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Dusty Somers is a Seattle-based editor and writer. He is a member of the Online Film Critics Society and Seattle Theater Writers.

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘Kinky Boots’ at the 5th Avenue Theatre

Kyle Taylor Parker in the national tour of 'Kinky Boots.' Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Despite a lackluster book, it would take a real grouch to totally write off 'Kinky Boots.' Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘The Pillowman’ by Martin McDonagh at SecondStory Repertory

Jalyn Green and Adam St. John in SecondStory Repertory's production of 'The Pillowman.' Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

“Riveting” and “engrossing” are easy adjectives to throw around in reviews, but here’s a production that truly earns them. Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘Mary’s Wedding’

Maya Sugarman and Conner Neddersen in NCTC's production of 'Mary's Wedding.' Photo by Chris Bennion

NCTC maintains its high standards with a largely beautiful, strongly acted production of Stephen Massicotte’s Mary’s Wedding, but it’s limited by a trite text. Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘Waiting for Godot’ by Seattle Shakespeare Company

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Seattle’s ongoing Beckett Festival continues with Seattle Shakespeare’s production of Waiting for Godot, a cornerstone work in the Irish author’s oeuvre of tragicomic existentialist pondering. Director George Mount’s staging often opts for a more overtly comic tenor, and though one of the characterizations is a bit tiresome, this is an excellent showcase of Beckett’s structural and linguistic brilliance. Two of ... Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘Black Comedy’ by Peter Shaffer

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The well of laughter is continuously renewed in Strawberry Theatre Workshop’s production, featuring an elastic cast that bounces back from every gag with renewed vigor. Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘Attack of the Killer Murder … of Death!’ at Theater Schmeater

Lisa Viertel and Lisa Branham in 'Attack of the Killer Murder ... of Death' at Theater Schmeater

One of the best things about 'Attack' is it also functions as a genuinely engaging whodunit, not just a parody of one, where the ultimate reveal is a foregone conclusion. Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘The Hunchback of Seville’ at Washington Ensemble Theatre

The cast of WET's 'The Hunchback of Seville.' Photo by Cassandra Bell

A farce with the attention span of sketch comedy (and a hit-to-miss joke ratio to match)! Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘Arcadia’ by Tom Stoppard

Trevor Young Marston and Izabel Mar in 'Arcadia.' Photo by Paul Bestock.

A highly enjoyable production of Stoppard's beloved play at Seattle Public Theater. Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘Funny Girl’ at Village Theatre

Sarah Rose Davis as Fanny Brice and John David Scott as Eddie Ryan in 'Funny Girl.' Photo by Tracy Martin.

The show looks and sounds terrific, and it’s almost instantly forgotten by the next day. Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘Keely and Du’ at SecondStory Repertory and ‘Creeps’ at Seattle Subversive Theatre

John Clark, Alicia Mendez and Ruth McRee in 'Keely and Du.' Photo by Michael Brunk / nwlens.com

Two less-than-commercial plays, now on stage at Seattle theaters. Read More »