This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (10/7)

This week, loads of openings add to a bustling season. Find musicals, comedies, mysteries, spooky shows, and more. 

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





Jet City Improv: The Emerald City Slasher – an improvised murder mystery  @ Theatre Off Jackson (opened yesterday, closing 10/22). In Seattle (International District).

As If Theatre Company: The Foreigner  @ Kenmore Community Club (opened yesterday, closing 10/23). In Kenmore.

Seattle Rep: What the Constitution Means to Me  (touring) (opened this week, closing 10/23). At the Seattle Center (Mercer St. side).

MAP Theatre: a white haunting  @ 18th & Union (opens tonight, closing 10/22). In Seattle (Central District).

Valley Center Stage: On Golden Pond  (opens tonight, closing 10/23). In North Bend.

Centerstage Theatre: The Ghost Train  (opens tonight, closing 10/30). In Federal Way (Dash Point).

The Phoenix Theatre: Clue  (opens tonight, closing 10/30). In Edmonds.

Harlequin Productions: Fun Home  (opens tomorrow, closing 10/29). In Olympia.



Short Runs


On the Boards: zoe | juniper: The Other Shore – Always Now (opened this week, closing 10/9). In Seattle (Lower Queen Anne).

Pratidhwani: Two Minutes of Your Time – Coming Home  @ Taproot Theatre (opens tonight, closing 10/9). In Seattle (Greenwood).

Seattle Theatre Group: Seattle Rock Orchestra Performs Led Zeppelin I & II @ The Moore (10/8 only). In Downtown Seattle.

Western Washington Center for the Arts: Imagined Reality Improv Show (10/8 only). In Port Orchard.

Broadway at The Paramount – Seattle Theatre Group: To Kill a Mockingbird  (touring) @ The Paramount (performs 10/11-16). In Downtown Seattle.



Closing Soon 


Renton Civic Theatre: Avenue Q  (closing 10/8). Foul-mouthed puppets struggle with adulthood in this Sesame Street-inspired musical. In Renton. See NWT’s review here.

Seattle Rep: Where We Belong  (touring) (closing 10/9). In this solo touring piece, a Shakespeare scholar seeks to reconcile her Native identity with the language of colonizers. At the Seattle Center (Mercer St. side). (Read NWT contributor Dusty Somers’ interview with the playwright-performer in The Seattle Times here.)

SecondStory Repertory Theatre: The Half-Life of Marie Curie  (closing 10/9). Lauren Gunderson’s play looks at the accomplished chemist who was scandalized by the press. In Redmond.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse: Singin’ in the Rain  (closing 10/9). The stage adaptation of the movie-musical classic. In Tacoma.

Pacific Northwest Ballet: Carmina Burana  (streaming version) (through 10/10). This triple-bill features classic and new works by George Balanchine, Alexei Ratmansky, and Kent Stowell. Online only. See NWT’s review here.



Continuing Runs


Sound Theatre & Earthseed: Cloud Tectonics  @ 12th Avenue Arts (closing 10/15). Time stands still in this intimate portrait, with José Rivera’s signature magical realism. In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Book-It Rep: In the Time of Butterflies (closing 10/16). Based on the novel by Julia Alvarez, the last sister remaining after a repressive regime looks to keep all four of their legacies alive. At the Seattle Center.

Olympia Family Theater: The Secret Garden  (closing 10/16). A modern-day telling of the classic novel includes puppets and punk rock. In Olympia.

ACT Theatre & The 5th Avenue Theatre: Choir Boy  @ ACT (closing 10/23). This recent Broadway hit follows a young Black, queer identity, and an elite prep school gospel choir. In Downtown Seattle.

ArtsWest: Swimming While Drowning  (closing 10/23). Two teens bond at a homeless shelter for queer people in L.A. In West Seattle.

Taproot Theatre: A Night With the Russells – The Legacy of Us  (extended, now closing 10/29). A trio of the area’s foremost theatre artists performs, in storytelling and song. In Seattle (Greenwood).

Village Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors  (closing 10/23, then runs 10/28-11/20 at Everett). An insatiable human-eating plant stars in this classic musical. In Issaquah. See NWT’s review here.

Cafe Nordo: Down the Rabbit Hole  (closing 11/19). Deep under the cobblestones, Alice finds cabaret and culinary delight in Wonderland. In Seattle (Pioneer Square). See NWT’s review here.

Café Nordo: Spirit Parlour  (closing 11/20). A haunting new production; dinner served at Sunday night performances only. In Seattle (Pioneer Square).

Can Can Culinary Cabaret: The Hitchcock Hotel  (closing 11/27). The spooky season officially kicks off with the Can Can’s fall show, served up with dinner and drinks in the cabaret’s new location. In Seattle (Pike Place Market). 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 (September & October) and Holiday Season (November & December) — which aim to list just about every theatre show in town.

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