Life after Death in ‘Burn This’ at Theatre22

Tim Gouran and Carolyn Marie Monroe, photo by Margaret Toomey

Lanford Wilson’s 1987 play is both a small story and an emotional epic that manages, in a quotidian way, to touch on love and grief, art and commerce, friendship and sexuality, stagnation, evolution, chosen family.

Energy and Empathy in ‘Les Misérables’

When the first bombastic notes burst from the orchestra, the energy level of the 5th Avenue’s production of Les Misérables is set—and doesn’t flag for the entire two-and-a-half hour show. Producer Cameron Mackintosh’s newly staged production…

Energy and Empathy in ‘Les Misérables’

When the first bombastic notes burst from the orchestra, the energy level of the 5th Avenue’s production of Les Misérables is set—and doesn’t flag for the entire two-and-a-half hour show. Producer Cameron Mackintosh’s newly staged production…

Theatre Review: First Date Makes a Poor Impression

First impressions, First Date suggests, can be misleading. Sometimes—but usually those initial assessments turn out to be right. So it is for this world premiere musical playing at ACT’s Falls Theatre, ACT’s latest co-production with the Fifth…

Not Your Mom’s Lit Fest

It’s a Monday night and you’ve walked into the Sorrento Hotel’s Fireside Room (or if you didn’t, you wish you had). It always feels like wandering into a Victorian humidor there, one that smells lightly of liqueurs and hardwood. The seating is all…

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…

Video World Premiere! Staxx Brothers, “Sugarwalls”

The artistry of the Staxx Brothers extends beyond music. The Seattle rock-n-soul band, long beleaguered in its hometown but beloved elsewhere on the West Coast, has poured incredible effort into its music videos—to impressive results. Their previous…

Pat Thomas: Minister of Information

Pat Thomas is many things: author, lecturer, filmmaker, DJ, A&R man, student, drummer, beer tequila drinker, bath taker. There is one thing he is not.
“I loathe being noted as an academic,” Thomas says. “‘Academic’ sounds too dry, and I’m not a dry…

A Sampling of Contemporary Dance at CHOP SHOP

Last weekend Seattle danceophiles migrated east for the 5th Annual CHOP SHOP Bodies of Work Contemporary Dance Festival. Held at the Theatre at Meydenbauer, the first night was full of strong and varied companies, each of the 12 performances with…

Noah Gundersen to Headline the Song Show

Noah Gundersen has been in my sights for some time. I first saw the young singer-songwriter when he opened for David Bazan at Seattle Pacific University three or four years ago. Bazan was playing a one-off show during the long break between his last…