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Toy Boat Theatre winds up at their Spaceworks venue on Tacoma’s Hilltop with a solstice celebration

Actors and musicians in "That Delicate Light" at Toy Boat Theatre: from the left: Olivia Seward, Marilyn Bennett, Peter Pendras (guitar), Meleesa Wyatt, Matt Shimkus, Trevor Pendras (guitar, organ), Aaron Jacobs. Courtesy photo.

Spaceworks, that City of Tacoma project that fills empty commercial spaces downtown with art, music, dance and theater, has had some really good results – Toy Boat Theatre being one of them. This UPS-based, professional-level company has been able to offer Tacoma the kind of theater you’d never see in a community or professional space, thanks to the no-rent Spaceworks arrangment. Plays by Erin Cressida Wilson and Edward Albee, improv and workshops, and this weekend an original production combining poetry, music and theater focused on the winter solstice.

Well, it’s not actually on the solstice itself, which is next Tuesday, on Dec. 22. But Tuesday’s not a good theater night, so you can get a jump on the solstice and still leave the actual night free for whatever other rituals you want to indulge in by checking out Toy Boat Theatre. Directed by Suzy Willhoft, with local actors Aaron Jacobs, Matt Shimkus, Olivia Seward, Meleesa Wyatt and Toy Boat artistic director Marilyn Bennett herself, “That Delicate Light” is a staged reading reflecting on the long night and short day of this season through poems and stories ranging from Billy Collins to Suzan Lori-Parks and Dylan Thomas to Sesame Street, says Bennett, plus music from Frank Loesser to Crowded House. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Local craft-art fair at King’s Books, Dada at Toy Boat Theatre, Tacoma Symphony and small art at Madera

TSO clarinetist Craig Rine. Courtesy photo.

Tacoma Symphony with clarinetist Craig Rine

The Tacoma Symphony moves to the Rialto Theater this weekend for a performance of Bach, Copland and Schumann, including Copland’s Clarinet Concerto written for Benny Goodman and performed this weekend by the TSO’s own Craig Rine. 2:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $12-$62. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9thSt., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.tacomasymphony.org

Craft fair for artist-made gifts

If the holidays are getting too commercial for you, support local artists by buying gifts that are truly unique at the annual Tacoma is For Lovers Craft Fair this weekend. Ornaments, jewelry, printed items, handmade books…the list goes on. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20. Free. King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-8801, www.kingsbookstore.com

Dada cabaret with Toy Boat Theatre

Know what Dada is? Everything and anything, provided it doesn’t make any sense and is juxtaposed in the oddest way. Toy Boat Theatre presents an original (and free) cabaret version of the early-20th-century art phenomenon in “WaT is DaDa?” 8 p.m. Nov. 17, 18 at Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma; 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Nov. 19 at Toy Boat Theatre, 1314 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. Free. www.toyboattheatre.com

New and Small Works at Madera

The artisans and artists at Madera Architectural Elements present a holiday show of smaller items from their repertoire: felted creations by Jennevieve Schlemmer, mixed media by Chris Wooten, stoneware by Andy Lewis-Lechner and more. Gala opening noon-5 p.m. Nov. 19; then open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday through Dec. 21. Free. Madera, 2210 Court A, Tacoma. 253-572-1218, www.maderawoodworking.com Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Flamenco at Theater on the Square, Shakespeare at University of Puget Sound, spooky chamber music at Annie Wright and a new play Tacoma’s Toy Boat Theatre

Savannah Fuentes (front) and Saray Munoz, flamenco artists. Courtesy photo.

TOTS hosts visiting flamenco artists

Seattle flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes is joined by Spanish singer Saray Munoz and gypsy guitarist Pedro Cortes in an all-ages show “3 Glorias Flamenco en Vivo” at Theater on the Square tomorrow. 8 p.m. Oct. 29. $25/$15/$12.  TOTS, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894,www.broadwaycenter.org

“As You Like It” at University of Puget Sound

Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “As You Like It” opens in a student production at University of Puget Sound tonight. The play with the famous quote ‘All the world’s a stage,’ “As You Like It” tells the story of banished lovers, family conflicts and unrequited love in a tangle of characters. 7:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 29, Nov. 4 and 5; 4 p.m. Nov. 3 and 2 p.m. Nov. 5. $11/ $7 seniors, military personnel, students, and Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff. Norton Clapp Theater, Jones Hall, UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253.879.3419, ups.universitytickets.com

Hear Dracula’s chamber music at Annie Wright

The Second City Chamber Series presents “Castelul Dracul,” an evening of Transylvania-themed chamber music including Jon Deak’s “Lucy and the Count” (with the double-bass as Dracula), and works by Enescu and Bartók. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $32/$29/$10/children free. Great Hall, Annie Wright school, 827 N. Tacoma Ave., Tacoma. 253-572-TUNE, www.scchamberseries.org

Toy Boat Theatre reads Nick Stokes’ new play “Dusk”

A work by local playwright Nick Stokes gets a reading this weekend at Toy Boat Theatre. “Dusk” explores the effects of isolation from normal life on a husband and wife and their fight for survival. 7 p.m. Oct. 30, talkback afterward. Free. Toy Boat Theatre, 1314 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. www.toyboattheatre.com

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Toy Boat Theatre plumbs the depths of Edward Albee’s bleakness in “Zoo Story”

The latest production from Toy Boat Theatre, a temporary black-box theater company and Spaceworks participant on the Hilltop, is Edward Albee’s “Zoo Story,” which in just one hour manages to descend to the depths of human misery both through Albee’s inimitable wordsmithing and through excellent work from two Tacoma actors.

Scott Campbell (formerly of Lakewood Playhouse and Tacoma Little Theatre) plays Peter, while Luke Amundson (The Outfit, Found Space Productions) plays Jerry in this first of Albee’s plays. Written in 1958, it was initially rejected by American companies for its caustic degradation of “wholesome” American society; it was

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Toy Boat Theatre walks the weird edge of a love triangle in “Dakota’s Belly”

If incest, lesbian love, onstage orgasm and bloodletting aren’t your cup of theater tea, then you’d better not see “Dakota’s Belly, Wyoming.” All the rest of us, however, will thoroughly enjoy this intimate little production from the brand new Toy Boat Theatre on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Toy Boat’s part of Tacoma’s Spaceworks project, matching up vacant commercial space with artists, and though this is only the second theatrical event it’s a keeper. Mounted by former and current University of Puget Sound students and faculty, the company has transformed the tiny shop space into a venue that’s just big

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