On Stage

Bard Blowout

Shakespeare’s greatest hits

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

According to a slew of recent press releases in my email inbox, William Shakespeare is currently what’s trending—making it clear that despite the fact that the playwright died 400 years ago, his popularity shows no sign of waning.

Kicking off Shakespeare’s greatest hits is Western Washington University’s production of As You Like It June 1-4 at the school’s Performing Arts Center. The classic romantic comedy follows a young woman named Rosalind whose forced exile from her comfortable life leads her on a cross-dressing adventure that won’t end until she’s found the love of her life. Described as having “more twists and turns than Chuckanut Drive,” the production also features a live band. Methinks the Bard would approve. When: 7:30pm June 1-3; 2pm and 7:30pm Sat., June 4. Where: PAC Mainstage Cost: $10-$17 Info: http://www.tickets.wwu.edu

Hot on the heels of WWU’s offering is the perennially lauded Bard on the Beach, which each year presents a quartet of Willie’s works from early June through late September at the picturesque Vanier Park in Vancouver, BC. This year’s bard blowout kicks off with the classic romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, and continues with showings of the comedic tale known as The Merry Wives of Windsor, the power plays of Othello, and the pagan tale of Pericles. Along with the productions highlighted during the 27th annual season, the nonprofit also boasts an ever-expanding roster of educational programs and community outreach throughout the year. When: June 3-Sept. 24 Where: Vanier Park Cost: $20-$47 Info: http://www.bardonthebeach.org

Beginning Thurs., June 9, Bellingham’s iDiOM Theater will end its epic 14-year run at its current locale on Cornwall Avenue with an epic production—Shakespeare’s tragic Hamlet. The abridged version of the Bard’s masterwork directed by Stone Town Theatre Works’ Heather Dyer cuts the running time to about two-and-a-half hours (instead of the typical four), and focuses more on the emotional conflicts and relationships in the story, and less on the international political machinations between Denmark and Norway. Unlike the title character of the play, iDiOM won’t stay dead for long; later this summer, it’ll be reborn in the form of the Sylvia Center for the Arts. When: 7:30pm June 9-11, 16-18 and 23-25 Where: 1418 Cornwall Ave. Cost: $12-$15 Info: http://www.idiomtheater.com

Finally, as part of Mount Vernon’s Mayor’s Wellness Challenge, Shakespeare Northwest will present a sneak peek of their summer touring production of Shakespeare’s Wonderland: An Elizabethan View through the Looking Glass Sat., June 11 at the city’s Bakerview Park. In the original play—which is described as being a mashup of works by Shakespeare and Lewis Carroll—Hamlet is also the Mad Hatter, and Lady MacBeth is the March Hare (among other cross-cast characters). Starting in July, the company also presents Cymbeline and The Merchant of Vegas at the Rexville Grange Amphitheater. When & Where: 6:30pm Sat., June 11 at Bakerview Park and 1pm Sun., June 12 at the Fairhaven Village Green Cost: Free Info: http://www.shakesnw.org

Smoking Crow
More On Stage...
Queen Quest
Who will wear the crown?

Queen Elizabeth didn’t have to compete with Princess Margaret to become the Head of the British Commonwealth, but if she had needed to go up against her younger sibling, it’s likely the rivalry for the crown wouldn’t have included talent segments based on the sisters’ singing, dancing and…

more »
Friends Forever
When Patsy met Louise

When it comes to Always…Patsy Cline, the numbers are eye-opening.

For example, the play is celebrating its 30th year in production, and when performer and producer Ria Peth Vanderpool and actress Kelly Visten reprise their respective roles as iconic country musician Patsy Cline and her…

more »
Projections
Bellingham Rep’s interdisciplinary insights

It’s not often audience members are issued homework assignments in advance of attending a show, but in the case of Bellingham Repertory Dance’s “Projections” performances April 13-15 at Western Washington University’s Western Gallery, it will be possible to learn a thing or two by perusing…

more »
Events
Today
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am|Skagit Valley

Free Appliance Pick-up

10:00am|Whatcom County

Open House Garden Party

12:00pm|Bakerview Road

Hir

7:30pm|DUG Theater

Community Action Poverty Simulations

6:00pm|Cornwall Church

Opera Studio Performances

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center

9 to 5, the Musical

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Wild Things

9:30am| Stimpson Family Nature Reserve

Lynden Book Sale

10:00am|Lynden Library

Bellingham Beer Week

10:00am|Throughout Bellingham

Chanticleer Authors Conference

12:00pm|Hotel Bellwether

Books and Bites

1:00pm|Blaine Library

Kimono Reception

1:00pm|Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum

Coffee Tasting

3:00pm|Camber Cafe

Food Not Bombs

4:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

Family Story Night

6:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Race to Alaska

6:30pm|Firehouse PAC

Always...Patsy Cline

7:00pm|Conway Muse

Skagit Jazz Night

7:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Adrian Legg

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

North Cascades Concert Band

7:30pm|Bellingham, Arlington, Anacortes

Legends and Brawls

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

Trove Web
Tomorrow
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am|Skagit Valley

Free Appliance Pick-up

10:00am|Whatcom County

Hir

7:30pm|DUG Theater

9 to 5, the Musical

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Opera Studio Performances

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center

Lynden Book Sale

10:00am|Lynden Library

Bellingham Beer Week

10:00am|Throughout Bellingham

Chanticleer Authors Conference

12:00pm|Hotel Bellwether

Always...Patsy Cline

7:00pm|Conway Muse

North Cascades Concert Band

7:30pm|Bellingham, Arlington, Anacortes

Legends and Brawls

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

VFW Breakfast

8:00am|VFW Hall

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|Ferndale Senior Center

Plant Society Field Trip

8:30am|Veder Mountain

3 Cs Plant Sale

9:00am|3 Cs Farms

Earth Day Planting

9:00am|NSEA Nursery

Ferndale City Wide Cleanup

9:00am|Downtown Ferndale

Planting Day

9:00am|Garden Spot Nursery

Fun with the Fuzz

9:00am|Bellingham Police Department

FutureFest

9:30am|Port Transit Shed Event Center

Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament

9:30am|Bellingham Sportsplex

Earth Day Celebration

10:00am|Edgewater Park

Voting, the Heart of Democracy

10:00am|Bellingham Public Library

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am|Depot Market Square

Ponds and Water Features

10:00am|Blaine Library

Community Art Museum Day

10:00am|Whatcom Museum

Arch of Healing Installation Ceremony

10:30am| Bellingham City Hall

Veggie Gardening 101

2:00pm|South Whatcom Library

Healthy Kids Day

2:00pm|Bellingham YMCA

Poetry Circle

3:00pm|Deming Library

Roller Betties Bout

5:00pm|Whatcom Community College

Winterhouse

6:00pm|Village Books

Speakeasy 21

7:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Rainbow Alliance Drag Show

7:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Who will wear the crown?

7:00pm

Blackthorn Band

7:00pm|Littlefield Celtic Center

Nepal Trek Talk

7:30pm|Lummi Island Library

Songs from the Universe

7:30pm|Firehouse Performing Arts Center

Brigid Collins Benefit Concert

8:00pm|Walton Theatre

Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Trove Web
Sunday
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

10:00am|Skagit Valley

Free Appliance Pick-up

10:00am|Whatcom County

9 to 5, the Musical

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Opera Studio Performances

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center

Bellingham Beer Week

10:00am|Throughout Bellingham

Lynden Book Sale

10:00am|Lynden Library

Chanticleer Authors Conference

12:00pm|Hotel Bellwether

North Cascades Concert Band

7:30pm|Bellingham, Arlington, Anacortes

3 Cs Plant Sale

9:00am|3 Cs Farms

FutureFest

9:30am|Port Transit Shed Event Center

Dirty Dan Harris Festival

10:00am|Fairhaven Village Green

Earth Day Work Party

11:00am|Viva Farms

Pottery Demos

12:00pm|Good Earth Pottery

Choo Choo Soul

1:00pm|McIntyre Hall

Utopia Earth Day

1:00pm|Utopian Conservation Area

Audubon at the Museum

1:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Chuckanut Chili Cook-off

1:30pm|Fairhaven Village Green

Rambling Unicorn

3:00pm|Everson Library

Seeing Pink

4:00pm|Ciao Thyme Commons

Crowder

7:00pm|Performing Arts Center Mainstage

Pink Martini

7:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Take Me to Church

8:00pm|Rumors Cabaret

see our complete calendar »

Village Books Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Trove Web