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Published: Friday, September 28, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Whidbey Playhouse stages 'Gypsy'

"Gypsy": One of the most challenging and rewarding roles for a female actress is Mama Rose in a musical production of "Gypsy."
Let's face it. The actress has to act her head off as the ultimate show business mother, and has to sing her lungs out.
"Gypsy" is based on the book by the striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, a native of Seattle, about her early years performing in vaudeville with her sister, June, under the direction of her mother, Rose, the ultimate stage mother.
The story exposes the ups and down of a life following the circuit during the 1920s and 1930s as Rose tries to live out her show business dreams through her two daughters.
This musical by Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents contains such familiar tunes as "Everything's Coming up Roses," "Some People" and "Let me Entertain You."
"Gypsy" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from Sept. 28 through Oct. 21 at Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor.
Tickets are $18, available at the box office or by calling 360-679-2237.

Pullman Porter Blues: Cheryl L. West's tale of three Pullman porters working on the Panama Limited in 1937 receives a world premiere by opening Seattle Rep's 50th season.
"The play is inspired by my late grandfather and his many tales of working on the postal trains as well as my first train ride as a young girl," said playwright West in a prepared statement.
"I remember, quite vividly, being utterly enamored with the train's compulsively smiling Pullman porters."
The focal point of the work is a look at three generations of porters laboring on the luxurious train.
This is a coming-of-age story dusted with blues tunes and featuring a live band.
The story is punctuated with songs from the Midwest as the porters travel from Chicago to New Orleans. During their journey, the porters confront dark secrets from their past and face harsh truths about their future together.
"Pullman Porter Blues" opens with previews this weekend and will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with 2 p.m. matinees on most Saturdays and Sundays and select Wednesdays through Oct. 28 at Seattle Repertory Theatre's Bagley Wright Theatre, 155 Mercer St., Seattle.
Tickets range from $15 to $80. Call 206-443-2222 or toll-free at 877-900-9285, or look online at
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424;
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