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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

There’s a boisterous energy at the Moore Theatre these days and a fabulous tranny named Hedwig is to thank. The recently opened Hedwig & the Angry Inch is not only a delight from start to finish, but an opportunity to see local talent Jerick Hoffer...
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Red at the Rep: A Life Lesson in 90 Minutes

Don’t get caught up in the romantic nuances of the language of Red. The play—about the fictitious relationship that develops between painter Mark Rothko and his young apprentice, Ken—is a minefield of shop-talk on art, artistry and the...
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Spring Awakening Arrives in Seattle

When Spring Awakening debuted in NYC in 2006, it felt like a bit of a gamble. Based on a once-banned play by Frank Wedekind about a group of teens discovering themselves and one another against a backdrop of oppression in 19th century Germany, Spring...
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Scrooge You: A Christmas Carol at ACT

The tricky part about any production of A Christmas Carol is that the poor thing's been done to death. There are no surprises. Scrooge is a cultural fixture―taken up by Academy Award winners, Muppets, and most recently a motion-captured Jim ...
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Annie Get Your Gun Is Gangbusters at Village Theatre

Annie Get Your Gun’s leading lady shoes aren’t easy ones to fill. Since its Broadway debut in 1946, the fictionalized role of Wild West sharp-shooter Annie Oakley has been played by a bevy of stage and screen heavy-hitters―Ethel Merman,...
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Chicago via KIDSTAGE

In a tiny space in downtown Issaquah, smaller even than most high school auditoriums, Village Theatre’s program is busy doing great things for the local theatre community. Cast and crew of ages 4 to 20 oversee every aspect of each production—they...
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Aladdin Makes its National Debut at 5th Ave. Theatre

The 5th Avenue Theatre’s preview production of Aladdin: The New Stage Musical opened to a packed house last night, scoring raves with big musical numbers and an outstanding cast. Building from the original score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim...
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Mary Poppins: Just as Fun as Ever

Nothing can replace the magic of that well-worn VHS copy from your childhood, but the new live staging of Disney's Mary Poppins keeps the wonder alive. The production holds as many surprises as the film adaptation—some expected, others un-—and its...
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Merry Wives of Windsor Could Use More Merry, Fewer Wives

Seattle Shakespeare Company rounds out a successful 2010-2011 season on a lighthearted note with The Merry Wives of Windsor. Like many Shakespeare comedies, Windsor follows an excess of characters through deceptive plot twists, romantic hijinks,...
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Dolly Would: 9-5: The Musical Is a Silly Romp

In the first five minutes of 9 to 5: The Musical, the play’s biggest star, composer and lyricist Dolly Parton, descends from the ceiling (via projection) to greet her audience and transport them back to 1979--a time of the put-upon secretary, a...
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Whodunnit Done Right at Village Theater

Sleuth -- a witty take on the classic country house thriller running at the Performing Arts Center in Everett -- throws viewers even after they've already been thrown (and thrown again). To maintain the mystery, theater staff asks (both as the...