Monthly Archives: June 2015

BCT announces lineup for season No. 71

Bremerton Community Theatre currently is closing out its 70th season with a fine production of Larry Shue’s comedy “The Foreigner,” and the announcement of its 71st season sort of slipped through the cracks … until now.

It starts this summer with the BCT Jr. production of “The Reluctant Dragon,” which will have a one-weekend run July 10-12.

The main stage season:

A Murder Is Announced” — Sept. 4-27

12 Angry Men” — Oct. 30-Nov. 22

Romeo & Juliet” — Feb. 5-28

Into the Woods” — April 1-May 1

One Man, Two Guvnors” — June 3-28

Presumably, a couple of productions in the Robert B. Stewart Performance Hall  will be announced in weeks to come.

Tickets and information: 360-373-5152,

— MM

Actors revisit ‘The Foreigner,’ with comic results

When the comic farce “The Foreigner” opened on June 5 at Bremerton Community Theatre, several of the show’s cast members were revisiting a play — and even specific roles — with which they had a history.

Steven Buechler, very funny as the lead character, Charlie, played the same role at BCT circa 1990. Castmate Mike Klemetsrud also was in that 1990 cast, as Charlie’s friend Froggy. This time out, he plays the menacing Georgia redneck Owen.

Like Buechler, Katrina Baxter Hodiak also has played her character — backwoods lodgekeeper Betty — before, but not at BCT. She played the role in a 2011 production at Paradise Theatre in Gig Harbor. (For you extremely detail-oriented people, Gary Fetterplace, who played Froggy in the Paradise production, was working hospitality in the BCT lobby; he’s preparing for the Bainbridge Performing Arts Shakespeare Society‘s upcoming run of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Bloedel Reserve this summer).

Our review of the opening-night performance of “The Foreigner” is here:

— MM

Food Fight 1: Bring the Burgers

Introducing a new periodic feature here at Kitsap A&E (unless it tanks, and then we’ll claim it was a one-off all along): “Food Fight.”

In “Food Fight,” we’ll compare and contrast two eating establishments of similar ilk (ie Mexican restaurant vs. Mexican restaurant, not La Fermata vs. Taco Bell), and use a combination of our own experiences and your comments to name a clear winner.

Let’s start with a category near and dear to my own heart (both good and ill), burgers. Let me know what you’ve experienced at Richie’s Burger Urge (in the Albertson’s plaza off Highway 305 in Poulsbo) and Groovey Burger (at Mickelberry and Bucklin Hill in Silverdale).

Keep it civil, keep it honest, and fer goodness sake keep it clean. But let us know what you think.

— MM

Beau Bridges is PT Film Fest’s 2015 special guest

Award-winning actor and environmentalist Beau Bridges will be the special guest of the Port Townsend Film Festival when it celebrates its 16th renewal Sept. 25-27.

Bridges  is an award-winning character actor, who has appeared in more 50 features, including “The Other Side of the Mountain,” “Max Payne” and “The Descendants.” He co-starred with his brother, Jeff  Bridges, in “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” for which he received the Best Supporting Actor Award from the National Society of Film Critics. (That 1989 movie, incidentally, was filmed in Seattle, co-starring Michelle Pfeiffer.)

Bridges joins a growing list of festival guests who have attended the weekend facilities, appBeau Bridgesearing at a variety of gatherings and hosting a screening of one of their personal favorite films, followed by a Q&A. Feature and documentary films are screened throughout the weekend at several downtown venues, including free outdoor screenings each evening.

Past honorees include independent filmmakers John Sayles and Maggie Renzi (1014), Karen Allen (2013), Bruce Dern (2012), Buck Henry (2011), Dyan Cannon (2010), Cloris Leachman (2009), Piper Laurie (2008), Elliott Gould and Melissa Leo (2007), Malcolm McDowell and Greta Gerwig (2006), Debra Winger and Arliss Howard (2005), Jane Powell and Dickie Moore (2004), Peter Fonda and Shirley Knight (2003), Patricia Neal (2002), Eva Marie Saint and Vincent Schiavelli (2001) and Tony Curtis (2000).

Last week, Sayles announced he will shoot his next film, “To Save the Man,” in Port Townsend, using locations in and around , this coming summer.


— MM