Friday, February 11, 2011

THEATER THIS WEEKEND: Insane nuns, Chihuahuas and chocolate-makers!

Posted on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Legally Blonde: Think pink — and Chihuahuas — because Elle is in town! It’s been nearly a decade since the Reese Witherspoon movie. Isn’t it about time you revisited Harvard Law School? (Only this time, with plenty of song and dance.) Read our skeptical preview, which cross-examines the actors who play Elle Woods and her adversary, the intimidating Professor Callahan. (Look for an interview later today with Kahlil Joseph, who plays the legal eagle, right here at Bloglander.) Performances Fri 8 pm, Sat 2 pm and 8 pm, Sun 1 pm and 6:30 pm at the INB Center. Visit the WestCoast Entertainment site or call (800) 325-SEAT.

Can you spell “penultimate”? The Civic’s 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee continues in its next-to-last, still sold-out weekend, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm.

At the SCC Lair, Spokane Children's Theatre presents the Roald Dahl classic, Willy Wonka. (Will the tickets be golden?) Kevin Kuban's production continues Sat-Sun at 1 pm and 4 pm (Sat perfs both signed for the deaf); closes Sunday, Feb. 20. Tickets, in fact, are $12; $10, kids.

"It's a Date!" -- in time for Val's Day, the Blue Door improv comedians present some yucks 'n' love Friday at 8 pm. Six-Pack for Laughs presents "Expedition" (short-story improv) on Sat. at 9 pm. Call 747-7045.

Almost, Maine opens next week in Coeur d’Alene and runs Feb. 17-March 6 at Lake City Playhouse. As the Northern Lights glimmer over a frozen, remote  and imaginary north Maine town, couples bicker and fall in and out and in and out of love. It’s a widely produced script (at EWU last season) written by John Cariani, the guy who played the nerdy lab tech on Law & Order.

Nunsense opens next Friday night and runs Feb. 18-March 6 at the Civic with a stellar cast: Jean Hardie, Kathie Doyle-Lipe, Abbey Crawford, Patricia Brady and Jillian Wylie, all directed by Troy Nickerson. We’ll have a preview in our Feb. 17 issue. 

Privilege runs Feb. 23-March 12 at Interplayers, directed by Maria Caprile. Paul Weitz’s play sort of riffs on the Bernie Madoff pyramid-scheme fiasco, asking what the fallout would be on the (in this case) teenage sons of the Wall Street con man.

Check the theater listings in our print Calendar of Events (pp. 56-57, for example, in the Feb. 10 Sex Issue).

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