This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (8/2)

There’s plenty to see this weekend, both indoors and out, including a whole host of short runs. Here’s what’s on this week

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The 5th Avenue Theatre: 1776 (touring)  (opens tonight, closing 8/6). In Downtown Seattle.

Saltfire Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew – Shakespeare in the Orchard @ Fort Worden State Park  (previews 8/3-4, opens 8/5, closing 8/20) and Finnriver Cidery (8/10-13). In Port Townsend and Chimacum.  🌳☀️

General Gabler’s Theatre: Hedda Gabler @ West of Lenin  (opens 8/4, closing 8/12). In Seattle (Fremont).

Pratidhwani: Ballabhpur Ki Roopkatha (presented in Hindi) @ UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre  (opens 8/4, closing 8/13). In Seattle (U-District).

Rosebud Children’s & Community Theatre Conservatory: Once Upon a Mattress  (opens 8/4, closing 8/13). In Federal Way.



Short Runs


Puppeteers for Fears: Cthulhu – The Musical @ Chop Suey  (tonight). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

The 14/48 Projects: 14/48 – The World’s Quickest Theater Festival @ Cornish Raisbeck Performance Hall  (8/4-5). In Seattle (Denny). Different shows each day, and different artists each weekend; see artists rosters here.  🎪

Key City Public Theatre: Titus & Juliet @ Chetzemoka Park  (8/4-6). In Port Townsend.  🌳☀️

Velocity Dance Center: Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation Performance Cohorts Showcase @ Erickson Theatre  (8/4-5). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Pacific Northwest Ballet: PNB Dance Film Festival @ Mural Amphitheatre  (8/5). At the Seattle Center. Film lineup and screening info here.  🌳☀️

Airbound Underground: The Brotherhood Takes Flight – Special Summer Aerial Showcase @ The Brotherhood Lounge  (8/6). In Olympia.





Closing Soon


The Williams Project: Champagne + Sodomy: The Art and Crime of Oscar Wilde @ Base  (closing 8/5). In Seattle (Georgetown).

Dacha Theatre: Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea @ Hughes Penthouse Theatre lawn  (closing 8/6, followed by Port Townsend run). In Seattle (UW main campus).  🌳☀️

ManeStage Theatre: The Wizard of Oz  (closing 8/6). In Puyallup.

Seattle Shakespeare Company – Wooden O: The Tempest  (closing 8/6). At parks in and around King County.  🌳☀️

Village Theatre – Kidstage: The Prom  (closing 8/6). In Everett.





Continuing Runs 


GreenStage: Backyard Bard – Comedy of Errors  (closing 8/12). At parks in and around Seattle.  🌳☀️

GreenStage: Backyard Bard – Cymbeline  (closing 8/12). At parks in and around Seattle.  🌳☀️

GreenStage: Henry VI, Part I  (closing 8/12). At parks in and around Seattle.  🌳☀️

GreenStage: Romeo and Juliet  (closing 8/12). At parks in and around Seattle.  🌳☀️

Taproot Theatre: The Hello Girls  (closing 8/19) (extended from 8/12). In Seattle (Greenwood).

Burien Actors Theatre: Good Morning, Bill  (closing 8/20). At parks in South King County.  🌳☀️

Kitsap Forest Theatre: Seussical, the Musical  (closing 8/20). In Bremerton.  🌳☀️

Can Can Culinary Cabaret: Crimson and Clover  (closing 9/17). 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 (plus 2024 ones announced so far), which will be updated frequently as season lineups unfold.

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