John Longenbaugh

J. Michael Flynn and Alexandra Boyd: wishing for a different script.

Doorknobs and slapsticks

Alan Ayckbourn gets lost in his own time machine.

J. Michael Flynn and Alexandra Boyd: wishing for a different script.
Life is a Cabaret: Joely Fisher as Sally Bowles.

Eine kleine nachtmusik

A Cabaret revival puts its predecessors to shame.

Life is a Cabaret: Joely Fisher as Sally Bowles.
It's a gas! Harlequin (Dan Donohue) entertaining Lisette (Maggie Lacey).

Elegant schmelegant

Stephen Wadsworth's adaptation of Marivaux has too much "class."

It's a gas! Harlequin (Dan Donohue) entertaining Lisette (Maggie Lacey).

Everything I need to know I learned on the Fringe

So what can the Seattle Fringe Festival teach audiences and local artists?

Fall Arts Preview – Theater

A contemporary theater—The theater's new artistic director, Gordon Edelstein, continues his efforts to revitalize ACT with some impressive efforts, including its current offering, A Summer… Continue reading

Fantasy islands

Two new one-acts do a lot in very little time.

Send in the clowns: Cirque's motley crew.

Feats first

When the good is this good, do you notice the bad?

Send in the clowns: Cirque's motley crew.
Wacky, yes, funny, no: San Francisco's Please Leave the Bronx overstays their welcome.

Final Fringe

In which the exhausted but exhilarated critic praises punctuality and discourages mugging.

Wacky, yes, funny, no: San Francisco's Please Leave the Bronx overstays their welcome.
First Avenue

First Avenue

A police thriller set on Seattle's mean streets.

First Avenue

Fractious Fairy Tales

UMO and the Empty Space produce a stunning collaboration for all ages.

Fringe picks

Based, as always, on a combination of experience, gossip, hunches, and just a touch of hopeful naivet鬠here are my picks for this year's Festival. Full… Continue reading

Garden plot

Edward Albee's 1967 social satire still has plenty of sting.

Whorehousehold: Naama Potok entertains an orthodox guest.

God of Vengeance

An old melodrama that should have been a new comedy.

Whorehousehold: Naama Potok entertains an orthodox guest.
Posthumous work: Kevin Tighe as a grave digger in A Skull in Connemara.

Gravely mistaken

Martin McDonagh's new comedy hits pay dirt.

Posthumous work: Kevin Tighe as a grave digger in A Skull in Connemara.

Great Scott!

Taproot takes a penetrating look at the meanings of heroism.

Ham on wry

Warner Shook's farewell bow is all for the actors.

Get thee to a nunnery! Jean Simmons' Ophelia reacts to Olivier's prince.

Hamlet

Olivier's take on the sweet prince, circa 1948.

Get thee to a nunnery! Jean Simmons' Ophelia reacts to Olivier's prince.

Harlem Renaissance, the musical

The Duke meets the Bard in this toe-tapping combo of Ellington and Shakespeare.

Achy breaky hearts: James McDonnell and Laurie Williams

Head and heart

Stoppard's take on the end of an affair.

Achy breaky hearts: James McDonnell and Laurie Williams

Hell and Harlem

A stunning one-woman show about dreams and their destruction.