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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Review: ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ is a treat for Jimmy Buffett fans

What ultimately saves “Escape to Margaritaville” is that it is utterly without pretense. The show is exactly what it sets out to be: a further extension of that laid-back, tequila-soaked …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

‘Odd Couple (Female Version)’ is familiar and appealing

In the mid-1980s, legendary playwright Neil Simon did something unusual. He took one of his best-known works, “The Odd Couple,” and adapted it for female leads.


Review: ‘Les Misérables’ at the FICA tells a story that still rings true

“Les Misérables,” based on Victor Hugo’s epic novel, dives into big themes – crime and justice, love and forgiveness, life and death. The beloved musical, now playing in Spokane as …


Stars nail historical counterparts in ‘Always, Patsy Cline’ on Spokane Valley Summer Theatre stage

Andrea Olsen and Haliey Weber are Patsy Cline and Louise Seger, two women who share a deep connection despite their differences in this Yvonne A.K. Johnson-directed version of the country …


Theater review: ‘Hecuba’ at Stage Left makes for an unforgettable night

Stage Left Theater’s production of Marina Carr’s “Hecuba” is not a show I’ll soon forget. House lights dimmed as a funereal monody played over the empty stage. Hecuba (Caryn Hoaglund), …


‘Lion King’ continues to rule the Pride Lands and the stage in Spokane

There’s a reason why Disney’s “The Lion King” is the highest grossing musical of all time. Why it’s been running for more than two decades on Broadway. Why it continues …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018

Theater review: Civic spreads holiday cheer with ‘Elf’

All in all “Elf the Musical” is exactly the kind of Christmas treat people like. It’s bright, sparkly and cheerful. It goes down easy, and leaves you smiling at the …


Review: Small mishaps don’t dim ‘Mary Poppins’ shine

Quincy McCune’s portrayal of Poppins was a joy to watch and hear. There were moments where her mannerisms were so accurate, and my seat just far enough back, that Julie …


UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018

Theater review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ at the Spokane Civic Theatre

Spokane Civic Theatre’s production of “Hello, Dolly!” owes a lot to an area fabric store.


Theater review: Strong vocal performances, cute kids carry ‘The Sound of Music’

All told, the national touring production of the venerable “The Sound of Music” that opened Thursday at the INB Performing Arts Center is a testament to the strengths of a …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018

Theater review: ‘Hamilton’ proves why it’s a theatrical sensation

When it comes to “Hamilton,” it’s magical to be in the room where it happens. Since it opened in New York three years ago, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s sung-through musical about America’s …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018

Theater review: ‘Motown: The Musical’ brings the highs and lows – and plenty of hits – to the INB stage

Based on Barry Gordy’s memoir, and with a book by Gordy himself, “Motown: The Musical” is a sleek and slick look at one of the most influential record labels in …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018

Theater review: Heartfelt ‘Falsettos’ good step for rebounding Lake City

This Tony-winning musical by William Finn and James Lapine is a critical darling and cult favorite. On opening night, an audience member could be heard telling others, “You’re going to …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017

Theater review: At 20, ‘Rent’ is wearing its age very well

The 20th anniversary tour of Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning rock opera adaptation of “La Boheme” brings a youthful energy to the INB Performing Arts Center.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

Theater review: ‘Something Rotten’ is a big wet kiss to Broadway, and we’re happy about that

The national touring production, which continues through Saturday at the INB Performing Arts Center, features a high-quality cast in a genuinely funny show.


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017

Review: Beauty and love flourish in SVST’s ‘The Secret Garden’

If two rough objects rub against each other long each, they are bound to become smooth. As seen in Spokane Valley Summer Theatre production of “The Secret Garden,” directed by …


UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017

Theater review: ‘Phantom of the Opera’ still has the power to thrill

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s megahit lands at the INB Performing Arts Center, courtesy of the Best of Broadway series.


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017

Theater review: Actresses make magic in ‘Always, Patsy Cline’

Cline’s career lasted just 16 years, and only really took off in the last six, but still-devoted fans and performances as strong as Fleming and Olsen’s in shows like “Always, …


Lake City Playhouse’s ‘The Miracle Worker’ succeeds in telling a tale oft-told

Lake City Playhouse sets “The Miracle Worker” in a black box stage, allowing the strong performances to shine through.


In Civic’s ‘Kiss Me, Kate,’ the musical within the musical offers the cast ample time to shine

It’s one thing to perform a play within a play. It’s another to perform a musical within a musical. Along with twice the acting, there’s also twice the singing and …


UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017

Civic adds needed modern twist to ‘Taming of the Shrew’

While the language is as Shakespeare wrote, director/scenic and lighting designer David Baker has added a modern touch to the Shakespeare comedy with updated costumes and more attitude than the …


‘Noises Off’ at Spokane Civic Theatre finds comedy in the chaos

“Noises Off,” which opened Friday at Spokane Civic Theatre, cracks the lens of the rose-colored glasses worn by the enchanted theatergoer and gives the audience a glance, albeit a (hopefully) …


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017

Review: ‘Kinky Boots’ is frothy, flamboyant fun

Mishap with leading man on opening night doesn’t detract from a teriffic show.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

Theater review: With Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Ovo,’ a bug’s life appears to be a good one

“Ovo,” the latest Cirque du Soleil show to make its way to the Spokane Arena, is filled with whimsy and magic, comedy and thrills.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017

‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ is about regret, but it’s very funny

Near the end of Christopher Durang’s play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” one of its titular characters, named after a famous creation of Anton Chekhov, unspools a lengthy …


‘Disgraced’ at Spokane’s Stage Left packs a wallop

Pulitzer-winning drama brings four characters together for a dinner party that comes undone when prejudices come into the fray.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017

‘Pippin’ is odd in all the right ways

Best of Broadway season continues with a touring production of the 2013 Tony winner for best musical revival.


A ‘Beautiful’ night: Carole King musical rocks the INB with great tunes

Luckily for us, King’s artistic output was much deeper than the 12 tracks on “Tapestry.” With her former husband Gerry Goffin, King wrote a string of hits for groups like …


Review: Iconic ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ rich on local stage

Stanley Kowalski looms so large in our cultural conscience that it’s easy to forget that “A Streetcar Named Desire” is really about Blanche DuBois, his emotionally disturbed sister-in-law. Much of …


Theater review: “ ’night Mother” at Modern CdA an intense, powerful story

There is something shockingly straightforward about Jessie’s decision to end her life in Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “ ’night Mother.”