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Modern Theater balances past, future

What’s in a name? When it comes to theater companies, that’s an ongoing question. Take Interplayers, for instance. Or Interplayers Professional Theatre. Or Interplayers Ensemble. Spokane Interplayers. Interplayers Professional Resident …


Theater review: Engaging acting drives Interplayers’ ‘Broadway Bound’

Interplayers Theatre opens its season with the touching yet funny “Broadway Bound” by Neil Simon. The production, directed by Michael Weaver, features solid performances by an engaging ensemble cast. “Broadway …


Interplayers’ ‘World Goes ‘Round’ entertains without storyline

Cheyenne Nelson kicks off Interplayers’ production of “The World Goes ‘Round” with a powerful and controlled rendition of the musical revue’s title song. Each member of the five-person cast has …


Interplayers show pays tribute to Kander and Ebb

There’s a scene near the end of Martin Scorsese’s “New York, New York” in which Liza Minnelli, playing a down-on-her-luck jazz singer who has been abandoned by her deadbeat husband …


Prepare to be scared

When asked to explain how he generated suspense in his films, legendary director Alfred Hitchcock devised a now-famous scenario. Imagine there are two people having breakfast, and we become aware …


Review: Interplayers’ ‘Barrymore’ both humorous, human

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. When we meet Barrymore …


‘Good People’ face tough times in Interplayers play

Margie Walsh is at the end of her rope. A single mother recently fired from a minimum-wage job, Margie (pronounced with a hard “g”) is desperately trying to make ends …


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 …


Interplayers presents ‘Our Town’ with just eight performers

There’s an old theater adage that Thornton Wilder’s revered, Pulitzer-winning drama “Our Town” is performed at least once every day somewhere in the world. The play is a modest tableau …


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 …


‘Brighton’ family struggles, shines

Interplayers Theatre’s season opener “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” written by Neil Simon and directed by Michael Weaver, features several hallmarks of Simon’s work: humor, touching moments and very real characters. The …


Interplayers opens with Neil Simon comedy

There’s a great monologue in Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical comedy “Brighton Beach Memoirs” in which the play’s protagonist, teenager Eugene Jerome, details the deliberately elusive nature of adult conversations. In regard …


Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre closing its doors

The staff of Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre is reeling after the board of directors voted Monday to shutter the 46-year-old nonprofit professional theater company. The board said in statement issued …


Play captures humor, heart of kitchen

Since its debut at Minnesota’s Plymouth Playhouse in 2005, the musical comedy “Church Basement Ladies” has inspired three sequels and has been performed by various troupes around the country. The …


Social satire carries message of tolerance

Camp has never been so … well, campy. “Gay Camp,” a stage play written by Philip Mutz and Susan-Kate Heaney that lands at Interplayers on Saturday night, is a satire …


‘Abridged’ makes quick work of Bard’s works

Where would we be without William Shakespeare? So many elements from his stories have been borrowed and recycled so often that they’re now clichés, and he coined countless words and …


Interplayers reaches out to younger audience

What do you do when you get bullied at school? If you’re Ben and Lester, you use your imagination – and some superhero skills.


Interplayers Theatre gets back on track

After a period in which its future looked to be in jeopardy, Interplayers Theatre is again back on its feet and open for business. In April, Interplayers’ artistic director Reed …


Interplayers Mark Twain production has been canceled

Interplayers’ scheduled production of “Mark Twain: On Man and His World” starring veteran Hollywood actor Jerry Hardin has been canceled.


Spotlight: Waldman installation shows ‘Why We Live Here’

The Spokane Convention Center is sporting a new work of art. “Why We Live Here,” a photo installation by Spokane artist Gay Waldman, will be formally dedicated in a ceremony …


‘Seeds of Change’ has charm baked in

Interplayers’ closes its season with “Seeds of Change,” a funny new play by Spokane college professor and poet Craig Rickett. While the script is in progress, it features characters and …


Sisters discover world outside their soup kitchen in ‘Seeds of Change’

The Miller sisters are a little behind the times. Brought up in the evangelical Nazarene church, Joy, Faith and Chastity are starting to get on in their years but have …


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 Theatre’s ‘Sirens’ play worth watching

“Sirens,” by Deborah Zoe Laufer, is an amusing romantic comedy that makes a great date play and is fairly family friendly. Interplayers Theatre’s latest production features quirky characters and much …


Interplayers turns classic in to 1940s-style radio play

The actors in this holiday classic will deliver famous lines like, “Zuzu’s petals,” and “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.” But they also have a few …


Spotlight: Revolutionary show set for Bing on Saturday

Area children can take a trip back to the Revolutionary War era on Saturday at the next KPBX Kids’ Concert. “Music From the Revolutionary War” will feature Robbin’s Rebels, a …


‘Incorruptible’ a dark comedy that makes light of history

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 …


Joan Welch, Interplayers Ensemble co-founder, dies at 84

Joan Welch – actress, director, co-founder of the Interplayers Ensemble and one of the key cultural forces in Spokane – died Sunday morning at her home in the Rockwood Retirement …


Spotlight: Impressive lineup set for Sandpoint

A swanky cocktail lounge. A dance with Mr. Jones. A trip into the danger zone. All this and more are on tap this summer as the Festival at Sandpoint celebrates …