‘Lady Day’ Sings With Beauty and Heartbreak

In ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’, one evening’s concert captures the downward spiral of an American musical icon. Alexandria J. Henderson’s performance puts the singer’s highs and lows on display; it’s just as beautiful to watch as it is heartbreaking. ‘Lady Day’ runs through November 27 in downtown Olympia. 

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‘Million Dollar Quartet’, Village’s Big Theatrical Rock Show, Heads to Everett Next Week

Village Theatre’s audience-favorite darling, based (very) loosely around a heralded 1956 jam session with some of American music’s biggest names, is a big fun rock show. It closes out Village’s Issaquah season this weekend, then moves to Everett next week through July 28.  

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‘Kim’s Convenience’, Familiar Title to Netflix Viewers, Proves a Thoughtful and Laugh-Filled Fit for the Stage, Too

The stage play ‘Kim’s Convenience’ is no happy-go-lucky family sitcom, opening up lots of uncomfortable topics and unearthing an occasional dark family secret. But it does so with plenty of humor and an emphasis on reconciliation, resulting in an enjoyable and fast-paced play. It runs through June 22 at Taproot Theatre. Don’t wait: it’s a hot seller. 

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Ligia Lewis’s Unexpectedly New Piece, at On the Boards this Weekend, Is About as ‘In the Moment’ as It Gets

A last-minute obstacle, courtesy of the United States government, derailed the visiting choreographer’s planned performance of Sorrow Swag, one of two shows Lewis was slated to present at On the Boards this weekend. In its stead, Lewis has re-envisioned the piece — and, with help from her musician brother, will dance the work herself.  

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Our Modern Dystopias, Part 2: ‘Language Rooms’

In ‘Language Rooms’ (Pony World, thru 5/4) and ‘Urinetown’ (ACT/5th Avenue, extended thru 6/2), two very different shows grapple with similar themes, showing not-too-far-off modern dystopias in which the bounds of truth and loyalty are tested. Each does so with varying levels of success.

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Our Modern Dystopias, pt. 1: ‘Urinetown’

In ‘Urinetown’ (ACT/5th Avenue, extended thru 6/2) and ‘Language Rooms’ (Pony World, thru 5/4), two very different shows grapple with similar themes, showing not-too-far-off modern dystopias in which the bounds of truth and loyalty are tested. Each does so with varying levels of success.

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Village’s ‘Curious Incident’ Is a Theatrical Delight

Village Theatre’s production of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’, on now through April 21 (Issaquah) and April 26 to May 19 (Everett), is a well-designed, well-acted, feel-good play — and a thought-provoking one as well.

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Honoring Black Lives & Mothers Stolen in ‘Queer, Mama. Crossroads’

The new play from Anastacia-Reneé, Seattle’s Civic Poet, deals with trauma, death, violence and loss, but does so from a perspective of voice and remembrance — a performative memorial, centered on Black queer mothers. It shows at Annex Theatre through May 4. 

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MAP’s latest, ‘Trevor,’ is funny and repellent and sad and wonderful

In an excellent production, MAP Theatre’s ‘Trevor’ tells a true, sad story with a lot of humor, insight, and intrigue. It runs through March 30. Running alongside it (thru 3/25) is Jasmine Joshua’s ‘Bread Crumbs,’ a nonbinary solo show that’s solidly worth a visit.

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5 Questions with Playwright Maggie Lee  

This month, Macha Theatre Works opened its world-premiere production of ‘Sheathed’ — a new fantasy/adventure saga from acclaimed Seattle playwright Maggie Lee — which runs through March 24 at Theatre Off Jackson. NWT talked with Lee to learn more about the process, from ideation to realization, and her inspiration behind this latest work.  

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The Other Georgetown, Pt. I: Base & ‘12 Minutes Max’

Hidden away among active industrial warehouses, Equinox Studios and the area immediately surrounding them (“Equiblox”?) offer a big variety of arts, plus a taproom, in an environment that provides an apt, creative backdrop for exploring new art forms. This Sunday & Monday, ’12 Minutes Max’ (formerly at On the Boards) is a great excuse to head there.

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