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Spokane Civic Theatre’s ‘Christmas Schooner’ watertight

F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said that there are no second acts in American lives, but in the case of the characters in “The Christmas Schooner,” it’s the second act that …


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 …


Review: ‘Second Samuel’ explores themes of tolerance, community

“Second Samuel,” Pamela Parker’s bittersweet comedy running at Spokane’s Civic Theatre, is a two-act play. This is an important distinction, because each half of the story shows a small Georgia …


Review: Civic tackles ‘Les Misérables’ with excellence

When Spokane Civic Theatre announced they’d be kicking off their newest season with a production of the epic musical “Les Misérables,” it was hard not to be a little, well, …


Review: Lake City’s ‘Damn Yankees’ not quite a home run

Lake City Playhouse kicks off its 53rd season with the classic American musical comedy “Damn Yankees.” The production doesn’t hit a home run, but it does get some base hits. …


‘Bat Boy’ a campy, harrowing musical

The contemporary musical “Bat Boy” is part urban legend, part Frankenstein, part V.C. Andrews novel and part satire. The dark themes of Lake City Playhouse’s second annual “Stage Left” production …


Review: Lake City Playhouse’s ‘Into the Woods’ a delight

Classic fairy tale characters find their happy and not-so-happy endings in Lake City Playhouse’s fantasy musical “Into the Woods.” The show, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book …


Theater review: Civic’s ‘Grease’ familiar but always entertaining

In 1978, film producer Alan Carr took “Grease,” a gritty, vulgar musical about a group of streetwise teenagers in the late 1950s, and sanitized it into a shiny, bouncy, PG-rated …


Review: ‘Dixie Swim Club’ sidesteps stereotype

Since they were in college together, the self-appointed members of the Dixie Swim Club have been inseparable. They’re five headstrong Southern women, all grappling with middle age in their own …


Review: Civic Theatre’s ’Treasure Island’ offers energetic family fun

It’s safe to say that “Treasure Island” is one of the most influential pieces of genre literature ever produced. Since its publication in 1883, elements of Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling …


Theater review: Strong cast finds ‘Pond’s’ essence

Norman and Ethel Thayer have been visiting their Maine vacation cottage on a lake called Golden Pond every summer for nearly 50 years. Their marriage remains steadfast, but Norman, now …


Review: ‘War Horse’ artfully staged, performed

At its core, “War Horse” is a simple story about a boy and his horse.


Theater review: ‘Drowsy Chaperone’ not a play to sleep on

“The Drowsy Chaperone,” which opened Friday at Spokane’s Civic Theatre, is a trifle, an entertainment, one that lets its audience in on the joke, is free with the winks and …


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 …


‘Closer Walk’ more musical tribute than play

Dean Regan’s “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” offers an intimate, nostalgic stroll through much of Cline’s music but keeps the audience at an arm’s length in revealing the inspiration …


Review: ‘The Producers’ finds comedy in taboo places

Leave it to comedy legend Mel Brooks to conceive a musical with material so offensive it becomes downright hysterical. Thus, the major ingredient in Brooks’ multi-Tony Award-winning musical, “The Producers.” …


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 …


Review: ‘Spring Awakening’ rocks tradition in bold musical

Conveyed with raw intensity, Lake City Playhouse presents its preseason production, “Spring Awakening.” The mature-themed rock musical by Duncan Sheik (music) and Steven Sater (book and lyrics), adapted from Frank …


Civic Theatre crew succeeds despite ‘Premiere’ script’s flaws

Spokane Civic Theatre’s director Wes Deitrick, cast and crew try their best to add sparkle to Dale Wasserman’s lackluster satirical comedy “Premiere.” This is not to say Wasserman wasn’t a …


Theater review: Spontaneity keeps ‘Bingo’ breezy

Zany antics and shenanigans abound in “Bingo,” an interactive experience that involves bingo playing, friendship and not-so-friendly competition. Spokane Civic Theatre Director Scott Doughty provides a rip-roaring interpretation of Michael …


Theater review: Ex-sailor in ‘Count’ has vengeful new identity

Based on the literary masterpiece, “The Count of Monte Cristo” spins the ultimate tale of treachery, romance, adventure and revenge. Yvonne A.K. Johnson effectively directs the Spokane Civic Theatre’s production …


Review: ‘The Receptionist’ weakened by mixing genres

Adam Bock’s 2007 play “The Receptionist” is an odd hybrid. It’s partly a comedy and partly a provocative moral statement. Mostly, however, it’s a tough sell.


Theater review: Creepy ‘Turn’ made darker by minimalism

The mind is where the scariest apparitions lurk; “The Turn of the Screw” makes that point in two different ways. First, this gothically creepy Firth Chew Studio Theatre production proves …


Theater review: Cast succeeds in pooling talent

The main character of “Metamorphoses” is 24 feet wide, 4 feet deep and smells sweetly of chlorine. It’s a swimming pool, which gurgles center stage in the intimate Firth Chew …


Review: Clunky at times, but a rich story is told in ‘Privilege’

One of the biggest surprises about “Privilege,” the funny and thought-provoking Paul Weitz play at Interplayers, is that most of it isn’t about privilege – it’s about nonprivilege. The story …


Theater review: A stellar ‘South Pacific,’ in every way

The Lincoln Center’s national touring production of “South Pacific” is quite simply one of the best musicals in the American repertoire, performed to its full potential. It all adds up …


Rock ’n’ roll’s draw modeled in Civic Theatre rarity

The Spokane Civic Theatre’s “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” isn’t merely about the rock ’n’ roll of the 1950s; it IS the rock ’n’ roll of the 1950s. By that, …