This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (4/18)

There’s plenty to love this weekend, with lots of shows opening and short runs to catch while they last. Here’s what’s on this week. 

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Spotlight  🔦

If you can only see one thing this weekend, make it:

The welcome return of The Seasons’ Canon, Crystal Pite’s contemporary dance epic, at Pacific Northwest Ballet now through 4/21 (see NWT’s review here);

The world premiere of celebrated choreographer dani tirrell and The Congregation’s Leviticus or Love and to walk amongst HUMANS (Book I), a multi-part dance centering Black queer bodies, at the Moore Theatre (4/20-21); or

The touring All Things Equal: The Life and Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a dynamic new play and whirlwind solo show told from the “Notorious” Justice’s perspective, performing locally in Bellingham (4/20) and Bremerton (4/21)

All three are great choices for wide and varied audiences, and all three close this weekend.


Openings & Previews 

Seattle Rep: Fat Ham  (opened this week, closing 5/12). At the Seattle Center.

On the Boards: Cherdonna and The Bearded Ladies – Threesome @ Repair Revolution  (opens 4/18, closing 4/27). In Seattle (SoDo).

The Underground Theater: Brown Bodies on a Blue Earth @ Base Camp Studios  (opens 4/18, closing 5/12). In Seattle (Belltown).

HEART Repertory Theatre: Agnes of God @ Sammamish Valley Grange  (opens 4/19, closing 5/5). In Woodinville.

Jewel Box Theatre: Chapter Two  (opens 4/19, closing 5/5). In Poulsbo.

Olympia Little Theatre: Savannah Sipping Society  (opens 4/19, closing 5/5). In Olympia.

ReAct Theatre: Animals Out of Paper @ 12th Avenue Arts  (opens 4/19, closing 5/19). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Broadway Across America: Aladdin (touring) @ The Paramount Theatre  (opens 4/24, closing 4/28). In Downtown Seattle.

Seattle Shakespeare Company: Romeo and Juliet  (previews 4/24-25, opens 4/26, closing 5/12). At the Seattle Center.



This Week’s Short Runs

Cornish College of the Arts: New Works Festival Part 2 – The Lore Project & The Only Choice to Be Had  (4/18-21). In Seattle (Denny).

18th & Union: Bless This Jess  (4/19-20). In Seattle (Central District).

Cornish Dance Theatre @ Cornish Playhouse  (4/19-20). At the Seattle Center (Mercer St).

The Disabled List Comedy Showcase @ Theatre Off Jackson  (4/19-20). In Seattle (International District).

Valley Center Stage: Happy Time (staged reading)  (4/19-21). In North Bend.

Mirror Stage: Stories of Spring @ Nalanda West  (4/20). In Seattle (Wallingford).

All Things Equal: The Life and Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (touring)  in Bellingham (Mount Baker Theatre, 4/20) and Bremerton (Admiral Theatre, 4/21).

Island Theatre: Leisure Seeker (staged reading) @ Bainbridge Public Library  (4/20-21). On Bainbridge Island.

dani tirrell and The Congregation: Leviticus or Love and to walk amongst HUMANS (Book I) @ Moore Theatre  (4/20-21). In Downtown Seattle.

Base: 12 Minutes Max  (4/21-22). In Seattle (Georgetown).



Closing Soon 

Seattle Pacific University Theatre: Silent Sky  (closing 4/20). In Seattle (Queen Anne north).

Taproot Theatre: How to Write a New Book for the Bible  (closing 4/20). In Seattle (Greenwood).

Ballyhoo Theatre: The Lightning Thief – The Percy Jackson Musical @ Edmonds College Black Box  (closing 4/21). In Lynnwood.

Centerstage Theatre: First Date The Musical  (closing 4/21). In Federal Way (Dash Point).

Lakewood Playhouse: Incorruptible  (closing 4/21). In Lakewood.

Ludlow Village Players: Nunsense  (closing 4/21). In Port Ludlow.

Pacific Northwest Ballet: The Seasons’ Canon  (closing 4/21). At the Seattle Center. Read NWT’s review here.

Rainy Day Artistic Collective: The Triangle Factory Fire Project @ TPS Theatre4  (closing 4/21). At the Seattle Center.

Village Theatre: The Fantasticks  (closing 4/21) (followed by Everett run). In Issaquah.



Continuing Runs  

Blue Hour Theatre Group: Plague Master @ West of Lenin  (closing 4/27). In Seattle (Fremont). Read NWT’s review here.

Renton Civic Theatre: Rope  (closing 4/27). In Renton.

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts: Justice  (closing 4/27). (Washington State Supreme Court Justices Bobbe Bridge (retired) and Mary Yu will speak following the 4/21 matinee.) In Langley.

ArtsWest & Seda Iranian Theatre Ensemble: English  (closing 4/28). In West Seattle. Read NWT’s review here.

Evergreen Playhouse: Noises Off  (closing 4/28). In Centralia.

Key City Public Theatre: Gunmetal Blues  (closing 4/28). In Port Townsend.

The Phoenix Theatre: Death by Design  (closing 4/28). In Edmonds.

Port Gamble Theater: On Golden Pond  (closing 4/28). In Port Gamble.

Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts: Into the Breeches  (closing 4/28). In Marysville.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse: Stepping Out  (closing 4/28). In Tacoma.

Bremerton Community Theatre: Titanic  (closing 5/5). In Bremerton.

Burien Actors Theatre: Red @ Kennedy Catholic High School  (closing 5/12). In Burien.

Can Can Culinary Cabaret: Noir  (closing 5/26). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).

New City Theater: Shakespeare Up Close – Ages of Being  (closing 6/22). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).


The Roundup is a weekly 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 2024 shows, updated frequently as season lineups are announced.

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