REVIEW: Murder for Two at Harlequin Productions

Strap in for Murder for Two at Harlequin Productions, 90 minutes of mayhem and laughter — not to mention singing and a lot of amazing hijinks on the piano. Two actors, Jon Lutyens and Katherine Strohmaier, play more than 13 characters in a tour-de-force escapade for both.

The Pacific Northwest Burlesque Festival

Join us for a weekend of sinful opulence, satirical comedy, and over-the-top bawdy burlesque at the Inaugural Pacific Northwest Burlesque Festival. Performers from across the country will be tantalizing their tail feathers and strutting their sequins across the historic Capitol Theater stage. Our fierce and extravagant headliners Moscato Extatique and Gaea Lady will leave you …

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Comedy Underground

Need a good laugh? Our signature comedy series means good times with friends or a unique date night. Featuring Sterling Scott with Jaren George and Emcee Amanda Arnold! The stand-up you love, in the intimacy of the Black Box! Recommended for ages 18+

Actor Scott Pinkston

Updating Volpone for the 21st Century

By Alec Clayton Actor, director, writer and educator Christian Carvajal has written a play that will have a reading at La Vida Wine Bar in Lacey. Carvajal’s brand-new, comic script is loosely based on Volpone by Elizabethan and Jacobean playwright Ben Jonson and features the talents of actors Heather Christopher, Michael Christopher, Gabe McClelland, Scott …

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Director Nancy Tribush Hillman

Drop-Dead Comedy at Standing Room Only

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS When writer Joseph Kesselring commenced work on his most famous of a dozen plays, he intended it as serious drama. Its setup may even have been inspired by grisly murders in Connecticut. Now, over 75 years later, the Broadway draft of Arsenic and Old Lace is one of America’s …

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Lauren Love

Goodnight Desdemona (Hello, Comedy)

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Practically everything William Shakespeare wrote has been subject to parody. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann Marie MacDonald mines some of the bard’s great tragedies to comic effect. English professor Constance Ledbelly decides Othello and Romeo and Juliet were originally written as comedies, and not by Shakespeare. This …

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Young Frankenstein Comes Alive

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS NOW EXTENDED THRU NOV 26 Standing Room Only in Yelm, the same outfit that brought last season’s hilarious Spamalot, taps into the same comic vein to stage this season’s Young Frankenstein. Written by Mel Brooks and based on Brooks’ movie of the same name, Young Frankenstein is a satiric, …

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The Midnight Zone

Now Entering: The Midnight Zone

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS This Sunday, Olympia Improv Collective launches a new show — and a new form of improvisational theater. In its fall series of shows, called “The Midnight Zone,” the nine-member collective of seasoned improvisers take inspiration from the audience, but not by asking for suggestions. Rather, the group invites those …

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The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

The Washington Center Season Launch

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS The Washington Center for the Performing Arts has been closed for the summer while the City of Olympia made updates to the HVAC system. Rest assured, come October 5 the center will open its 32nd season with an energetic performance by Gaelic Storm. While every act slated to grace …

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