Friday, December 06, 2019

It’s Definitely December! (Stage Openings)

The cast of The Bishop's Wife at Taproot (Erik Stuhaug)

As we close out the year and wait for the holidays, there are reprises galore and some counter-programming for those needing a break from the routine. Here are some of the productions opening in December.

The Bishop’s Wife: A Live Radio Play, Taproot Theatre, 12/1-28/19
Based on the classic Lux Radio Theatre broadcast starring Cary Grant, this original adaptation of the beloved holiday tale, adapted by Karen and Mark Lund, will fill you with warmth and nostalgia for the golden age of radio. Dudley is an angel and the answer to Bishop Brougham’s prayer to build a new cathedral. But when the angel turns his attention to the bishop’s friends and family, Dudley’s minor miracles require divine intervention.
The cast of A Very Die Hard Christmas at SPT(Truman Buffett)
A Very Die Hard Christmas, The Habit Comedy and Marxiano Productions, 12/1-28/19 (at the Bathhouse Theater)
This musical parody borrows from the iconic film and promises lots of action, 80s jokes, smooth soft rock jams, and snarky German terrorists.
The Christmas Spirit, Burien Actors Theatre, 12/1-22/19
When Death arrives to whisk Julia Dowling into the afterlife, Julia instead fast-talks him into a nonexistent Christmas party. As Julia scrambles to bring her estranged family together on Christmas Day, old resentments surface, new connections are made, and even Death feels the magic of the Christmas spirit.

SUSAN, On the Boards, 12/5-8/19
Ahamefule J. Oluo’s darkly comic musical portrait of Oluo's mother builds one story out of many, a journey from Section 8 housing in 1980s Seattle to the mangrove swamps of the Niger Delta to the Clallam Bay Correctional Facility. With stunning new compositions combined with soul-baring stand-up interludes, Oluo explores two intertwining narratives: his mother’s life as the white, Midwestern wife of a Nigerian chief and, later, a destitute single mother; and his own journey to Nigeria, as an adult, to visit his late father’s village and discover a family on the other side of the world.

A Christmas Carol, SecondStory Repertory, 12/6-23/19
This original adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is rich with traditional carols, alive with color and movement, and created to tell this enduring tale in a fashion that will appeal to people of all ages. Join the SSR family and celebrate this timeless seasonal classic.

The Christmas Killings at Corgi Cliffs, Cafe Nordo, 12/6-29/19 (world premiere)
Nothing says Holiday Cheer like murder! Our annual Scot Augustson “Dragatha Christie” offering sees the return of Butch Alice as Becky June Beasley-Jones, a small-town girl who can’t seem to stop solving crimes. There's a caper to solve before dessert because Becky-June suffers from "Jessica Fletcher Syndrome" and murder follows her like a corgi after a banger.

The Flight Before Xmas, Macha Theatre Works, 12/6-22/19 (at West of Lenin)
Maggie Lee’s musing about spending Christmas Eve stranded at the airport with a bunch of strangers. With endless delays, kids shuffling between stepfamilies, old and new relationships being tested to their limits, and a rogue cat on the loose, the holiday spirit can disappear quicker than your lost luggage. But sometimes you just need to be a little late in order to truly appreciate what you’re rushing toward.

Othello, Fern Shakespeare Company, 12/6-29/19 (at Inscape Arts Building)
Shakespeare’s Othello, The Moor of Venice, follows the story of the military general Othello through love, jealousy, and deceit. Told from the point of view of his most trusted and most treacherous friend, Iago, as Iago whispers Othello down a path of ruin he cannot return from. Is it his love for a woman that is his downfall or is it his own fierce jealousy?

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some), Revelry Theatre, 12/13-22/19 (at Taproot Theatre)
Tired of performing A Christmas Carol for the hundredth time, three actors ditch the script and leave no holly unturned in their attempt to perform every Christmas story ever told. Can they have their fruitcake and eat it too?

Miracle on 34th Street, Seattle Musical Theatre, 12/19-29/19 (at Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Avenue NE, Shoreline, WA 98155)
Based on the beloved 1947 film, this 1963 Broadway hit by Meredith Wilson, creator of Music Man, comes to life on stage in this new holiday production. Filled with such beloved songs as Pinecones and Hollyberries, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, and finally answering the question, “Is Kris Kringle really Santa Claus?”, this heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment and the perfect present to fill everyone’s stocking.

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