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David-Edward Hughes

David-Edward Hughes has been a fixture in the Seattle theatre community for 25 years as a theatre journalist, actor, director, producer and teacher. He currently contributes reviews and interviews to Talkinbroadway.com and Seattlegayscene.com. He is pleased to work with the Jetspace team and pursue different sorts of writing opportunities.
Critical Condition: Off To See The Wiz

Critical Condition: Off To See The Wiz

Tacoma Musical Playhouse’s The Wiz is a too seldom produced small gem of its era, and the leads and ensemble members had enough heart and energy to transport us back to Oz.

Critical Condition: Like Yours, Like Mine, Like Home

Critical Condition: Like Yours, Like Mine, Like Home

Home and family are at the heart of the shows I recently attended. Whether the home is Detroit or the shores of Cape Cod, home and family, and all the struggles that are attached to them are universal. Both tales are also largely cast with African-American performers, and there is no dearth of exquisite talent in that community, whether the show is fresh from Broadway or locally produced.

Critical Condition: All in The Family

Critical Condition: All in The Family

A sage, aging woman plans for and faces what she is sure is her imminent death. A callow youth’s growing obsession with ballet risks tearing his close-knit family apart. In this week’s column I consider two shows with two dissimilar protagonists, though both are grappling with fractured family dynamics.

The Fully Realized Laura Kenny

The Fully Realized Laura Kenny

The Realization of Emily Linder, which opened last week at Taproot Theatre in N. Seattle, stars one of the best-loved and most familiar faces in the Seattle acting community, Laura Kenny.

Critical Condition: Working to Death

Critical Condition: Working to Death

One is a venerable golden age Broadway drama, the other a musical that was short-lived on the Great White Way yet has thrived in regional revivals ever since. Seeing the two just days apart made me appreciate how timely and timeless the subject of Americans at work really is.

Billy Elliot’s New Grandma: Faye B. Summers

Billy Elliot’s New Grandma: Faye B. Summers

Long time Seattle actress Faye B Summers is a little older, a little wiser, and twice as saucy now as she takes on Village Theatre’s upcoming production of the musical Billy Elliot.

Critical Condition: Power vs. Passion

Critical Condition: Power vs. Passion

Aaron Posner’s stage version of the popular Chaim Potok’s popular novel My Name is Asher Lev, from New Century Theatre Company at 12th Avenue Arts, is a powerful yet distant theatre experience.