This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (5/11)

This week, take some fantastical journeys into Wonderland, and catch a few of the many plays and musicals around town ready to match any artistic mood. 

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



Openings & Short Runs      


MOMIX: Alice @ Meany Center 

Illusionist dancers interpret a surreal classic tale
Runs 5/12-14. In Seattle (UW main campus).

Photos courtesy of MOMIX/Equilibre Monaco.

MOMIX prides itself on being a company of “dancer-illusionists” who perform works of “exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty.”

It’s hard to think of much more prolific fodder for illusion and invention than Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland, and MOMIX will show off its creations in Alice, its latest work, this week at Meany Hall.

Says founder and Artistic Director Moses Pendleton, Alice seeks not to retell the classic story, “but to use it as a taking off point for invention. I’m curious to see what will emerge, and I’m getting curiouser and curiouser the more I learn about Lewis Carroll, who like me was a devoted photographer.”

As the Wonderland tale teems with surreal imagery and absurd logic, Pendleton views it as an invitation for imaginations to run wild, “an opportunity for us to extend our reach. I want to take this show into places we haven’t been before in terms of the fusion of dancing, lighting, music, costumes, and projected imagery.”

Tickets are $64-$76, here.

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And if you’d like to complete your Wonderland weekend, Cafe Nordo’s trip Down the Rabbit Hole now includes a brunch option that might even rival the (very tasty) dinner. For inventive, delicious dining in a fantastical setting, you’ll be in good hands at Nordo. View menus and info here.

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Seattle University Drama: Eurydice  (preview tonight, opens 5/12, closing 5/17). In Seattle (First Hill).

Washington Center for the Performing Arts: Center Salon V  (5/13 only). In Olympia.

DANDY and Jessica Jobaris, with Washington Ensemble Theatre: reSET  @ 12th Avenue Arts (runs 5/13-14). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Outrage Onstage: Miss Margarida’s Way  @ West of Lenin (opens 5/13, closing 5/22). In Seattle (Fremont).

Rainy Day Artistic Collective: Much Ado About Nothing  (opens 5/13, closing 5/22). Online only.

Whim W’Him: Spring 22 – New Creations by Maurya Kerr, Micaela Taylor, and Olivier Wevers  (opens 5/13, closing 5/21 at Cornish Playhouse in Seattle; also performs 5/25 on Vashon Island and 5/28 on Whidbey Island).

Edmonds Driftwood Players: Over the River and Through the Woods  (opens 5/13, closing 6/5). In Edmonds.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse: In the Heights  (opens 5/13, closing 6/5). In Tacoma.

Olympic Ballet Theatre: Don Quixote  @ Edmonds Center for the Arts (runs 5/14-15). In Edmonds.

Vashon Repertory Theatre: The Standing Nation  (opens 5/14, closing 5/22). On Vashon Island.

Vashon Repertory Theatre: Working for Crumbs  (staged reading) (5/16 only). On Vashon Island.



Closing Soon 


Reboot Theatre Company: Cabaret  @ Theatre Off Jackson (closing 5/14). In Seattle (International District).

Intiman Theatre: Two Mile Hollow  @ Broadway Performance Hall (closing 5/14). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Red Rover Theatre Company: Patrimony  @ 18th & Union (closing 5/14). In Seattle (Central District).

Sound Theatre Company: Gaslight (Angel Street)  @ 12th Avenue Arts (closing 5/14). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Tacoma Little Theatre: The Happiest Song Plays Last  (closing 5/15). In Tacoma.



Continuing Runs 


The 5th Avenue Theatre: Afterwords  (closing 5/21). In Downtown Seattle.

ACT Theatre: Sweat  (closing 5/22). In Downtown Seattle.

ArtsWest: Alma  (closing 5/22). In West Seattle.

Seattle Rep: Selling Kabul  (closing 5/22). At the Seattle Center (Mercer St. side).

Seattle Shakespeare Company: Much Ado About Nothing  (closing 5/22). At the Seattle Center.

Seattle Children’s Theatre: The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963  (closing 5/22). At the Seattle Center.

Theatre22: Or,  @ Seattle Public Theater (closing 5/22). In Seattle (Green Lake).

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

Seattle Opera: The Marriage of Figaro  (closing 5/22). At the Seattle Center (Mercer St. side).

Harlequin Productions: Sovereignty  (closing 5/28). In Olympia.

Village Theatre: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown  (closing 5/22 in Issaquah; runs 5/27-6/19 in Everett). In Issaquah & Everett.

Cafe Nordo: Down the Rabbit Hole  (extended through summer, and Sunday brunch shows added — closing 8/13). In Seattle (Pioneer Square).

Can Can Culinary Cabaret: Lola  (closing 8/28). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).


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.