This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (5/3)

This weekend is one to watch, with fantastical musicals, family dramas, comedies, opera, dance, and more. Here’s what’s on this week

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



Openings & Short Runs   


ArtsWest: Zach  (preview tonight, opens 5/4, closing 5/28). In West Seattle.

Dare to Dance 12: Intimate Stories @ TPS Theatre 4  (opens 5/4, closing 5/6). At the Seattle Center.

Three Dollar Bill Cinema: Translations – Seattle Trans Film Festival @ The Beacon, Ark Lodge, and online  (opens 5/4, closing 5/7). In Columbia City and online.

Kitsap Children’s Musical Theatre: Shrek The Musical  (opens 5/4, closing 5/21). In Poulsbo.

SecondStory Rep: Sunday in the Park With George  (preview 5/4, opens 5/5, closing 5/21). In Redmond.

Lakewood Playhouse: Love, Loss, and What I Wore  (preview 5/4, opens 5/5, closing 5/28). In Lakewood.

Seattle Public Theater: Hometown Boy  (preview 5/4, opens 5/5, closing 5/28). In Seattle (Green Lake).

Bainbridge Performing Arts: The Humours of Bandon  (5/5 only). On Bainbridge Island.

Ballyhoo Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors @ The Phoenix Theatre  (opens 5/5, closing 5/14). In Edmonds.

Harlequin Productions: Hundred Days  (opens 5/5, closing 5/27). In Olympia.

Olympia Family Theater: Alice in Wonderland – A New Musical  (opens 5/5, closing 5/28). In Olympia.

Seattle Rep: Lydia and the Troll  (previews 5/5-9, opens 5/10, closing 6/4). At the Seattle Center.

ACT Theatre: Wolf Play  (previews 5/5-10, opens 5/11, closing 5/21). In Downtown Seattle.

The Guild Dance Company & Radiance Choir: Collaboration – Pompeii @ Trinity Parish Hall  (5/6 only). In Seattle (First Hill).

Seattle Opera: La Traviata  (opens 5/6, closing 5/21). At the Seattle Center.

Airbound Underground: The Brotherhood Takes Flight @ The Brotherhood Lounge  (5/7 only). In Olympia.

Base: Moonyeka – Residency Open House  (5/7 only). In Seattle (Georgetown).



Closing Soon


18th & Union: SpringShot Festival  (closing 5/7). In Seattle (Central District). Different performances each weekend; see schedule here.

Jewel Box Theatre: Radio on the Air  (closing 5/7). In Poulsbo.

ManeStage Theatre: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe  (closing 5/7). In Puyallup.

Olympia Little Theatre: Into the Breeches!  (closing 5/7). In Olympia.

Tacoma Little Theatre: Significant Other  (closing 5/7). In Tacoma.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse: Titanic – The Musical  (closing 5/7). In Tacoma.

UW Drama: Producing Artists Lab – In the Blood @ Hughes Penthouse Theatre  (closing 5/7). In Seattle (UW main campus).



Continuing Runs 


Jet City Improv & Pork Filled Productions: Joy Market @ West of Lenin  (closing 5/13). In Seattle (Fremont).

Burien Actors Theatre: Tiny Beautiful Things  (closing 5/14). In Burien.

Seattle Rep: How I Learned What I Learned  (closing 5/14). At the Seattle Center.

The 5th Avenue Theatre: Sweeney Todd  (closing 5/14). In Downtown Seattle.

Washington Ensemble Theatre: Our Dear Drug Lord  (closing 5/15). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Mirror Stage: The Squirrel Plays @ 12th Avenue Arts  (closing 5/20). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Seattle Children’s Theatre: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  (closing 5/21). At the Seattle Center.

Seattle Shakespeare Company: Twelfth Night The Musical  (closing 5/21). At the Seattle Center.

Western Washington Center for the Arts: Monty Python’s Spamalot  (closing 5/21). In Port Orchard.

Can Can Culinary Cabaret: Noir  (closing 7/2). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).


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 list of 2023 shows announced so far, which will be updated frequently as season lineups unfold.

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