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The Soft Rock Kid at ACT Theatre - February 19th - 27th

I got this e-mail from Mark Siano recently about his final production as Mark Siano and the Freedom Dancers.  This show looks really cool so you should check it out!

Next Friday we are opening the REALLY BIG SHOW!  Holy Wow!  You gotta see this thing, it is the most entertaining, energetic, and ambitious show I've ever been a part of.  Comedian Mark Siano (that's me! I'm switching to 3rd person, look out) and the funny and foxy Freedom Dancers present their grand finale SOFT ROCK performance, The Soft Rock Kid (February 19-27), in the beautiful ACT Falls Theatre.

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The Year of Magical Thinking at the Intiman Theater

Photo by Chris Bennion

Joan Didion is not the most empathetic of writers. In her studies of the 1960s and 70s, Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album, she treats her counterculture subjects (hippies, Black Panthers, The Doors) with disdain and in her novel Play it as it Lays, she treats her fictitious characters with brimming contempt. Her words are often exact and exacting, completely rational.

The tagline for the Intiman Theater’s production of Didion’s own adaptation of her 2005 memoir The Year of Magical Thinking says “It’s okay to lose your mind; you’d be crazy not to”. Here is a memoir of remarkable honesty and empathy while she navigates her own emotions while her daughter is hospitalized with pneumonia and her husband, the writer John Gregory Dunne, died of cardiac arrest – both within a few days of each other. Didion’s daughter Quintana died shortly after she finished writing her memoir, so it is left out of the book, but is dealt with in the stage adaptation she wrote.

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Latest comment by: Roger: "What an amazing story. To live through the deaths of both your husband and your daughter. It takes a seriously strong woman to be able to deal with that. casino"

Back Home Again: A John Denver Holiday Concert

Back Home Again: A John Denver Holiday Concert. Photo copyright 2007 Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Back Home Again: A John Denver Holiday Concert. Photo copyright 2007 Seattle Repertory Theatre.

I'm not sure what went wrong, but the spirit of everyone's favorite '70s Colorado troubadour is nowhere to be found here.

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Latest comment by: H: "god, no kidding; Pay Attention to the nuances of the show and double-check your facts, sometimes it's not as anecdotal as your line about "straight from Google Image Search" (which was kind of witty actually) But, quite alright -- emo age-of-irony and john denver? not a ...

Theater Review: Murderers

Sarah Rudinoff in MURDERERS. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Sarah Rudinoff in MURDERERS. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Sarah Rudinoff is outstanding as ever, and her bit is, not surprisingly, one of the highlights of the theater year.

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Theater Review: To Kill a Mockingbird

Nick Robinson, Lino Marioni and Keaton Whittaker in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Photo copyright Chris Bennion.

Nick Robinson, Lino Marioni and Keaton Whittaker in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Photo copyright Chris Bennion.

I can't recommend it wholeheartedly, and even if I could you might not be able to get tix.

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Latest comment by: Eduardo: "awesome job embracey. I personally thought it was the best play I've seen before. I'm more into musicals... but it was still a good play."

Theater Review: Prayer For My Enemy

Daniel Zaitchik and James McMenamin in PRAYER FOR MY ENEMY. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Daniel Zaitchik and James McMenamin in PRAYER FOR MY ENEMY. Photo by Chris Bennion.

This Intiman World Premiere is a solid effort, but not quite on par with the playwright's best.

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Theater Review: Uncle Vanya

Samantha Mathis and Tim Hopper in UNCLE VANYA. Photo by Chris Bennion

Samantha Mathis and Tim Hopper in UNCLE VANYA. Photo by Chris Bennion

The gifted team behind Intiman's lovely new Uncle Vanya manages to get laughs out of despair-heavy source material.

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Spring Curtain Call

Crystal Fox and Khalil Kain in GEM OF THE OCEAN. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Crystal Fox and Khalil Kain in GEM OF THE OCEAN. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Good, challenging, original theater may be scarce these days, but one local company consistently reminds us of the sublime possibilities of the medium.

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Mid-Fall Curtain Call

Carlotta
A Carlotta musical, an absurdist head-scratcher, and new adaptations of classic American stories are among the pre-Thanksgiving theater offerings around town.

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Infamous

Infamous

Infamous

Capote offered a deeply compelling analysis of the author's struggle to write his masterpiece; Infamous isn't as deep, but it's flashier, more postmodern, more fun... and often even bust-out hilarious.

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