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Critic’s picks: “Hamlet” spoofs at Lakewood Playhouse, free festival at Tacoma Art Museum, Nordic fundraiser for Second City Chamber Series and “Godspell” at the Kitsap Forest Theater

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on July 30, 2010 at 6:34 am |
July 26, 2010 9:55 am

“Rosenkrantz” and “Hamlet” at Lakewood

Lakewood Playhouse present two Tom Stoppard comedies: the wacky “Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” a behind-the-scenes version of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” told by the hero’s college buddies, and “The Fifteen-Minute Hamlet,” which is exactly (and hilariously) what it sounds like. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 15. $23/$20/$17/$15. 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd, Lakewood. 253-588-0042, www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

Tacoma Art Museum festival

TAM’s Best of the Northwest Free Community Festival showcases not only local art inside (the Neddys, painter Victoria Adams, plus a local version of “Tacoma’s Got Talent”) but outside also, as the CLAW cartoon team chalk the sidewalk (11 a.m.), James Sinding dumps a truck of alphabet letters in Tollefson Plaza (11:30 a.m.) and you can fly the koi kite you just made inside the museum. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 31. Free. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org

Second City Chamber Series goes Nordic

If you’ve ever wondered how classical chamber music, Scottish bagpiping and Nordic hardanger fiddling would sound together, you can find out at Second City Chamber Series’ fundraiser this weekend. Held at Douglas Granum’s stone sculpting studio at Southworth, the evening features violinists Svend Rønning and Janis Upshall with bagpiper Fred Gardner, along with a North Atlantic smorgasbord. 4 p.m. Aug. 1. $50. Granum Studios, Southworth, WA. 253-572-TUNE, www.scchamberseries.org.

“Godspell” in the forest at Kitsap Theater

Kitsap Forest Theater presents its second summer production – the ‘70s Christian rock musical “Godspell.” Jesus, Judas and the rest sing it out with favorites like “Day by Day” in a ferny outdoor amphitheater surrounded by salmon creeks and hiking trails. Bring the bug spray and rain jacket. 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday from July 31-Aug. 22. Advance $14/$8; at door $16/$10; free for six and under. 3000 Seabeck Hwy, Bremerton. 206-542-7815, www.foresttheater.com

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