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Upcoming shows on Olympia stages

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Upcoming shows on Olympia stages

Harlequin Productions starts its season with Clare Booth Luce's classic comedy The Women, with a huge all-women cast, directed by Erin Murray. (It's really the last of their 2018-2019 season as their season runs later than most theaters.) "At first blush, I wanted to dismiss the story under the notion that

Sexual assault examined

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Sexual assault examined

The hard-hitting two-hander Blackbird by David Harrower at Harlequin Productions is emotionally draining and not for everyone. It begins with shocking fury when Una (Colleen Litchfield), a 27-year-old woman, and Ray (Frank Lawler), a 55-year-old man, storm into a horribly trashed conference room in Ray's business office -- strewn with pizza

Shakespearean storm at Olympia’s Port

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Shakespearean storm at Olympia’s Port

Shakespeare's The Tempest, performed in front of the viewing tower at Olympia's Port Plaza, is a beautifully staged outdoor performance of one of the Bard's last and most challenging plays. It opens with the crash of thunder and lightning in a chaotic scene of a storm at sea performed in

'The Simpsons' invade TAM

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'The Simpsons' invade TAM

There's never been a show like Bart at TAM: Animating America's Favorite Family at Tacoma Art Museum. One of the larger galleries at TAM has been turned into the home of the Simpsons: Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa and Maggie, and many of the 80 some odd supporting characters from America's

Best of Tacoma 2019: Off the Shelf at Tacoma Little Theatre

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Off the Shelf at Tacoma Little Theatre

They might be plays and they might be short stories or works in progress, but whatever they are, the dramatic readings in Tacoma Little Theatre's Off the Shelf series are likely to be shows you'll never see anywhere else, or perhaps previews of shows you might get to see in

Raging emotions on display

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Raging emotions on display

There are certain characteristics shared by most if not all juried art exhibitions that are particularly noticeable at top-quality shows such as those held annually at South Puget Sound Community College and Tacoma Community College where many of the same artists show up every year. Such shows have a plethora

Shakespeare in the Park

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Shakespeare in the Park

This month of theater in Tacoma and Olympia has been replete with Tony-worthy productions such as Lakewood Playhouse's The Producers, Harlequin's Man of La Mancha, Fun Home at South Puget Sound Community College and Tacoma Little Theatre's Hay Fever. Now comes Animal Fire Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park

In the Spirit

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In the Spirit

For the 14th year, Washington State History Museum presents a juried exhibition of works by regional indigenous artists. Twenty-eight works of art by 24 artists are on display, including mixed media, paintings, beadwork, textiles, sculpture, carving and basketry. Throughout the run of the exhibition, visitors can vote for their favorite

To dream the impossible dream

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To dream the impossible dream

Director Aaron Lamb and the cast and crew of Harlequin Productions' Man of La Mancha, took a calculated risk that is paying off marvelously in their production of the classical musical by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion. Lamb has updated this version in

Five women excited by nature

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Five women excited by nature

Mia Schulte knows her way around paint brushes and palette knives. When it comes to color, form and texture, she has a sure hand. So do the four other women who join her in the exhibition Out of the Blue at Childhood's End Gallery: Susan Glendenning, Laraine Wade, Judith Smith

Eccentricity is Bliss

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Eccentricity is Bliss

A bit of farce and a bit comedy of manners, Noël Coward's Hay Fever seems as fresh and saucy on stage at Tacoma Little Theatre as it must have when it premiered almost a hundred years ago -- thanks to terrific directing by Rick Hornor and an amazing cast headed

We love you, Conrad

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We love you, Conrad

In 1957, Elvis Presley was drafted into the Army, and millions of teenagers thought the world was coming to an end. This was the inspiration for the early 1960s stage show and movie Bye Bye Birdie starring Dick Van Dyke. Heartthrob Conrad Birdie (Duncan Menzies) -- based on Elvis but named

Expression in glass and paint

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Expression in glass and paint

Oliver Dorris is kind of a big deal in Tacoma -- gallery owner, glass artist, popular DJ, and two-time Foundation of Art nominee (one-time winner). A selection of his glass works from two distinct series are now on display at Minka. One series is his popular and quirky baby head

Niclas Olson is a phenomenon

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Niclas Olson is a phenomenon

Niclas Olson is the founder and Artistic Director of New Muses Theatre Company in Tacoma. He adapts the primarily classic plays the company produces, and more often than not directs their productions and performs in the leading role. Plus, he does light design and other technical work for New Muses

Nora Helmer’s world

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Nora Helmer’s world

Henrik Ibsen's controversial classic A Doll's House as presented at Harlequin Productions, is stunning. And as relevant now as it was when it shocked theater-goers in 1879. Director Aaron Lamb has updated it with modern sets, costumes, music, and a highly stylized opening and closing that are breathtaking. For the first

The teachers show their stuff

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The teachers show their stuff

Today and tomorrow (May 2-3) are the last two days of the art faculty exhibit at Tacoma Community College. A college faculty art exhibit is where the teachers get to put their art where their mouths are -- to walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Kyle Dillehay and Marit

An epic tale of the South

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An epic tale of the South

Now playing at Olympia Little Theatre is the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry. Recent conflagrations over the treatment of race relations on stage and screen in BlacKkKlansman and The Green Book cast doubts on the treatment of race in the Oscar-winning film version of

Christmas in springtime

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Christmas in springtime

Plays about incompetent theater companies putting on bad plays are so common as to be practically a genre of their own. Some are as bad as the absurd performances they satirize, but there have been a few on stage and screen that are outstanding. The classics of this type are

Sweet Things on paper

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Sweet Things on paper

The Evergreen State College graduate Ashley Miller has returned with a photography exhibition called Sweet Things in Galerie Fotoland, first floor Library Building. The press release and a printed statement on the gallery wall refer to her pictures as still-life photography, but although they are formally like traditional still-life arrangements, they

The art of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

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The art of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith's In the Footsteps of My Ancestors at Tacoma Art Museum is a knockout punch to the emotions. Paintings and prints on display range from the 1970s to 2017, and from the earliest to the latest they are expressive and exciting. Upon stepping into the gallery, I immediately

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