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Blithe Spirit TLT

Theatrical Performances Coming Soon:

“Blithe Spirit”

Oct. 20 through Nov. 5, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N. I St.

When you live in a haunted house you’ve got problems enough. But what if your resident ghost was your ex-wife? How about two exes? That’s the conundrum the cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine finds himself facing in Noël Coward’s classic comedy “Blithe Spirit.” When a medium inadvertently summons Charles’ late first wife, he soon finds he can’t get rid of her, even as she tries to sabotage his current marriage. But bad goes to worse when Charles’ second wife dies and his wives team up with hilarious consequences. Chock-full of Coward’s trademark wit, this fun night at Tacoma Little Theatre is sure to raise your spirits this Halloween season.

Aunt Raini

“Aunt Raini”

Oct. 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.

Pacific Lutheran University, Phillips Center: Eastvold Auditorium Stage

Katherine, a successful gallery owner, confronts the difficult past of her great-aunt and must decide whether great art stemming from hate should be lauded or destroyed. Call (253) 535-7411 to purchase with cash/credit/debit. Please note that student discount performances are pay-what-you-can at the door for anyone with a valid student I.D. Non-students are eligible to purchase tickets for standard ticket price. $10 general admission; $5 for 60+, military, alumni and students.



Oct. 27 through Nov. 12, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

The Dukesbay Theater, 508 S. 6th Ave.

Even as Noriko (Eloisa Cardona) descends into the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, she fondly remembers how she met her husband Eamon (Charles Reccardo), and how they waltzed their way into each other’s lives. “Calligraphy” by Velina Hasu Houston recounts the story of two Japanese sisters, one living in Tokyo, the other in Los Angeles. Estranged for more than 40 years, can this family reconcile before age and declining health overtake them? Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime story of mothers, daughter, aunts and cousins, Japanese style. Tickets are $15 (includes coffee and an assortment of baked goods).


“The Seagull”

Oct. 27 through Nov. 4. Performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 27; Sat., Oct. 28; Thur., Nov. 2; Fri., Nov. 3; and Sat., Nov. 4. There will be a 2 p.m.  performance on Sat., Nov. 4.

University of Puget Sound, Jones Hall, Norton Clapp Theatre

In Anton Chekhov’s famous play, “The Seagull,” a self-doubting Russian playwright shoots a seagull and presents it to the young woman he loves, saying that, soon, he will do the same to himself. This pathos of unrequited love, denied hopes, and lost opportunities is vintage Chekhov; a hallmark of the highly celebrated Russian storyteller who has fascinated and moved audiences for more than 100 years.

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