Seeking her exiled father and escape from an oppressive court, Rosalind, disguised as a boy, flees with her cousin and a clown to the Forest of Arden. The woods offer not only freedom, but also a motley crew of characters and the chance to experience life and love with a fellow outcast, Orlando, from a whole new perspective. This glorious comedy of love and change features the irrepressible Rosalind, Shakespeare's most fully realized female character. Intimate and light-hearted, the play subverts the traditional rules of romance. Gender roles, the natural world and politics all get woven together into a beguiling and entertaining romance. Wise fools, a magical forest, cross-dressing, young love ... and wrestling. As You Like It has all the elements that make a Shakespeare play so much fun. Enjoy this Seattle Shakespeare Company production at the Center Theatre.
Both irreverent and surprisingly sentimental, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas is the classic country-western musical comedy based on the strange-but-true story of the real-life Chicken Ranch brothel. Protected by a friendly sheriff and frequented by governors, senators, mayors and even victorious college football teams, Miss Mona's cozy bordello thrives in the small town of Gilbert -- until a puritan nemesis in the guise of a crusading do-gooder focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution and tries to shut it down. Nominated for a passel of Tonys in its original '79 Broadway run and turned into a hit film starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton, this latest production comes to the Seattle Music Theatre.
With successful careers, a stable home and a good marriage, the only thing missing from Annie and Peter's lives is a child. After several failed attempts to start a family, the couple decides to adopt, setting their sights on a child from Africa. But when they receive surprising news from the adoption agency, Annie and Peter's marriage is truly put to the test as secrets are exposed and the couple is left with an unexpected choice. Making its way to The Bathhouse Theater in Seattle, The Call is a stirring portrait of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home and offering thought-provoking insight into marriage, identity and community.
Winner of five Tony Awards and seven Olivier Awards, this compelling sensory drama is based on the award-winning book of the same name. When 15-year-old Christopher is wrongfully accused of murdering his neighbor's dog, he sets off to solve the mystery and prove his innocence. Equipped with an extraordinary brain, but hampered by a strong distrust of strangers and a personal struggle to interpret everyday life, this adventure will turn his life upside-down, while giving the audience an intimate look at the world through his eyes. Experience The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Everett Performing Arts Center.
If Show and Tell was as much fun as Found Objects, nobody would have left preschool. For the skilled improvisers of Improv Anonymous take the concept behind the familiar classroom activity and expand it into something exciting and altogether unpredictable. Each week, the performers will bring in an actual object from their day or request one from the audience. Then, with the audience's support, they will craft a story on the spot that explores each object. As crowd suggestions and on-stage epiphanies build into a narrative, expect to be surprised and delighted by the hidden lives of everyday objects -- and those that own them -- during Found Objects at Unexpected Productions' Market Theater.
A group of unemployed steel workers go The Full Monty in this hit Broadway musical comedy inspired by the Oscar-nominated film. In this Americanized stage adaptation written by Terrence McNally, six men decide to make some cash by putting on a striptease act. But as they aren't exactly your typical beefcakes, what they end up creating is the most unforgettable display of flesh that their blue-collar town has ever seen -- all while conquering their inner demons, improving their self-esteem and learning some important lessons about friendship. The Full Monty was nominated for a whopping 10 Tony Awards in 2001, including Best Musical, and now you can enjoy this touching, funny and crowd-pleasing show at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse.
Inside Story is an exciting exploration of storytelling in several exciting forms. The talented cast of improvisers is inspired to create stories from your true-life secret, personal and funny stories. And in between each improv story, several of Seattle's most respected storytellers will share a prepared story based on their lives and an improvised, true-to-life story based on a subject drawn from the "topic bowl." It's The Moth meets Whose Line Is It Anyway?, only less formatted, more spontaneous and out of control fun! Come share an Inside Story.
On December 4, 1956, a twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley to Memphis' Sun Records. The rock 'n' roll musical Million Dollar Quartet was inspired by this legendary recording session - the first and only collaboration between these true legends, each of whom had an undeniable influence on American music. This thrilling production takes you inside the studio with the four major talents who came together to form a red-hot band for one unforgettable night, and features such enduring hits as "Blue Suede Shoes," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Great Balls of Fire" and "Hound Dog." A hit on Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet was nominated for 2010 Tony and Drama Desk Awards. Now it returns to the Village Theatre stage in Issaquah - 12 years after its triumphant premiere.
When "High Priestess of Soul" Nina Simone first heard about the tragic bombing deaths of four young girls in an Alabama church in 1963, the singer-songwriter turned to her music as a means of expressing the country's agony. "Four Women" and Simone's other evocative activist anthems sang to a truth that the world needed to hear. And it is a truth that remains sung to this day. This musical includes some of Simone's most popular Civil Rights anthems, like "Mississippi Goddam," "Go Limp," and "Young, Gifted, and Black" to look at an artist and the women around her as their journey leads them down a path of discovery and healing. Written by Christina Ham and directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton, Nina Simone: Four Women makes its West Coast premiere courtesy of Seattle Rep at the Bagley Wright Theatre.
Fans of Black Mirror and Russian Doll will be stunned by Julia Cho's urgent, inventive play Office Hour - staged in ArtsWest's intimate 149-seat playhouse theater in Seattle. The story: Alarmed by his grisly writings, a professor invites a troubled student to her office to shed light on - and build a bridge across -- the dark clouds that surround him. As the clock ticks down and tensions rise, she learns that notions of "good" and "bad" are dangerous illusions. A stirring call for empathy and a bold experiment in form, this searing play tackles thorny issues of gun violence, immigration and "the other" to reveal our essential, human need for connection.
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater's first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.
A celebration of the simple beauty of being human, Tiny Beautiful Things is based on Cheryl Strayed's (Wild) journey as the beloved anonymous advice columnist for Dear Sugar. Over the years, thousands of people turned to Sugar for words of wisdom, compassion and hope. At first unsure of herself, Sugar finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with the deep yearning and heartrending questions from her readers. This funny and deeply touching exploration of resilience at the Seattle Repertory Theatre was brilliantly adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, the Academy Award-nominated writer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Time Out said the play "knocks you down with its avalanche of kindness," and honestly, who couldn't use an experience like that in their lives?