Alyssa Dyksterhouse

Amir and Isaac face off.

Amir and Emily are a model Manhattan couple. He is a mergers

Amir and Emily are a model Manhattan couple. He is a mergers and acquisitions attorney and she is an artist. Of course, for the purposes… Continue reading

 

The distaff chorus of Bunnies.Joe Iano

As a second-year playwriting minor in college, I penned a pseudo-profound drama

As a second-year playwriting minor in college, I penned a pseudo-profound drama about a mother visiting her daughter in a psych ward, complete with super-stylized… Continue reading

 

LeValley as Jetta.Michael Brunk

After watching 1979’s Rock ’n’ Roll High School, I wanted to be

After watching 1979’s Rock ’n’ Roll High School, I wanted to be in a punk band. How hard could it be? In late elementary school,… Continue reading

 

Herr Schnitlzer is not amused.

From pen pals to the personals to the Internet, people have been

From pen pals to the personals to the Internet, people have been trying to get laid—er, create connections, for centuries. Inspired by Arthur Schnitlzer’s 1897… Continue reading

Herr Schnitlzer is not amused.
Politics as usual? Russell, Spruill, and Berryman (left to right)Erik Stuhaug

Five years ago my elderly Orange County doctor declared of his old

Five years ago my elderly Orange County doctor declared of his old hometown, “Detroit was fine until the Negros took control.” Aghast, I failed to… Continue reading

Politics as usual? Russell, Spruill, and Berryman (left to right)Erik Stuhaug
Mother knows best? DeSantis and Kotula.Mark Kitaoka

In light of Robert Durst’s recent revelations on the HBO documentary series

In light of Robert Durst’s recent revelations on the HBO documentary series The Jinx, true-crime junkies like me spent last week on a media bender.… Continue reading

Mother knows best? DeSantis and Kotula.Mark Kitaoka
Chisholm as the misfit projectionist Rose.John Ulman

Annie Baker’s Pulitzer winner—a magical mingling of Pinter pauses, Ibsenesque naturalism, and

Annie Baker’s Pulitzer winner—a magical mingling of Pinter pauses, Ibsenesque naturalism, and flashes of Pirandello—causes me cognitive dissonance. Written about the Twitter Generation, though with… Continue reading

Chisholm as the misfit projectionist Rose.John Ulman
The War on Terror comes to Wisconsin.Stone Soup Theatre

Outraged by the Bush administration, the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, Gitmo,

Outraged by the Bush administration, the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, etc., Sam Shepard hastily composed this absurdist and somewhat awkward farce… Continue reading

The War on Terror comes to Wisconsin.Stone Soup Theatre
Members only? Neddersen and Lass.

Victorian England makes me think of depressing Dickensian characters, somber tea ceremonies,

Victorian England makes me think of depressing Dickensian characters, somber tea ceremonies, and gloomy, sooty skies—not puerile men sipping spirits, smoking cigars, and behaving like… Continue reading

Members only? Neddersen and Lass.
Retail hell? Dustyn Moir (left) and Turner.Dangerpants Photography

Winsome, full of flair, but not terribly edgy, Marcus Gorman’s comedy Natural

Winsome, full of flair, but not terribly edgy, Marcus Gorman’s comedy Natural reminds me of Singles, the 1992 ensemble movie that partly inspired my future… Continue reading

Retail hell? Dustyn Moir (left) and Turner.Dangerpants Photography
Welcome to the family? Dooly (left) and Marr.Paul Bestock

English playwright Charlotte Jones’ 2001 comedy is like a dazzling yet oddly

English playwright Charlotte Jones’ 2001 comedy is like a dazzling yet oddly odorless rose, lovely in concept though strangely unsatisfactory. I ache to adore it,… Continue reading

Welcome to the family? Dooly (left) and Marr.Paul Bestock
Irina (Andrews) swings while Chebutykin (Peter Crook) observes.Chris Bennion

In 1995, a production of The Three Sisters at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre

In 1995, a production of The Three Sisters at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre altered my entire existence and activated an adoration of all things Chekhov. Twenty… Continue reading

Irina (Andrews) swings while Chebutykin (Peter Crook) observes.Chris Bennion
Ilika as Mary, with Greg McCormick Allen as Bert.Mark Kitaoka

Mary Poppins Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N. (Issaquah), 425-392-2202, villagetheatre.org. $40–$72.

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

Ilika as Mary, with Greg McCormick Allen as Bert.Mark Kitaoka
Two to tango? Booth and Parker. Matthew Murphy

If you can’t see the Broadway original, a touring show is like

If you can’t see the Broadway original, a touring show is like the satisfying made-in-China knockoff of a famous designer brand. Thus the discount pleasure… Continue reading

Two to tango? Booth and Parker. Matthew Murphy
It’ll end in trenches: Neddersen and Sugarman.

Canada isn’t known for great stage drama, yet New Century Theatre Company

Canada isn’t known for great stage drama, yet New Century Theatre Company is taking a chance on one of that country’s most popular—and troublesomely titled—contemporary… Continue reading

It’ll end in trenches: Neddersen and Sugarman.
I long to declare that I love this musical-comedy revival; in truth,

I long to declare that I love this musical-comedy revival; in truth,

I long to declare that I love this musical-comedy revival; in truth, however, I’m ambivalent. Back in 2001, Urinetown earned a few Tony Awards; over… Continue reading

I long to declare that I love this musical-comedy revival; in truth,
Kheswa and Jeremiah with the troublesome garment.Pascal Victor/ArtcomArt

The Suit Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St. (Seattle Center), 443-2222, seattlerep.org.

The Suit Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St. (Seattle Center), 443-2222, seattlerep.org. $15–$80. 7:30 p.m. Tues.–Sat. plus matinees. Ends April 6. Trailing great reviews behind… Continue reading

Kheswa and Jeremiah with the troublesome garment.Pascal Victor/ArtcomArt

The Elephant Man The Lab at Inscape, 815 Seattle Blvd. S., 800-838-3006,

The Elephant Man The Lab at Inscape, 815 Seattle Blvd. S., 800-838-3006, seattlestageright.org. 
$15–$20. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.–Sat. & Mon. 
Ends March 22. You know the… Continue reading

Toms' scientist surveys his plans.Chris Bennion

Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus Center House Theatre (Seattle Center), 216-0833, book-it.org.

Frankenstein; Or, 
The Modern Prometheus Center House Theatre (Seattle Center), 216-0833, book-it.org. $24–$38. 7:30 p.m. Wed.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends March 9. Going into Book-It’s… Continue reading

Toms' scientist surveys his plans.Chris Bennion
Shanley earned Pulitzer and Tony Awards for Doubt.

Doubt Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way N.E., stonesouptheatre.com. $14–$25. 8 p.m.

Doubt Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way N.E., stonesouptheatre.com. $14–$25. 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., 4 p.m. Sun. Ends March 1. John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt looks back… Continue reading

Shanley earned Pulitzer and Tony Awards for Doubt.