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A season of fierce women’s soccer

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A season of fierce women’s soccer

Despite being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize three years ago, Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves is not well known, which is probably why more than half the seats at Lakewood Playhouse were empty opening night. That's also why community theaters are reluctant to try new or little-known plays, and that's

March into theater

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March into theater

Local theaters offer up a smorgasbord in March, from world-class musicals and dramas to fairy tales and more, starting with Tacoma Arts Live's Disenchanted, a fairytale for the 21st century playing one night only, March 14 at the Pantages Theater. Snow White, Belle from Beauty and the Beast and other popular

Best of Olympia 2020: An Illiad

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Best of Olympia 2020: An Illiad

James O'Barr is producing and directing and Scott Douglas is acting in An Illiad, an intense, captivating and intelligent one-man play about the Trojan War and, ultimately, every war since, written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare. All the ancient gods and warriors are there, including Agamemnon, Achilles, King Priam,

The Naturalist & the Trickster

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The Naturalist & the Trickster

What an odd pairing: John James Audubon, the 18th and 19th century artist famous for precise drawings of birds and mammals, and RYAN! Fedderson, Native American artist now living in Tacoma known for contemporary interactive murals and mixed-media art. What they have in common is respect for nature and concern

A twist on the Scottish play

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A twist on the Scottish play

Equivocation at Olympia Little Theatre is wild. It is ludicrous. It is funny and tragic and gruesome. Written by Bill Cain and directed at OLT by Pug Bujeaud, the play is a farcical tragedy, a takeoff on and about Shakespeare (Drew Doyle), who is alternately called Shag and Will, his

The most farcical farce of all

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The most farcical farce of all

The verdict has long been in: Noises Off is funny. New York Post critic Clive Barnes called it "the funniest farce ever written," and Frank Rich in The New York Times said it "is, was, and probably always will be the funniest play written in my lifetime." For directors and actors,

Revolutionary African-American men

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Revolutionary African-American men

Iconic African-American men are saluted in this traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian. "We are honored and thrilled to feature Men of Change: Power, Triumph, Truth. As of now, we're one of only two museums on the West Coast that will host this phenomenal exhibition (from the Smithsonian). We encourage everyone to

Great American musical classic

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Great American musical classic

The great American musical classic An American in Paris is coming to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts for one night only, tonight, Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. The beloved musical features music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. The play was inspired by the 1951 film starring

Invasive Species

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Invasive Species

As themes for art exhibitions go, Invasive Species might be one of the most intriguing imaginable. It's a horror show in the making -- animals brought in from foreign countries that destroy local plants and animals, plants such as kudzu from Japan that overrun everything in their path, species of

Family theater family

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Family theater family

Olympia Family Theater is a family affair in every possible meaning of the phrase. The company was co-founded by Jen Ryle, along with Samantha Chandler in 2006, and Ryle is the company's artistic director. Her husband, Ted, has written and co-written many OFT shows, including the original adaptation of Cinder

Hundreds of paintings

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Hundreds of paintings

If you've never stepped foot inside Olympia's Art House Designs, you would be well advised to do so. Art House Designs is a large frame shop and gallery with hundreds and hundreds of paintings, prints and other artworks displayed salon-style on the walls and on tables and even stacked on

2020 preview

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2020 preview

The remainder of the 2019-2020 theater season in Tacoma and Olympia looks exciting, with a great lineup of shows in the next month or two in particular. Tacoma Arts Live -- David Mamet's Oleanna is one of the most intense and most controversial plays written in modern times. Audience members famously

All aboard!

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All aboard!

Kids of all ages are sure to be amazed when the 24th annual Model Train Festival comes to the Washington State History Museum, arriving shortly before Christmas. There will be seven to eight large model train layouts in the museum, some filling entire galleries. There will be a group that promotes

Anthropomorphic animals

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Anthropomorphic animals

The Wind in the Willows at Olympia Family Theater offers a respite from the usual spate of Christmas stories this time of year. It is a delightful romp in the woods and trip down a river by a loveable group of anthropomorphized animals who demonstrate the power and beauty of

The never-ending war

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The never-ending war

An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare, not to be confused with The Iliad by Homer, is a one-person, one-act play, and it is as powerful and as intense as anything you're likely to see this year. Peterson and O'Hare's An Iliad will be performed two nights only in

A mesmerizing show at SPSCC

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A mesmerizing show at SPSCC

Under the direction of Lauren Love, the theater at South Puget Sound Community College has become one of the region's premiere theaters, presenting challenging and professional-level shows one after another. Witness last year's two-part Angels in America and earlier this year, Fun Home, both of which were the talk of

Making his mark

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Making his mark

After viewing Jeff Olson's exhibition, Making my Mark at Tacoma Community College, I visited his web site out of curiosity and discovered statements from the artist that seem at odds with what I observed in his exhibition. Olson stated, "My paintings offer a unique vision of the landscape and the

Doing the ‘Time Warp’ again

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Doing the ‘Time Warp’ again

America's favorite cult classic musical, The Rocky Horror Show, is rocking the stage at Auburn Avenue Theater. Since the early 1970s, audiences have been showing up in droves for stage and screen versions of Rocky Horror, often in costume and prepared to open umbrellas, throw rice and shout lines at

A horror mystery unfolds on the Moors

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A horror mystery unfolds on the Moors

Director Trista Duval and her cast and crew went all out to present a harrowing version of The Hound of the Baskervilles at Centerstage, adapted by Seattle playwrights David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright, with an eye toward being true to Sir Conan Doyle's original story. Audience are transformed to England

Monet, Renoir, Degas ...

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Monet, Renoir, Degas ...

Well over 100 years later, a majority of the world's landscape painters still paint in an Impressionist style. As if landscape art has not advanced -- which it has -- since the 1880s. The French Impressionists -- Renoir, Degas and their contemporaries -- were considered radical when they were painting. Their

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