Little Shop of Horrors
700 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101
Date: Through June 15, 2014
Another great co-production by ACT Theatre and the 5th Avenue Theatre, “Little Shop of Horrors” is a crazy comedy/musical/horror story based on the 1960 Roger Corman horror movie, which actually bombed in theaters. But given lively music and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, this has become a whole different production! Hapless Seymour unknowingly adopts a man-eating plant, which he names after the co-worker he is in love with at a florist shop.
Francis Gaudette Theatre
303 Front St. N.
Issaquah, WA 98027
Date: March 20 – April 27, 2014
The Village Theatre is taking a chance on a brand new musical, “The Tutor,” where a young novelist writes in the morning and tutors “rich kids”—who also serve as the writer’s muses—in the afternoon. Maryrose Wood’s book and lyrics are set to a fun and energetic pop score by Andrew Gerle. The musical comedy is filled with family drama, creative angst and romantic blunders.
Everett Performing Arts Center
2710 Wetmore Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
Date: Through March 30, 2014
Larry Shue’s classic is one of the best madcap comedies built for the stage. It’s ferociously funny and has a great message to boot. Charlie (dubbed “The Foreigner”) goes away to a fishing lodge in Georgia to get away from it all. To get out of talking to people, he pretends that he can’t speak English; however, he soon learns that strangers will tell you anything when they think that you cannot understand them. This is one of the non-musical productions offered this spring.
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In the Book Of
204 N. 85th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
Date: March 28 – April 26, 2014
In a totally unique story, Lieutenant Naomi Watkins has returned home and invites her Afghan translator friend, Anisah to live with her. The small town becomes quite concerned about Anisah when her visa is called into question. It’s a story about romance, fireflies and a reminder that anything can happen when we least expect it.
Seattle Repertory Theatre
155 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Date: March 19 – April 6, 2014
Based on the book of the same name by Can Themba, Mothobi Mutloatse, and Barney Simon, “The Suit” is a parable brought to the stage with themes of forgiveness in apartheid South Africa. The odd story features a husband who requests that his wife treat her lover’s abandoned suit as a guest of honor in their home. The New York Times has described the musical as being “pretty close to perfect.”
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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.