Upcoming events in community theater:
“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”
Paradise Theatre, 3114 Judson St., Gig Harbor
April 13 through May 5, Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Saturday
matinee performances April 21, April 28 and May 5 at 2 p.m.
Join Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher in the greatest summer adventure ever told in this imaginative, highly theatrical adaptation of Mark Twain’s incomparable classic. Featuring the thrill of mischief-making, the fickleness of first love, the cold shivers that linger after an adventure gone very wrong and the unbridled joy at discovering real buried treasure, this story is for anyone who has ever been a kid and celebrates all that is grand and glorious about childhood. This adaptation by Laura Eason was given a highly praised production by the Hartford Theatre Company.
Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St., Tacoma
April 20 through May 6, with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is a special pay-what-you-can performance on May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
TLT’s production of “The Pillowman” is directed by Blake R. York. The play is a gripping drama and tale of intrigue that will have you thinking about things differently. Playwright Martin McDonagh echoes the works of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm with this New York Drama Critics’ Circle and Olivier Award winning script. “The Pillowman” is a viciously funny and seriously disturbing tale of Katurian, a fiction writer in an unnamed totalitarian state. Katurian and his brother Michael are brought in for questioning by two bulldog detectives, Tupolski and Ariel, when the content of his short stories — which involve disturbingly gruesome tales — begin to resemble real-life murders. “The Pillowman” weaves between reality and storytelling; and the result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.
The TLT production features Jacob Tice as Katurian; Andrew Fry as Tupolski; Christian Carvajal as Ariel; Sean Neely as Michal; Ellen Peters as Mother; Tim Takechi as Father and Alexandria Bray as Girl.
Tickets: $24 adults, $22 seniors/students/military, $20 children (12 and under)
The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, performed at The Dukesbay Theater, 508 6th Ave., Ste 10, Tacoma
May 11 through May 26, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., May 20, 6 p.m.
The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest proudly presents Martin Sherman’s “Bent,” which begins in 1934 in Berlin and centers around a playboy, Max, and his unassuming boyfriend, Rudy. After a tryst with a German officer, Max and Rudy are on the run for two years, trying to leave Germany for freedom from persecution for being gay. They are captured, and Max is eventually sent to Dachau, beginning a desperate search for truth, inner-strength and love.
The production features: Eric Cuestas-Thompson, Nick Fitzgerald, Joseph Magin, Jason Quisenberry, Paul Sobrie and Corey Thompson. “Bent” contains partial nudity, staged violence, and strong language.
Advance tickets: $18 adults, $15 senior/students/military. $20 at the door. (Limited seating. Advance purchase recommended.) Get tickets at bent2018.brownpapertickets.com.