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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

High fashion and snarky women

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High fashion and snarky women

The Women by Clare Boothe Luce, now playing at Harlequin Productions, is a beautifully staged, lavish comedy of errors satirizing 1930s upper crust Manhattan socialites. It opened on Broadway in 1936 and is best known for the 1939 film starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell. For its many stunning

A fun romp for all ages

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A fun romp for all ages

Like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Delicious Revenge of Princess Rubyslippers by Brendan Murray is a tasty romp that appeals to audiences of all ages. Now playing at Olympia Family Theater, directed by Pug Bujeaud, Rubyslippers is 80 minutes of laughter. Ruby (Gabriela Tatone) is a girl of indeterminant age. She's

So, this is the Army

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So, this is the Army

Last year, Lakewood Playhouse produced Brighton Beach Memoirs, the first part of Neil Simon's autobiographical "Eugene Trilogy." Now they follow up with the second part of the trilogy, Biloxi Blues, with the same director, John Olive, and the same lead actor/narrator, Drew Bates as Eugene Jerome. In Brighton Beach, Eugene

'The Missing Women Series'

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'The Missing Women Series'

Paintings from Lynette Charters' Missing Women Series have been shown in eight different gallery shows in the past year, with more to come, including a one-woman showing in a Los Angeles gallery scheduled for next year. It is tempting to say enough is enough, we get it. The Missing Women

Upcoming shows on Olympia stages

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Upcoming shows on Olympia stages

Harlequin Productions starts its season with Clare Booth Luce's classic comedy The Women, with a huge all-women cast, directed by Erin Murray. (It's really the last of their 2018-2019 season as their season runs later than most theaters.) "At first blush, I wanted to dismiss the story under the notion that

Sexual assault examined

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Sexual assault examined

The hard-hitting two-hander Blackbird by David Harrower at Harlequin Productions is emotionally draining and not for everyone. It begins with shocking fury when Una (Colleen Litchfield), a 27-year-old woman, and Ray (Frank Lawler), a 55-year-old man, storm into a horribly trashed conference room in Ray's business office -- strewn with pizza

Shakespearean storm at Olympia’s Port

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Shakespearean storm at Olympia’s Port

Shakespeare's The Tempest, performed in front of the viewing tower at Olympia's Port Plaza, is a beautifully staged outdoor performance of one of the Bard's last and most challenging plays. It opens with the crash of thunder and lightning in a chaotic scene of a storm at sea performed in

'The Simpsons' invade TAM

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'The Simpsons' invade TAM

There's never been a show like Bart at TAM: Animating America's Favorite Family at Tacoma Art Museum. One of the larger galleries at TAM has been turned into the home of the Simpsons: Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa and Maggie, and many of the 80 some odd supporting characters from America's

Best of Tacoma 2019: Off the Shelf at Tacoma Little Theatre

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Best of Tacoma 2019: Off the Shelf at Tacoma Little Theatre

They might be plays and they might be short stories or works in progress, but whatever they are, the dramatic readings in Tacoma Little Theatre's Off the Shelf series are likely to be shows you'll never see anywhere else, or perhaps previews of shows you might get to see in

Raging emotions on display

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Raging emotions on display

There are certain characteristics shared by most if not all juried art exhibitions that are particularly noticeable at top-quality shows such as those held annually at South Puget Sound Community College and Tacoma Community College where many of the same artists show up every year. Such shows have a plethora

Shakespeare in the Park

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Shakespeare in the Park

This month of theater in Tacoma and Olympia has been replete with Tony-worthy productions such as Lakewood Playhouse's The Producers, Harlequin's Man of La Mancha, Fun Home at South Puget Sound Community College and Tacoma Little Theatre's Hay Fever. Now comes Animal Fire Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park

In the Spirit

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In the Spirit

For the 14th year, Washington State History Museum presents a juried exhibition of works by regional indigenous artists. Twenty-eight works of art by 24 artists are on display, including mixed media, paintings, beadwork, textiles, sculpture, carving and basketry. Throughout the run of the exhibition, visitors can vote for their favorite

To dream the impossible dream

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To dream the impossible dream

Director Aaron Lamb and the cast and crew of Harlequin Productions' Man of La Mancha, took a calculated risk that is paying off marvelously in their production of the classical musical by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion. Lamb has updated this version in

Five women excited by nature

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Five women excited by nature

Mia Schulte knows her way around paint brushes and palette knives. When it comes to color, form and texture, she has a sure hand. So do the four other women who join her in the exhibition Out of the Blue at Childhood's End Gallery: Susan Glendenning, Laraine Wade, Judith Smith

Eccentricity is Bliss

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Eccentricity is Bliss

A bit of farce and a bit comedy of manners, Noël Coward's Hay Fever seems as fresh and saucy on stage at Tacoma Little Theatre as it must have when it premiered almost a hundred years ago -- thanks to terrific directing by Rick Hornor and an amazing cast headed

We love you, Conrad

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We love you, Conrad

In 1957, Elvis Presley was drafted into the Army, and millions of teenagers thought the world was coming to an end. This was the inspiration for the early 1960s stage show and movie Bye Bye Birdie starring Dick Van Dyke. Heartthrob Conrad Birdie (Duncan Menzies) -- based on Elvis but named

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