Community Theater Roundup


Tacoma Little Theatre

210 N. I St., Tacoma

Now Showing: “The Foreigner”

Sept. 14 through Sept. 30

At a rural fishing lodge, Froggy, a British demolition expert, has brought along a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. He tells everyone that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone, the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should – the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. All of that sets up the wildly funny ending.

Tickets: $20-$25

Upcoming: Muh Grog Zoo

Oct. 12, 8 p.m.

Join Muh Grog Zoo for a very special milestone performance of Muh Grog Zoo’s improvised one-act plays. They’ll be getting their 149th and 150th word this night. These randomly chosen words (from two audience members) will provide MGZ the wherewithal to do two, 40-minute improvised one-act plays.

Tickets: $10


Tacoma Musical Playhouse

7116 6th Ave., Tacoma

Now Showing: “Newsies, the Broadway Musical”

Sept. 14 through Oct. 7

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, “Newsies” is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right.

Tickets: $22-$31

Upcoming: “My Husband Liked Beverly Better”

Sept. 22, 7 p.m. at TMP’s The Spire, 710 S. Anderson St., Tacoma

A one-woman show based on Syra Beth Puett’s life in the theater. An off the shelf stage reading.

Tickets: $10


Lakewood Playhouse

5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. SW, Lakewood

Now Showing: “Brighton Beach Memoirs”

Through Sept. 30

Part One of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states: “If you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.”

Tickets: $20-$26

Upcoming: “An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe”

Oct. 19-20, 7:30 p.m.

South Sound veteran Actor Tim Hoban recreates an audience with Edgar Allen Poe as he promotes a magazine called “The Stylus” and the stories and poetry found within.

Tickets: $10


The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest

Performances at Dukesbay Theater, 508 6th Ave., Suite 10, Tacoma

Now Showing: “Summerplay 2018”

Through Sept. 22

Summerplay 2018 is a festival of new works directed by The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest’s artistic director Pavlina Morris and features 10 short world premieres with each performance submitted from playwrights from across the country and around the world.

Tickets: $15-$20


Centerstage Theatre

3200 SW Dash Point Rd., #A-1, Federal Way

Upcoming: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged”

Sept. 28 through Oct. 21

All of Shakespeare’s plays.  Three actors.  97 minutes. No footnotes needed.

Tickets: $12-$29


Pacific Lutheran University

12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma

Eastvold Auditorium Stage

Upcoming: “Broadway Today! A Musical Revue”

Sept. 28-29, 7:30 p.m.

Come join PLU’s best and brightest as they celebrate incredible songs from the past two seasons of Broadway’s biggest hits.

Tickets: $5-$10 (free for PLU students)


Upcoming: “Constellations” by Nick Payne

Oct. 5-6, 7:30 p.m.

PLU Phillips Center Studio Theatre

Through a fugue of vignettes, Roland and Marianne’s lives unfold in a multiverse of possibilities.

Tickets: $5 (free for PLU students)


Upcoming: “Medea” by Euripides

Oct. 25-27, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28, 2 p.m.

PLU Eastvold Auditorium Stage

When her husband leaves her for another woman, Medea takes vengeance in this startling and dramatic classic.

Tickets: $5-$10 (free for PLU students)


University of Puget Sound

1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma

Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall

Upcoming: “Antigone” by Sophocles

Oct. 26, 27, Nov. 1-3, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 4, 2 p.m.

Sophocles’ “Antigone” is the story of a young woman who brings an entire empire to its knees because she does what she believes is right – she buries her brother’s body despite his dishonorable death. This simple choice to cover a body with earth is an act of great rebellion and defiance against her uncle and new king Kreon, who demands loyalty above all else and threatens death as the consequence against it. Throughout the play’s inexorably tragic action, we see the tension between loyalty to family and the gods pitted against loyalty to the state with fatal consequences, revealing a cautionary tale against unchecked power.

Tickets: $5-$10 (free for UPS students)


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