Art Beat: Don’t Miss ‘A Gentleman’s Guide’, ending this weekend

Theater Review

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Edmonds Driftwood Players

Thursday – Sunday, through Sept. 29
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Wade James Theatre
950 Main St.
General $28, Senior/Youth/Military $25

Josh Pulley and Karin Terry as Monty and Sibella in Edmonds Driftwood Players’ A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. (Photo by Dale Sutton/Magic Photo)

Don’t miss Edmonds Driftwood Players in their final weekend of performances of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder! Tickets are selling fast for the production, ending Sunday, Sept. 29.

When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind….

Josh Pulley, in the role of Monty Navarro, is the loveable romantic lead. The lyric singer delivers his dialogue seamlessly interlaced with the show’s musical numbers. Sibella Hallward, his romantic interest, is played by Karin Terry. Sibella’s opening number captures the nature of the character so perfectly with quick patter and overlapped sub plot. Terry’s performance as Sibella is outstanding.

David Roby as the 8th Earl of Highhurst .(Photo by Dale Sutton/Magic Photo)

The entire D’Ysquith family is played by David Roby. Beginning with the 8th Earl of Highhurst, he plays nearly every surviving member of the D’Ysquith family as they are slowly whittled away. Roby’s physical comedy and character depiction was remarkably believable. His ability to deliver quick changes, dialogue with differing accents and physical attributes of multiple characters is astounding.

Kristen Swenson played the other surviving member of the D’Ysquith family, the sister Phoebe D’Ysquith. The talented singer and actor delivered the character’s musical passages and lyric content beautifully with a voice and adept musical ability shining brightly from the stage. The show’s ensemble deserves praise, as well, with their ability to provide depth to the show’s musical numbers, not solely the chorus numbers, but supporting musical passages. Their highly polished musicianship and the range of characters necessary for the full scope of the production.

This Driftwood production has a rather large creative team led by director Adam Othman. The overall production value was tremendous. The set design, in tribute to the original 2014 staging, is a spectacle. The platform stage allows the conveyance of props in quick set changes along with the depth of field enhanced by dramatic angles and sightlines. The team of designers includes Curt Blood, Sarah Fairchild, Elizabeth Fleming, Rex Goulding, Nancy Johnson Arian Smit and Rick Wright. With so many things done well in the production, all deserve praise. The continuity of the show and the directorial vision is achieved with this talented production team, though Beth Fleming’s costume design stole the show with the period apparel.

Edmonds Driftwood Players has earned praise from the local theater community in recent years, earning the 2018 People’s Choice Gregory Award. While their decades of history has established their position in the city’s arts culture, their ability to produce works of this caliber is refreshing to see. Understandably, the production drew interest from many actors vying for roles in the small ensemble.

Mark Press raises the baton in this production at Driftwood, joined by his assistant director and pianist, Nancy Press. The limitations of the theater puts the orchestra offstage, but with violin, cello, bass, two woodwinds and a trumpet, the pit orchestra deftly conveyed the musically extravagant work with tight twists and turns and sweeping dramatic passages.

Call 425-774-9600 or visit the Edmonds Driftwood website for tickets.


Naturally 7

Thursday, Sept. 26
7:30 p.m.

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

Naturally 7

Edmonds Center for the Arts presents Naturally 7, Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Naturally 7 is celebrating its 20th anniversary recording and touring. One of the group’s recent endeavors brought them to CBS’ new reality variety show, “World’s Best.” Their newest recording features new releases and remixed favorites. The a capella sound is not new, but the harmonious balance between genres sets this group apart from its inception. Tickets can be purchased at the ECA box office or online through Vendini, their ticketing website.

FanJAZZtic – Fundraiser & Benefit Concert for DeMiero Jazz Festival
Featuring: Johnaye Kendrick, Kimi Locke and Newport High School Jazz Choir

Saturday, Sept. 28
6 – 9:30 p.m.

Edmonds Community College, Black Box Theater
20310 68th Ave. W.
$45 per person

Support the DeMiero Jazz Fest and their more than 40 years of vocal jazz excellence by attending One FanJAZZtic Evening. The DeMeiro Jazz Festival Benefit Concert and Party showcases the Dee Daniels Scholarship Recipient, Kimi Locke and vocal jazz artist Johnaye Kendricl along with the Newport High School Jazz Choir. The Festivities include a cocktail party with appetizers, no-host bar, live auction & silent auction items and door prizes. Come show your support of the festival as they continue to inspire thousands of talented young musicians and help bring this non-competitive vocal jazz festival to Edmonds, March 5-7, 2020. More at


Ladies Man

Sept. 27 – Oct. 20
Friday/Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.

Phoenix Theater
9673 Firdale Ave.
$25 adults, $20 senior/student/military & veterans

Ladies Man opens at the Phoenix Theatre Sept. 27.

Edmonds’ own Phoenix Theatre kicks off their 12th Season September 27, with Ladies Man by Charles Morey. An adaptation of George Feydeua’s Tailleur Pour Dames, the play takes us to Paris where the recently married Dr. Hercule Molineaux tells “one tiny, little, hardly noticeable lie” to cover an innocent, but embarrassing, indiscretion. From that single untruth tumbles a hilarious and infectiously charming farce. Learn more and buy tickets at 


5th Annual Meadowdale Music & Arts Mattress Fundraiser

Saturday, Sept. 28
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Meadowdale High School
6002 168th St. S.W.

The 5th Annual Meadowdale Music & Arts Fundraiser is being held Saturday, September 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Meadowdale High School. Custom Fundraising Solution of Seattle brings their mobile showroom to Meadowdale High in hopes of raising thousands of dollars for their Music and Arts program. More than 30 top-quality name-brand mattresses will be displayed, just like in the showroom. Many products will be available, including: name brand mattresses such as Simmons, Beautyrest, Southerland and Intellibed; Bed frames; Luxury pillows; Mattress covers and Linens. Come support the Meadowdale Arts & Music Booster Organization and save 30-40% over in-store pricing.


Downton Abbey [PG]

Continuing until Oct. 3
See listing for details and time

Edmonds Theater
415 Main St.
$9 General (13-61), $8 Seniors (62+), & $7 Matinee/Child

The Edmonds Theater continues showing Downton Abbey, the British historical period drama television series this week. The popular British series first aired in 2010 and went on to five more seasons. The series received acclaim and accolades as it became a cultural wonder with international audiences following the Crawley family and their servant staff in the post-Edwardian era.

The two-hour feature film with the same name, Downton Abbey was written by series creator Julian Fellowes and stars Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode and Michelle Dockery. The story continues where the television series ended. Catch up with the Crawley family, the wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside, directed by Michael Engler. More at

— By Royce Napolitino

Royce Napolitino actively pursues his passion for live performance. Easily entertained, he is always ready to offer a round of applause or a hearty laugh. Royce finds joy in the expression of art, and you may find him singing, acting or supporting other performing groups in Edmonds and around the Sound.


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