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The Modern Theater Spokane will close at year’s end

The Modern Theater Spokane – the city’s only professional theater company – announced Monday it is closing its Spokane venue at the end of the year, citing high overhead costs and declining profits.

Modern’s show within a show pokes fun at theater

“[title of show]” is a quirky one-act musical written by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, and it’s about two guys named Jeff and Hunter as they barricade themselves in an apartment to write a quirky one-act musical. It’s the kind of show that writes itself as it goes along. The self-referential comedy, directed by Troy Nickerson, opens the Modern Theater’s new season on Friday.

Modern Theater names new artistic team

The Modern Theater, a professional theater company with venues in both Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, has announced new leadership.

The Modern CdA sets sail for ‘Anything Goes’

When it comes to frothy and fun musical comedies, “Anything Goes” is among the best. This 1934 Broadway chestnut, set aboard a ship sailing for England, features classic songs by Cole Porter: the title track, “You’d Be So Easy to Love,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “It’s De-Lovely,” the list goes on.

Modern Theater proposes 300-seat venue in Coeur d’Alene’s Midtown area

After years of looking for the perfect spot for a larger performance venue in Coeur d’Alene, The Modern Theater believes it has found it. The nonprofit company proposes building a 300-seat theater with adjoining retail space in the Midtown neighborhood just north of Capone’s Pub & Grill. The 31,000-square-foot facility would cost an estimated $12 million and open by 2022, according to a conceptual proposal released Wednesday.

Darkly funny ‘Bright New Boise’ hits close to home at CdA’s Modern Theater

Samuel D. Hunter’s “A Bright New Boise” is likely going to play differently for Coeur d’Alene audiences than it did when it ran in New York and L.A. The play is set in the break room of a Hobby Lobby craft store in Boise and it deals with themes of fundamentalist religion while also developing a comic portrait of 9-to-5 retail drudgery.

Murderous minds, musically portrayed

There’s a lyric near the beginning of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Assassins” where a question is posed to John Wilkes Booth, the man most famous for killing President Abraham Lincoln. “Why did you do it, Johnny?” the song intones. “What made you bring a nation to its knees?”

Bailey hints toward Bach festival highlights

At Connoisseur Concerts’ Mozart on a Summer’s Eve on Wednesday night, Zuill Bailey told the crowd a few of the plans he has for the 2016 edition of the Northwest Bach Festival. Bailey, an acclaimed cellist and the festival’s artistic director, said we can expect to see a return of violinist Kurt Nikkanen, and a performance from the Matt Herskowitz Trio.

Change afoot in 1969

The “Church Basement Ladies” series is fascinated with historical context, peering in on the lives of the same group of characters as the world outside their quaint Lutheran church threatens to pass them by. The second entry in the series, subtitled “A Second Helping,” begins in 1969, which is an important distinction: In the year that brought us Woodstock, the moon landing, the Nixon presidency, the Manson murders, the draft lottery and the premiere of “Easy Rider,” the women who run the kitchen in this small Minnesota church are going through radical changes of their own.

Modern CdA stages tale of holiday truce

A century ago at Christmastime, German soldiers and their opponents on the other side of No Man’s Land – allied troops from the U.S., France and the United Kingdom – put down their guns, shook hands, sang songs and traded keepsakes. On stage at The Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene, 11 men will tell that story – through the words of the soldiers who were there, and through the music of the World War I era.

Modern CdA stages tale of holiday truce

A century ago at Christmastime, German soldiers and their opponents on the other side of No Man’s Land – allied troops from the U.S., France and the United Kingdom – put down their guns, shook hands, sang songs and traded keepsakes. On stage at The Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene, 11 men will tell that story – through the words of the soldiers who were there, and through the music of the World War I era.