‘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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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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Mayor’s Arts Awards Honor Intiman Theatre, Dani Tirrell, and More

The ceremony on this Thursday honors the 2019 award recipients: Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Intiman Theatre, Delbert Richardson, Marcie Sillman, and Dani Tirrell. Newly named Seattle Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith will present at the ceremony. 

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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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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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‘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 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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‘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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Ligia Lewis’s Unexpectedly New Piece, at On the Boards this Weekend, Is About as ‘In the Moment’ as It Gets

A last-minute obstacle, courtesy of the United States government, derailed the visiting choreographer’s planned performance of Sorrow Swag, one of two shows Lewis was slated to present at On the Boards this weekend. In its stead, Lewis has re-envisioned the piece — and, with help from her musician brother, will dance the work herself.  

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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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