In the absence of full-run openings this week, loads of short runs in theatre and dance arrive this weekend, alongside plenty of mid-run shows. And the big-stage ballet that’s closing is a must-see.
Ticketing links for most shows can be found on the Performance Calendar page here.
The Seasons’ Canon @ Pacific Northwest Ballet
Closes 11/13. At the Seattle Center (Mercer St.).
And streaming 11/17-21.
Note: Pay-what-you-choose rush tickets available at tonight’s show (11/10), along with $5 beer (at “Beer and Ballet,” the classy Thirsty Thursday).
Melding the cinematic and playful with the form’s more typical precision and grace, PNB is gleefully defying what it means to “do the ballet.”
This triple-bill of shorter works spans 50 years, a fitting figure for the company’s 50th anniversary, but it feels wholly modern. The fresh and hot world premiere from Dwight Rhoden, aptly titled Catching Feelings, brings viewers along on a whole journey of moods. A late-career piece by George Balanchine brings the musicians on stage while the dancers stand by, as if awaiting inspiration, before hopping into what looks like a gender-swapped, cheeky Sugar Plum Fairy duet. And in the title work, Crystal Pite combines the feel and freshness of her very-cinematic Plot Points, which PNB performed earlier this year, with an epic stage so full of dancers it calls to mind the regimented army of them in Swan Lake.
Pite’s works are as dramatic and enthralling as the finest theatre, and Rhoden and Balanchine’s joyful works are the perfect setup for it. Plus, with a run time of two hours (including two leisurely intermissions), this bite-size slate of exciting works is about as approachable as it gets.
Tickets are $37-$202, here. Pay-what-you-choose ($5+) tickets available for Thursday’s performance 90 minutes before showtime; see info here. Streaming access: tickets ($38.50) available for viewing 11/17-21, here.
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The Original Theatre Black Dog: The Glass Menagerie @ NOD Theater (closing 11/12). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).
Acts on Stage: Tia Naché – That Talk You Do (closing 11/13). In White Center.
SecondStory Repertory Theatre: Starmites Pro (closing 11/13). In Redmond.
Broadway at The Paramount – Seattle Theatre Group: Jagged Little Pill (touring) @ The Paramount Theatre (opened this week, closing 11/13). In Downtown Seattle.
Seattle University Drama: Celebrating Laughter, Love, and Levity: A Campus Cabaret (in previews, opens 11/10, closing 11/13). In Seattle (First Hill).
Kettleworks Performing Arts: Seussical Jr. @ Carco Theatre (11/10-11 only). In Renton.
Strawberry Theatre Workshop: BeatleConcert @ 12th Avenue Arts (11/10-12 only). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).
Drama Dock: Buddy – The Buddy Holly Musical @ Vashon Center for the Arts (runs 11/10-13). On Vashon Island.
Mary Sigward + Artists: sorry Clover @ Yaw Theater (11/11-12 only). In Seattle (Georgetown).
Bandit Theater: Mad Science – improv @ 18th & Union (11/12 only). In Seattle (Central District).
Bandit Theater: Gram Worthy – improv @ 18th & Union (11/12 only). In Seattle (Central District).
ACT Theatre: Love and Boats (ACT Young Core Company) (11/13 only). In Downtown Seattle.
Blue Hour Theatre Group: Boom @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (closing 11/19). In West Seattle (Delridge).
Cafe Nordo: Down the Rabbit Hole (closing 11/19). In Seattle (Pioneer Square). See NWT’s review here.
Reboot Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar @ Theatre Off Jackson (closing 11/19). In Seattle (International District).
Bremerton Community Theatre: The Odd Couple (closing 11/20). In Bremerton.
Café Nordo: Spirit Parlour (closing 11/20). In Seattle (Pioneer Square).
Kitsap Children’s Musical Theatre: Elf: The Musical (closing 11/20). In Poulsbo.
Olympia Family Theater: Dragons Love Tacos (closing 11/20). In Olympia.
Seattle Shakespeare Company: Macbeth (closing 11/20). At the Seattle Center.
Village Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors (closing 11/20). In Everett. See NWT’s review here.
The Williams Project: The Amen Corner co-production @ Langston (closing 11/20). In Seattle (Central District).
Can Can Culinary Cabaret: The Hitchcock Hotel (closing 11/27). In Seattle (Pike Place Market). See NWT’s review here.
Pony World Theatre: Not / Our Town @ 12th Avenue Arts (closing 12/3). See NWT’s preview here.
The Roundup is a weekly (ish) feature. For this month’s shows by day, with ticketing info and links, see the Performance Calendar.
Chase D. Anderson is Editor & Producer of NWTheatre.org.