This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (5/1)

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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Here’s some news of note this week:

Seattle stage favorite Mari Nelson was just added to the cast of Coriolanus at Portland Center Stage, where she rejoins director Rosa Joshi and actor Kate Wisniewski, co-founders of the Seattle-founded upstart crow collective, which centers women and non-binary people in performance of the Shakespeare canon. Coriolanus opened this past weekend and runs through May 19. Info and tickets here.

To its five-day run, Intiman Theatre has added a performance (on May 2) of The Lion Tells His Tale, a stage adaptation of Delbert Richardson’s American History Traveling Museum: The “Unspoken” Truths, which uses artifacts and storytelling to teach American history through an Afrocentric lens. It runs through May 5. Info and tickets here.   

Fans of Cambodian Rock Band, take note that Dengue Fever will play the Crocodile on July 15 (just announced). Tickets here.

Fans of Hadestown, take note that Bonny Light Horseman (the band of Hadestown writer-composer Anaïs Mitchell) will play the Crocodile on October 12 (just announced). Info and tickets here

And speaking of crocodiles and other lizard giants: Lizard Boy will perform at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, featuring the original cast of Justin Huertas (writer-composer), Kiki DeLohr, and William A. Williams. It runs June 11 through October 12. (Pro tip: go early in the run.) Info and tickets here.



Openings & Previews 

Intiman Theatre: The Lion Tells His Tale  (opens tonight, closing 5/5). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

ACT Contemporary Theatre: The Lehman Trilogy  (in previews, opens 5/2, closing 5/12). In Downtown Seattle.

Edmonds Driftwood Players: The Savannah Sipping Society  (opens 5/3, closing 5/19). In Edmonds.

Jet City Improv & Pork Filled Productions: Journey of the Wind @ Theatre Off Jackson  (opens 5/3, closing 5/18). In Seattle (International District).

Seattle Opera: The Barber of Seville  (opens 5/4, closing 5/19). At the Seattle Center.

Tacoma City Ballet: Storybook Ballet Theatre @ Theater on the Square  (opens 5/4, closing 5/11). In Tacoma.

University of Washington Drama: Airness (Producing Artists’ Lab) @ Hughes Penthouse Theatre  (preview 5/7, opens 5/9, closing 5/12). In Seattle (UW main campus).



This Week’s Short Runs

Grand Kyiv Ballet: Giselle (touring)  @ Byrnes Performing Arts Center (Arlington) (5/2); and Pantages Theater (Tacoma) (5/3). Read NWT’s review here.

Tacoma Little Theatre: Eleemosynary (staged reading)  (5/2). In Tacoma.

Washington Center for the Arts: Ladies of Laughter  (5/3). In Olympia.

Velocity Dance Center: Lavinia Vago – FKK @ Georgetown Steam Plant  (5/3-4). In Seattle (Georgetown).

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts: Whidbey Island Dance Theatre – Celebration of Dance  (5/3-4). In Langley.

Seattle Cabaret Festival: Opening Night @ The Triple Door  (5/4). In Downtown Seattle.

Olympic Ballet Theatre: Don Quixote @ Edmonds Center for the Arts  (5/4-5). In Edmonds.

Theatre33: Lip Service  (5/4-5). In Bellevue.

Airbound Underground: The Brotherhood Takes Flight (aerialist show) @ The Brotherhood Lounge  (5/5). In Olympia.

Dina Martina @ Triple Door  (5/6-9). In Downtown Seattle.

Copious Love: Plays on Tap (new play readings) @ Jules Maes Saloon  (5/7). In Seattle (Georgetown).


Closing Soon 

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

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

Jewel Box Theatre: Chapter Two  (closing 5/5). In Poulsbo. Read NWT’s review here.

Olympia Little Theatre: Savannah Sipping Society  (closing 5/5). In Olympia.

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



Continuing Runs  

Bainbridge Performing Arts: Cabaret  (closing 5/12). On Bainbridge Island.

ManeStage Theatre: Steel Magnolias (closing 5/12). In Puyallup.

ReAct Theatre: Letters of Suresh @ 12th Avenue Arts  (closing 5/12). In Seattle (Capitol Hill). Read NWT’s review here.

Seattle Rep: Fat Ham  (closing 5/12). At the Seattle Center.

Seattle Shakespeare Company: Romeo and Juliet  (closing 5/12). At the Seattle Center.

Tacoma Little Theatre: Almost, Maine  (closing 5/12). In Tacoma.

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

Washington Ensemble Theatre: Scrambling the Goose  (closing 5/13). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

ReAct Theatre: Animals Out of Paper @ 12th Avenue Arts  (closing 5/19). In Seattle (Capitol Hill). Read NWT’s review here.

Seattle Children’s Theatre: A Tale of Peter Rabbit  (closing 5/19). At the Seattle Center.

Village Theatre: The Fantasticks  (closing 5/19). In Everett.

Western Washington Center for the Arts: The Wedding Singer  (closing 5/19). In Port Orchard. Read NWT’s review here.

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.