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Anasofia Gallegos and Tony Magaña Jr in WELCOME TO ARROYOS at Theater Schmeater through June 2, 2018

Theater Ketchup: “Shakespeare (‘s Dad) in Love” and A Charming Visit to “Arroyo’s”

May 24, 2018 • You either adore the 1998 romantic comedy/drama SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE…or, you don’t....

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Review: Bold Queer Theater In Tacoma With “Bent”

May 24, 2018 • Through Saturday: Bent, a Small-Stage Production in Tacoma, Provides...

The evil Tyrone (acted/designed by Ben Burris) stars in the "evil Christian puppet play" HAND TO GOD at Seattle Public Theatre May 11 to June 3, 2018. Photography by John Ulman.

Theatre Ketchup: Evil Puppets Take Over Seattle Stages

May 18, 2018 • Secret Fun Fact: I j’adore puppets. Well…certain kinds of puppets....

Photo by Zack DeZon

Bag, Bath & Beyond: Bag Lady Manifesta and Broken Bone Bathtub Both Explore...

May 17, 2018 • Bag, Bath & Beyond: Bag Lady Manifesta and Broken Bone Bathtub Both Explore...

James Weidman as Sims/Papa and Pilar O'Connell as Morris in The Nether. Photo by Jeff Carpenter Photography.

Theater Ketchup-Sci Fi Edition: Pilgrims/The Nether/Silhouette

May 10, 2018 • So many local theater companies venturing into spooky dystopic future space...

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Theater Ketchup: “Familiar” and “The Wolves”

May 5, 2018 • Recent big productions from our big theater companies run the gamut from dramatic high school...

The astonishing brilliant cast of ArtsWest Playhouse's production of "An Octoroon" that examines American racial issues through the lens of a 170 year old play. From left to right: Jose Abaoag, Lamar Legend and Heather Persinger.

Powerful New Plays Demand Your Attention Part 2: “An Octoroon” at ArtsWest

May 2, 2018 • Review: An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Produced by ArtsWest Playhouse...

Elvis Nolasco in Book-It Rep's "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao". Photo by John Ulman.

Powerful New Plays Demand Your Attention Part 1: “Oscar Wao” at Book-It

April 28, 2018 • Good theater seems to come in waves. Right now, we seem to have a tsunami of great theater...

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Theater “Ketchup”: Three Seattle Shows To Check Out Involving Roosters, Shrews, Mole Rats

April 23, 2018 • Again. I’m behind. Soooooo, we’re gonna play the ole “Ketchup” (or,...

Machine Dazzle assists Taylor Mac with a costume. Photo: Reed Hutchinson

5 Questions: MACHINE DAZZLE (About Taylor Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music”)

April 17, 2018 • I talked with Machine Dazzle, who designs the pieces of wearable art that serve...

Ben Davis as Fred Graham/Petruchio and Cayman Ilika as Lilli Vanessi/Katharine in The 5th Avenue Theatre's Production of Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate" - Photo Credit Tracy Martin.

Another Op’nin’…Another Opportunity To Talk To “Kiss Me, Kate” Star Cayman Ilika

April 16, 2018 • Cayman Ilika has been wowing Seattle audiences for many years now. She was...

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Review: OTB’s “Patti & The Kid” Meanders Through An American Gothic Landscape

April 14, 2018 • Review: Patti & The Kid. Created by Frank Boyd and Libby King. Written and performed by ...

Photo by Marcia Davis — with Emily Pihlaja and Fausto Rivera Contreras

Spectrum Dance Theater’s Powerful “H.R. 3244” Examines The Modern Slavery of Human Trafficking

April 11, 2018 •     If you think Spectrum is just some dance thing, I hope you’ll rid yourself of...

Alexandra Tavares stars as Darja in Seattle Public Theater's production of Martyna Majok's IRONBOUND though April 15, 2018. Photo: Marcia Davis for Seattle Public Theater

Review: Seattle Public’s “Ironbound” Is Bleakly Dark But Beautifully Staged

April 3, 2018 • Review: Ironbound by Martyna Majok. Produced by Seattle Public Theater. Directed by Kelly...

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Review: The Great Leap Manages To Shoot And Score

April 2, 2018 • Review: The Great Leap by Lauren Yee. Produced by Seattle Repertory...

Richard Nguyen Sloniker and Amy Thone in Seattle Shakespeare Company's "The Merchant of Venice". Photo by HMMM Productions.

The Subject Is Painful But Seattle Shakes Has A Winner With “The Merchant...

April 2, 2018 • Review: The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. Produced by...

Alice Gosti's new piece of dance theater with her 10 artist company, is "Material Deviance in Contemporary American Culture" playing through Sunday, April 1, 2018 at On the Boards.

With Material Deviance, Alice Gosti Unearths the “Stuff” of Modern America

March 31, 2018 • Too. Much. Shit.   That’s about the only impression that came to mind when the stage...

Karl Hamilton as The Amazing Karnak in Ride the Cyclone at The 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT Theatre - Photo Credit Mark Kitaoka

Review: “Ride The Cyclone” Is The Best Designed Dead Canadian Teenagers Trapped In...

March 30, 2018 • Review: Ride The Cyclone. Book, Music & Lyrics by Brooke Maxwell & Jacob Richmond....

Joshua Chessin-Yudin and Aida Leguizamon in "The Happiest Songs Play Last" at 12th Avenue Arts through April 14, 2018. Photo: Ian Johnston

Review: Theatre 22’s “Happiest Song” Is An Emotional Powerhouse That Doesn’t Quite Meet...

March 30, 2018 • Review: The Happiest Song Plays Last by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Produced by Theatre 22....

Terry Edward Moore and Joshua Carter in Thalia's Umbrella's production of "The Impossibility of Now" at 12th Avenue Arts through March 31, 2018
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Review: So Many Writers In So Many Plays

March 22, 2018 • I know the general rule of writing is: “Write What You...

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Village Theatre’s New Musical Takes Stage To “String” Up Classic Tale

March 22, 2018 • Review: “String” Book by Sarah Hammond. Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon. Produced...

The cast of Sound Theatre Company's YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU onstage at Center Theatre/Seattle Center through March 10, 2018

Review: Sound Theatre’s “You Can’t Take It With You” Never Takes Off

March 2, 2018 • Review: YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman....

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Review: Two New Plays Explore Very Contemporary Themes

February 17, 2018 • Two new plays opened recently at two of the smaller, more interesting Seattle...

Eliza Palasz as Sophie Sheridan and Jordan Iosua Taylor as Sky in Mamma Mia! - Photo Credit Tracy Martin

Review: Theater For Specific Fans

February 15, 2018 • Review: Mamma Mia! Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. And some songs with...

AMERICAN HWANGAP tells the bittersweet story of Min Suk Chun (Stephen Sumida) on the occasion of his 60th birthday (hwangap), a milestone signifying the completion of the Eastern Zodiac, as he returns, following a 15-year exile, to his ex-wife and now adult children.

Tickets available at our box office or in advance here: http://bit.ly/AmericanHwangap. Photo credit: Alabastro Photography

Reviews: Two Plays Explore Fractured Families

February 9, 2018 • I saw a lot of theater last weekend, most of it coming from smaller...

Not even the comedic charms of Seattle actor Rebecca M. Davis can save Seattle Public's turgid musical VANISHING POINT. Photo by John Ulman.

Review: Seattle Theater Swarms With Celebrities! (Dead Ones)

January 29, 2018 • So many famous names on local stages right now in Seattle Theaterland! Henry Ford! Amelia...

Maile Wong and Corinne Magin are the conniving "L" and "M" at the heart of Jiehae Park's dark thriller Peerless now onstage at Seattle's ArtWest Playhouse

Review: “Peerless” Is Dark, Devious and Deliciously Fun

January 27, 2018 • Review: PEERLESS by Jiehae Park. Produced by Artwest Playhouse and Gallery....

Nicole Lewis (Risa), Carlton Byrd (Sterling), Eugene Lee (Memphis) in Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running. Photo by Nate Watters.

Theater: Seattle Rep’s “Two Trains Running” Is Beautiful Theatrical Storytelling

January 25, 2018 • Review: Two Trains Running by August Wilson. Produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre and Arena...

The cast of "Ghost Quartet" at the Erikson Theatre. Photo by Ryan Jensen

Review: “Ghost Quartet” Is A Whiskey Soaked, Musical Dark Ride

January 25, 2018 • Moody ghost stories are a popular fixture in art…even the most chicken hearted of us...

The cast of Young Jean Lee's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN produced by WET at 12th Avenue Arts. Photo: WET

Review: WET’s “Straight White Men” Plays To The Crowd

January 20, 2018 • Review: STRAIGHT WHITE MEN by Young Jean Lee. Produced by Washington...

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Review: Strong Direction/Acting Make Rarely Produced “Timon” Worth Seeing

January 14, 2018 • Review: Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare. Produced by Seattle...

Photo by Mark Jared Zufelt.

Review: Akropolis Takes A Dark Journey Into Dostoevsky’s “Crime + Punishment”

January 13, 2018 • Review: Crime + Punishment based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Adapted...

Sara Porkalob in Howl's Moving Castle at Book It Theatre. Photo by Alabastro Photography.

Review: A Lack of Magic And A Looooong Running Time Hamper “Howl’s Moving...

December 8, 2017 • Review: HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones and adapted by Myra...

Richard Gray as Chauncey Miles in The Nance. Photo by John McLellan.

Reviews: The Pluses/Minuses Of Two Interestingly Flawed Productions

November 11, 2017 • Two local theater productions have a lot to admire about them. And,...

From Twin Peaks to an all female production of "Coriolanus"....veteran actor Wendy Robie in "Coriolanus: Fight Like A Bitch" onstage at 12th Avenue Arts through Nov 18, 2017. Photo: John Ulman

Reviews: Two Plays Burning Like A Bitch At 12th Avenue Arts…

November 10, 2017 • TWO, count’em, TWO big shows on view at the bee-yoo-ti-ful 12th Avenue Arts duo theater...