OLY ARTS is your leading guide to Thurston County entertainment. This newsletter features Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, The Mousetrap and the best local arts and culture for March 2-8.
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Three new shows open on local stages this week! In addition to events featured below, don't forget the continuing run of Playhouse Creatures at Theater Artists Olympia, now entering its final weekend. Also, keep an ear out this Saturday for folk musician and storyteller John McCutcheon at Traditions Café and Jake Shimabukuro at the Capitol Theater. This OLY ARTS newsletter is your cultural digest for Thurston County, February 23 - March 1.

The Understudy

The Understudy

Scot Whitney, director of Harlequin's The Understudy, does his best to explain the plot: "It's about a three-hour, Broadway-smash, Kafka play starring two action-movie stars: one who makes $25 million a picture and one who makes $2 million a picture. The big star, Bruce, we never meet. Jake (Jason Haws) is the second-tier movie star, and he plays the standard Kafka character the whole world screws with...Bruce could get another picture at any time, and it's a (union) show so they have to have an understudy. The plan is Jake will move into Bruce's role, and they're bringing in an understudy to play Jake's role...Things just crumble around them. It's so funny."

When: 8 p.m. Thursdays - Saturdays, March 2-25;
2 p.m. Sundays, March 5-19

Where: Harlequin Productions' State Theater,
202 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia

How much: $20-$34

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Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom
Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom

This play, the winner of the 2009 Primus Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association, premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. In a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The game's setting is a subdivision with identical houses. Its goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between virtual and reality, parents and players realize fear has a life of its own. Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. and contains adult language.

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4;
2 p.m. Sunday, March 5

Where: Minnaert Center, SPSCC,
2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia

How much: $7-$10

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The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

Yelm’s Standing Room Only theater production company is bringing Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery to the Triad Theater, directed by Olympia actor Chris Cantrell. Starting in 2016, SRO aimed to expand its creative muscles by bringing in new talent and artistry from outside of Yelm. Since 1996 Nancy Hillman has directed almost every play at SRO, and this will mark the first time in the company’s history that an “outsider” to Yelm has come to direct. “I feel that I bring a range and depth of experience in theater that includes an alternate approach to the creative process," says Cantrell. "This is an excellent opportunity to come see this classic story."

When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 3-18;
3 p.m. Sundays, March 5-19

Where: Triad Theater,
102 E. Yelm Ave., Yelm

How much: $17-$20

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