‘Bulrusher’ Takes Its Time, to Welcome Effect

The “slow theatre” at work in ‘Bulrusher’ matches the pace of the town. But the play’s resonant themes, along with strong acting and design work, make for a gripping show even as it strolls along. It runs through September 14. 

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In Comedy ‘Washer/Dryer’, a Tiny Apartment Is the Least of Claustrophobic Forces

‘Washer/Dryer’ lets the a pair of newlyweds live their lives, without assigning them some higher purpose. If only their families and neighbors would do the same. The co-production from SIS Productions and Pratidhwani runs through 9/22.

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5 Questions with Playwright & Novelist Joy McCullough

‘Blood Water Paint’ imagines the great 17th century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi in her studio, interacting with the apocryphal subjects who inspired her. NWT talked with playwright Joy McCullough about the work, ahead of the play’s opening this Friday with Macha Theatre Works.

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Sound Theatre Pulls Back Layers of Disability Politics in ‘Peeling’

Deaf and disabled actors, shoved out of the spotlight in an overworked (and invented) stage performance, shine light on how they experience the world. That’s the premise of ‘Peeling’, in its U.S. premiere, and another powerful show from Sound Theatre Company. It runs through this Saturday.

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Have the ‘Time of Your Life’! — or, What the Actual #!@% Just Happened

By the show’s end, the latest adventure from The Williams Project had all the makings of a disaster. Its difference may be its salvation.

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From Idea to Stage: ‘Triple Threat’ & ‘Bread Crumbs’ Open at The Scratch

The Scratch, a free festival of new works, starts off tonight with two personal works by some of Seattle’s hottest artists: Nicholas Japaul Bernard and Jasmine Joshua, with development assistance and direction by Eddie DeHais. DeHais shared insight about the two autobiographical pieces, and guided NWT through the development process of each.

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Ambitious ‘Small Craft Warnings’ Aims for Immersive, But Hasn’t Found Its Own Sense of Place

The latest from the inventive Williams Project and the first of its two “Bar Plays” this summer, ‘Small Craft Warnings’ centers on adrift characters. But the production winds up feeling adrift instead. 

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Village’s New Musicals Fest Is Among the Best in New Works. But It Could Reach a Wider Audience.

Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals is among the coolest shows in town, showing off new work with fantastic casts. But attendance is limited — and both for Village Theatre and for audiences regularly starved of relevant theatre, that may be an opportunity missed beyond the weekend.

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5 Questions with Musical Theatre Writers Michelle Elliott & Danny Haengil Larsen

The annual Village Originals Festival of New Musicals takes place in Issaquah this weekend. Few theatre-makers know the Festival better than Michelle Elliott and Danny Haengil Larsen, who have shown new works there four times. NWT talked with the duo about their latest work, ‘Hart Island’, which showed at the 2017 Festival and returned to Village for a developmental production earlier this year.

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An Absurdist Comedy in the Dark, ‘The Neverborn’ Feels Just Right for Our Times

The latest from prolific, sweetly-creepy playwright Kelleen Conway Blanchard hits all the right notes, in a comically disturbing play set in an eerily familiar fantastical parallel. 

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‘Strictly Seattle’: In Festivals of Shorts This Weekend, Local Cities Show Their Northwest Flavor

This weekend brought two lively slates, in two different media, of short, new works grounded here in the Northwest. One of such shows was Velocity Dance Center’s decades-running ‘Strictly Seattle Performances’, a festival of dance shorts and dance films, which ended Saturday.

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‘Kenmore Quickies’: In Festivals of Shorts This Weekend, Local Cities Show Their Northwest Flavor

This weekend brought two lively slates, in two different media, of short, new works grounded here in the Northwest. One of such shows was As If Theatre Company’s brand-new ‘Kenmore Quickies’, a festival of locally-inspired 10-minute plays, which ends Sunday.

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‘Citizen’ Powerfully Engages the Everyday of Racism in America 

The book, by MacArthur Genius Claudia Rankine, is a masterwork. So is Sound Theatre and the Hansberry Project’s staging, in which all elements coalesce flawlessly into a challenging and invigorating production. It runs through July 28. 

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5 Questions with Artist-Activist Sara Porkalob

Sara Porkalob has taken Seattle by storm — as a playwright, director, actor, singer, storyteller, leader and curator, all through an activist lens. Here, she talks with NWT about artist-activism, telling her family stories before audiences on both coasts, and of course her new play, 7th and Jackson, which opens this Friday.

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5 Questions with Theatre-Makers Mary Ewald & John Kazanjian

Mary Ewald and John Kazanjian, spouses and long-term collaborators behind the New City Theater, have teamed up with ACTLab to produce two short works running through June 30. Ewald and Kazanjian talked with NWTheatre about their current show at ACT, and about the fascinating arc of New City Theater.

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5 Questions with Director Valerie Curtis-Newton

Award-winning theatre-maker Valerie Curtis-Newton is the director of the currently running, critically acclaimed production of ‘Nina Simone: Four Women’ at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Curtis-Newton talked with NWTheatre about her vision in staging the piece, and artist-activism more generally.  

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14/48 & Café Nordo’s ‘Food Thunderdome’ HIts All the Sweet Spots

Shows from the 14/48 Projects are hit-or-miss; and much more so when dining is involved. But the current installment of ‘Food Thunderdome’ at Café Nordo — which started tonight and runs only through this weekend — includes an excellent lineup or artists across all disciplines, and the show (and accompanying four-course meal) hits all the right notes. 

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In ‘Nina Simone: Four Women’, Past & Present Told Through Songs of Protest

Seattle’s best talent takes stage in this non-traditional “play with music,” on now through June 2 at Seattle Rep. From previews through its second week, this reviewer has seen the production three times; and something new gave me chills in each visit. It’s a unique look back at a performer and an era among the most influential in history — and a powerful look at the present, too.

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5 Questions with Theatre-Maker Jasmine Joshua

On stage, whether in over-the-top drag getups or stripped-down autobiographical pieces, Reboot Theatre Company Artistic Director Jasmine Joshua has been an open book about their non-binary identity and experience. NWT talked with Joshua about developing community and identity through art, making new work with The 5th Avenue Theatre, and the rebooted ‘Sweeney Todd’ opening next week.

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Puget Soundworks Finds Home in Latest Concert

The Puget Soundworks choir — the latest local addition to the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses — brings together humor, great voices, and a purpose grounded in social justice. Their current concert, ‘Home Is … ‘, considers notions of home and homelessness. It’s a harmonious, thoughtful, and often funny show. The closing show of the one-weekend-only run is today in Bellevue. 

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