Whidbey theater stages light-hearted ‘Radio Gals’

From the creators of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” comes “Radio Gals,” a lively, cheery, nostalgic musical, creating the light-hearted innocence and spirit of small-town America in the 1920s.

The production opens tonight at Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor.

Journey to the Ozarks, where Hazel Hunt, a retired music teacher and still active moon-shiner, runs a radio station out of her living room. Hazel and her group do some wave-jumping, bringing a Commerce agent to her door. The ladies con him into joining their broadcast, leading to fun for all.

The Whidbey Playhouse continues its 40th season with this Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick musical directed by K. Sandy O’Brien.

“The Importance of Being Earnest”: Oscar Wilde once wrote that, “The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one has as yet discovered.”

Like Wilde, the characters in his play “The Importance of Being Earnest,” are quite focused on what others say and do, and are little concerned about truth.

The play opens tonight as a production of the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley.

The plot revolves around two friends, Jack and Algernon (Eric Mulholland, Damien Cortez), who bend the truth to bring excitement to their dull lives. They both take on the name “Earnest” to win the hearts of their respective loves, Gwendolen and Cecily (Brooke Weaver, Bristol Branson).

The women are certain they could only be happily married to a man named Earnest. Within this farce, cases of mistaken identity and mischievousness transpire.

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts ends its theater season with Wilde’s riotous romp through the parlors and parlance of 1895 English society.

The play is directed by Ned Farley, with set design by Jason Dittmer and costumes by Sherri Brady.

“Native Othello”: Red Eagle Soaring’s Youth Theatre Program has developed a new play for middle school to adult audiences, to be presented this weekend in Seattle.

Based on Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello” but taking place in contemporary times at a fictional Indian boarding school somewhere on the West Coast, the play is written and performed by a group of nine American Indian and Alaska Native youth, working with student playwright Lynnette Bear and teaching artist George Lewis, master teacher at Freehold Theatre Lab Studio in Seattle.

The play is directed by Deborah Parker George (Tulalip/Apache) and Reuben George (Tseil Wa Tulth), both currently working with youth of the Tulalip Tribes.

Red Eagle Soaring Native American Theatre Group has been producing plays with Indian youth for the past 14 years.

Whidbey Playhouse photo

The cast of “Radio Gals” at Whidbey Playhouse: Front row: Marilyn Pinquoch, Sue Riney. Back row: Jim Harker, Gaye Litka, Allen Young, Robert Sneed, Dulcey White.

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