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Friday, February 16, 2024

Seattle’s Yun Theatre takes on intersection of Chinese and American stories by Gemma Alexander

Now in its second year, Yun Theatre's newest production, "Young People Social Death Archive," deals with social awkwardness and the challenges of adulthood.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Seattle’s Noveltease Theatre combines burlesque and literature by Gemma Alexander

Noveltease Theatre presents its take — combining theater, burlesque and modern dance — on the Frankenstein tale through Oct. 7 at Theatre Off Jackson.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Seattle Public Theater sets sail with ‘Titanish,’ partnership with Macha by Gemma Alexander

Seattle Public Theater's season starts with a music parody of "Titanic," as well as a "marriage" to feminist theater company Macha Theatre Works.

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Friday, July 14, 2023

Dacha Theatre’s newest play riffs on Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales by Gemma Alexander

Dacha Theatre messes with the classics as part of its mission to engage audiences in immersive, playful theater. Its latest: a sort-of retelling of "The Little Mermaid."

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Taproot Theatre takes on story of American women who helped win WWI by Gemma Alexander

"The Hello Girls" tells the story of the women who operated the communications network that helped win WWI yet weren't recognized for their service until decades later.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Seattle’s first Iranian theater company is ready for its first live show by Gemma Alexander

Seda Iranian Theatre Ensemble's first live production is a timely response to news about violence against women in Iran and around the world.

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Friday, November 25, 2022

‘Paddington Saves Christmas’ at Seattle Children’s Theatre gets squeals of laughter by Gemma Alexander

An all-ages show full of laughs and low stakes, “Paddington Saves Christmas” could be exactly what we need to kick off the holiday season.

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Monday, June 6, 2022

The 5th Ave offers an emotional ‘Prom’ during Pride month by Gemma Alexander

Opening near the end of prom season and right at the beginning of Pride month, The 5th Avenue Theatre couldn’t have picked a better time to host “The Prom.”

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Friday, April 22, 2022

How a play inspired the term ‘gaslighting’ by Gemma Alexander

Seattle's Sound Theatre Company turns its lens on the early 20th-century play that became a Hollywood film and led to the pop-culture term "gaslighting."

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Seattle Boylesque Festival returns in full to the Triple Door by Gemma Alexander

After two years of pandemic disruptions, the annual Seattle Boylesque Festival is back with four performances with a dozen artists from around the country.

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Friday, February 4, 2022

Intiman Theatre taps into the enduring appeal of ‘Irma Vep’ by Gemma Alexander

For its first production since the onset of the pandemic, Intiman Theatre will revive “The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful," a madcap farce.

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Seattle playwright Cheryl L. West brings to the stage voices of civil rights leaders whose stories are not as frequently told by Gemma Alexander

With “Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer,” Cheryl L. West, who is Seattle Rep's most produced living playwright, focuses on the woman she describes as "one of the best grassr…

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Thursday, January 6, 2022

Seattle theater artist Jay Woods brings her influence to the 5th Ave by Gemma Alexander

Jay Woods will become The 5th Avenue Theatre's associate artistic director of artist engagement in March. But audiences will feel her influence before then, as she directs “Beauty and the …

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Review: Tina Fey’s ‘Mean Girls’ musical comes to Seattle’s Paramount Theatre by Gemma Alexander

The touring Broadway production of "Mean Girls," an adaptation of the 2004 movie, is at the Paramount Theatre through Nov. 21. Is it totally fetch? Here's what our reviewer thinks.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Where to see music, theater and art at Pike Place Market by Gemma Alexander

Even on an ordinary day, Pike Place Market is full of art, from the crafts market to DownUnder shops housing independent artists. In addition, the Pike Place Market and its environs are home…

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Review: A brisk ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ marks the return of Broadway at the Paramount by Gemma Alexander

"Jesus Christ Superstar" marks the first Broadway at the Paramount show in more than 19 months. Here's what our reviewer thought of the show, which runs through Oct. 10.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

This show is only 17 minutes long and performed just once by Gemma Alexander

This fall, Macha Theatre Works continues its series of stories, each 17 minutes long, by and performed by women. As they were last year, each show will be performed only once in an empty the…

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

This audio drama weaves Spanish, English and ‘Hamlet’ in an autobiographical tale by Gemma Alexander

Incorporating elements from “Hamlet,” the audio drama "house of sueños" is an autobiographical story by Meme García that deals with intergenerational trauma, mental health, and the Cen…

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Monday, February 17, 2020

What do our 11- and 15-year-old reviewers — and their mom — think of new musical ‘Bliss’ at Seattle’s 5th Ave? by Gemma Alexander, Xuan Moses and Aranya Moses

The original musical "Bliss" is having its world premiere run at the 5th Ave. What did our family of reviewers think of the family-friendly fractured fairy tale?

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Monday, February 10, 2020

‘Frozen’ at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre: Let go of expectations as Disney’s blockbuster film hits the stage by Gemma Alexander

Is this stage musical adaptation a frame-by-frame recreation of a hit film, fit only for families with princess-obsessed children? Or does it work on its own merits? We find out.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

‘A vision few people had’: Douglas Q. Barnett, a Seattle pioneer of African American theater, dies at 88 by Gemma Alexander

Mr. Barnett is perhaps best known for being founder and artistic director of Black Arts/West, a local theater company that produced socially relevant theater by and about African Americans a…

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Monday, November 4, 2019

What is there to do in Seattle with kids in November? Try these 5 fun events. by Gemma Alexander

From magical musical theater to a global dance party, here are five top family-friendly arts events (and a bonus) to brighten your November.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

9 best family-friendly arts and entertainment events in the Seattle area to take kids to in fall 2019 by Gemma Alexander

From movie music to a Minecraft exhibit, the fall arts-and-entertainment calendar for kids is both educational and entertaining.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Review: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre is entertaining but uneven by Gemma Alexander

Like previous adaptations of Roald Dahl's children's book, this touring production, at the Paramount through Aug. 11, is funny, entertaining and a little odd, but doesn’t quite capture Dah…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

An operetta about Julia Child, with servings of chocolate cake at the end? It’s happening at The Rendezvous | Art Outings by Tantri Wija and Gemma Alexander

Two writers for The Seattle Times attend “Bon Appétit!: The Julia Child Operetta," in which family stories about Julia Child combine with opera, and the result is a (literal) chocolate ca…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards