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Theatre Highlights from Kathy Hsieh

I’ve been seeing some terrific theatre lately and I hate to mention shows that are already closed but if you ever get a chance to catch Wicked or August: Osage County – do! Both shows toured to Seattle over the past month and were incredible.

EmmaSo what can you see that’s still currently playing, you ask? My faves are Emma at Book-It – a sublimely sparkling stage adaptation of the classic novel by Jane Austen. Austen was such a keen observer of human behavior that even now, almost 200 years after Emma was originally published, her insight on romantic relationships in particular is still as insightful and hilariously accurate as it must have been back then. The direction and cast are superb. This is a terrific choice to bring a date, for book groups, for gal pals, for parents with teenage daughters, or groups of any age from teens to seniors.

The other fabulous show is the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of Opus by Michael Hollinger. An impressive cast of some of the best local actors, this taut drama is moving and often quite funny. Opus is a passionate peek into the world of professional classical musicians, but more importantly, Opus is a revealing portrait about the personal and professional relationships between people who have to work together as a team. Life is too short to squander and this play inspires one to ponder – are we truly spending our life doing what we love with those that we truly care about? And if we’re not, isn’t it time that we did?

Plus, if you’re looking for something fun to enjoy with the younger members of the family, do check out Bunnicula at SecondStory Rep and Honk at Seattle Musical Theatre!