All's Well That Ends Well is a fairy tale of love and war. It's a world in decline where leaders are failing and wars loom large. Smart and unwavering, Helena has pinned her heart to Bertram. He wants nothing to do with her and runs off to the wars for adventure and to escape his newly arranged marriage. So Helena follows him. Overcoming obstacles and aided by a fantastic collection of comic characters, the two begin separate journeys towards each other, both learning about the paradox of holding love tight as well as letting go. And still she persisted. Not only is Shakespeare's "serious comedy" modern in its discussion about the complicated relationships between men and women, but it's also rich in examining differing generational views on how to find your own way in the world. See All's Well That Ends Well at Center Theatre in Seattle.
A Vietnam vet struggles to comes to terms with his troubled memories in this fiercely funny play by longtime Seattle playwright Steven Dietz (Lonely Planet, Becky's New Car). Jeeter arrives in the Great Central Valley to the rusted-out trailer of his buddy Ben, a fellow Vietnam veteran, who's gone totally off the grid. Their beer drinking is interrupted by the arrival of Jeeter's new girlfriend, her volatile mother and ghosts from their shared past. Talkin' Broadway says, "Last of the Boys is to the Vietnam war what Angels In America was to the AIDS crisis." See this Seattle Rep production at the Bagley Wright Theatre.
From the brilliantly creative mind behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr. Fox comes the Tony Award-winning Matilda The Musical. Named Time magazine's No. 1 show of the year, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed only with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical has a powerhouse team behind it, including Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage) and Tony-winning playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin. See it at Everett Performing Arts Center.
Red took Broadway by storm in 2010 with its portrait of painter Mark Rothko's ambition and vulnerability. The winner of that year's Tony Award for Best Play, this daring drama picks up with Rothko in the early 1960s, after he has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art -- a series of murals for New York's famed Four Seasons Restaurant. Working feverishly in his studio in the Bowery with his brash young assistant, Ken, Rothko struggles to complete what he hopes will be his crowning achievement while also facing the possibility that the project could become his undoing. Red's startling snapshot of a brilliant artist experiencing vulnerability at the height of his fame comes to SecondStory Repertory in Redmond