A bunch of Christmas shows and other big runs close out the year, with a few days to catch them if you missed them. In the new year, a sprinkling of shows is there to keep you entertained in a low-key arts week.
NOTE: NWT is on vacation through New Year’s week, so this roundup covers two (relatively quiet) weeks.
The biggest happening this week is the exodus of the many late-running Christmas shows. Wrapping up this week in Seattle are the very fun and tasty Christmas Killings at Corgi Cliffs at Café Nordo (few tickets remain); Maggie Lee’s sweetly funny Last Flight Before Xmas from Macha Theatre Works at West of Lenin; ACT’s annual big production of A Christmas Carol (see NWT’s review here); The Bishop’s Wife at Taproot Theatre; A Very Die Hard Christmas at Seattle Public Theater (run is sold out, wait list available); Jingle All the Gay at Oddfellows; and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at Pacific Northwest Ballet (see NWT’s review here).
In the south end, closing this week are two Sherlock shows: Holmes for the Holidays at Tacoma Little Theatre; and, down in Olympia, the clever and wonderfully staged Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol runs through New Year’s Eve at Harlequin (see NWT’s review here).
In non-holiday shows, ArtsWest’s Go-Gos musical Head Over Heels, Fern Shakespeare’s production of Othello, and Book-It’s remount of Howl’s Moving Castle all close on 12/29; Village Theatre’s Guys and Dolls closes its Issaquah run before starting up again in Everett on January 3; and the Broadway-bound Mrs. Doubtfire closes at The 5th Avenue Theatre on January 4.
Short Runs & One-Offs
Some beloved serial and ongoing shows have performances in the next two weeks. Sandbox Radio has its New Year’s Eve/New Year’s beginning show on 12/30 at Town Hall, featuring local writers, actors and musicians in its unique live-recording podcast format; info here. Emmett Montgomery brings a special pay-what-you-can visit from Sugar Plum Gary on New Year’s Day at Vermillion; info here. And Dani Tirrell and Randy Ford bring the latest episode of The Living Room, a live talk show, to Wa Na Wari on January 6, featuring guest J Mase III; info here.
On January 5, Anne Allgood, Julia Child Prud’homme, and Mark Anders return to the Rendezvous with Bon Appétit!, a sweet and fun ode to Julia Child, told in comedy-opera and family-storytime formats. The occasional show has several performances in the next two months (see dates here); but pick your date early, as the shows tend to sell out. They’re a lot of fun, and worth seeing more than once. See NWT’s review here.
Happy New Year!
NWT doesn’t do NYE. But if you do, this post from Crosscut might help you out.
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Want to plan your show schedule further out? See what’s happening on NWT’s Calendar page, which aims to list just about every theatre show in town. And for news on all the openings each month see Miryam Gordon’s openings coverage here.