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Tag: Lakewood Playhouse


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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Lakewood Playhouse does “Oliver”

Okay, full disclosure – this is a post about which I am completely and utterly biased. My daughter Bianca is in the youth chorus of “Oliver,” which just opened at Lakewood Playhouse, and so of course I think it’s a great show.

But there are other reasons, nothing to do with her, why you might think it’s a great show too. First of all is the musical itself: Written by pop music composer Lionel Bart, its 1960 London premiere got 23 curtain calls thanks to Bart’s witty lyrics and catchy songs (think “Consider Yourself,” “You’ve Got to Pick a

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“Asher Lev” deals with suffering and triumph

This is in no way a formal review: TNT critic Alec Clayton will be penning a far more considered one in an upcoming GO guide, and I’ll leave that to him. Knowing that, I went to “My Name Is Asher Lev” anyway this weekend at Theatre on the Square, mostly out of curiosity to see not only this Jewish play that means so much to Lakewood Playhouse director (and Baptist minister) Marcus Walker, but also just what Walker’s cast would make of it.

Because, as I wrote in last week’s GO, Walker is seriously ill with a stage four metastatic

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Critic’s Picks: Click Flick “Ghostbusters,” “Asher Lev” at TOTS, Liszt at UPS and Klee Wyk art at WSHM

Click Flick: “Ghostbusters”

This month’s Click Flick at the Grand Cinema is the classic 1980s comedy “Ghostbusters” – just try not to sing along. Doors open 10 a.m., screening 10:30 a.m. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

“My Name is Asher Lev” theater collaboration

Lakewood Playhouse collaborates with the Broadway Center to present the Northwest premiere of “My Name is Asher Lev,” an adaptation of Chaim Potok’s novel about a young Jewish artist conflicted between tradition and self-expression. Opens 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, then 3 p.m. and

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“Asher Lev” art at Theatre on the Square for ArtWalk tomorrow night

This month’s ArtWalk has an extra stop: Theatre on the Square, which is host this week to new original paintings by Bo Bartlett. Collaborating with director Marcus Walker on his Lakewood Playhouse/Broadway Center production of “My Name Is Asher Lev,” Bartlett has painted half-a-dozen original works based on the play and modeled on the Tacoma actors.

“Asher Lev” is adapted from the Chaim Potok novel about a young Hasidic Jew who rebels against his traditional father in painting: he paints nudes, expressions of suffering and ultimately crucifixions. Playwright Aaron Posner (working with Potok’s widow) requested no art be

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Free Arts Month: Pay-What-You-Can at Lakewood Playhouse

Jan. 13: If you haven’t discovered Pay-What-You-Can theater nights, you should. Scheduled either just before shows open or soon after, these nights offer a cheap (or completely free, if you really can’t afford to donate anything) way to see local theater, and often with a choice of great seats too. Tacoma Little Theatre and Lakewood Playhouse both offer PWYC nights, and last night I drove down to Lakewood to see “Ring Round the Moon” as part of my Free Arts Month expedition.

It was officially a preview (the show opens tonight) but that didn’t stop the cast

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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

“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

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Critic’s Picks: “Grapes of Wrath” at Lakewood, Cirque du Soleil, Seattle Dance Fest and Neddys at TAM

“The Grapes of Wrath” at Lakewood Playhouse

Lakewood ends its 71st season with Tony winner “The Grapes of Wrath,” based on the Pulitzer- and Nobel-winning novel by John Steinbeck about a poor Oklahoma family driven out by hunger. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. through June 13. $22/$19 senior and military/$16 ages 16-25/$14 under-16. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd, Lakewood. 253-588-0042, www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

Cirque du Soleil’s “Kooza” at Marymoor Park

The world-famous circus company returns to its roots in “Kooza,” a show focusing on acrobatics and clowning. 8 p.m. Tue.-Thur., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1 p.m.

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