Culture Corner: A Guide to Cultural Organizations of Tacoma


Goings on in Tacoma:

Green Day​‘s “American Idiot”

Jan. 5 through Jan. 28, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Also showings on Thursday, Jan. 11 and Thursday, Jan 18 at 8 p.m.

Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. SW, Lakewood


“American Idiot” at Lakewood Playhouse is the South Sound’s premiere of the rock opera based on the Grammy and Tony-winning album by Green Day. The show features more than 21 songs like “American Idiot,” “Holiday,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Wake Me Up Before September Ends.”

In the tradition of The Who’s “Tommy” and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” comes a rock opera for this generation. Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-911 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces. Will is called back home to attend to familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, “American Idiot” features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line.

This rock opera contains adult language, situations, some violent situations, drug use and its after effects.

William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

Jan. 12 through Jan. 28, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

New Muses Theatre Company, shows at Dukesbay Theater, 508 6th Ave. #10, Tacoma


On a remote island, the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place, using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to cause his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to believe they are shipwrecked and marooned on the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio’s lowly nature, the redemption of the king, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son, Ferdinand. Adapted and directed by Niclas Olson.

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