This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (8/18)

This week brings great variety, with ’90s video game throwback, locally grown storytelling, opera, mystery, and the last weekend of (most of) the outdoor shows for the year. 

This weekend is also the 16th (!!) birthday of the First Dog, Bunty, so be sure to say hello if you see her senile self out at parks show; along with the not-16th birthday of me.

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



Openings & Short Runs


14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival – Outdoors @ Salmon Bay Park (runs 8/19-20 only; different show each night). Free, unticketed event. In Seattle (Ballard) (outdoors).

Centerstage Theatre: The Oregon Trail (opens 8/19, closing 9/11). In Federal Way (Dash Point).

The Seagull Project: Great Souls – The Love of My Life  @ Cafe Nordo (runs 8/19 only). In Seattle (Pioneer Square).



Closing Soon  


Adam Kern: Krapp’s Last Tape  @ The Studio at 2+U (closing 8/19). In Downtown Seattle.

A Night in Paris @ Washington Hall (closing 8/19). In Seattle (Central District).

Taproot Theatre: Black Coffee  (closing 8/19). In Seattle (Greenwood).

Seattle Opera: The Elixir of Love  (closing 8/20). At the Seattle Center (Mercer St. side).

Burien Actors Theatre: The Play’s the Thing  @ Des Moines Beach Park (closing 8/21). Free, unticketed event. In Des Moines (outdoors).

Kitsap Forest Theatre: Bend in the Road – The Anne of Green Gables Musical (closing 8/21). Ticketed event. In Bremerton (outdoors).



Continuing Runs 


Creative Hiatus Productions: People in the Square – The Pioneer Square Musical  @ The New Skid Road Theatre at Beneath the Streets  (closing 8/27). In Seattle (Pioneer Square).

Pork Filled Productions: She Devil of the China Seas  @ Theatre Off Jackson (closing 8/27). In Seattle (International District).

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

SecondStory Repertory: Twelve Angry Jurors  (closing 8/28). In Redmond.

Broadway at The Paramount – Seattle Theatre Group: Hamilton  @ The Paramount Theatre (closing 9/11). In Downtown Seattle. See $10 lottery ticket (40 per show) info here. See NWT’s review here.


The Roundup is a weekly (ish) feature. For this month’s shows by day, with ticketing info and links, see the Performance Calendar.

Want to plan your show schedule further out? See NWT’s seasonal show lists — Fall 2022 (Sept.-Oct.) and Holiday Season 2022 (Nov.-Dec.) — which aim to list just about every theatre show in town; or the massive year-long lists here (2022) and here (2023 – small but growing).

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