The Thrust: In This Week’s Shows, the Rules Are What You Make Them

In two shows this week, strong female leads see their safe, comfortable social orders challenged. ‘The Cake’ from As If Theatre Company runs through 3/20 in Kenmore; and Village Theatre’s ‘The Book Club Play’ runs through 4/3 (in Issaquah) and 5/1 (in Everett).

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Village’s ‘Songs’ Attempts a Lot — Leaving Little Up to the Audience

Village Theatre’s latest production boasts strong performers, but its staging attempts too much. ‘Songs for a New World’ runs through February 13 in Issaquah, followed by a run in Everett through March 13. Plus: next month, check out a new musical from Village’s talented teenagers. 

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Old-Timey Rom-Com Heads to Village Theatre in Everett

Village Theatre gives a lovely production to ‘She Loves Me’, a rehashed musical based on the same 1930s story that inspired the ’90s film ‘You’ve Got Mail’. It runs in Everett through March 22. 

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The Kids of ‘Spelling Bee’ Are Their Own Biggest Hangups, But Have No Trouble Spelling a Fun Show

Some of the area’s best musical theatre grown-ups become nerdy, quirky kids and their chaperones in ‘Spelling Bee’, on now at Village Theatre in Everett. It runs through November 17. 

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Village’s New Musicals Fest Is Among the Best in New Works. But It Could Reach a Wider Audience.

Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals is among the coolest shows in town, showing off new work with fantastic casts. But attendance is limited — and both for Village Theatre and for audiences regularly starved of relevant theatre, that may be an opportunity missed beyond the weekend.

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5 Questions with Musical Theatre Writers Michelle Elliott & Danny Haengil Larsen

The annual Village Originals Festival of New Musicals takes place in Issaquah this weekend. Few theatre-makers know the Festival better than Michelle Elliott and Danny Haengil Larsen, who have shown new works there four times. NWT talked with the duo about their latest work, ‘Hart Island’, which showed at the 2017 Festival and returned to Village for a developmental production earlier this year.

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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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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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