This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (10/11)

The spooky season gets underway this weekend, along with a whole slew of openings and short runs. Here’s what’s on this week

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Of Note

Fittingly with Friday the 13th at the door, the spooky season really gets underway this weekend. Find creepy tales from Kelleen Conway Blanchard (Battle Crow Radio) at Annex Theatre, kicking off the long-running fringe hideaway’s first season back since the pandemic. Hear a rockin’ and witchy, women-centered take on “the Scottish play” (Macbeth: A Rock Musical) at Seattle Public Theater. And abscond to spooky secluded surroundings with Dacha Theatre, whose latest immersive and interactive work (The Veil) wrangles magic in the dark halls of a forested, south-end mansion.

Need a switch from the spooky stuff? Seattle-based playwright Andrew Lee Creech’s latest (Last Drive to Dodge), on now at Taproot Theatre might be his best work yet. Story, staging, and performances all come together in this stand-out play, where Reconstruction and the open range combine for a beautiful take on some meanings and possibilities of freedom. (Read more in the Seattle Times review here.) 




Seattle Public Theater: Macbeth – A Rock Musical (co-production with Macha Theatre Works)  (previews begin tonight, opens 10/13, closing 11/5). In Seattle (Green Lake).

As If Theatre Company: Cry It Out  (opens 10/12, closing 10/29). In Kenmore.

Kitsap Children’s Musical Theatre: Bye Bye Birdie  (opens 10/12, closing 10/29). In Poulsbo.

Teatro ZinZanni: Residency @ Lotte Hotel  (opens 10/12, closing 3/31/2024). In Downtown Seattle.

Bainbridge Performing Arts: The Prom  (preview 10/12, opens 10/13, closing 10/29). On Bainbridge Island.

Tacoma Arts Live – Theater Northwest: The Thanksgiving Play @ Tacoma Armory  (preview 10/12, opens 10/13, closing 11/5). In Tacoma.

Strawberry Theatre Workshop: Miss You Like Hell  (previews 10/12-13, opens 10/14, closing 11/11). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Annex Theatre: Battle Crow Radio  (opens 10/13, closing 10/21). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Centerstage Theatre: Emma  (opens 10/13, closing 10/29). In Federal Way (Dash Point).

Dacha Theatre: The Veil @ Forest Ledge Mansion  (opens 10/13, closing 11/5). In Burien.

Evergreen Playhouse: Murder on the Orient Express  (opens 10/13, closing 10/29). In Centralia.

Harlequin Productions: Every Brilliant Thing @ Minnaert Black Box  (opens 10/13, closing 10/28). In West Olympia.

Western Washington Center for the Arts: Baskerville – A Sherlock Holmes Mystery  (opens 10/13, closing 10/29). In Port Orchard.

Seattle Opera: Alcina  (opens 10/14, closing 10/28). At the Seattle Center.



Short Runs    

Velocity Dance Center: Alyza DelPan-Monley: That’s a Handful!  (10/11-14). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

University of Washington Dance: Chamber Dance Company @ Meany Hall  (10/12-15). In Seattle (UW main campus).

The Fruit Salad Show – a new queer comedy & variety show @ Seattle Public Library  (10/14 matinee). In Downtown Seattle.

Tacoma Arts Live: Festival Latinx @ Tacoma Armory  (10/14 all day). In Tacoma.

Forbidden Broadway – The Next Generation @ Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center  (10/14). In Federal Way.

Rainy Day Artistic Collective: Halloween Monologue Night (livestream)  (10/14). Online only.

Yaw Theater: Fuselage Dance Film Festival  (10/14). In Seattle (Georgetown).

Federal Way Symphony: Things That Go Bump in the Night @ Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center  (10/15). In Federal Way.

Seattle Public Theater: The Pink Hulk  (10/16-18). In Seattle (Green Lake).


Closing Soon

eSe Teatro: Two Big Black Bags @ West of Lenin  (closing 10/14). In Seattle (Fremont).

Renton Civic Theatre: Pippin  (closing 10/14). In Renton.

Bremerton Community Theatre: The Turn of the Screw  (closing 10/15). In Bremerton.

Port Angeles Community Players: To the Moon  (closing 10/15). In Port Angeles.

Seattle Rep: The 7 Fingers – Passengers  (closing 10/15). At the Seattle Center.

Village Theatre: Sherwood – The Adventures of Robin Hood (closing 10/15, followed by Everett run). In Issaquah.


Continuing Runs 

Taproot Theatre: Last Drive to Dodge  (closing 10/21). In Seattle (Greenwood).

ManeStage Theatre: Seussical The Musical  (closing 10/22). In Puyallup.

Port Gamble Theater: Murder on the Nile  (closing 10/22). In Port Gamble.

Seattle Children’s Theatre: Dog Man – The Musical  (closing 10/22). At the Seattle Center.

Valley Center Stage: Blithe Spirit  (closing 10/22). In North Bend.

Jet City Improv: Emerald City Slasher @ West of Lenin  (closing 10/28). In Seattle (Fremont).

Olympia Family Theater: The Lightning Thief – The Percy Jackson Musical  (closing 10/29). In Olympia.

The Phoenix Theatre: Calendar Girls  (closing 10/29). In Edmonds.

The 5th Avenue Theatre & ACT Contemporary Theatre: Cambodian Rock Band @ ACT  (closing 11/5). In Downtown Seattle.

Can Can Culinary Cabaret: Hitchcock Hotel  (closing 11/12). In Seattle (Pike Place Market). See NWT’s review of last year’s production 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 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.