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Holiday highlights include ‘A Christmas Story,’ ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ ‘The Nutcracker’

Holiday lights are strung up all over the city, and Christmas shows are lighting up local stages. Just this week, the offerings run the gamut from the circus and ballet …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘This Is Our Youth’ is as relevant as ever

Andrew Start is no stranger to working in minimalism. Having previously directed “The Flick” for Spokane Civic Theatre, Start again brings his audience an intimate portrayal of humanity, this time …


Director Andrew Start highlights nostalgia in Civic’s ‘This Is Our Youth’

“This Is Our Youth” opens Friday and runs through Dec. 8 in the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre.


Actor Mike Wiley singlehandedly brings story of Emmett Till to life in ‘Dar He’

Actor Mike Wiley will make his West Coast debut with a production of “Dar He” at the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center at Gonzaga University.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 21, 2019

Review: Elizabeth Caballero, cast mates soar in INO’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ at the Fox

Inland Northwest Opera’s current gift to our region is a production of Giacomo Puccini’s durable masterpiece “Madame Butterfly” (1906), which is being presented in two performances this weekend at Martin …


Review: Civic’s ‘Matilda: The Musical’ as charming as beloved book and movie

“Matilda: The Musical,” reviewed Sept. 14, continues through Oct. 13 at Spokane Civic Theatre.


On velvet wings: Elizabeth Caballero as Cio-Cio San leads ‘Madame Butterfly’ at the Fox

Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly” is the story of Cio-Cio San, a geisha known as Madame Butterfly, and Lt. Pinkerton, a U.S. Naval officer with whom Butterfly has a contracted …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

Paper by design: ‘Madame Butterfly’ stage director Fenlon Lamb is familiar with many aspects of opera, including design

One of the fascinating aspects of Inland Northwest Opera’s “Madame Butterfly,” at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on Friday and Sunday, is that the set is made of paper. …


Falls Arts Preview: A season full of comedy, dance and theater

Comedy, dance, theater – no matter your interest, or age, there is plenty to take in in the coming months. Read on to learn more about what’s coming to town …


Review: ‘Mamma Mia!’ ends season on high, fabulous note

If you’ve never understood why every energetic theater kid fawns over “Mamma Mia!,” you’ll get it after this production. It’s inspiring to see the direction of Yvonne A.K. Johnson fleshed …


Emma Larson reunites with Spokane Valley Summer Theatre in ‘Mamma Mia!’

Spokane Valley Summer Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia!” opens Friday and runs through Aug. 18.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019

GU’s Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center announces 2019-20 season

Tickets go on sale beginning Aug. 21 through the box office, 211 E. Desmet Ave. and (509) 313-2787.


‘Smokey Joe’s Café’ celebrates nostalgic work of Leiber, Stoller

The Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre will close its 2019 season with a production of “Smokey Joe’s Café,” which opens Aug. 8 and runs through Aug. 25.


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 …


Dreaming a dream as national tour of ‘Les Miserables’ begins Tuesday at the FICA

The touring production of the iconic musical lands in Spokane on Tuesday for an eight-show run.



Spokane native Cherie Price returns home with ‘Menopause the Musical’

“Menopause the Musical” will be performed Tuesday and Wednesday at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane.


Laura Little’s ‘Cabaret’ supports performers on and off stage

A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Northwest Theatre Arts and Education Foundation.


Review: ‘Oklahoma!’ is a classic for modern audiences

For the modern American masses, a play like “Oklahoma!” might not hold wide appeal without promises of stark, modernizing changes. That was the route taken with its recent Broadway revival, …


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019

Spokane Civic Theatre’s ‘Spring Awakening’ shows importance of empathy

Spokane Civic Theatre’s production of “Spring Awakening” is co-directed by Sarah Dahmen and Jake Schaefer and music directed by Henry McNulty.


‘The Sound of Music’ aces tests of collaboration, technical performance

Spokane Valley Summer Theatre’s production of “The Sound of Music,” which opened Friday night, offers a prime opportunity to revisit this well-loved production on a local stage.


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019

Garland Theater owner putting business up for sale

The owner of the historic Garland Theater is retiring after 20 years of ownership and putting the business for sale, though she will retain ownership of the building.


‘Spring Awakening’ brings Elizabeth Martin back to Spokane Civic Theatre

Elizabeth Martin’s starring role as Wendla in Spokane Civic Theatre’s production of “Spring Awakening,” which opens Friday and runs through July 28, marks her 10th production in the last year, …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019

Jennifer Tindall says so long, farewell to Spokane with ‘The Sound of Music’

Actress and singer Jennifer Tindall, who stars as Maria Rainer in “The Sound of Music,” will begin classes at New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts later this summer.


‘A Bright Room Called Day’ shows mundane reality of fascism on the rise

This weekend marks the start of Stage Left’s production of “A Bright Room Called Day” by Tony Kushner, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Angels in America.”


Theater review: In ‘True West,’ Lake City Playhouse finds the perfect cast to tell Shepard’s tale

Directed by Brooke Wood, “True West” embarks as a modest character study but ends as a jarring exploration of a dark and uniquely American comedy.


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), …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

Stage Left presents a modern take on the ancient tale of ‘Hecuba’

Friday night, the players of Stage Left Theater will open their production of Marina Carr’s “Hecuba.” Loosely based on Euripides’ play of the same name, “Hecuba” is a retelling of …


‘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 …