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TMP’s Chris Serface takes over as director of Tacoma Little Theatre

Chris Serface. Courtesy photo.
Chris Serface. Courtesy photo.

Chris Serface, former educational director at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, will leave his position April 30 to take over as managing artistic director at Tacoma Little Theatre.  That position has been open since former director Scott Campbell left a year ago, with TLT’s production manager Brie Yost acting in an interim capacity.

“I felt that it was time to take on a new challenge and help keep the arts flourishing in our community,” said Serface in an email.

For the last five years Serface has managed the large educational program at TMP, including camps, after-school programs and performances. A Pacific Northwest native, Serface has also worked with other theaters around the country as an actor, director, technician, manager, educator and musician, and was a district supervisor for Hollywood Entertainment for seven years. Read more »


Laugh hard at the Bard in Tacoma Little Theatre’s gag-a-minute “Complete Shakespeare Abridged (Revised)”

From left: Yorick, Coleman Hagerman, Alex Smith, Luke Amundsen and Macbeth in Tacoma Little Theatre's "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised)." PHoto: Jason Ganwich
From left: Yorick, Coleman Hagerman, Alex Smith, Luke Amundsen and Macbeth in Tacoma Little Theatre’s “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised).” PHoto: Jason Ganwich

It’s every comedy actor’s dream – a show where you can do as many girly screams, fake vomiting, cheesy Scottish accents and penis jokes as you like, plus declaim Shakespeare’s most famous speeches all in one night. But “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised)” also lets the audience do what they’ve always wanted – poke fun at the Bard’s silly or boring bits – and the version currently running at Tacoma Little Theatre doesn’t disappoint.

Created by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield in the 1980s, this hysterically funny parody aims to retell all of Shakespeare’s works in one two-hour show, and have a good laugh at everything from bad rhymes to melodramatic actors along the way. It has its flaws – the balance never works, with a longish condensed “Romeo and Juliet” followed by ever-shorter medleys of everything else and no less than four versions of “Hamlet” to finish – but it’s still hugely successful, and the TLT cast directed ably by Suzy Wilhoft have updated it to take in such 16th-century phenomena as cell phones, Google and “Downton Abbey” with very clever results.

This play lives or dies on its cast, and TLT has chosen a good one. Luke Amundsen (recently seen in Found Space’s “Zoo Story”) is the straight guy, the solid deadpan rock who anchors the manic craziness of TLT and Lakewood Playhouse regular Alex Smith, who takes on all the girl roles with hysterical glee. Playing the would-be scholar, a self-indulgent Hamlet and more is Coleman Hagerman (the Dodger in Lakewood’s “Oliver”) whose perfectly-timed delivery and wide-eyed goofiness belie his age (he’s a high school junior).

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Critic’s Picks: “The Woman in Black” at Lakewood Playhouse, reduced Shakespeare at Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma’s Oscars party and “Quartet” at The Grand cinema

Lakewood Playhouse does “The Woman in Black”

The second-longest running play in London, this ghost mystery will have you on the edge of your seat. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 22-Mar. 17. Pay-What-You-Can 8 p.m. Thursdays. $24/$21/$18. Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., Lakewood. 253-588-0042, lakewoodplayhouse.org

TLT does abridged Shakespeare

If you’ve never seen “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” then you’re in for a lot of side-splitting laughs at Tacoma Little Theatre. Opening this weekend, the three-person show romps through all 37 of the Bard’s works (plus some sonnets) in a two-hour comedy rollercoaster. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 22-Mar.3. Age 13+. $9.50. Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma. 253-272-2481, tacomalittletheatre.com

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Tacoma Little Theatre looks for South Sound Asian actors for “The Joy Luck Club”

Calling all Asian American actors in the South Sound – Tacoma Little Theatre wants you. A new production of Amy Tan’s “The Joy Luck Club,” adapted from the best-selling novel by director David Hsieh, needs over 20 Asian men and women, plus several young children, with auditions happening next weekend.

“The Joy Luck Club” was written by Amy Tan in 1989, telling the story of four immigrant Chinese American families in San Francisco within the structure of a mahjong game, and rose to best-seller status with a film version following in 1993. Seattle director and actor David Hsieh adapted

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Critic’s Picks: Dickens at Stadium, Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse and Lakewood Playhouse

Stadium District Dickens Fest

This Saturday you can revel in everything Victorian as the Dickens Fest returns to Tacoma’s Stadium District. Expect horse-and-carriage rides, a costume contest (that includes yourself!), a beard contest and performances on two stages that include magic and puppet shows, singers, storytellers, youth actors in “A Christmas Carol,” instrumentalists and spoken word artists.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8; Ball 6-9:30 p.m. Free. King’s Stage, 218 St. Helens Ave; Queen’s Stage, Titus Will showroom, 633 Division Ave, Tacoma. dickensfestival.net

Tacoma Little Theatre’s “Miracle” on North I Street

Tacoma Little Theatre’s holiday offering is “Miracle on 34th Street,” based on the novel by Valentine Davies about a Macy’s Santa who’s too good at his job. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23. $14.50-$24.50. Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma. 253-272-2281, tacomalittletheatre.com

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Critic’s picks: Scott Cossu at Marine View jazz, “Sylvia” at Tacoma Little Theatre, Puyallup Fair art and landscapes from the PLU art collection

Jazz Live at Marine View with Scott Cossu

This month’s Jazz Live at Marine View church features Northwest composer and pianist Scott Cossu playing his own unique blend of jazz, classical and ethnic/New Age. Playing with him will be Jon Croarkin on flutes, harmonica and sax, Steven Banks on drums, Dan O’Brien on bass and Tor Dietrichson on conga and percussion.

5 p.m. Sept. 9. Free. Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Dr. NE, Tacoma. 253-229-9206, marineviewpc.org, scottcossu.com

“Sylvia” opening at Tacoma Little Theatre

Opening at Tacoma Little Theatre this weekend is “Sylvia,” a comedy by

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Critic’s picks: PLU play festival, UPS cello concert, Gig Harbor museum exhibit and Tacoma Little Theatre

The directors of the three plays in PLU's One Act Festival. Courtesy photo.

PLU’s annual One Act Festival

Three one-act plays combine education and entertainment at Pacific Lutheran University’s annual APO One Act Festival “Loss…and Found,” beginning next Wednesday night. PLU’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honor society, produces the festival; plays include “Recklessness” by Eugene O’Neill, “Otter Pops” by Alex Eddy and “Poor Little Doggy” by Myia Johnson. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 26, 27 and 28. $5/$3 students. Eastvold Mainstage, Pacific Lutheran University, Park Avenue South and 123rd Street South, Tacoma. 253-535-7325, www.plu.edu

UPS folk-inspired cello concert

Prize-winning cellist and University of Puget Sound artist-in-residence David Requiro performs a recital of cello works inspired by folk music tonight, along with violinist Maria Sampen and pianist Tanya Stambuk. On the Eastern-European program is music by Janácek, Tsintsadze, Kodály and Bartók, including his “Rumanian Folk Dances.” 7:30 p.m. tonight. $12.50/$8.50 seniors, students, military and UPS faculty and staff/free for UPS students. Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3419, tickets.pugetsound.edu Read more »


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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