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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: Annapurna, When Less is More

Critical Condition: Annapurna, When Less is More

Annapurna is the latest production by Theatre 22 at 12th Avenue Arts. It's a two-hander, one set play. It is not an epic. It may not change your life. It is not immersive theatre in the sense that the audience moves around the stage with (which is fine by me and my...

Critical Condition: Six Degrees of Stephen Sondheim

Critical Condition: Six Degrees of Stephen Sondheim

This week’s column spotlights a new Seattle staging of a classic Stephen Sondheim show, and a cast recording of a musical “fable” about the legendary leading lady of one of his early efforts, Gypsy. The profound impact of Stephen Sondheim on the Broadway musical, post...

Critical Condition: Of Wickets, Holograms, and Eulogies

Critical Condition: Of Wickets, Holograms, and Eulogies

Three very different musicals were on my plate this past week: an often revived golden age classic, an early off-Broadway oddity by a composer who became a worldwide success via the House of Mouse, and one a Canadian born 2-hander which barely ran on Broadway. Here...

In Comes Harry Turpin as Bobby in Company

In Comes Harry Turpin as Bobby in Company

Harry Turpin is a performer, director, choreographer, and writer. He's performed regionally with ShowTunes!, the 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre as well as nationally. A resident of Seattle, Harry has been seen on stages across the country in the 30th Anniversary...

Critical Condition: Ring of Fire

Critical Condition: Ring of Fire

Whether you’re a Johnny Cash aficionado, or a fan of local musical theatre favorites Cayman Ilika and Jared Michael Brown (count me amongst the latter), the Cash songbook musical Ring of Fire at Federal Way’s Centerstage is well worth your time. As described by...

From Patsy Cline to June Carter Cash: An Interview with Cayman Ilika

From Patsy Cline to June Carter Cash: An Interview with Cayman Ilika

One of the brightest lights to glow in the Seattle Theatre scene the past decade has been Cayman Ilika, a statuesque, raven-haired stunner who first drew attention to herself as Patsy Cline in Centerstage’s Always, Patsy Cline. After that, she rolled onto one great...

Critical Condition: Believe In The Book of Mormon

Critical Condition: Believe In The Book of Mormon

When even the very folks being satirized, in this case The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as The Mormon Church) decide to advertise in the program of the raunchily irreverent yet sweet-natured, Tony award-winning, Broadway musical The Book...

Critical Condition: Picking the Best of the Best

Critical Condition: Picking the Best of the Best

I’m making my list, and checking it twice, for my Theatre Highlights of the Year. I must preface this by saying a big thanks to ALL the theatres, big and small, for entertaining, amusing, evoking tears, laughter, and even outrage, and for taking us out of our reality...

Critical Condition: Go to Sleep and The Great Parade

Critical Condition: Go to Sleep and The Great Parade

Having holiday shopping woes for particular friends this year? Never fear. Uncle David has a couple winning suggestions you can order and receive just in the St. Nick of Time! A trio of my most beloved, talented, musical-theatre gal pals, Frances Leah King, Maggie...

Kooky Choirmaster Scott Warrender Brings Back The Washingtonians

Kooky Choirmaster Scott Warrender Brings Back The Washingtonians

For many years, Seattle audiences guffawed to the chorale spoofery running amok in concerts by the Washingtonians, a group created and run by Seattle superstar composer and lyricist Scott Warrender (“Das Barbecu”). After too many years and too much laughter,...

Critical Condition: I Could Have Danced All Night

Critical Condition: I Could Have Danced All Night

The holidays came early for musical theatre mavens this season with two superlative, locally produced musicals; one of which is most assuredly destined for Broadway, and one which is rumored for a revival with Colin Firth in top-billing. Both shows clearly demonstrate...