This Week in Arts: Wednesday Roundup (2/5)
What’s happening around town this week? Plenty — including closing performances of some shows you won’t want to miss.
If openings have slowed down any after January, it’s not obvious — and there are still loads to catch in current runs alongside them.
Sara Porkalob will be on stage a lot this month, even if you won’t see her live in person there. Her latest play, the Victorian murder-mystery The Angel in the House, premieres at Café Nordo, opening Saturday and running through 3/15. Porkalob also directed Over 140 Lbs, Susan Lieu’s revamped solo work, which opens Thursday at ACT Theatre and runs for two weeks. The work is part of ACT’s inaugural Solo Fest, featuring work by Sharon Nyree Williams (Dare to Claim the Sky) this weekend, followed by solo works from Sherif Amin and Jasmine Joshua the following week. (Update 2/6: see NWT’s mini preview here.)
On Thursday, UW Drama opens The Best of Everything, a play about career women in the typing pool of a publishing house, directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. It runs through 2/16. Also opening this week: on Friday, Theatre 9/12 opens Arthur Miller’s The Creation of the World and Other Business, through 3/1; in the south end, Renton Civic Theatre opens Sylvia, which runs this Friday through 2/22; and in the north end, Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds opens Wonder of the World on Friday, through 3/1.
Entering previews this week is the new musical Bliss, at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Previews begin Thursday, with opening set for the following week; it runs through 2/23. Also entering previews is The Children as Seattle Rep; it opens next Wednesday, and runs through 3/15.
There are a lot of shows closing this weekend, including some top picks, so time to act now if you’ve been snoozing on them.
Two of the funniest shows in recent memory are both closing this weekend. In Olympia, Harlequin Productions’s Noises Off, a terrifically performed farce (see NWT’s review here) finishes its run with two shows this Saturday. And in Seattle, the Lowbrow Opera Collective’s collection of classically trained singers presents the hilarious Millennial-themed opera, #adulting, which closes its second run at 18th & Union on Sunday. (See NWT’s review here.)
Also closing this week:
– On Seattle’s main stages, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s majestic take on Cinderella will close on Sunday at McCaw Hall; and ArtsWest’s The Revolutionists also closes Sunday
– On college campuses, the Undergraduate Theater Society’s Vietgone runs through Sunday at the Cabaret Theater on the UW’s main campus; and Seattle Pacific University’s Urinetown closes on Saturday
– In the south end, Tacoma Little Theatre’s world premiere of Shattering runs through Sunday; and Lakewood Playhouse’s Heathers – The Musical also closes Sunday
– On the east side, the bilingual (English/Russian) Theatre33 closes its production of Animal Tales (“funny and thoughtful stories about humans as animals”), which runs through Saturday
And in short-runs, Base hosts a two-day run of C-LS’s A Future Western (exploring “classic western themes such as power, love, redemption, and good versus evil in order to seek what lies at the core of the instinctual self”); it runs Friday and Saturday only.
Wednesday Roundup is a weekly (ish) feature, with NWT’s picks for the upcoming week and recaps around town.
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.