Archive for January 2018

Want Tickets to “Hamilton”?

It seems that every theatre buff, along with myriad people who haven’t been to the theatre in years are foaming at the mouth to get tickets to this Broadway phenomenon that comes to Seattle in early February. To address this demand and give a deal to a lucky few, the Paramount Theatre has established a lottery:

Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (
You can also visit to register.
The lottery will open at 11:00 AM PT two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9:00 AM PT the day prior to the performance.
Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent at approximately 11:00 AM PT the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).
Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.
Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4:00 PM PT the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4:00 PM PT the day prior to the performance are forfeited.
Lottery tickets may be picked up at will call beginning 2 hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets void if resold.


Limit 1 entry per person, per performance. Multiple entries will not be accepted. Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice.

Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales final – no refunds or exchanges. Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.

Tickets for HAMILTON are currently on sale. Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels, and The Paramount Theatre Box Office for late release seats which may become available at short notice.

“Camping with Henry and Tom” at Taproot Theatre

What happens when three of the nation’s brilliant men find themselves marooned in the woods when their auto has an unfortunate encounter with a deer that renders it undrivable? On this stage you’ll find witty and thought provoking dialogue as President Warren Harding, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison match wits and reveal their characters.

The play, directed here by Scott Nolte, is based on an actual experience, but the playwright (Mark St. Germain) has, of course, imagined the conversations and interactions of these three mighty forces who so influenced the 20th C. There’s the aging Edison, a brilliant inventor with a laid back personality. As played by Rob Burgess, he’s a wry, avuncular figure, an island of calm amidst the fireworks provided by Harding and Ford.

David Pichette as Ford epitomizes the greedy, self-serving, and unsavory titan of industry that Ford became. He wrangled Harding into this outing because he wanted Harding to give him control of Muscle Shoals dam and region in Alabama that Ford thought could be made to rival the industrial power of Detroit. As he worked Harding over, nothing was off limits including threats about revealing Harding’s mistress and illegitimate child.

Ford’s anti-Semitism, his disrespect for African Americans, his horrible treatment of his son Edsel, all of these are powerfully exposed by Pichette. Here is a man with few personal qualities to commend him. Brilliant? Yes. Successful? Yes. A human being to honor? No.

Frank Lawler, on the other hand, makes Harding a rather sympathetic character. He’s in way over his head as President. It’s not a job he relishes, and even he understands that he doesn’t quite have the skills to carry out that demanding role. The character contrast revealed in this production is fascinating. And it all plays out in a wonderfully realized forest created by Mark Lund.

When Taproot selected this play and put it on the calendar, it could not possibly have recognized that many of the issues it raises would be so pertinent to audiences today.

Through March 3 at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle, 206 781-9707 or