This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (8/9)

A whole host of great-looking short runs and some much-anticipated openings make this a weekend of difficult choices. Sometimes that’s a good problem to have. Here’s what’s on this week

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Seattle Public Theater: Titanish  (preview 8/10, opens 8/11, closing 9/17). Co-produced with Marxiano Productions. In Seattle (Green Lake).

SecondStory Repertory Theatre: Dancing at Lughnasa  (preview 8/10, opens 8/11, closing 8/27). In Redmond.

Seattle Opera: Das Rheingold  (opens 8/12, closing 8/20). At the Seattle Center.

Yun Theatre: In Between – A Collection of Short Plays @ Center Theatre  (preview 8/15, opens 8/17, closing 8/27). At the Seattle Center.





Short Runs


Saltfire Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew – Shakespeare in the Orchard @ Finnriver Cidery  (8/10-13), followed by Port Townsend run. In Chimacum. See NWT’s Destination Theatre feature here.  🌳☀️

Velocity Dance Center: Dance Innovators – Research in Performance (dance festival)  (8/10). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

As If Theatre Company: The Kenmore Quickies – A Play on Art  (8/11-13). In Kenmore. See NWT’s preview here.

Ballyhoo Theatre: Shapeshifters: A Queer Comic Book Musical @ Edmonds College Black Box Theatre  (8/11-13). In Lynnwood.

Dacha Theatre: Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea @ Chetzemoka Park  (8/11-13). Co-presented with Key City Public Theatre. In Port Townsend. See NWT’s Destination Theatre feature here.  🌳☀️

Seattle Opera: Frida and the Bravest Girl in the World @ Highland Park  (8/12)  and Powell Barnett Park  (8/13). In Seattle (Central District & West Seattle).  🌳☀️

Seattle Theatre Group: Jinkx Monsoon @ The Paramount  (8/12). In Downtown Seattle.

Village Theatre: The Festival of New Musicals  (8/12-13). In Issaquah.

String & Shadow Puppet Theater: Ship of Fools – A Giant Puppet Odyssey @ Vashon Open Space  (8/16). Additional park stops next weekend; see schedule here. On Vashon Island.  🌳☀️

Whim W’Him: Pop-Up Dance Performances @ Ballard Commons Park  (8/16). Additional park stops the following week; see schedule here. In Seattle (Ballard).  🌳☀️



Closing Soon


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

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.  🌳☀️

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

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





Continuing Runs 


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.