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Staged reading of William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”
Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Tacoma Little Theater, 201 N. I St., Tacoma

Tacoma Little Theatre’s Off the Shelf program presents a workshop performance of “Measure for Measure,” a drama by William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Christian Carvajal and read by a “who’s who” list of South Sound thespians. 

The bard’s poetic language has been preserved, with only a few outdated words swapped for modern synonyms. Written around the same time as “Othello” and “King Lear,” “Measure for Measure” has long been regarded as a “problem play,” in that its conclusion seems to lack the justice its heroine demands. The rise of the #MeToo movement makes it painfully clear, however: In the real world, justice for women is an ideal our civilization seldom achieves. A play Shakespeare wrote more than 400 years ago can only now be appreciated as his most trenchant commentary on our quest for sociopolitical equality.

“Measure for Measure” features the talents of: Andrew Fry, John Pratt, Andrew Gordon, Xander Layden, Jed Slaughter, Gabriel McClelland, Amanda Stevens, Drew Doyle, Mason Quinn, Chris Serface, Robert McConkey, Cassie Jo Fastabend, Silva Goetz, James Wrede, Jess Allan and Kathryn Philbrook.
Tickets: $10, free for TLT members
Info: www.tacomalittletheatre.com or (253) 272-2281
 

TLT’s Off the Shelf:
We know that there is a tremendous amount of wonderful theatre that deserves to be heard but sometimes just doesn’t get an opportunity. With “Off the Shelf,” local directors and actors will be bringing some scripts to life that we hope you will find entertaining, challenging and educational to our stage. We hope that you’ll sit back and enjoy an evening of theatre. You never know, you might see one of these shows on our mainstage in the future.

“The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber”
Feb. 1-24, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m.
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma

Lovers of Lloyd-Webber’s songs will leave satisfied and happy, as “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” is jam-packed with the composer’s most well known signature tunes from his most popular and enduring works. Lyrics are by Tim Rice, Don Black, Christopher Hampton, Charles Hart, T.S. Eliot, Ben Elton, Trevor Nunn, Glenn Slater, Jim Steinman, Richard Stilgoe, David Yazbek and David Zippel.

This show is a gift from Andrew Lloyd Webber and only community theaters are allowed to produce this show. The talented singers and beautiful dancers are accompanied by an on-stage 12-piece orchestra with Jeffrey Stvrtecky, TMP’s musical director, conducting. You will hear music from “Cats,” “Evita,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Joseph” and “Phantom of the Opera.” 
Tickets: $31 adult, $29 military, senior, student, $22 children 12 and under 
Info: tmp.org or (253) 565-6867

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