‘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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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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