This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (4/15)

This week’s slight slowdown in theatre openings gives you a chance to catch up on anything you’ve missed, with a robust slate of continuing runs. Plus dance openings, and an outstanding short-run musical closes on Saturday. 

Ticketing links for most shows can be found on the Performance Calendar page here.  


Openings & Short Runs      


Pacific Northwest Ballet: Swan Lake   

The ballet classic returns with a bit more urgency
Runs 4/15-24. At the Seattle Center (Mercer side).

PNB company dancers in ‘Swan Lake’. Photo by Angela Sterling.

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s big show feels like it takes on a whole new relevance in current global events. Swan Lake, a classic of Russian ballet, was shown on Soviet television instead of the news when turmoil was underway; recently, a shut-down Russian news station played a clip as its politically charged sign-off.

PNB’s staging, which opens tonight, features choreography by Kent Stowell and music by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Tickets are $37-$197, here. Pay-what-you-choose rush tickets available for 4/21 performance; see info here.

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Cornish College of the Arts: New Play Festival (opened 4/14, closing 4/23). In Seattle (Denny).

Jet City Improv: A Tribe Called Yes  @ West of Lenin (opened 4/14, closing 4/30). In Seattle (Fremont).

Renton Civic Theatre: Accomplice  (opens tonight, closing 4/30). In Renton.

Washington Ensemble Theatre: Tin Cat Shoes  @ 12th Avenue Arts (opens tonight, closing 5/2). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

HEART Repertory Theatre: Chapter Two  @ Kenmore Community Club (opens tonight, closing 5/8). In Kenmore.

Lakewood Playhouse: The Diary of Anne Frank  (opens tonight, closing 5/8). In Lakewood.

Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble  @ Meany Center (runs 4/21-23). In Seattle (UW main campus).



Closing Soon 


‘9 to 5’ from Showtunes. Photo by Chris Bannion.
Showtunes: 9 to 5  

Top-notch talent. If you’re new to the Dolly Parton-penned musical 9 to 5, you’re not alone. But if you miss this in-concert version from Showtunes, you’re really missing out.

This musical of workplace revenge is “both comically dated (gushing over the latest in typewriter features, anyone?) and tirelessly relevant (sexism and under-appreciation in the workplace) … With its combination of thoughtful, enjoyable, and uproarious entertainment, this show is tough to beat.”

See NWT’s full review of ‘9 to 5’ here.  

Closing 4/16, in Seattle (Capitol Hill). Tickets ($60) here. Rush tickets (if seats remain) are $25 at the door, one hour before showtime.

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Book-It Repertory Theatre:  Mrs. Caliban  (closing 4/17). At the Seattle Center.

Seattle Children’s Theatre: The Best Summer Ever!  (closing 4/17). At the Seattle Center.



Continuing Runs 


University of Puget Sound: Senior Theatre Festival (closing 4/23). In Tacoma.

Centerstage: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels  (closing 4/24). In Federal Way (Dash Point).

SecondStory Repertory: Outside Mullingar  (closing 4/24). In Redmond.

Valley Center Stage: The Foreigner  (closing 4/24). In North Bend.

Taproot Theatre: The Spitfire Grill  (closing 4/30). In Seattle (Greenwood). See NWT’s Quick Takes review here.

Bremerton Community Theatre: Something Rotten!  (closing 5/1). In Bremerton.

Can Can Culinary Cabaret: Ooh La La  (closing 5/1). In Seattle (Pike Place).

Dacha: Dice – Romeo and Juliet  @ Sankofa Theatre (closing 5/1). In Seattle (International District).

The Phoenix Theatre: Mama Won’t Fly  (opens 4/8, closing 5/1). In Edmonds.

Seattle Rep: Ghosts  (closing 5/1). At the Seattle Center (Mercer St. side).

Village Theatre: The Book Club Play  (closing 5/1). In Everett. See NWT’s review here.

Seattle Children’s Theatre: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical  (closing 5/22). At the Seattle Center.

Cafe Nordo: Down the Rabbit Hole  (closing 5/28). In Seattle (Pioneer Square).


The Roundup is a weekly (ish) feature. Want to plan your show schedule further out? See NWT’s 2022 Shows list, which aims to list just about every theatre show in town. For shows by day and ticketing info, see the Performance Calendar.

Chase D. Anderson is Editor & Producer of NWTheatre.org.