‘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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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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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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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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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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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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Powerful Artist Jono Vaughan Speaks at Tacoma Art Museum this Thursday

Jono Vaughan’s ‘Project 42’ calls out the shortened life expectancy of transgender people, through visual and performative memorials to trans people who were murdered. She talks about the work — which uses handcrafted dresses, complex prints, and dance — on April 4 at Tacoma Art Museum.

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5 Questions with Playwright Maggie Lee  

This month, Macha Theatre Works opened its world-premiere production of ‘Sheathed’ — a new fantasy/adventure saga from acclaimed Seattle playwright Maggie Lee — which runs through March 24 at Theatre Off Jackson. NWT talked with Lee to learn more about the process, from ideation to realization, and her inspiration behind this latest work.  

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