Monthly Archives: April 2009

Some (Brothers) Have All the Luck

This item from our friends at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb):

Actress Carla Gugino had instant chemistry with her new Broadway co-star Pablo Schreiber — because she’d just played his brother Liev’s lover in a movie.

Gugino found herself hopping out of bed with one Schreiber brother in the film “Every Day” and straight back into bed with the other in a new New York production of “Desire Under the Elms.”

And the actress insists it was a familiar experience. She told the New York Daily News, “I knew Liev because we did a movie where we play lovers just before this. Pablo and I had an immediate natural chemistry, which was essential. There’s a lot of physical and emotional violence in the play.”

So, why do we care? Because both Liev and Pablo are the sons of Bainbridge Island resident — and actor — Tell Schreiber , who recently finished a successful run in Bainbridge Performing Arts’ production of the Yazmina Reza play “Art.”

And because I’ve had a major whoop-dee-doo crush on Carla Gugino for, about, ever.

So, way to go, Schreiber boys.

More later … — MM

You Be the Critic: Hit Me With Your Best Shot

The Changing Scene Theatre Northwest is staging its annual “Summerplay” festival of new one-act plays in two parts this year, and yours truly is lucky enough to have had a play selected for the third straight year. Along with excellent shows by Seattleites Miryam Gordon and John C. Davenport and parttime Bainbridge Islander (he splits his time with L.A.) Ron Ford, my play “Tiny Little Gods and Big Giant Men” is in the lineup for the first series, to be performed from May 1 to 16, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights (there are Sunday matinees May 3 and 10, too).

If you go (and you should), here’s my invitation to be a drama critic for a night. Send in an e-mail with your review of all the shows or just mine. You can be serious and provide some genuine criticism and feedback, or you can be snarky and have a lot of fun. Just don’t use any words I couldn’t read aloud in front of my 9-year-old.

We’ll put the reviews you send in up on this here blog and at And if we get enough good ones, we’ll run some highlights in a future print edition of Kitsap A&E.

Send your reviews in to; we’ll put them up on the blog as we go, and collect them for online and print publication.

Information: Changing Scene Theatre Northwest, (360) 792-8601,

It’s located at 5889 Highway 303 in East Bremerton, just behind the Orowheat Bakery outlet and tantalizingly close to the Outback Steakhouse. Tickets are $10 — for that you get four plays, and a chance to be a Critic for a Night.

More later … — MM

‘An Evening With Lucille Ball’ Cancelled

The Admiral Theatre announced Tuesday morning that “An Evening With Lucille Ball,” the show scheduled for April 24, has been cancelled.

Maybe the star of the one-woman show, Suzanne LaRusch, ran off with a Desi Arnaz impersonator …

Anyway, if you were looking forward to the show, you can take a minute and go:


More later … — MM

PS — Refunds, needless to say, are available at point of purchase. Information: (360) 373-6743,

Roller Derby Brings Rat City to B-Town

The Death Rattle Rollers team from the Slaughter County Roller Vixens will take on Grave Danger, one of the teams from Seattle’s Rat City Roller Girls in roller derby action beginning at 6 p.m. April 25 at Skateland, 1740 NE Fuson Road in Bremerton.
Also included in the evening’s events is a junior roller derby bout between the Kitsap County Brats and visiting Emerald City Junior Gems from Eugene, Ore.
Grave Danger is one of four teams in the Rat City Roller Girls program, a national power in the resurgent sport. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $12 to $5 at the door, and adult tickets can be discounted with advance purchase through
Information: (360) 479-7655,

Sing With Broadway Stars? Here’s Your Chance

When “100 Years of Broadway” hits the Admiral Theatre stage May 17, the cast could include, well, you.
Singing With the Broadway Stars” invites hopefuls to submit video clips of themselves performing via YouTube, MySpace or Facebook. Those performances can be linked to a submission form at The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. May 8, and a panel of industry experts, including show producer Neil Berg, will announce the winners at 3 p.m. May 11.
Up to two winners and up to 10 runners-up will join the show’s cast of Broadway veterans on selections from shows like “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Jekyll and Hyde,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Wonderful Town,” “Tarzan,” “Cats,” “The Woman in White” and “It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues.”
Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway” will be performed at 3 p.m. May 17 at the Admiral Theatre, 515 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Ticket and other information: (360) 373-6743,

More later … — MM

BPA Announces All-Blockbuster 2009-10 Season

I’ve actually had this for a couple of days, but didn’t have time to post it until now. Bainbridge Performing Arts will stage four pretty well-known crowd-pleasers for its 2009-10 season, starting off with Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.”

The Producers ” will run Oct. 9 to 25, directed by dependable Teresa Thuman.

Peter Pan ” will follow for the holidays, Dec. 11 to 20, co-directed by Steven Fogell and Lee Ann Hittenberger.

The Grapes of Wrath ,” adapted from the great John Steinbeck novel, will run March 19 to 27, directed by Kate Carruthers (whose excellent staging of Yazmina Reza’s “Art” just wrapped up).

And “Man of La Mancha ,” directed by Corey D. McDaniel, will be up May 7 to 23.

BPA also announced the dates for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra ‘s three performance weekends — Nov. 14 and 15, Feb. 20 and 21 and April 17 and 18. Programs will be announced later.

Information: (206) 842-8569,

More later … — MM

Take an Aged P to the Movies on Tuesdays

On Tuesdays beginning April 21, The Orchard Theatre in Port Orchard, the Olympic Cinemas in East Bremerton, the Bainbridge Cinemas and the Lynwood Theatre (also on Bainbridge) will offer special admission and concession rates for both matinees and evening shows.

Movie-goers aged 60 and older can get into the theaters on Tuesdays for $4, and can pick up their popcorn and sodas for $2 each.

It’s called Silver Cinemas Tuesdays.

The Orchard Theatre is at 822 Bay Street (360.850.1082), the Olympic Cinemas at 1520 NE Riddell Road in Bremerton (360.475.8888), the Bainbridge Cinemas in the Pavilion, 403 Madison Ave. N (206.855-8173 or (360.373.6282) and the Lynwood Theatre at 4569 Lynwood Center Road on Bainbridge Island (206.842.3080).

Showtimes and more information are available at

More later … — MM

PS — “Aged P” is short for “Aged Parent.” You’d know that, if you read your Dickens (“Great Expectations,” to be exact).

Idaho Indy Rockers Play Monday at HiFidelity Loung

The HiFidelity Lounge , 2711 Sixth St. in Bremerton (formerly the Ironhead) will host Idaho indie-rockers The Universal starting at 8 p.m. April 20. The 21-and-older show has no cover charge. The Universal are touring in support of their new release, “Everything is Everywhere.”

Information: (360) 373-5454.

More later … — MM

Free Tunes at Poulsbo Farmers Market

The Poulsbo Farmers Market (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Seventh and Iverson) kicks off April 18, and so does the market’s weekly offering of free live music.

Opening this season’s lineup, from 10 a.m. to noon, is the country and rock band Chris Neil and Good Enough. April 25, Kel Schmitz will play pop and rock in the same time period.

The series continues Saturdays through Oct. 10.

More later … — MM

Note to Britney Concert-Goers: Don’t Smoke

A report Vancouver Sun says Britney Spears dramatically stormed off stage for an hour on Wednesday after complaining the air in the venue had become too smoky.

Fans were stunned when the star halted her show at B. C. Place in Vancouver, B.C. after just three songs, leaving the audience waiting for more than 20 minutes for an explanation. An announcement was then made, reportedly ordering the audience to stop smoking marijuana and cigarettes in the arena as it was “unsafe” for Spears to perform.

After a further 40 minutes, Brit re-emerged, but didn’t seem into the rest of the performance. When the show ended, Spears said: “Thanks Vancouver. You were wonderful. Drive safe. Don’t smoke weed!”

A statement from Spears’ camp reads: “We want to apologise to all the fans who attended our Vancouver show tonight for the brief pause in Britney’s set. Crew members above the stage became ill due to a ventilation issue.”

So, if you’re going to see Brit at the Tacoma Dome tonight, leave your smokes in your gloveboxes, and keep your second-hand to yourselves. Lord knows, you don’t wanna do anything to set this girl off.

More later … — MM