• Dirty: Venture Capitalists Debate “Ethical Porn”

    Andrew Hinderaker’s 2012 play is certainly of the moment. Its smartly conniving characters refer to Twitter followings, Google searches, Kickstarter, online privacy, vulture capitalists, discontented … More »

  • Measure for Measure: Lock Up Your Libidos!

    Sex! Politics! Religion! Measure for Measure bulges with dinner-party taboos and municipal dilemmas. This succinct yet itchy “unfestive comedy,” per my old Bevington edition in … More »

  • A Streetcar Named Desire: Who Took the South out of Tennessee Williams?

    Civic Rep’s program notes read: “While the playwright suggests a specific time and place for the story, we have chosen to create a world that … More »

  • How Playwright Robert Schenkkan Resurrected LBJ

    Sitting at the dining table of his comfortable North Seattle home, Texas-raised playwright Robert Schenkkan and I are trying to establish—without resorting to Google—if Lyndon … More »

  • The Great Society: We Watch in Horror as LBJ’s Grand Plans Are Undone by Vietnam

    “Lyndon Johnson was 13 of the most interesting and difficult men I ever met.” Thus spake Bill Moyers about his old boss. We get to … More »

  • PNB’s Retirement Party for the (Soon to Be Old) Nutcracker

    Nutcracker McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. (Seattle Center), 441-2424, $35–$136. See for near-daily schedule. Ends Dec. 28. While it’s not a going-out-of-business sale, there’s … More »

  • Book-It Goes Back to the Well With a Pleasing Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice Center Theatre at the Armory (Seattle Center), 216-0833, $25–$60. Runs Wed.–Sun. Ends Dec. 28. It is a truth universally acknowledged that … More »

  • Opening Nights: The Habit 14

    The Habit 14 Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 W. Green Lake Ave. N., 800-838-3006, $19. Runs Fri.–Sun. Through Nov. 30. This comedy … More »

  • Opening Nights: Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N. (Issaquah), 425-392-2202, $40–$72. Runs Tues.–Sun. through Jan. 4. (Moves to Everett PAC Jan. 9–Feb. 8.) I … More »

  • Opening Nights: Director’s Choice at PNB

    Director’s Choice McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. (Seattle Center), 441-2424, $28 and up. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., 1 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 16. If this … More »

  • Opening Nights: I Never Betrayed the Revolution

    I Never Betrayed the Revolution West of Lenin, 203 N. 36th St., 352-1777, $15–$20. 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 23. According … More »

  • Opening Nights: Twelfth Night

    Twelfth Night Center House Theatre (Seattle Center), 733-8222. $30–$39. See for schedule. Ends Nov. 16. The prewar surrealists fused dream and reality via startling, … More »

  • Opening Nights: Blood Countess

    Blood Countess Annex Theatre, 1110 Pike St., 728-0933, $5–$20. 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat. plus Mon., Nov. 10. Ends Nov. 22. Feeling anemic? Luckily it’s easy … More »

  • Best of Seattle: Response to an Off-stage Tragedy

    Jerry Manning’s unexpected death this May, following a heart procedure, was a huge blow for the Seattle theater community—extending far beyond Seattle Repertory Theatre. He’d … More »

  • Best of Seattle: Stage Production

    One of the lesser-known side stories in Superman comics concerned “the bottled city” of Kandor, which the evil half-man/half-machine Brainiac kept as a souvenir after … More »

  • Best of Seattle: Stage Adaptation

    Five hours, folks. That’s what we were in for at Book-It’s epic June adaptation of Michael Chabon’s epic Pulitzer-winner The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & … More »

  • Best of Seattle: Road Gig

    The most-anticipated concert in Spring for Music, the most-anticipated classical-music festival in New York City’s season, the Seattle Symphony’s performance in Carnegie Hall in May … More »

  • Best of Seattle: Stage Provocation

    Jerry Springer: The Opera’s savage view of American culture makes The Book of Mormon look about as audacious as a Full House episode, and the … More »

  • Best of Seattle: Dance Production

    Two of the works that Mark Morris Dance Group brought home to Seattle at the Paramount over Valentine’s Day weekend—Love Song Waltzes and its companion, … More »

  • Opening Nights: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

    In 1954, Joseph Papp produced the first “Shakespeare in the Park” festival in Lower Manhattan. Today, those who wish to attend the New York City … More »

  • Opening Nights: Jane Eyre

    Musical theater has had some success with neglected orphans (Annie or Oliver!, anyone?), so an adaptation of Jane Eyre was probably inevitable. Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 … More »