This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (10/18)

The spooky season is underway this weekend, along with loads more openings and short runs. Here’s what’s on this week

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Of Note

Closing this Saturday is Seattle-based playwright Andrew Lee Creech’s Last Drive to Dodge, which 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. At Taproot Theatre in Greenwood. (Read more in the Seattle Times review here.) 

Looking for some Halloween fare? Check out some fun and spooky options — from burlesque to chilling tales — in NWTheatre’s feature here.



Pork Filled Productions: Bloodletting @ Theatre Off Jackson  (in previews, opens 10/19, closing 11/4). In Seattle (International District).

Can Can Culinary Cabaret: This Is Halloween @ The Triple Door  (opens 10/19, closing 10/31). In Seattle (Pike Place Market). See NWTheatre’s review of last year’s run here.

SecondStory Repertory Theatre: Meteor Shower  (preview 10/19, opens 10/20, closing 11/12). In Redmond.

Hello Earth Productions: Doctor in the Dark – Blink @ TPS Theatre4  (opens 10/20, closing 11/4). At the Seattle Center. Note: full run is listed as sold out.

Jewel Box Theatre: Doubt – A Parable  (opens 10/20, closing 10/29). In Poulsbo.

Olympia Little Theatre: Who’s in Bed With the Butler?  (opens 10/20, closing 11/5). In Olympia.

Tacoma Little Theatre: Misery  (opens 10/20, closing 11/5). In Tacoma.

Seattle Rep: Islander  (previews 10/20-24, opens 10/25, closing 11/19). At the Seattle Center (Mercer St.).

Village Theatre: Sherwood – The Adventures of Robin Hood  (opens 10/21, closing 11/12). In Everett.



Short Runs    

Seattle Public Theater: The Pink Hulk  (closing tonight). In Seattle (Green Lake).

Meany Center for the Performing Arts: Grupo Corpo  (10/19-21). In Seattle (UW main campus).

On the Boards: Black Collectivity Presents – To Gather  (10/19-21). In Seattle (Lower Queen Anne).

Karin Stevens Dance: KSD & Kin @ NOD Theater  (10/20-21). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Mirror Stage: Expand Upon – Health Care @ 18th & Union  (10/21-22). In Seattle (Central District).

Seattle Jewish Theater Company: Mississippi Summer @ Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute  (10/21-22). In Seattle (Central District).

Pork Filled Productions: AAPI Celebration Night (showcase) @ Theatre Off Jackson  (10/24). In Seattle (International District).


Closing Soon

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

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.



Continuing Runs 

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

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

Seattle Opera: Alcina  (closing 10/28). At the Seattle Center. See NWTheatre’s review here.

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

Bainbridge Performing Arts: The Prom  (closing 10/29). On Bainbridge Island.

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

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

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

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.

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

The 5th Avenue Theatre & ACT Contemporary Theatre: Cambodian Rock Band @ ACT  (closing 11/5). In Downtown Seattle. See NWTheatre’s review here

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

Seattle Public Theater: Macbeth – A Rock Musical (co-production with Macha Theatre Works)  (closing 11/5). In Seattle (Green Lake).

Strawberry Theatre Workshop: Miss You Like Hell  (closing 11/11). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Tacoma Arts Live – Theater Northwest: The Thanksgiving Play @ Tacoma Armory  (closing 11/5). In Tacoma.

Can Can Culinary Cabaret: Hitchcock Hotel  (closing 11/12). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).

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


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.