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5th Avenue Theatre and Spectrum Dance Theater West Side Story Review

There are many enjoyable aspects of writing theater reviews. One is forming overly long descriptive title credit sentences such as it was my genuine pleasure last night to experience The 5thAvenue Theatre in association with Spectrum Dance Theater present a captivating expression of West Side Story that highlighted the thriving dance and theater expressions that […]

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Annie at the 5th Avenue Theatre: A Not So Cynical Review

A musical that repeatedly proports “the sun will come out tomorrow” seems appropriate for audiences used to perpetually cloudy, dark, rain-slogged Pacific Northwest winters. Consequently, Annie finds itself back in Seattle once again championing the infectiously optimistic, dare I say escapist, mantra that “tomorrow there will be sun.” Despite my preconceived cynical disposition, I was […]

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A Review of the 5th Avenue Theatre’s Production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The 5th Avenue Theatre’s presentation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame may have songs and movie title lettering from its Disney film predecessor, but this Seattle production has abandoned any pretense of Disney’s “Happiest Place on Earth” motif to thoroughly ground the musical in the tormented source material of Victor Hugo’s original novel. The themes are […]

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Irving Berlin’s Non-Racist Holiday Inn: A Review of the 5th Avenue Theatre Production

There is no way for me to write my review of the 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn without sounding racist. Incidentally, when people use the qualifying phrase “sounding racist” they are usually just being racist. Here is the big problem. The 5th Avenue Theatre’s current, not racist version of Holiday Inn […]

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A Review of Murder for Two: The 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT–A Contemporary Theatre’s Delightful, Comedic, Piano-Centric Farce

Don’t let the rather mundane and boring title fool you, Murder for Two is an innovative, consistently creative, hilarious musical comedy farce. This 5th Avenue Theatre/ACT–A Contemporary Theatre co-production is the Pacific Northwest premiere of what happens when just two gifted actors and one well-tuned grand piano embody the interrogation of a room full of […]

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