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‘An Unexpected Guest’ mesmerizes

Most murder mysteries aren’t suspenseful. We get used to the patterns and are rarely surprised by the end. But Agatha Christie’s work always shocks everyone in the last five minutes. The Driftwood Players are artfully bringing... — Updated 9/19/2013


Mariner presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’

The great thing about timeless stories is that they can be retold in various styles, and it doesn’t take away from the original. “Alice in Wonderland” is a classic that can... — Updated 3/20/2013


Mariner presents shorter ‘Anne of Green Gables’

Mariner High School is bringing an abridged version of “Anne of Green Gables” to the stage. A rather good version, in fact. Though, of course, it’s no replacement for the original miniseries or book. There will never be a... — Updated 11/7/2012 Full story


“Big River” shares big message

Classic American literature wouldn’t be the same without Mark Twain. His funny and enlightening book “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was both celebrated and ridiculed in... — Updated 10/31/2012


A comedy as sweet as frosting on a cake

“The Red Velvet Cake War” is an absurdly funny farce that explodes off the stage – a stage at the Everett Mall. After they closed their existing movie theater, it was... — Updated 10/24/2012


‘Anything goes’ on this cruise

The Historic Everett Theater concludes another successful season with a forgotten favorite: “Anything Goes.” It was a big hit in its day, thanks to its show-stopping tunes by... — Updated 6/6/2012 Full story


‘Blythe Spirit’ is hauntingly hilarious

They don’t write them like this anymore. Noel Coward was one of the greats. And some of his best work is on the stage of the Historic Everett Theater. “Blythe Spirit” is haunting there for three weeks. Perhaps bei... — Updated 9/28/2011


Cross the boarders to see the ‘Iron Curtain’

The Village Theatre’s newest original production is ridiculously comical. It’s a musical called “Iron Curtain.” It’s a good cross between Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator” and... — Updated 5/11/2011


Kamiak stages 'Oklahoma!'

Photo by Liz Ferry Kamiak High School is showing “Oklahoma!” May 6, 7, 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. at the Kamiak Performing Arts Center. For ticket information call 356-6654... — Updated 5/4/2011 Full story


‘Moonlight’ heartbreaking, beautiful play about grief

The play “Moonlight and Valentino,” showing now at the Historic Everett Theatre, covers an emotional territory that is difficult to portray: The beginning of grief. What do you do when someone you loved more than life... — Updated 5/4/2011


Lots of healthy laughs with ‘Unhealthy’ play

Photo courtesy of Skye Grace Dave Franke, Brian Hitch and Vicki Lynn Maxey star in Reunion Theater Group's new play, "UTBU- Unhealthy to be Unpleasant.” Black comedy is... — Updated 4/27/2011 Full story


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