Though SEA was sent packing yesterday at Jeld-Wen, after a game with more miraculous saves in front of the Timbers goal than there are gray February mornings over Puget Sound, it’s not a complete loss for the Emerald City.
At least Sounders fans can go home knowing they have a few interesting shows coming up on the Seattle theatre scene to look forward to. We have already established that Portland is a better theatre town overall, but SEA can still put up a good show when they have to.
A weekend in Seattle has never been easier (but don’t drive – take your bike on the train). So if you are headed up that way for one reason or another, here’s a few shows to put on the radar.
Thru Oct 26 THE WALWORTH FARCE by Enda Walsh at New Century Theatre Company
Living a tier below the largest producers in the city like Seattle Rep and ACT, New Century is kind of like the Third Rail of Seattle, and they have put on a string of well received shows in recent years. Here they take on the brilliant 2009 farce within a farce by former Irish playwright (seems his body has since been snatched by TV and film) Enda Walsh.
Thru Oct 26 CARRIE: THE MUSICAL at the Moore Theater
Oh boy. When it comes to a risk, what could be riskier than putting on this famously failed musical? And yet wouldn’t it also make perfect sense if the rebirth of CARRIE turned out to be a cult favorite – and was actually good? Heading in to the Moore Theatre on a cold and rainy NW night to see this blood-soaked classic sounds pretty good to me. The show is getting horrific reviews. Which only makes me want to witness it myself more.
Thru Oct 20 A SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS by Carlo Goldoni at Seattle Rep
It’s the kind of traditional season opener you would expect from the city’s somewhat creaky theatre mainstay. Still, when done well (as it was this past year at PSU), the madcap comedy can be pure theatrical gold.
Oct 18 thru Nov 17 BO-NITA by Elizabeth Heffron at Seattle Rep
The world premiere of this JAW 2012 favorite was originally going to be at Portland Center Stage. But now Seattle, playwright Heffron’s home town, is going to open it a few months before we see it in Stumptown.