Steve carell’s Michael Scott character in the American version of The Office was irritating, true, but nothing like his prototype, David Brent, in the British version, who was an outright monster.

The english translation of this musical’s recurring catchphrase, “Hasa diga eebowai”—purportedly spoken by the residents of the Ugandan village to which its heroes, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, are sent on a mission—is unprintable here, yet i

Opera lite: The noncommittal opera-curious can get a taste of Seattle Opera’s upcoming production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte with a minimal investment of time (and money).  45-minute show previews take place at public venues throughout the month. 

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This is the most lavish local presentation, with Ian Falconer’s elegant storybook sets and costumes, and a charming video prologue to set the scene.


This production follows the traditional Russian choreography by Vera Altunina, a custom going back to Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa, the choreographers of the 1892 premiere.


Guest artists from Pacific Northwest Ballet and beyond enhance the cast of this Nutcracker, in addition, of course, to a bevy of Emerald Ballet Academy students.


This production is presented in two formats: the full two-hour version and a special one-hour for the youngest audiences—which includes photo ops with the cast!


To mark the ballet’s anniversary, this company has new sets by Seattle Opera set designer Phillip Lienau, which it’s taking on the road to two venues.



The Nutcracker & The Tale of the Hard Nut adds some backstory to the traditional plot: How did the Prince become a nutcracker in the first place?