Oregon Shakespeare Festival favorite Howie Seago directs the Sound Theatre Company in ASL Midsummer Night's Dream -- a bilingual production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in both spoken English and American Sign Language. Quite possibly Shakespeare's most beloved romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream has everything you'd expect in a modern-day rom-com -- lover triangles, mistaken identities, a feel-good wedding finale -- all turned up to 11, thanks to some playful magic from Puck and some mischievous woodland sprites. The Bard put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface. Come to 12th Ave Arts in Seattle for this inclusive production that's a delight for all audiences.
Book-It presents a Literature to Life/Young Audiences New York adaptation of Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that chronicles the life of Oscar de Leon, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey. Oscar is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. Performed by artist Elvis Nolasco (American Crime, She's Gotta Have It), this production at Seattle's Center Theatre shows the importance of facing fear with love. In collaboration with Literature to Life, each performance will feature a short pre- and post-performance discussion.
Based on the Leo DiCaprio film and the too-crazy-to-be true story behind it, the Tony-nominated musical comedy Catch Me If You Can touches down at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse. With an abundance of charm, imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, a young con artist successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer -- and lands the girl of his dreams -- all while being pursued by a determined FBI agent. This high-flying Broadway hit comes from the uber-talented team of playwright Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime) and composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray).
A powerful exploration of African-American history and identity, Crowns follows six black women in the South whose stories of love, loss and sisterhood are woven into the hats that crown their heads and the dynamic gospel songs that speak their truth. The story centers on Chicago-born Yolanda, who is sent down South after the death of her brother in Brooklyn. There, she finds strength in the tales of the wise women who surround her -- and in the rituals connected to their dazzling headwear. Penned by award-winning playwright and actress Regina Taylor (I'll Fly Away, The Unit), Crowns delivers a good time (and fierce hattitude) at Seattle's Jewell Mainstage at Taproot Theatre Company.
The con is on at Wade James Theatre in Edmonds! Singing swindlers, high livin' on the French Riviera, a cockeyed competition and a score by the composer of The Full Monty make Dirty Rotten Scoundrels a dynamite musical adaptation of the popular 1988 film. While the suave Lawrence Jameson charms wealthy women out of thousands, Freddy Benson uses pity to get free meals from the tenderhearted. In a battle for territory, the two agree to a contest: The first to wheedle $50,000 out of a beautiful heiress wins, and the entire Riviera is his and his alone. A hilarious battle ensues that'll keep you laughing and humming to the end.
Death has come calling, but somehow the rookie specter has arrived at the wrong address at the wrong time. Caroline is not ready for the afterlife, but Death's inexperience results in her learning more about her eventual demise than she should. Fast-forward to Caroline's actual death, and her second meeting with Death and his family -- War, Pestilence and Famine. The Four Horsemen are preparing for the Apocalypse, and only Caroline can save the world. Be there when local playwright Griffin Harwood's original, modern play (with a big dose of dark comedy, laced with some adult language and absurd situations) makes its world premiere at Marysville's Red Curtain Arts Center.
God of Carnage is the quintessential, Tony Award-winning comedy of grown-ups behaving badly. The play begins as two highly strung couples, Alan and Annette Raleigh and Michael and Veronica Novak, meet for a civil discussion about a playground fight between their sons. The conversation quickly morphs into a laugh-out-loud, trainwreck of an afternoon among savages, called "ninety minutes of sustained mayhem" by The New Yorker. The New York Times hailed God of Carnage as a "four-way prize fight" and the Chicago Tribune praised Reza's play, calling it a "savvy and deliciously caustic new comedy." This must-see received the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Play. See it at The Phoenix Theatre.
The Grey Golem takes shots at the cliches of heroism, the culture of comic fandom and even comics legends like Frank Miller and Alan Moore. This new play is a hilarious hit job on the American comic book industry and the superhero industrial complex. Years ago, the world's greatest superhero, the Grey Golem, went into retirement believing he had finally rid his city of crime, once and for all. But when his butler is mysteriously murdered, the Golem once again dons the cape and cowl only to discover that the job of a superhero is much more complicated than he remembers. Inspired by the darker corners of the Batman mythos and the seemingly omnipresent superhero movies of current pop culture, The Grey Golem is truly a comedy of our time. This world premiere production flies into action at The Ballard Underground in Seattle.
Wave your jazz hands in the air, because Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate is coming to Seattle. The hilarious musical comedy, which became Porter's biggest Broadway hit, takes you behind the scenes of a production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew -- only this version of The Taming of the Shrew stars a feuding divorced couple. The sour exes turn their personal drama into fodder for an onstage war of the sexes unlike any other. With catchy songs like "So in Love," "Another Op'nin,' Another Show," "Too Darn Hot" and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," the musical celebrates Shakespeare while also giving a nod to working in the theater -- including the joys, the madness and everything in between. Now you can take a trip back to the golden age of Hollywood when the show The New York Times called a "milestone musical" comes to the stage of The 5th Avenue Theatre.
"I don't like to nap but I do like to dream." Meet Shawn, a bright young girl with a head full of science and imagination -- and little patience for nap time. So of course when her friend Lamp reveals that its greatest dream is to learn to fly and become the moon, a voyage fit for mission control is launched from Shawn's bedroom clear into outer space. Activate your own imagination with this fun and energetic new family play by the folks at Seattle Children's Theatre.
"They are a little bit rat. They are a little bit mole. They are all naked." Well, except Wilbur, that is. Emmy winner and Caldecott honoree Mo Willems is back, once again teaming up with Deborah Wicks La Puma, composer of Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play!, for this world premiere, rock 'n' roll extravaganza. Grab your friends and watch as Wilbur, a clothes-loving mole rat with exceptional style, navigates the pressure to be just like everyone else. With tail-shaking tunes, empowering messages of individuality and classic Mo Willems humor, this musical is sure to rock audiences of all ages. Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed marches to the beat of its own drummer at Seattle Children's Theatre - Charlotte Martin Theatre.
Martin McDonagh echoes the works of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm in this New York Drama Critics' Circle and Olivier Award winning script. The Pillowman is a viciously funny and seriously disturbing tale of Katurian, a fiction writer in an unnamed totalitarian state. Katurian and his brother Michael are brought in for questioning by two bulldog detectives, Tupolski and Ariel, when the content of his short stories -- which involve disturbingly gruesome tales -- begin to resemble real-life murders. The Pillowman weaves between reality and storytelling; the result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art. Don't miss The Pillowman at Tacoma Little Theatre.
Mel Brooks' outrageous, Tony-winning musical comedy The Producers tells the story of broke Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his accountant, Leo Bloom. Desperate for cash, these two schemers hatch a plan to produce a musical that's sure to be a failure so they can cut and run with the unspent production money. But when their "big flop" turns out to be a huge hit, they're in trouble. Based on the classic 1968 film, and featuring the hilariously tasteless show-within-a-show Springtime for Hitler, The Producers skewers the over-the-top absurdities of musical theater while delivering a heartfelt tale of the true friendship that develops between two would-be con artists. Experience the Seattle Musical Theatre production of the musical favorite.
At 8:17 PM, the Saint Cassian High School Chamber Choir will board the Cyclone roller coaster. At 8:19, the front axle will break, sending them to their tragic demise. Trapped in fantastical carnival-like purgatory, the recently deceased teens discover a mechanical fortune teller, who invites them to tell their stories of life interrupted, with the promise of a prize like no other. Welcome to the West Coast premiere of Ride the Cyclone, a wildly original new musical. Part comedy, part tragedy and completely unexpected, this wonderfully weird story is at every turn satirical, macabre, creepy, campy and hilarious.
Seattle's Can Can is transformed into the streets of Verona in an original, modernized adaptation of Shakespeare's famous tale of star-crossed lovers. Bring a date and be transfixed as the talented company of Seattle's most exciting cabaret present the poetic story featuring love, comedy and tragedy through stunning dance performance. Set to an original soundtrack, this seductive Romeo and Juliet slowly undresses before you as the familiar story reaches its always stunning climax.
Shakespeare's rowdy screwball comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, follows the treacherous road to romance for a strong-willed pair of lovers who've met their ultimate match in each other. Until older sister Kate has a husband, sweet younger sister, Bianca, cannot marry -- but feisty, fiery-tongued Kate rejects every suitor who tries to woo her. Along comes Petruchio, who's more than willing to take a chance at Kate's sizable dowry. His efforts to "tame" her remain a controversial aspect of this tale, reminding us of the expected gender roles of 400 years past, and how far we have and haven't come since.