In this revolutionary piece of literature, eponymous heroine Jane maintains her integrity and inner strength as she grows into adulthood. Orphaned as a child, Jane Eyre musters up the courage to take a governess job at Thornfield Hall, where she meets the brooding Edward Rochester. Though she finds herself captivated by his kind spirit, she's distracted by the strange occurrences at the house. Called the "first historian of the private consciousness," author Charlotte Bronte explores classism, sexuality and female expression in this Gothic mystery. Enjoy this Book-It Repertory Theatre production of Jane Eyre at Seattle's Center Theatre.
Inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this high-energy musical is set to soar with rousing dance numbers and non-stop thrills. This Tony Award-winning musical, based on the timeless Disney film, is toe-tapping fun for the entire family! Catch Newsies at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse.
With careful deliberation, Strawberry Theatre Workshop has elected to change its fall production to Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss. The new title will feature the same core artistic team behind Reckless. Like Reckless, Prelude is a comic fantasy that serves as an allegory for deeper issues. The story centers around a newlywed husband, Peter (Sieber), who has to consider whether his beautiful young wife (Higham) has changed bodies with a terminally ill septuagenarian (Osier) on their honeymoon. Peter must discover if his love for his partner transcends the sudden loss of physical beauty and vitality. It was written as a response to the ravages of AIDS. See it at 12th Ave Arts Seattle.
Rachel Fitzsimmons adores Christmas: the carols on the radio, giving gifts, the sound and smell of snow. She is absolutely euphoric one Christmas Eve until her husband Tom confesses he's taken a contract out on her life. This news forces Rachel to flee their cozy suburban home and plunge into Reckless real life, which includes murder, embezzlement, psychiatric sessions, appearances on a humiliating quiz show, and strange new friends. This comic take on some dark subjects -- pain, loss, alienation and the general chaos of the universe -- unspools at 12th Ave Arts Theatre in Seattle.
Don't underestimate the last son of the mighty royal York family. Richard is as charming as he is cunning. Through scheming and seducing (and a few murders along the way), Richard secures the crown for himself...but can he hold it? Attempting to thwart his ill-gotten rise to power are some potent women who envision hope for their country in a new generation of leaders. What began with our highly-praised all-female production of Bring Down the House (Henry VI trilogy) now culminates with the artists of upstart crow collective returning to complete this enthralling and bloody story of the Wars of the Roses. See Richard III at Seattle Rep's Leo K. Theatre.
David Hare's Tony Award-winning play Skylight is an intensely clear-sighted, complex and thought-provoking drama about power, politics and a love affair. Kyra is surprised to see the son of her former lover at her apartment in a London slum. He hopes she will reconcile with his distraught, now widowed father. Tom, a restless, self-made restaurant and hotel tycoon, arrives later that evening, unaware of his son's visit. Kyra -- who was his invaluable business associate and a close family friend until his wife discovered their affair -- has since found a vocation teaching underprivileged children. Is the gap between them unbridgeable, or can they resurrect their relationship? Watch what transpires between two former paramours with differing world views when Skylight comes to Allen Theatre at ACT in Seattle.
Something's Afoot is a musical spoof that takes a satirical jab at the Agatha Christie murder mystery. Ten people are stranded in an isolated English country estate during a raging thunderstorm. One by one, they are killed in mysterious (and hilarious) ways as they try to discover the murderer's identity. The situation is complicated by rising floodwaters, power failures and suspicious behaviors. Find out whodunnit -- and enjoy plenty of laughs along the way -- when this musical comedy mystery comes to the Wade James Theatre in Edmonds.
Imagine getting caught in public with your skirt blown over your head and nothing but your bloomers on display for all to see. That's the premise of The Underpants, Carl Sternheim's classic German play set in 1910. But when comic genius Steve Martin takes the story and runs with it, you get a fall-on-the-floor satirical send-up of bourgeois conservatism, that'll keep you giggling for days. Watch society get its collective knickers in a bunch when this comedy hits the stage at The Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds.