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Intiman Theatre-Playhouse Seattle Center

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I have recently seen several very entertaining and thoughtful plays performed at the Intiman, including Abe Lincoln in Illinois, A Thousand Clowns, Crime and Punishment, The Year ...


We had a party of 6 attending the Black Nativity show and purchased tickets online and received assigned seating.  2 people was able to slip just before the show started.  I wait...

Entertaining & Visually Satisfying 6/28/2010

I have recently seen several very entertaining and thoughtful plays performed at the Intiman, including Abe Lincoln in Illinois, A Thousand Clowns, Crime and Punishment, The Year of Magical Thinking, Black Nativity, and The Thin Place. While all productions were very different from each other, the professionalism and care for detail in both performance and scenery make this a place I love to come back to. The state settings have been visually stunning, particularly in The Year of Magical Thinking, which I saw twice! The Intiman also has what feels to me to be an intimate ambience, rather than a more cavernous seating area of larger theaters. This gives the plays more impact, being that much closer to the stage. Aside from wonderful stage settings, and fabulous performances, I enjoy the photographic summaries that accompany each play on either side of the lobby; they help illuminate the background and history of the play and characters. Another detail was very helpful in that upon request they will provide you with audio amplification, which my husband found very helpful. All in all, I say, great job so far, Intiman - I'll be back! more

Bad Late Seating Policy 12/30/2009

We had a party of 6 attending the Black Nativity show and purchased tickets online and received assigned seating.  2 people was able to slip just before the show started.  I waited for the other 3 to park their cars and was told by the front check-in staff that our seats were at the back of the theatre, very last row at the back, and we should be able to slip in late.  As the rest of the party arrived, we were then told that the show was sold out and our seats were given away to standing ticket holders because we were late!  We have never heard of such a poor customer service policy.  I argued with the front check-in person that we paid for assigned seating, how could you give away our seats.  Even if we arrived late and if slipping in is rude, at intermission, we would still not get our seats back.  We watched another couple being told the same thing and they asked for a refund.  But half our party was already watching the show, so what are we going to do, not participate.  We were escorted to a section of the theatre where we stood and watched the 1st half of the show.  At intermission, we found 2 that got seated and they had held our seats for us.  I asked them did any official theatre staff tell you that our seats had to be given away.  They said no, just regular people asking if the seats were taken.  So for the 1st half of the show, we stood while our assigned seats were empty and waiting for us to sit in them.  We were all confused and didn't enjoy the 1st half of the show - the seated members were concerned that something bad happened to us and the unseated members were pissed at the unheard of poor customer service of giving away paid for assigned seats. The Black Nativity show was excellent and being together with our entire family/friend party for the 2nd half of the show improved our experience greatly.  If the rumors are correct that they are moving the show to another theatre, thank god, cause we will never see another show at the Intiman Theatre again. more

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Outstanding Live Experience and NOT Virtual Reality 5/22/2007

Seattle is very fortunate to have three major theaters that have achieved national prominence (the others being Seattle Rep and ACT). In a world where increasingly everything is "virtual" but not very real, it is indeed refreshing to have the "real thing"--live theater--of this calibre. Intiman was awarded with the Regional Theater Tony Award in June of this year, and it was richly deserved. Many, many fine productions have been staged here, including the world premieres of "The Light in the Piazza" and "The Kentucky Cycle" (which won the Pulitzer Prize 15 years ago; its author Robert Shenkhan now lives in Seattke). Among the fine plays staged here include "Homebody/Kabul" by Tony Kushner (this was not long after 9/11, "Nickel and Dimed," "Dying Gaul," "How I Learned How to Drive," and Ionesco's "The Chairs." The artistic director Barlett Sher is a rising star in the American theater and has already received two nominations for Best Director, for his Broadway stagings of "Light in the Piazza" and the revival last season of the Clifford Odets' classic of "Awake and Sing"--all the while being artistic director of Intiman! He has put together a mixture of classics ("Glass Menagerie," Hellman's "Little Foxes," Shakespeare, commedia dell'arte, Chekhov's "Three Sisters," etc.), recent Broadway imports, as well as new works. Currently the Intiman is devoting much of its programming to "an American Cycle." Most of the plays are staged in a steeply pitched arc leading from a hemispherical proscenium. The main floor and mezzanine have high ceilings and an airy openness that are somewhat atypical (compared to Seattle Rep or ACT, for instance), more Lincoln Center than one would expect. A nice courtyard fronts the theater and in the summer box meals can be ordered in advance. There are usually several special events associated with each the run of each play. For instance, I saw here Adam Guettel, the composer (he graced the front cover of NY Times Magazine during the two-month run of "Piazza"), Speight Jenkins (Seattle Opera), and Victoria Clark (who went on to bring the role to Broadway and won a Tony for Best Actress, as predicted in The Stranger two years before the actual Broadway run) in a round-table discussion. Here's to hoping he'll stay here for a long while. His compatriot Daniel Sullivan, long-time artistic director of Seattle Rep, went on to become a major Broadway director with a Tony for "Proof" and last season's staging of "Three Days of Rain" with Julia Roberts. For those with a serious interest in theater-- literature in general--Intiman has become a wonderful cultural mainstay in Seattle. And for those under $25, the $10 tickets are an outstanding bargain. There are very few movie flicks out there, in my opinion, that warrant paying the same $10 for a comparable experience. But after all, theater is theater, one the oldest forms of the performing arts, deeply embedded in the collective cultural experience of humanity. more

Maybe when I'm older 8/22/2005

I have had a very bad experience with the Intiman theater. I had a problem with a show I had come to see there and, when I tried to rectify it with customer service, I was REPEATEDLY treated as both a liar and a cheat. I think this had to do with my age, so perhaps if you are not a young adult, they will treat you better. more

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Intiman - Something For Nearly Everyone 8/16/2005

The Intiman is a beautiful theater located at the northern border of Seattle Center. The main season is generally five to six shows that run from spring until autumn. We have been quite satisified with our season subscriptions, which have an enabled us to see a wide variety of live theater (one person, ensemble, comedy, drama, musical, etc.) for a very reasonable price. The theater has a reduced rate program for people 25 and under which was a great benefit in establishing ourselves as theatregoers early on in life. The physical aspect of the theater is quite cozy; I would recommend not going for the very front rows as you're literally right on top of the actors. Our season tickets are in the second to last row by choice, but in the Intiman, you're still close enough to clearly see facial expression, but also take in the whole set.. more

I thought theater's were supposed to be classy 4/23/2005

For my girlfriend's birthday, I took her to see a preview performance of "Singing Forest" at the Intiman. I was nervous that it was a preview, so I asked over and over again, "will this be just like a normal performance?" "Of course", I was assured, "no one in the audience can tell the difference." When I get there, I'm told they haven't yet memorized all their lines and will be holding scripts. Okay, but I'm dressed up already and they're professionals, how bad could it be? Horrible. I paid to see a dress rehearsal. And when I complained, they told me I was just trying to get a free ticket out of them. The play was also horrible, but that's beside the point. more
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