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Tag: Theatre on the Square


Poetry Out Loud finals in Tacoma this weekend include finalists from Stadium High and Annie Wright

Every year, over 350,000 high school students around the country compete in reading poetry out loud, exploring its depths and learning rhetorical techniques for public speaking in a program organized by the National Endowment for the Arts. This year the Poetry Out Loud finals are here in Tacoma at Theatre on the Square this Saturday night.

Among the 13 regional winners competing are two local students: Anup Chamrajnagar from Stadium High School and Garnet Burk from Annie Wright.

The event will include a brief appearance by Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken and Sam Green, the inaugural poet laureate.


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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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Critic’s picks: Christ Episcopal evensong, Click Flick at The Grand, Tacoma Art Museum and Dala at Theatre on the Square

The choir of Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma, with co-directors Kathryn Nichols and Mark Brombaugh. Courtesy photo.

Christ Church Festal Choral Evensong

The choir of Christ Episcopal, with organist Mark Brombaugh and gues organist Melvin Butler, present a festive choral evensong service to commission new co-directors Brombaugh and Kathryn Nichols. Music includes anthems by Leo Nestor, Herbert Brewer and Craig Phillips, works by Bruhns and Stanford on the Brombaugh pipe organ and congregational hymns. 5 p.m. Oct. 21. Free. Christ Episcopal Church, 310 N. K St., Tacoma. 253-383-1569, ccptacoma.org

Click Flick: “The Addams Family”

Get your creepy giggles at The Grand Cinema’s Click Flick this month: “The Addams Family,” about that classic ghoulish family who do things just a little differently. Doors open 9:30 a.m., screening 10 a.m. Oct. 20. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

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Critic’s Picks: Canonici in Old Town Tacoma, Tacoma Opera at Theatre on the Square, Northwest Sinfonietta at the Rialto and Gauguin at Seattle Art Museum

Canonici. Courtesy photo.

Canonici sings Renaissance love songs

Step back to Valentine’s Day in 1550 with a cappella group Canonici, who present “Plaisir d’Amour: The Pleasure of Love” as part of the free Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series. The program includes Renaissance love songs in English, French and Italian. 7 p.m. Feb. 14. Free, all ages. Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Tacoma. 253-752-2135, classicaltuesdays.blogspot.com

Kurt Weill with Tacoma Opera

Tacoma Opera’s annual Young Artists’ performances this weekend offer a cabaret version of music by Kurt Weill, the 20th-century German composer and enormous stage influence, with works like “The Threepenny Opera.” Cast members include Celeste Godin, Woong Kim, Ksenia Popova, Bryan Hiroto Stenson and Heather Weirich. 8 p.m. Feb. 11, 2 p.m. Feb. 12. $30. Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-627-7789, www.tacomaopera.com. Read more »


Sister’s a sharp-tongued treat in “Late Nite Catechism,” on through next weekend at Tacoma’s Theatre on the Square

It didn’t take Sister more than five minutes to straighten up all the slackers in the audience – I mean, class – at Theatre on the Square last night. Even before she made her stern, habit-swishing entrance she’d scolded my seat-mates for turning up late, confiscated the gum from the man in front of me and swapped a couple of cell phones between users too impolite (or savvy) to switch them off. As the one-woman comedy wonder of the long-running “Late Nite Catechism,” Sister (Nonie Newton-Breen) was in fine form – and so was the audience.

Mostly middle-aged and up, these folk had come prepared with smart answers and all the right “Yes, Sister!” choruses to participate, house-lights up, in the touring comedy about Catholicism and all its quirks. And although it often felt weirdly fake, like a TV studio audience with no cameras, it certainly made the show sparkle – because this is one comedy that involves everybody.

Newton-Breen, an 11-year-veteran of the show and raised Irish-Catholic herself, swung out her snappy comebacks as skillfully as a threatening ruler. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: “Java Tacoma” theater, Eastern Pierce County studio tour, Tacoma Philharmonic kids’ concert at Theatre on the Square and Peter Fletcher at the Tacoma library

Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher at the Tacoma Public Library

Peter Fletcher, an award-winning national classical guitarist called “taut and incisive” by the American Record Guide, will play a free concert this Sunday at the Tacoma library main branch. The program features selections from Fletcher’s 2008 CD of baroque music, as well as work by Ravel, Tarrega, Grieg and more. 2 p.m. Nov. 6. Free. Tacoma Library main branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-591-5666, www.tacompubliclibrary.org

“Java Tacoma” continues café theater

“Java Tacoma,” the locally-written soap opera comedy, continues this month at Trinity Presbyterian Hall. Written by Curtis

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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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“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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