professional Theatre opens the fourth comedy in the Tuna repertoire, “Tuna Does Vegas.” Tickets are already moving briskly, almost a certainty whenever the word “Tuna” is in the title of a show in Spokane.
LaVerne, Maxene and Patty were, to their generation, like John, Paul, George and Ringo. It’s hard to overstate the impact of the Andrews Sisters on American culture in the 1930s and 1940s. Even today, they remain “the biggest girl group ever,” with more than 60 million records sold, according to the Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
How can “Mythbusters,” the Discovery Channel science series, do a live, touring show? Find out for yourself when “Mythbusters: Behind the Myths Tour” arrives at the INB Performing Arts Center on Jan. 20.
Coming alive on a stage near you: Frankenstein, the Chairman of the Board, a Killer Rabbit and a certain pair of Gothic governesses. This fall’s theater scene will bring these iconic figures to life – along with Igor and the Andrews Sisters.
We’re getting word of several arts-related events for the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks: • Evensong at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist , Sept. 11, 7 p.m. – The Cathedral Choir, oboist Gary Plowman and trumpeter Larry Jess will perform works by John Rutter and Herbert Howells at this commemorative service.
Live theater in Spokane has been going through a metamorphosis – or maybe we should say a “Metamorphoses” (to name one of the season’s best shows). Theaters have come and gone – actually, just gone – yet live theater has given audiences plenty to think about, argue about and laugh over.
The Festival at Sandpoint concerts were announced Thursday, and you might call it the back-by-popular-demand lineup. Three of the headliners have been big draws in previous Sandpoint summers at the big white tent. Here’s the full list:
Spokane’s Interplayers Professional Theatre has scored a significant coup: It will stage the first production anywhere of David Mamet’s “Race” since it closed on Broadway in August. This controversial play, about a white businessman accused of raping a black woman, will run March 31 through April 16, replacing the musical “Cotton Patch Gospel” on the Interplayers calendar. “Cotton Patch Gospel” will return on next season’s list.
“Opus” is, quite simply, the best play I’ve seen about the art of making music since “Amadeus.” And the Interplayers production fulfills every bit of the potential in Michael Hollinger’s excellent script, down to the 16th note. This five-member ensemble is smart, talented and perfectly cast.
Pennsylvania playwright Michael Hollinger knows the world of chamber music. He was training as a classical violist at Oberlin Conservatory, when, at age 22, he decided to switch to theater. He’s now an acclaimed playwright – and a large portion of that acclaim is due to his 2006 play, “Opus,” which will open at Interplayers this weekend.
The upcoming HBO film “When Strangers Click” will include the story of one young Spokane man whose name figured in the news here in 2005: Ryan Oelrich. Oelrich became entangled in the story that resulted in Mayor Jim West’s eventual recall.
Something “Wicked” this way comes. The arrival of the national tour of the Broadway smash hit in May will undoubtedly be the most sought-after event of Spokane’s spring theater season.
The Spokane Civic Theatre has lined up its 2011-2012 season, and it looks good for fans of Ebenezer Scrooge, Daddy Warbucks, Charlotte Bronte and a certain madam named Mona. Here’s the Main Stage lineup: