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CdA Summer Theater opens ‘Guys and Dolls’

“Guys and Dolls” has been charming audiences since its Broadway debut in 1950. This summer, local audiences will get to experience it with Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s production of the legendary show. “It’s one of those beautiful Golden Age pieces that has aged really well and still plays well to contemporary audiences,” said director Jadd Davis, who’s also artistic director of CST. “It’s a time capsule that you can open any time in history and it still works.”

Theater review: ‘Forever Plaid’ a sweet blast from the past

In most musical revues, the plot comes second to the music. But in “Forever Plaid,” which opened Thursday at Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, the plot explains the urgency behind the songs. The plot of “Forever Plaid,” quickly introduced by an offstage announcer before the title quartet takes the stage, goes something like this:

Huckleberries: Lake cat-and-mouse game with Coeur d’Alene City Hall nears end

For more than a month, owners of “Hooligan Island,” a floating jungle gym, have played a cat-and-mouse game with Coeur d’Alene city officials. In May, they plopped their floating jungle gym into the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene, off City Beach, without permission, and were told to scram. They did. But on Wednesday, the water toy was back again, off North Idaho College Beach, where it remains unwanted.

Huckleberries: Where has all the beautiful long hair gone, long time passing

Today, Tom Hearn is a trustee on the Coeur d’Alene School Board and a retired mental health professional. Some would say he has a very high forehead. But 45 years ago, he had a mustache and long, wavy brown hair. In April 1972, he was the vice presidential candidate on the undercard of a student body ticket at Chico State (Calif.) College, running with a woman who would later become a county supervisor (commissioner).

Huckleberries: Hydroplane races on Lake Coeur d’Alene? Don’t hold your breath

Twenty-seven years ago today, the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce thought it was a good idea to bring back hydroplane races to Lake Coeur d’Alene. Some thought at the time that the chamber was running interference for resort owner Duane Hagadone, who had tried to restore the controversial races to the lake. But there has only been one weekend of races since, in 2013. And there’s none planned for this year either.

Huckleberries: Pro wrestler saves woman’s Nativity scene

When you can't find the type of angel you want – a beautiful male with blond locks – you have to improvise, especially if you're digging through dolls at Coeur d'Alene thrift stores. Pat Kuhns finally found the right model to finish her home Nativity scene. But she had to turn to professional wrestler Chris Jericho for inspiration.

‘All My Sons’ at the Modern delves into family pain

In the years following the Great Depression and World War II, America went about rebuilding and reinventing itself. The Kellers, the family at the center of Arthur Miller’s 1947 play “All My Sons,” are trying to do the same. The Tony Award-winning domestic drama, which opens at the Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene on Friday, was Miller’s first major hit. In its dissection of family dynamics and its examination of the nature of guilt and failure, it feels almost like a dry run for Miller’s landmark work “Death of a Salesman.”

Huckleberries: Longtime county clerk clear on marriage license row

Dan English has more interest than most in the stand taken by Kentucky’s Kim Davis. Davis, of course, is the county clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. English, as many of you know, was a multiterm county clerk in ruby-red Kootenai County until that “D” after his name caught up with him. English describes himself as a Christian and a Democrat, as Davis does. Unlike Davis, however, he would have no problem issuing a marriage license to a same-sex couple. English told Huckleberries Online ( www.spokesman.com/ blogs/hbo) readers: “I would uphold my oath of office. If I couldn’t do that, my ethics and personal moral compass would require me to resign. I could respect someone who held that position but was also willing to pay the personal price to resign. Maybe they do things differently in Kentucky.” Bear in the ’hood

Writer refutes ‘boring’ label given to Post Falls

Online reporter Chanse Watson of the Idaho Panhandler didn’t appreciate a website that ranked his hometown of Post Falls as the second-most boring one in Idaho. How can Post Falls be boring? That’s what Chanse wondered last week in a column. After all, he said, it’s near two towns that rank high on national lists of amazing mountain communities – Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint.

‘Shrek’ hits Coeur d’Alene stage with added depth

Shrek is an ogre. Then again, anyone who has paid attention for the past 25 years knows that. Based on a 1990 picture book by William Stieg, the animated version of “Shrek” was a box office smash in 2001, and won the first-ever Oscar for best animated feature. There have been three sequels, a spinoff and various holiday specials.

Review: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ sprinkled with great performances

Truth be told, it was going to be difficult for Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre to mess up “Singin’ in the Rain.” It’s such a gem of a story, with so many memorable songs, it would have taken bad singers, lousy dancers and a balky rain machine to sink this ship. Thankfully, director Jadd Davis found the perfect singers and dancers, and made it rain on cue so that audiences can sit back and enjoy this classic piece of musical entertainment, now running through July 26 on the Kroc Center stage in Coeur d’Alene.

Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre is ready to make it ‘Rain’

It is one of the greatest American movies ever made. The American Film Institute in 2007 said so, ranking it behind only “Citizen Kane,” “The Godfather,” “Casablanca” and “Raging Bull” on its list of the 100 best films.

‘Addams Family’ brings dark comedy to stage

On the surface, the members of the Addams family are monsters. They live in a haunted, cobwebbed mansion. They sleep in coffins. Their hobbies require the implementation of arcane torture devices. Their butler looks like a Dr. Frankenstein creation, and the patriarch’s childhood friend is a disembodied hand with a mind of its own.

‘Addams Family’ brings dark comedy to stage

On the surface, the members of the Addams family are monsters. They live in a haunted, cobwebbed mansion. They sleep in coffins. Their hobbies require the implementation of arcane torture devices. Their butler looks like a Dr. Frankenstein creation, and the patriarch’s childhood friend is a disembodied hand with a mind of its own.