Latino Theatre Projects presents 26 Miles, a play from Quiara Alegria Hudes, a Pulitzer Prize winner and writer of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights. In 26 Miles, a mother kidnaps her estranged 15-year-old daughter and the pair sets off on a spontaneous road trip from Philadelphia to Yellowstone in search for a cure to heal the wounds that separate them. Directed by Julie Beckman, Latino Theatre Projects focuses on thought-provoking works from Latin American and Caribbean playwrights and exposing audiences to new cultural experiences.
Wall Street investors have a bad enough reputation as it is, but when Rick, the president of a powerful private equity firm, throws a lavish engagement party right after presiding over a round of massive layoffs, he creates a public relations nightmare. Seth, another partner at the firm, comes up with a genius plan to beat the bad headlines: Invest big in an all-American luggage company to show that they're champions of the little guy. But Seth's rival Jenny wants to squeeze the company for all they're worth, even if it puts them out of business and makes their firm look worse. Dry Powder at the Seattle Rep takes a darkly humorous look at the clashing egos that shape our economy.
The boundaries between reality and the screen begin to blur for a woman torn between her duties as a new mother and a drone pilot in the acclaimed one-woman play Grounded. When a hotshot F-16 pilot becomes unexpectedly pregnant, she's reassigned to flying remote-controlled drones over Afghanistan. By day, she hunts terrorists remotely from an air-conditioned trailer near Las Vegas. At night, she comes face-to-face with her duties as a wife and mother. But navigating that shift may prove to be her most dangerous mission of all. George Brant's Grounded was named a Top 10 Play of 2013 by The Guardian, and won the National New Play Network's Smith Prize and the Edinburgh Festival's Fringe First award. Now you can catch this compelling production of Grounded in Seattle at The Bathhouse Theater.
There's a reason why actresses like Ethel Merman, Patti Lupone and Bette Midler have wanted to play the mother of all musical roles. Gypsy is that good. Even The New York Times says it "may be the greatest of all American musicals." Only an epic this grand could capture the real-life Mama Rose, the ultimate stage mother, who groomed her two daughters to be vaudeville stars ... only to watch one of them leave it all behind to become one of the most famed burlesque performers of all time, Gypsy Rose Lee. With a book by Arthur Laurents (West Side Story), music by Jule Styne (Funny Girl) and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods), this timeless favorite features crowd-pleasing songs like "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," "Together Wherever We Go," "Some People," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" and the show-stopping "Rose's Turn." Catch this classic musical at the Tacoma Little Theatre.
Putting a fun spin on the concept of audience interaction and improvisation, Unexpected Productions' Hidden Motives finds different parts of the crowd giving individual performers secret actions that they must accomplish before the end of the show. Whether they're privately instructed to kiss someone, kill someone, take a tumble or suddenly burst into song and dance, the talented members of Improv Anonymous will use their individual actions to craft a fun and hilarious story as a group, revealing their top-secret actions at the end of the show. Uncover the hilarity of Hidden Motives at Unexpected Productions' Market Theater in Seattle.
Spend an evening with Seattle's best female impersonators as they take on the personas of Cher, Lady Gaga, Pink, Celine Dion, Liza Minnelli and more. The perfect gender-bending show for celebrating any occasion -- a birthday, anniversary, bachelorette party or a night out with friends -- Le Faux is the longest-running show of its kind in the city, with exciting and outrageous performances every night and a full cast of dancers. Julia's on Broadway also offers a full bar and appetizers before and during the show, and the host will even bring your special guest on stage for a little embarrassment in front of the entire audience.
Leaving Iowa is a warm, nostalgic comedy about a middle-aged man who visits his family at his childhood home in Iowa. He ends up on a riotous journey across the state in search of the perfect spot to scatter his late father's ashes. Along the way, he finds himself reliving summer vacations trapped in the family station wagon between tourist traps and historical markers that his father deemed educational. As he continues his journey, his appreciation of his dad's fortitude as a parent soars. Penned by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, this production comes to the Seattle area at the Wade James Theatre.
A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Over 45 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone's having the time of their lives!
Monty Python's Spamalot is a hilarious, fourth wall-breaking parody extravaganza, written by Monty Python alum Eric Idle, that borrows lovingly (and unapologetically) from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In telling the tale of King Arthur and his epic quest with the Knights of the Round Table, this absurd musical -- which won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, during its original Broadway run -- features beautiful show girls and outlandish oddities such as flatulent Frenchmen, flying cows, killer rabbits and The Knights Who Say Ni. If you're in need of an irreverent reminder to "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," look no further than the Holy Grail of musical comedies that is Monty Python's Spamalot, presented at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse.
Everyone is a suspect in the hilarious musical mystery Murder for Two. Officer Marcus Moscowicz, a small-town cop determined to rise to the rank of detective, sets out to solve the murder of a famous novelist. This off-Broadway hit features one actor playing the detective, while another plays all the suspects -- and they both play the piano. The two multi-talented actors bring this witty, winking homage to old-fashioned closed-room murder mysteries to the Falls Theatre at ACT in Seattle. Get caught up in the whirlwind of comedy, music, mystery and vaudeville-style mayhem.
And you thought today's government was a mess. This raucous satire is set in 1950s Washington, D.C., where two State Department employees -- both gay and both locked firmly in the closet -- have been tasked with ferreting out homosexuals in their department. To avoid detection themselves, they've come up with what seems like the Perfect Arrangement: They've each married the other's partner. But their sitcom-like situation threatens to come crashing down around them when an employee discovers their deception. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement during the Lavender Scare of the McCarthy Era, this madcap comedic romp gives way to provocative drama as the characters are forced to deal with inconvenient truths.
Downtown Abbey meets Gilligan's Island in this new musical farce based on a play by Peter Pan scribe J.M. Barrie. Set in 1902, A Proper Place finds the wealthy Lord Loam and his family in a real spot of trouble: A group sailing excursion has gone horribly wrong, and now his clan of proper, upper-crust dilettantes are shipwrecked on a deserted island. Before long, they realize that their only hope for survival is to cast aside the strict social hierarchy of the mainland and allow their lowly butler to call the shots. Watch forbidden romance and family drama unfold, all set to a lively score, when A Proper Place comes to Seattle's Francis J. Gaudette Theatre.
In an abandoned lot in inner-city Cleveland, nine-year-old Kim plants a few lima beans from which astonishing social reform grows. A chain reaction of responses to the fledgling garden in this immigrant neighborhood brings unexpected results. With each person motivated to add to and nurture the garden, the world transforms—crime is thwarted, tolerance, generosity and friendship are spread. Those few small beans develop into a powerful force of change.
A story of fight and struggle, the one-woman play yankee pickney explores "white people blackness," "blackness" and what it means to be both of those at the same time. Created and brought to life by Jéhan Òsanyìn, it is based upon her experiences growing up West Indian and Jamaican in the United States of America. The work revolves around a young woman traveling the world and discovering who she is and how others see her. Catch this powerful, engaging piece from a Seattle resident at Theater Schmeater.
Winner of the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, You Can't Take It With You is a madcap comedy about two clashing New York families. When a member of the conservative and stiff-upper-lip Kirby family falls in love with a girl from the eccentric and happy-go-lucky Sycamore household, the two families come together to celebrate the couple's engagement and discover their shocking differences over a wildly uncomfortable dinner discussion. Fast-paced and full of witty one-liners, this classic American comedy, written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, has entertained audiences for over 70 years. Presented here at the Red Curtain Arts Center in Marysville, it's every bit as endearing now as it was during the Great Depression.