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Critic’s picks: “Oliver” at Lakewood Playhouse, “Pinocchio” at Centerstage Federal Way, “A Christmas Carol” at Tacoma Little Theatre, and glass miniatures at Traver Gallery

Last call for “Oliver” at Lakewood Playhouse

There’s one last chance tonight to see “Oliver,” that Lionel Bart hit about a young orphan who falls in with singing pickpockets amid songs like “Consider Yourself.” 8 p.m. tonight. $28/$25/$22. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd, Lakewood. 253-588-0042, www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

One more “Pinocchio” at Centerstage Theatre

One last chance tonight to see the British panto-inspired version of “Pinocchio,” replete with cross-dressing Dame, silly gags and song. 7 p.m. tonight. $27.50/$22.50/$10. Centerstage Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way. 253-661-1444, www.centerstagetheatre.com

And two more shows of “A Christmas

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Federal Way’s Rhododendron Species Garden hosts a bouquet of arts performances this weekend

Arts in the Garden will bring Federal Way performing arts groups outside to the Rhododendron Species Garden for a day of free arts this Saturday. Groups include the Aria Dance Company, Centerstage Theatre, Jet Cities Chorus, the Federal Way Chorale and the Harmony Kings Barbershop Chorus.

1-5 p.m. Sept. 17. Free. Rhododendron Species and Botanical Garden, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way on the Weyerhaeuser Campus.253-835-6926, www.rhodygarden.org



Thistle Theatre does Bunraku-style puppet show of “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Centerstage Theatre, Federal Way

With perfect timing during one of theater’s dullest calendar spots, Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way is bringing the Thistle Puppet Theatre from Seattle to perform “Jack in the Beanstalk” this Saturday, done in the traditional Bunraku style of puppetry.

What’s Bunraku? A popular Japanese type of puppetry, Bunraku puppets are nearly-lifesize and hand-manipulated by onstage puppeteers dressed in black – kind of puppet ninja, if you like. It’s a highly emotional kind of puppetry, the hand-connection allowing the puppeteers to truly move (and sing and dance) as one with their puppets, and the size appealing to tiny audience

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