This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (5/15)

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 (and an early look at the week after, too). 

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Openings & Previews 

Verlaine & McCann: Through the Looking Glass – The Burlesque Alice In Wonderland @ Triple Door  (opens tonight, closing 5/19). In Downtown Seattle.

Taproot Theatre: Sherlock Holmes and the Precarious Position  (previews 5/15-16, opens 5/17, closing 6/22) (extended from 6/15). In Seattle (Greenwood).

Village Theatre: Once on This Island  (previews 5/15-16, opening 5/17, closing 6/16) (followed by Everett run). In Issaquah.

Bremerton Community Theatre: The Smell of the Kill  (opens 5/17, closing 5/26). In Bremerton.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse: The Prom  (opens 5/17, closing 6/9). In Tacoma.

University of Washington Drama: The Adding Machine @ Jones Playhouse  (previews 5/18-21, opens 5/23, closing 6/2). In Seattle (U-District).



This Week’s Short Runs

Seattle Cabaret Festival @ Egan’s Ballard Jam House  (through 6/1) (various shows; see schedule here). In Seattle (Ballard).

Washington Center for the Arts: The Aunties – Women of the Salish Sea, Episode 2  (5/16). In Olympia.

On the Boards: Andrew Schneider – N O W I S W H E N W E A R E (the stars)  (5/16-19). In Seattle (Lower Queen Anne).

University of Washington Dance: MFA Dance Concert @ Meany Studio Theatre  (5/16-19). In Seattle (UW main campus).

Jewel Box Theatre: Imagined Reality (improv)  (5/18). In Poulsbo.



Closing Soon 

Washington Ensemble Theatre: Scrambling the Goose  (closing 5/17) (extended from 5/12). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

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

ReAct Theatre: Letters of Suresh @ 12th Avenue Arts  (closing 5/18) (extended from 5/12). In Seattle (Capitol Hill). Read NWT’s review here

Seattle University Theatre: The Secret in the Wings  (closing 5/18). In Seattle (First Hill).

Whim W’Him: New Creations by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Ihsan Rustem & Olivier Wevers @ Cornish Playhouse (Seattle Center) (closing 5/18); and Vashon Center for the Arts (5/15 only).

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

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.

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

The Shattered Glass Project: New Works Festival @ 18th & Union  (closing 5/19) (rotating shows; see schedule here). In Seattle (Central District).

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.


Continuing Runs 

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

Olympia Family Theater: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  (closing 6/2). In Olympia.

Seattle Public Theater: Unrivaled (co-production with SIS Productions)  (closing 6/2). In Seattle (Green Lake). Read NWT’s review here.

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



On Deck   

Next Week’s Short Runs 

18th & Union: The Ones Who Sleep Through Storms  (5/24). In Seattle (Central District).

Bandit Theater: Couples Quiz @ Tacoma Armory  (5/24). In Tacoma.

Drunken Owl Theatre: God, Zombies and Other Phantasms @ Jules Maes Saloon  (5/24-26). In Seattle (Georgetown).

Vashon Opera: Romeo and Juliet @ Vashon Center for the Arts  (5/24-26). On Vashon Island.

Bandit Theater: Swipe Right and Inkprov @ Here-After  (5/25). In Seattle (Belltown).

18th & Union: Destroy Yourself (staged reading) (5/28). In Seattle (Central District).


Next Week’s Openings & Previews 

Ballyhoo Theatre: Six: The Musical (Teen Edition) @ Edmonds College Black Box  (opens 5/24, closing 6/2). In Lynnwood.

Centerstage Theatre: 10 Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith  (opens 5/24, closing 6/16). In Federal Way (Dash Point).

Enoch City Arts: A Man for All Seasons  (opens 5/24, closing 6/15). In Bremerton.

Evergreen Playhouse: The Addams Family – A New Musical  (opens 5/24, closing 6/9). In Centralia.

Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts: Twelfth Night  (opens 5/24, closing 6/9). In Marysville.


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.