Sunday, June 25, 2017 This Week's Paper

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“SHOUT! The Mod Musical” travels in time from 1960 to 1970 chronicling the dawning liberation of women. Just as Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark and Cilla Black were independent women with major careers, English and American women were redefining themselves in the face of changing attitudes about gender. “SHOUT! The Mod Musical” (and its all-female cast) reflects that through the unforgettable music of the time. Songs include “Don't Sleep in the Subway,” “These Boots Are Made for Walkin',” “To Sir, With Love,” "Downtown" and more great hits from the 1960s. Age Rating: PG. Opens Jan. 17 at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, but be sure and attend TMP’s “Behind the Curtain!” about the show on Jan. 12, 7 p.m. Visit


Another exciting theatrical experience awaits audiences at Lakewood Playhouse when the Edward Albee classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” open on Jan. 10. George and Martha face off as one of theatre’s most notoriously dysfunctional couples in this hilarious and provocative masterpiece. They are joined by an unwitting young couple invited over for an unforgettable night of cocktails and crossfire. Due to very mature content, parental guidance suggested. Get tickets at


Tacoma City Ballet offers a Creative Movement and Music Enrichment Class for children ages 2-4 with Mommy. Ballet Bees offers activities that enhance development of the young child's intellectual and physical abilities. In class, the child learns basic creative dance movements related to songs and stories, as well as the use of simple musical instruments and props. Ballet Bees will kindle the child's intellect, instill self-confidence, awaken the imagination, nurture creative self-expression, yield significant progress in the attainment of physical coordination, promote an accomplished joyful sense of self, while having fun with Mommy.  Classes begin the week of Jan. 6. Learn more by calling (253) 272-4219 or at


Clifford Odets' play about the multi-generational Berger family, living in a tenement five flights up, resonates today with its implicit and overt warnings against the dangers of capitalism without conscience. "Awake and sing, ye who dwell in the dust" spoke the prophet Isaiah, and in the Bronx, New York City, 1935, young playwright Odets invoked the phrase in his play, “Awake and Sing,” as a rallying cry for a downtrodden working-class Jewish family, struggling to find dignity, purpose, and a little sunlight in a cold, have-vs-have-not society. Plays Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. at Studio 3, 9th and Broadway. Part of Tacoma Free for All. Learn more at


Craig Gass will make you laugh, weep, and gasp at his stand-up and impressionist comedy. Starting his career on the grueling, bumpy comedy circuit road, Gass' unrivaled ability to not only imitate – but inhabit – celebrities earned him a spot on the Howard Stern Show. There he blew listener minds with his uncanny impressions of notorious personalities like Christopher Walken, Gene Simmons, Gilbert Gottfried, Tracy Morgan, Al Pacino and more. This led to successful guest spots on hit shows like King of Queens, Sex and the City and Family Guy. See him perform live Jan. 18 at the Pantages Theater, 7:30 p.m. Tickets at