Archive for March, 2013

Ellen Dessler, Frances Hearn, Laura Crouch, Kelly Johnson and Colleen Carey

Ellen Dessler, Frances Hearn, Laura Crouch, Kelly Johnson and Colleen Carey
(Photo by Michael Brunk/NWLens).

Arouet had its Seattle opening night of “The Hen Night Epiphany” last night at the Downstage Theatre.

Roy Arauz ably directs Irish Playwright Jimmy Murphy’s comedy/drama that follows a group of five woman on a “Hen Night” (bachelorette party). A capable cast (Colleen Carey, Laura Crouch, Ellen Dessler, Frances Hearn, and Kelly Johnson) play the full range of emotions in this touching story.

The show runs through April 6. If you can, check it out. Tickets and information available at Arouet.


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Although the networks haven’t officially announced their fall schedules, let’s hope this nutty comedy — about a very human family whose members discover their neighbors are from another planet — will return for a second season. If for no other reason that to see how the Weavers (wonderfully played by Jami Gertz and Lenny Venito) continue to cope with — and educate — aliens who’ve taken on the names Larry Bird, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Dick Butkus. The season finale features guest stars George Takei and Mark Hamill. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on ABC.

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The folks at A&E are describing this new series as a “contemporary prequel” to Hitchcock’s 1960 film, “Psycho.” Huh? Yes, all the basic ingredients are here in the pilot: the creepy motel and the looming house on the hill; Norman Bates, the gaunt teen with a faraway stare (Freddie Highmore) and his clingy/overbearing mother (Vera Farmiga); a violent murder and a late-night encounter with the local police. But every time characters use their cellphones, it diminishes any sort of mood that has been set to that point. Why not just set the series in its proper time period? Series premiere, 10 p.m. Monday on A&E.

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One of my favorite Saturday night treats. The very funny Graham Norton has a “very sexy couch” tonight with guests Mila Kunis, Dame Judi Dench and Jude Law. Thanks, BBC America.

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It’s been fun to have Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein and their multitude of quirky Northwest characters back for a third season, but just as winter comes to a close, so must our winter-TV favorites (yes, I’m still trying to cope without “Downton Abbey” on Sunday nights). So savor tonight’s episode (in which Portland suffers a citywide blackout) — it’ll have to tide you over until next season. Season finale, 7 and 10 p.m. on IFC.

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