Deane Shellman

Olympia Little Theatre Looks to the Stars

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS At a time when women and science are dismissed out of hand by a large segment of the population, Olympia Little Theatre presents Silent Sky, a play about pioneering, female astronomers a century ago — women who were called office “computers” and whose accomplishments were credited to men. OLT …

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Love Letters

Epistolary Theater at OLT

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS The epistolary format (i.e., a story told through a series of letters) is usually reserved for novels, but it can sometimes spring up in other mediums, as in A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer-Prize finalist Love Letters, coming to Olympia Little Theatre this summer. Co-directed by Toni Holm and James Patrick, the …

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Shakespeare in Hollywood

Shakespeare in Hollywood (and at OLT)

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Imagine you’re on the set of a Hollywood movie made in 1934, with big-name stars filming A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and magically the real Oberon and Puck from the Shakespeare play show up on the set. If such a thing could happen, it would be a recipe for comedy…or …

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Thomas Lockhart, Deya Ozburn, Jeff Hirschberg and Anita Pirkle in The Trip to Bountiful

REVIEW: The Trip to Bountiful

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS I watched a preview performance of The Trip to Bountiful at Olympia Little Theatre. This is a finely polished production. Written by Horton Foote and directed by James T. Patrick, Bountiful is a quiet, intimate, little play. There’s nothing bombastic or showy about the story or the …

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Kathryn Beall

Kathryn Beall, 1961-2017

Last week, Olympia lost one of its great local theater boosters. Kathryn Dene Beall died March 16, 2017, at her home, surrounded by friends, after a struggle with cancer. Her passing was a blow to local theater—especially the community of Olympia Little Theatre, where Beall invested years of encouragement and direction. Beall was born August …

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James Patrick

The Trip to Bountiful at Olympia Little Theatre

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS In storytelling and theater, some plays have themes threaded so deeply into their fabric that the audience can’t help but ponder them as the story unfolds on the stage. The Trip to Bountiful, a play about family relationships, loyalty and love, is one such play. It hits the stage …

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Aphra Behn (J Benway) and Nell Gwyn (Shannon Agostinelli) in Or,

Or, at Olympia Little Theatre

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Olympia Little Theatre’s latest production, entitled Or, (including the comma), involves sexual freedom, lime-green fabric printed with butterflies and an invitation to tune in and turn on. “It’s a bedroom farce with a more serious message of love and tolerance,” said director Toni Holm. Yes, it is set in …

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John Pratt in OLT's Educating Rita

Chaucer Comes to Life on Stage

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS In mid-January 2017, Olympia Little Theatre will produce a staged reading of A Lollard in the Wind: Chaucer’s Dilemma by local actor-turned-playwright John Pratt. Pratt was most recently seen in the leading role, Arthur Putnam, in OLT’s An Act of the Imagination. Based in part on Chaucer’s stories from …

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a Christmas cactus

A Noir Christmas at Olympia Little Theatre

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS “Jake Marley was dead,” says director Kendra Malm, adding with a wink, “to begin with.” It’s a measure of the familiarity of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas that Malm can drop that literary allusion so casually. In A Christmas Cactus, …

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Kathryn Beall (director), Tom Lockhart and John Pratt of An Act of the Imagination

OLT’s Act of the Imagination

by Kristopher Stewart for OLY ARTS An Act of the Imagination combines the thrills and twists of Agatha Christie mysteries with the intimacy of small-scale theater. The play, opening Oct. 14 at Olympia Little Theatre (OLT), depicts the tumultuous experience of a well-to-do novelist who falls victim to a convoluted blackmail plot–or so it seems. …

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