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Christmas Belles

I just attended a new holiday comedy, Christmas Belles, at Edmonds’ Phoenix Theater. How can you go wrong with a Texas-themed comedy about an Elvis impersonator, female arsonist, accidental Vicodin usage and green cowgirl boots?

The play is the second installment in the Fayro, Texas (pop. 3,003) comedic trilogy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

“I have the opportunity to play the likable Dub Dubberly,” said local standout actor, Dan …more…

Seattle Men’s Chorus

If you have never seen Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), see them this holiday season. If you’ve seen them before, see them again. I attend annually, and last night’s Seattle show at Key Arena was by far the best they have been. It was 2 1/2 hours of Wow. Actually, I used other interjections that I won’t enumerate now. See this gang for its powerful musicianship, expert vocals, impressive pyrotechnics and brilliant …more…

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Rock Theater originators, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO), will be performing their larger-than-life Christmas show in Seattle at Key Arena in two performances this Saturday. The annual holiday show highlights the theater troupe’s unique combination of story-telling, expert musicianship and outstanding production. TSO will rock 120 US markets this holiday season with its two troupes, performing the timeless classic Christmas Eve and Other Stories in its entirety, followed by excerpts from the …more…

Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour

A Michael Jackson tribute show requires serious dance moves, glittery gloves, 80s fashion, pyrotechnics–preferably without the corresponding scalp burns. Cirque du Soleil’s latest arena offering, Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, does not disappoint. Whether you memorized the lines to the short-lived Jackson 5 cartoon in the 70s, or you are more a fan of Jackson’s Bad years, Cirque’s music-driven performance takes you back to those years. This show, a …more…

Double Indemnity

I just caught one of the most emotionally intensive dramas Seattle theater has ever offered, Double Indemnity, currently playing at A Contemporary Theater (ACT). This sultry crime drama, adapted from the screen by David Pichette and acclaimed local actor R. Hamilton Wright, is set in Depression-era Los Angeles. Insurance agent Walter Huff succumbs to temptations—lust and greed—in his desire for a new life. The two-hour performance offers dark humor, suspense, …more…

They are Garfunkel and Oates. Love them.

I took in a great show by actress-duo Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome – also known as Garfunkel and Oates – at the Snoqualmie Casino last Saturday. The comedic pair, who perform in a recurring show at the venerated Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, has been called a female Flight of the Conchords, a comparison the two embrace. Like the Conchords, the pair will soon have an HBO …more…