Saturday, March 05, 2022

Look what March is blowing onto Seattle stages!

The Cake, As If Theatre, 3/3-3/20

Here in this list, you will find what, in March 2019, was considered a “normal” month of show openings! Are we back to “normal”? While no one can quite say, there is a blessed lot of theater to see in person in March 2022! (ALSO!!! Covid-19 protocols are changing in March of 2022 in Washington State. Masking and providing proof of vaccination requirements are being dropped by the state during March. But, masking is still mandated in some situations like in healthcare facilities and public transit as well as at the discretion of business and organization owners. Theater companies, venues and producers can still require/request you wear a mask/provide vaccination proof. If in doubt, we suggest checking with individual theaters/producers about their requirements and/or bring your mask/proof of vaccination just in case it’s required!)
The Book Club Play, Village Theatre, 3/2/22-5/1/22
Issaquah 3/2/22-4/3/22 | Everett 4/8/22-5/1/22
The Book Club Play follows a group of people whose book club is the subject of a famous documentary filmmaker. The members of the club differ in perspective, race, sexual orientation, and viewpoint on the world so completely, that their colliding assumptions also create a ripe environment for the comedy. With novels that audience members of all ages will recognize, this is a comedy that everyone can love, and a booklover will adore.
A Thousand Ways (Part Three), On the Boards, 3/3-12/22
Obie Award-winning 600 Highwaymen present A Thousand Ways (Part Three): An Assembly, a timely and intimate return to togetherness. 16 strangers construct a unique and intimate theatrical event, using a stack of instructive notecards. The audience will collectively recount a story of audacity in the face of uncertainty. This elucidating experience invites participants to consider one another—individually and collectively—and the significance of coming together after so much time apart. A Thousand Ways (Part Three): An Assembly is the final experience of the triptych of encounters between strangers, following Part One: A Phone Call and Part Two: An Encounter. Each installment brings people together in the creation of a moving live experience. The work explores the line between strangeness and kinship, distance and proximity, and how the most intimate assembly can become profoundly radical.
The Cake, As If Theatre Company, 3/3-20/22 (at Kenmore Community Club Hall)
All is going well for Della. Her North Carolina bakery is legendary and she’s just been cast on her favorite television baking competition. But then, her late-best-friend’s daughter comes home from New York City to ask her to make a cake for her upcoming wedding. When Della learns that Jen’s about to marry a woman, she is forced to re-examine her deeply held beliefs, as questions of morals, judgment and family swirl around them all.
Teenage Dick, Seattle Rep, 3/4/22-4/3/22
In thissatiricalretelling of Shakespeares Richard III, one of the most famous disabled characters inliteraryhistory is reimagined as a 16-year-old outsiderwith all the teenage angst ofhigh school.Bullied for his cerebralpalsy,Richardplots his revengeas well asaglorious and ambitious plan to win senior class president. As he falls deeper intopolitical turmoil, Richard is faced with an unexpectedchoice.Is it better to be loved or feared?
First Date, SecondStory Repertory, 3/4-20/22
(The musical world-premiered in Seattle in 2012 by ACT Theatre and Seattle Rep.) When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner.
Holmes and Watson, Edmond’s Driftwood Theatre, 3/4-27/22
Sherlock Holmes is dead. Or so it is assumed. The world knows the great detective went over the falls at Reichenbach with his nemesis Professor Moriarty. But Holmes’ body was never retrieved. Now, a number of frauds, fakes, and charlatans have come forward to lay claim to his identity, and it falls to Dr. Watson to disprove them. A telegram arrives informing Watson that three men, each claiming to be Holmes, have been committed to a remote asylum off the coast of Scotland. Watson must discover if one of the mad men is the real Sherlock Holmes.
The Band’s Visit, Paramount Theatre (national tour), 03/08/22-03/13/22
The winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, finally makes it to Seattle after its 1st national tour was cancelled due to Covid. “In this joyously offbeat story, set in a town that’s way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrive lost, out of the blue. Under the spell of the desert sky, and with beautiful music perfuming the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways. Even the briefest visit can stay with you forever.”
1984, Radial Theater Project, 3/10-26/22 (at 18th & Union)
Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 is the story of Winston Smith, an insignificant party member in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal "assistance" of four Party Members who reenact scenes from his diary, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen inquisitor. This production of 1984 opened at 18th & Union in February 2020, and had to shut down. This remount opens two years later, with the return of the production’s entire original cast.
Europe, Thalia’s Umbrella, 3/10-27/22 (at 12th Avenue Arts)
The best play about the United States in 2021 was written in Scotland in 1994. In a time when words and ideas are divisive, and when someone from another country—or the other side of town—can seem both exotic and threatening, come join the feast that is David Greig’s powerful play about two outsiders who change a small town. Two refugees arrive at a train station in a small border town where the trains no longer stop. They are not looking for love; they are not looking for trouble. They find both.
Father Comes Home From The Wars, UW School of Drama, 3/10-20/22 (at Jones Playhouse)
Offered his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy, Hero, a slave, must choose whether to leave the woman and people he loves for what may be another empty promise. As his decision brings him face to face with a nation at war with itself, the ones Hero left behind debate whether to escape or wait for his return, only to discover that for Hero, freedom may have come at a great spiritual cost. A devastatingly beautiful dramatic work, Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3) is the opening trilogy of a projected nine-play cycle that will ultimately take us into the present.
Murder for Two, Harlequin Theatre, 3/11/22-4/2/22
They put the laughter in manslaughter! In this hilarious 90-minute musical comedy, two performers play 13 roles—not to mention the piano—in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries. A small-town police officer dreams of making it to detective – and one fateful night, the opportunity arrives in the form of a dead Great American Novelist. One actor investigates, the other plays every suspect, and both play the piano. It’s the perfect blend of music, mayhem, and murder! Jon Lutyens and Katherine Strohmaier star in this fast-paced production.
Pipeline, Seattle Public Theater, 3/11/22-4/3/22
Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away? With profound compassion and lyricism, Pipeline brings an urgent conversation. Dominique Morisseau pens a deeply moving story of a mother’s fight to give her son a future—without turning her back on the community that made him who he is.
This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing, ArtsWest, 3/17/22-4/10/22
Triplet sisters are left in the forest by their woodcutter father. From this fairytale beginning, three resolutions are made – one sister will walk one way, one the other, and the third will stay right where she is. Twenty years later, having circumnavigated the globe, fought Vikings, crossed oceans, tamed wilds, and achieved greatness, the three meet again, as women. What they learn on their separate journeys will change everything, and at the same time nothing, in this moving and irresistibly charming modern-day fairytale.
The Thin Place, ACT Theatre, 3/18/22-4/10-22
Can we talk with the dead? Communicate with loved ones we’ve lost? In this play by Lucas Hnath, Linda promises that you can. If you listen — really listen — she can take you to the thin place, the fragile boundary between our world and the next. Perhaps it’s merely a cunning illusion that awakens our deepest desires.
Motown and More, Seattle Men’s Chorus, 3/18-19/22 (at Benaroya Hall)
In the 1960's, a little record label out of Detroit released a new musical sound onto the airwaves, launching some of the most successful Black artists of the 20th century and forever changing America. Join Seattle Men's Chorus featuring The Supertonics and mother and daughter guest artists, Robin D. Henderson and Alexandria J. Henderson, for a soulful celebration of the greatest hits of the Motown sound and the pop, R&B, and soul music that grew in its wake. Together they will serenade you through the Motown era, including songs that inspired generations of pop, R&B and soul music.
The Best Summer Ever, Seattle Children’s Theatre, 3/22/22-4/17/22
Summer means sleepaway camps, days with friends by the pool, and late nights gazing at the stars. For nine-year-old Maurice Abernathy Anderson, a significant loss and one little lie means his summer just got more complicated. Written and performed by nationally acclaimed storyteller, Kevin Kling, and featuring rousing sing-a-longs, The Best Summer Ever joyfully explores the way childhood is measured by sights, sounds, feelings, and love.
Mrs. Calaban, Book-It Repertory Theatre, 3/23/22-4/17/22
Dorothy Caliban lives a perfectly pleasant life. Her husband, Fred, is a perfectly pleasant man. His job is good; her home is spotless; their world is as it should be. As long as you don’t mention the children they’ve lost, then everything is fine. As long as she doesn’t yearn for excitement and passion, Dorothy is fine. Until excitement opens her screen door. Standing there is Aquarius the Monsterman (though he prefers Larry), a “gigantic six-foot-seven-inch frog-like creature,” and he is divine! Welcoming Larry into her home and her heart is the most natural thing Dorothy can do. And her world will never be the same.
The Spitfire Grill, Taproot Theatre, 3/23/22-4/30/22
Percy is fresh out of prison and searching for a new life when she arrives in Gilead and meets Hannah, who is ready to leave The Spitfire Grill behind. After Percy convinces Hannah to run a contest and raffle off the grill, entries start pouring in from around the country and rumors and secrets swirl through the once picture-perfect town. In this musical, forgiveness and a spirit of hope go a long way in pointing the way home.
Revival, On the Boards, 3/24-27/22 
Timothy White Eagle and The Violet Triangle perform an immersive ritualistic theater and installation work. Audiences will experience a visit to a carnival, where attendees play games in a loud, chaotic, and vibrant setting. Next the audience will be taken on a journey through space and time guided in the building of On the Boards on to the theater stage where audiences will be swallowed in the belly of the whale, La Baleine. This treasure-filled journey will be marked by reliquaries staged throughout the space, each combining storytelling and universal mythology into fantastic sculptural elements. This new performance and installation work are by nature process-based, iterative, and generative.

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