Giveaway: J’Adore: A Burlesque Valentine at The Triple Door

Psst! In case you missed it, The Atomic Bombshells are hosting a giveaway for tickets to see J’ADORE! A Burlesque Valentine at The Triple Door (this February)!

Enter the giveaway: http://gvwy.io/6cifohf

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GIVEAWAY: “Cotton Gin” at Unexpected Productions! Avenue Q meets Improv

Puppets + bawdy humor + improv comedy collide at Unexpected Productions for their production of “Cotton Gin” playing Fridays & Saturdays now through February 17!
About the show:
“Avenue Q” meets improv comedy in this adult puppet show at Unexpected Productions’ Market Theater. Where do puppets hang out after their day jobs? Well, after singing songs and dancing at the children’s theater, they head down to their local watering hole and pull up a bar stool. And when the Cotton Gin gets a little rowdy, marionettes and sock puppets alike bust out with bawdy songs and jokes. Come join the fun with the puppet regulars at “The Cotton Gin”, located at Pike Place Market.
Want to enter to win one of two pairs of tickets to see this show?
To enter:
1) RSVP “Interested” or “Going” on their Facebook event page.
2) Tag a friend and comment on my Facebook giveaway post.

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Giveaway ends 1/12/18 at 11:59pm. Prize is two tickets for two winners.

Seattle Experiences that make great gifts!

If you’re like most people, you still have some folks on your list who you still need holiday gifts for! Here’s a list of events that make great gifts. Some can be given before Christmas (or after Hanukkah) if your gift recipient is free to enjoy the outing with you before the 25th!

A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol (Pike Place Market)

This fun production plays through December 23. Brandon and I took my parents, brother, sister-in-law, and nieces (ages 11 & 14) to this show earlier this week and shared so many laughs. Now through Dec 23: http://bit.ly/2BFM2fd

Newsies: The Broadway Musical (Issaquah & Everett)

“The newsboys of New York . . . become unlikely heroes and stand up for what’s right in this Tony Award-winning and Grammy-nominated hit full of classic Disney magic and theatricality.” Seattle Times review here.  Issaquah through 12/31, Everett 1/5-2/4: https://villagetheatre.org/issaquah/newsies.php

Taste WA Wine Event (SODO)

One of the biggest wine and food events is offering a $21 discount on Sunday Grand Tasting tickets when you use the code 21TASTE at checkout during the month of December. http://tastewashington.org/

Two Trains Running (Seattle Center)

The Seattle Rep has been wowing theatre audiences with their artistic direction, show choices, and incredible production quality. “Two Trains Running” is their next show. “There’s a new President in the White House, and racial tensions are on the rise. No, it’s not 2017, it’s 1969. At a critical moment in the civil rights movement, Nemphis is forced to consider selling his restaurant to the city of Pittsburgh as urban planning eats away at his beloved neighborhood . . . Two Trains Running is celebrated playwright August Wilson’s portrait of a defining moment in American history. 1/12-2/11: http://bit.ly/2BHWKBR 

Puzzle Break (Capitol Hill & Belltown)

Treat your friends, family, or coworkers to an escape-the-room game by Puzzle Break! I’ve had the pleasure of playing “Escape the Midnight Carnival” and “Escape the Lost Temple” and recommend both! You can book the whole room for your group or join strangers to work together to find hidden clues and puzzles that will help you escape the room and win the game!  “You are trapped in a room.  As you look around you start to notice strange objects and messages – or are they clues? – hidden around the room.  Can you and your team solve the puzzles, find the key, and escape within one hour?” Ongoing. https://www.puzzlebreak.us/

Other events you might want to check out include events some of my clients are hosting, including:

Century Ballroom Dancing (Capitol Hill)

Get a gift certificate for a series of dance lessons or dance nights! Century Ballroom offers lessons in Swing, Salsa, Tap, Bachata, and much more. They’re also hosting a “Swingin’ Prefunk to NYE” on 12/29 with KUOW’s Amanda Wilde (Swing Years & Beyond) and a big New Year’s Eve party with Salsa and Outdancing on 12/31. centuryballroom.com

Homo for the Holidays (Capitol Hill)

This hilarious drag and burlesque show starring some of Seattle’s best is nearly sold out. If you love these genres, you’ll love this show. Now through 12/30. http://homofortheholidays.strangertickets.com/

Regardless of what events you share with your loved ones this holiday season, may your days be merry and bright! Happy holidays to all! – Keridwyn

Live Jazz Orchestra, Top-Notch Talent & Stunning Costumes will Knock Your S(t)ock(ing)s Off! “Land of the Sweets: A Burlesque Nutcracker” on now through 12/28

Review by guest blogger, Amanda Mitchell: 

I had the extreme pleasure of kicking off Seattle’s holiday entertainment season with a trip to renowned venue The Triple Door for opening night of dynamic duo Lily Verlaine & Jasper McCann’s 12th Annual Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque NutcrackerIt truly is a titillating celebratory feast for the senses – sure to be your new favorite holiday tradition!

Though its a completely new, re-envisioned production, returning attendees will be pleased to see all their favorite characters, such as Verlaine’s Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy, Tory Peil’s “toreadora” Hot Chocolate, the adorable Snowflakes and my personal favorite, Babette La Fave’s Sleepytime Reveler, who has a magical interaction with the mischievous glowing light of a candlestick. Other standout professionally-trained dance talent includes Paris Original, Trojan Original, Alice Cao, Marissa Quimby, Dreamy Tangerine, Moscato Ecstatique and Elektra Luxe, who magnificently execute Verlaine’s elegant yet playful choreography. Stephanie Seymour’s custom costuming is not only lavishly exquisite (with Burlesque sparkles-o-plenty!), but also dynamic and full of surprises as the performers sometimes make multiple transitions and reveals on-stage during the same number! Expect to see just the right amount of tasteful/respectful sexiness and sass; a little skin here and there, balanced with flirtatious innuendos and tongue-in-cheek inferences.
McCann’s smooth-crooning Charles Drosselmingus is a Brian Setzer-like host-with-the-most; emceeing throughout the evening, he equally engages with audience and performers, alike. McCann narratively navigates through the whimsical winter wonderland that is Land of the Sweets and cleverly transitions from each vignette to the next with original songs and witty improvised banter. And, his musical talents don’t end there; he’s also responsible for co-collaborating with local musicians Kate Olson and Michael Owcharuk to create an all-new jazzy arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s iconic Nutcracker Suite, performed live, on-stage by a hyper-talented 9-piece jazz orchestra. The end result, in McCann’s own words, is ” a lean, bawdy, bop/cool-influenced re-imagination of the ballet’s original music.” Pure musical ecstasy to this reviewer’s ears; you’ll be tapping your toes and wiggling your hips throughout the entire evening!

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Plan on making a night of it; the venue features cabaret-style seating and offers full dinner and beverage service throughout the show. Audience members are highly encouraged to applause, hoot and holler at the delightful array of dazzling visual and auditory spectacles that grace the Triple Door stage, playing now through December 28th. It might be cold outside, but baby, it’s HOT, HOT, HOT in the Land of the Sweets! Tickets here. 

Affordable holiday fun: A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol at Unexpected Productions!

Looking for an awesome holiday event that doesn’t break the bank and is family-friendly? Unexpected Productions (the theatre in Pike Place Market next to the gum wall!) presents “A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol” – the improv twist on the popular classic – now through 12/23! My hubby Brandon and I are taking my family –  my parents, brother, sister-in-law, and two nieces (age 14 and 11) to see this awesome production and share many laughs together. I have a feeling this may become a new holiday tradition for us! Brandon and I saw this production a few years ago and loved it. Every show is different, as they ridiculously twist the tale in directions from audience suggestions. This production offers two casts and we will see the show when one of our favorite improv actors, Paul Levy, is performing as Scrooge.

Tickets are selling out fast for the shows! December 16 is already sold out and most of the performances (Dec 9-10, 14-15, 17-23) are more than half-sold out already.

Tickets here.

Tickets are super affordable compared to other holiday productions in town, guests ages 21+ can enjoy a nicely-priced drink from the bar. Oh, did I mention they have popcorn and other snacks at concessions? Leave room for popcorn!
Support this local theatre by helping to spread the word! RSVP “Interested” or “Going” to the Facebook event page here.
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“Based on audience suggestions, the improvisers of Unexpected Productions bend and twist Charles Dickens’ tale of Ebenezer Scrooge in all sorts of hilarious directions — and each show is different. Maybe Scrooge owns a pet store, maybe the Ghost of Christmas Past is a film noir detective, maybe Tiny Tim isn’t so tiny and maybe the ghosts show Scrooge the error of his ways, but maybe not!

Traditionally, as with other fully improved shows, every show is the different every night, based completely on audience suggestions. Audiences are encouraged to let their imagination run wild. [The cast has] to incorporate the more than 30-plus audience suggestions to recreate the plot and nuance the story.” – Unexpected Productions

Contemporary circus troupe Acrobatic Conundrum offers two December shows!

I’ve heard wonderful things about “Acrobatic Conundrum,” a contemporary circus troupe, am excited to see them live this weekend! This troupe offers two shows this December, “Volume 5” and “The Fig Tree Waltzes.” If you love circus arts (who doesn’t?!) you’ll want to get out your calendars now and book your tickets to see the troupe has critics raving.
“Volume 5” continues at 12th Ave Arts December 8 – 10 while “The Fig Tree Waltzes” plays December 15 – 23. Tickets here.

More about Acrobatic Conundrum:

Critics are calling Acrobatic Conundrum one of the most important artistic voices in the modern circus uprising. This December, they’re returning to their hometown of Seattle, to debut an astounding array of gravity-defying new works.

 The stage is set at the beautiful new state of the art 12th Avenue Arts for two new pieces. First, running Dec 1 – 10 is a curated cabaret called Volume 5, which features new short works from the ensemble and guest works from some of the best contemporary circus artists in the business.

 Closing out December with shows Dec 15 – 23 is The Fig Tree Waltzes. In this evening-length performance, Acrobatic Conundrum blends circus and dance into a poetic experience with ensemble-based aerial work, athletic modern choreography, and a touch of humor. In a world where stakes are high and time is running out, The Fig Tree Waltzes is a paean to the human drive to keep playing against overwhelming odds.

 “This is the essence of modern circus: intimate and personal, a combination of impressive physical skills and emotional storytelling” – City Arts Magazine

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Photos via Acrobatic Conundrum

Review: 5th Avenue Theatre’s “Holiday Inn” is pure joy!

Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller:

‘Tis the Season for Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” at The 5th Avenue Theatre! Chock full of classic much-loved song and dance, this timely performance takes many of us back to the fondest of childhood memories.

The story line, for those unfamiliar, transports the audience to a Connecticut farm where Jim (Eric Ankrim) has moved to escape the demands of show business and love gone wrong. Exquisite detail in farmhouse, barn, church, and country set-designs (by Anna Louizos) are deliciously inviting – the perfect setting for the spirit of Christmas as snow flurries descend.

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The high-spirited song and dance Ensemble, choreographed by James A. Rocco, is pure joy throughout the show.  Jim, Linda (Sarah Rose Davis), Ted (Matt Owen), and Ensemble, deliver difficult, outstanding tap routines with extraordinary ease.

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While the audience refrained (mostly) from singing along with well-known tunes, I was intrigued by the preteen girl next to me who softly joined in a time or two. Wouldn’t an audience sing-along be a delightful addition to this show’s ending!

Holiday Inn” plays The 5th Avenue Theatre now through December 31. Tickets here.

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Photos by Mark Kitaoka