‘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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A Searing Family Drama in ‘Is God Is’, But Its Revenge Comes Up Cold

A blaze, a horrific revelation, and a righteous quest are at the center of Washington Ensemble Theatre’s latest, ‘Is God Is’. But despite some strong acting, the production lacks the requisite conviction — and bloodshed — to bring its characters justice. It runs through September 23. 

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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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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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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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‘Million Dollar Quartet’, Village’s Big Theatrical Rock Show, Heads to Everett Next Week

Village Theatre’s audience-favorite darling, based (very) loosely around a heralded 1956 jam session with some of American music’s biggest names, is a big fun rock show. It closes out Village’s Issaquah season this weekend, then moves to Everett next week through July 28.  

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‘Kim’s Convenience’, Familiar Title to Netflix Viewers, Proves a Thoughtful and Laugh-Filled Fit for the Stage, Too

The stage play ‘Kim’s Convenience’ is no happy-go-lucky family sitcom, opening up lots of uncomfortable topics and unearthing an occasional dark family secret. But it does so with plenty of humor and an emphasis on reconciliation, resulting in an enjoyable and fast-paced play. It runs through June 22 at Taproot Theatre. Don’t wait: it’s a hot seller. 

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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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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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Village’s ‘Curious Incident’ Is a Theatrical Delight

Village Theatre’s production of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’, on now through April 21 (Issaquah) and April 26 to May 19 (Everett), is a well-designed, well-acted, feel-good play — and a thought-provoking one as well.

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