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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 10:41 a.m.

Lake City Playhouse embraces community with Saturday night benefit show

The Modern Coeur d’Alene has rechristened itself Lake City Playhouse, the name that had adorned the Garden Avenue location for decades before it took on the Modern moniker in 2014.


Dark side of the holiday on local stages

Every year around this time, there are more local Christmas concerts and plays than you could possibly see in a single season. It’s enough to make your head spin with …


‘All Is Calm’ tells a powerful story simply – with words and music

The Modern Theater is staging “All is Calm” for the third straight holiday season. Its 10-man cast tells the story of the Christmas truce through real letters written by soldiers …


Holiday peace: Play recounts Christmas Truce of 1914

“All Is Calm,” a musical play written by Peter Rothstein, dramatizes the Christmas Truce of 1914, but in a clever, stylized way that focuses on characters and avoids simplistic emotional …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 22, 2015, 7 p.m.

The Modern sets Poe to music once again

For fifth year, the Modern Theater brings the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe to life. This year’s show will be at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane.


Review: ‘Rock of Ages’ lively, fresh-faced and fun

“Rock of Ages” at the Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene is more fun than it has any business being. This silly show – a riff on the old “let’s save the …


Review: ‘Reasons to Be Happy’ gives reasons to laugh, but in uneasy ways

Laughter is a curious thing. It can be a kind of catharsis, a response of recognition, a defense mechanism to mask discomfort, the purest way of expressing happiness. Sometimes we …


Review: Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene’s ‘Sound of Music’ leaves one humming

“The Sound of Music” is a beloved musical with upbeat classics like “Do-Re-Mi” and “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.” The Modern Theater Coeur d’Alene delivers the classic with charm and vocal …


Review: Modern Theater’s ‘God of Carnage’ rivets attention

The wickedly acerbic domestic satire “God of Carnage” is only 80 minutes long, and the two married couples at the center of the play are at one another’s throats for …


Absurd ‘Brothers’ interesting

The best word to describe Daniel MacIvor’s “The Best Brothers,” produced by the Modern Theater Spokane, is “interesting” – interesting to look at and interesting to listen to. “Best Brothers” …


An atypical ‘he said, she said’

Every relationship is a gamble. Even with the best of intentions, one can devolve into resentment and disappointment, and that erosion is very rarely a one-way street. Jason Robert Brown’s …


An atypical ‘he said, she said’

Every relationship is a gamble. Even with the best of intentions, one can devolve into resentment and disappointment, and that erosion is very rarely a one-way street. Jason Robert Brown’s …


Modern brings music of ‘Rent’ to the Bing stage

In 1996, Jonathan Larson died the morning of the first preview of his landmark musical “Rent,” and he never got to see it become one of the longest-running shows in …


Family’s quiet suffering is laid out

Tennessee Williams is best known for his wild, unapologetic theatrics, from images of unhinged Southern belles and shouted proclamations of romance to themes of sweaty desperation and sexual inhibition. But …