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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 15, 2014

Interplayers merges with Lake City Playhouse

Spokane’s Interplayers Theatre has merged with Coeur d’Alene’s Lake City Playhouse, a Monday news release announced. LCP’s executive artistic director George Green confirmed the merger, which will see him supervising …


Sentimental journey

Last year, Interplayers Theatre began its 33rd season with a production of the Neil Simon classic “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” Directed by Michael Weaver, the wistful period comedy centered on the …


Play shows poet’s darker side

Although Shel Silverstein is best known today for his whimsical picture books and best-selling anthologies of children’s poetry (“Where the Sidewalk Ends,” “A Light in the Attic”), he was just …


Review: Light takes center stage in Interplayers’ ‘Wait Until Dark’

Our scene opens on a typical New York City basement apartment in 1944. It’s dark, illuminated only by an outside streetlight. We see a man walk past the window over …


‘Barrymore’ brings screen and stage legend to life

Screen and stage legend John “Jack” Barrymore comes to life in Interplayers Theatre’s production of the one-man show, “Barrymore,” by William Luce, directed by Mary Starkey.


Interplayers stages ‘Barrymore’ - a glimpse of a Hollywood legend

At the height of his career, John Barrymore was one of the most popular figures of the stage and screen. He was one of the few actors who made a …


Interplayers’ production of ‘Good People’ displays raw human nature, humor

In “Good People,” the line between being a good person and a bad one is blurred. No one is ever fully one or the other, and no situation is black …


Interplayers continues holiday laughs with ‘Away in the Basement’

Because the “Church Basement Ladies” musicals are so firmly rooted in the spirits and traditions of mid-20th century Minnesota, Spokane in 2013 seems like an odd place for them to …


Spotlight: Want to see ‘Christmas Cabaret’ in CdA? Act fast

If you’re interested in seeing “A Christmas Cabaret” at the Coeur d’Alene resort this holiday season, move quickly. The run is nearly sold out, said producer Ellen Travolta. The show …


Review: Interplayers’ ‘Our Town’ harkens to simpler times

Interplayers Theatre’s new imagining of Thornton Wilder’s classic play “Our Town” offers the same slice-of-life portrait of American life and heart that fans of the play appreciate. Artistic Director Reed …


Review: Interplayers Theatre’s ‘Never the Sinner’ smart, well-acted

Interplayers Theatre’s production of “Never the Sinner,” a penetrating historical drama by John Logan, delivers strong performances and is well-choreographed by director Ken Urso. The story centers on the relationship …


‘Never the Sinner’ at Interplayers a riveting look at murder

The Leopold and Loeb murder case is one of the most famous and frequently studied of the 1920s, and it has inspired a number of literary works: Patrick Hamilton’s 1929 …


Spotlight: Playhouse’s ‘Bat Boy’ promises to be strangely intriguing

It’s Friday, and Troy Nickerson is less than a week away from the opening of “Bat Boy: The Musical,” which he’s directing for Lake City Playhouse. And he really can’t …


Spotlight: Bluegrass standouts stop in Spokane

The North Carolina bluegrass quintet Town Mountain will swing through Spokane during a nationwide tour, landing at Bob Rice’s Studio, 1514 S. Cedar St. Town Mountain, based in Asheville, is …


Spotlight: With pledge drive completed, Interplayers keeps swinging

Even though May’s monthlong pledge drive to save Interplayers Theatres was a success, Interplayers isn’t done fundraising. The Spokane combo 6 Foot Swing will perform at a fundraising dance party …


Spotlight: Chang to perform hometown recital

New York City pianist Hsia-Jung Chang will perform a hometown recital on June 1 at the Holy Names Music Center. In her “Piano in Nature” recital, Chang will perform Ludwig …


Without financial help, the curtain will fall on Interplayers

When I first walked into Interplayers 24 years ago, I did so with trepidation. I had just moved from Seattle, and I retained the typical Seattle attitude about Spokane’s cultural …


Interplayers faces financial crunch

Interplayers Theatre announced its 2013-14 season Tuesday night, with a significant hitch: The nonprofit professional theater company must raise $150,000 by May 31 or else it will shut its doors. …


Review: ‘Speech & Debate’ has a funny heart

Three teenage misfits are the vulnerable and funny heart of Interplayers’ production of Stephan Karam’s “Speech & Debate.” The play, directed by Marilyn Langbehn, offers a glimpse into the world …


Interplayers’ latest play loosely tied to Jim West scandal

The fictional script of Interplayers’ production “Speech & Debate” starts with an epigraph drawn from Spokane’s recent real-life history: an excerpt from a 2004 online chat between a student who …


Theater review: Despite flaws, ‘boom’ deliverseview: ‘Escanaba in Love’ both funny, warm

The absurdity of the play “boom” by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb might not be for everyone, but Interplayers Theatre’s production is certainly funny. In this contemporary comedy directed by Dawn Taylor …


Interplayers’ play pokes fun at world’s heaviest concept: its ending

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s 2008 play “boom” is billed as a comedy – a dark, surreal comedy about the end of the world – yet a comedy nonetheless. Dawn Taylor Reinhardt, …


Invalid visa detains Interplayers’ artistic director in Canada

For Interplayers Theatre, the show must go on – even when its artistic director has been detained in Canada. Reed McColm, a Canadian citizen, traveled to his hometown of Edmonton, …


Interplayers’ ‘Wonderful Life’ is not the film but still charms

The beloved film “It’s a Wonderful Life” comes to life this holiday season on Interplayers Theatre’s stage. In Joe Landry’s “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” five actors …


‘Star Trek’ legend talks acting, writing in fundraisers for Interplayers

Interplayers’ Reed McColm sees John de Lancie as a bit of a Renaissance man. Veteran actor de Lancie had done a lot of everything. His film credits include “The Onion …


Theater review: ‘Incorruptible’ takes witty look at faith

Interplayers Theatre tackles questions of faith in its amusing production of Michael Hollinger’s satirical play “Incorruptible.” A French monastery is the backdrop in this dark comedy set in the Dark …


Theater review: Nelson shines in Patsy Cline musical memoir

Nearly a decade later, Interplayers Theatre brings back its tried-and-true production of Ted Swindley’s musical revue “Always … Patsy Cline.” It’s hard to imagine the theater’s wildly popular 2003 show …


Spotlight: Spokane doctor named to state arts commission

Spokane physician Bassem Bejjani has been appointed to the Washington State Arts Commission. He joins two other Eastern Washington appointees on the 23-member panel – Mark Anderson of Walla Walla …


Gigler, local actor, dies while rehearsing musical

Local actor David Gigler died Saturday where countless Inland Northwest residents had come to know him: on stage. Gigler, 47, collapsed from what appeared to be a heart attack during …


Patty Duke to share ‘Intimate Conversation’ at Interplayers

You might call it a local, live “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” Patty Duke will talk about her Oscar- and Emmy-winning career in a series of special benefit events for Interplayers …