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 By Jesse Blair    A&E    May 16, 2019

Edmonds Driftwood Players: 60 years of quality theater

Edmonds Driftwood Players is celebrating its 60th year as one of the state’s longest running theater companies. Earl and Nan Prebezac, along with a small group of local actors tired of commuting to... Full story

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    April 18, 2019

In Edmonds: They’re creepy and they’re kooky

Edmonds Driftwood Players’ new musical production of “The Addams Family – A New Musical” is a clever, fun, and humorous portrayal of a family known for its dark, antisocial, and odd... Full story

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    April 4, 2019

‘Ripcord’: A good pace, funny and often moving

Phoenix Theatre’s presentation of “Ripcord” is a well-paced, funny, and at times very moving story about two elderly women who battle it out with each other to decide who will rule the living... Full story

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    February 20, 2019

In Edmonds: A story as large as the universe itself

Edmonds Driftwood Players’ new show, “Silent Sky,” is a thought-provoking, fluidly performed true story based on female astronomers who made significant scientific contributions in the early 20t... Full story

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    February 8, 2019

Different endings, same result: Another solid production

The Phoenix Theatre’s presentation of Alan Ayckbourn’s “It Could Be Any One of Us” is an ambitious display, blending extensive dialogue, eccentric characters, British accents and alternate endings into a play that runs for nearly two and a ha...

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    February 8, 2019

‘Silent Sky’: ‘It’s not just a guy’s world’

Director Eric Bischoff hopes his new show at Driftwood Theater, “Silent Sky,” will open some eyes. “This is about three forgotten female astronomers in the early part of the 20th century from about 1900 to 1920,” he said. “It’s about how... Full story


Edmonds-Woodway students tackle ‘The Government Inspector’

Colorful characters, quick-witted humor and plenty of laughs are just a few reasons to see Edmonds-Woodway Players’ “The Government Inspector.” “It’s very farcical, very funny,...

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    January 25, 2019

Pelindaba Lavender owner Lisa Reddick writes ‘The Same River’

Lisa Reddick’s new novel, “The Same River,” was birthed at a workshop that focused on how to use fiction to talk about social and economic change. “It’s doing very well, and I’m really proud of it,” said Reddick, a longtime Edmonds resi... Full story

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    January 10, 2019

In a galaxy far away, what can go wrong?

Driftwood Players Theater of Intriguing Possibilities (TIPs) kicks off the new year with the world premiere of “Red Planet Blue,” a sci-fi play written by local playwright James Lyle. “It’s... Full story

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    November 30, 2018

Peter Pan, before he never grew up

You already know the story of Peter Pan. A young boy who never grows up, a menacing Captain Hook, a fairy named Tinker Bell, mermaids, a group of lost boys, and a faraway world called Neverland. But... Full story

 By Jesse Blair    News    November 20, 2018

Perrinville gets a bookstore

Endless ideas, other lands and worlds, characters and people she could never otherwise meet and, of course, entertainment. They are the reasons Annie Carl, owner of The Neverending Bookshop in...

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    October 24, 2018

Where everybody knows your game

Driftwood Players kicks off its season of Theater of Intriguing Possibilities (TIPS) with Steven Dietz’s “Yankee Tavern,” a smart, focused and authentic telling of what can happen when people... Full story

 By Jesse Blair    News    October 4, 2018

Candidates field questions at Edmonds-Woodway High

Local state Legislative and Congressional candidates took a two-fold approach of mentorship and campaigning while addressing high school seniors at Edmonds-Woodway High School Thursday, Sept. 27. The... Full story

 By Jesse Blair    News    September 28, 2018

Edmonds Bicycle Group pedals for awareness

Since its inception in 1994, the Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group has been worked with the city of Edmonds, Snohomish County, and other local transportation departments to raise awareness for both...

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    September 28, 2018

Phoenix opens 11th season with ‘Underpants’

The Phoenix Theater kicked off its 11th season with Steve Martin’s “The Underpants” – a slapstick, suggestive examination of what can happen when men catch a glimpse of a woman’s undergarments – and the extent at which they are willing to...

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    September 21, 2018

Driftwood Players: ‘Something’s Afoot” a comedic whodunit

Edmonds Driftwood Players kicked off its 60th season with the musical comedy-mystery “Something’s Afoot” – a lighthearted, goofy, well-choreographed display of how 10 unlucky souls meet their...

 By Jesse Blair    News    June 28, 2018

Longtime Senior Center volunteer donates $100,000

The main reason longtime Edmonds resident Alma Ohtomo recently added $50,000 to her former $50,000 donation to the future Edmonds Waterfront Center, now the Edmonds Senior Center? Because it’s falli...

 By Jesse Blair    Schools    June 21, 2018

Edmonds-Woodway graduation: Be there for one another

Friends, family and teachers honored more than 350 students from the Edmond-Woodway High School senior class of 2018 as they lined up in their caps and gowns and received their diplomas Saturday,... Full story

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    June 20, 2018

‘Sabrina Fair’: A quest for belonging, romance

Driftwood Players ends its season with Samuel Taylor’s “Sabrina Fair,” a smartly written, well-acted romantic comedy about a young woman’s quest for belonging and romance without feeling domes... Full story

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    May 31, 2018

‘The Foreigner’: The accent is on funny at Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theatre’s presentation of Larry Shue’s comedy classic “The Foreigner” is laugh-out-loud funny, though at times overly slapstick-ish in its portrayal of an anxiety-ridden Englishman... Full story

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    May 10, 2018

Edmonds Heights presents ‘Edwin Drood’

Splendid music, multilayered characters, audience interaction and loads of improv are just a few reasons to see Edmonds Heights K-12 production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” an adaptation of Ch...

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    April 25, 2018

‘Scoundrels’ live up to their names in Driftwood comedy

Edmonds Driftwood Players’ “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is a funny, lively and jazzy musical treat. Songs are cleverly written, music well played under the musical direction of Mark Press, and the... Full story

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    April 13, 2018

‘Carnage’: A living room brawl, well acted | Theater review

The Phoenix Theater’s presentation of Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” is a one-act, 85-minute living room brawl. But instead of fists, these two sets of parents go to blows with in-your-face i... Full story

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    April 5, 2018

Phoenix Theatre brings on the ‘Carnage’

“It’s brilliant and funny as heck, but also makes a statement that will make folks think and want to talk after the show.” That’s Phoenix Theater’s managing director and actor Debra Rich... Full story

 By Jesse Blair    A&E    March 23, 2018

This ‘Garden’ party is darkly comedic

The Driftwood Players’ Theatre of Intriguing Possibilities production of Edward Albee’s “Everything in the Garden” shows how the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. It’s a...


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