With a Trio of Inventive New Works, PNB’s ‘Locally Sourced’ Is Ballet for We Who Don’t ‘Do the Ballet’

With elegance, precision, and an army of highly trained dancers, the slate of new works up now at Pacific Northwest Ballet will satisfy — and excite — frequent-goers, too. But the appeal of ‘Locally Sourced’ is much broader. It runs through November 17.

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Of ‘Racial Tourism’ and ‘Enlightened Allies’: Two Plays Dig Into Cultural Commodification

Two strong productions, on now from Theatre22 and Seattle Public Theater, dive into hot topics around race, culture, and appropriation. They’re both comedic, thought-provoking, and very well done. ‘White’ runs through 11/9, and ‘The Thanksgiving Play’ closes 11/16.

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A Changing Belltown Still Has its Ghosts. In ‘Belltown Exposed’, They Come Alive.

This Sunday night, the Rendezvous decks the halls with decades past, with a unique, free, through-the-eras party and variety show called ‘Belltown Exposed’. It celebrates the release of Staci Bernstein’s new art photography book of the same name. NWT talked with Rendezvous owner Jane Kaplan about the show, the book, and the storied neighborhood.

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In ‘The Christians’ and ‘Necessary Sacrifices’, Challenging Doctrine with Mixed Success

From Pony World and Taproot Theatre, two plays with little else in common set out to unpack traditional lore in religious belief and American history. They run through October 26.

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5 Questions with Choreographer & Dancer Sean Dorsey

This weekend, Sean Dorsey — acclaimed choreographer and dancer, and out and proud trans man — brings his new work, ‘Boys in Trouble’, to Velocity Dance Center. NWTheatre talked with him about masculinity in and through his artistic lens, this latest work, and the good and bad in today’s trans representation.

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‘Blood Water Paint’ Layers Artistry, Sexism, Violence, and Resilience Into a Vivid Portrait

Weaving disparate stories and art forms into one cohesive work, the latest from Macha Theatre Works makes for an inventive and beautiful play — and a fitting ode to an artist known for her vivid paintings. ‘Blood Water Paint’ runs through October 6.

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‘Yen’, on Now at ACT, Is Tender, Crass and Mesmerizing

‘Yen’ is vulgar. Its characters are often unlikeable, even repulsive. But its unexpected glimpses of tenderness, unabashed lack of nuance, and strong direction and performances make this year’s Kenan Fellowship in Directing showcase a highly recommended trip. It runs through September 29. 

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‘Bulrusher’ Takes Its Time, to Welcome Effect

The “slow theatre” at work in ‘Bulrusher’ matches the pace of the town. But the play’s resonant themes, along with strong acting and design work, make for a gripping show even as it strolls along. It runs through September 14. 

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In Comedy ‘Washer/Dryer’, a Tiny Apartment Is the Least of Claustrophobic Forces

‘Washer/Dryer’ lets the a pair of newlyweds live their lives, without assigning them some higher purpose. If only their families and neighbors would do the same. The co-production from SIS Productions and Pratidhwani runs through 9/22.

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A Searing Family Drama in ‘Is God Is’, But Its Revenge Comes Up Cold

A blaze, a horrific revelation, and a righteous quest are at the center of Washington Ensemble Theatre’s latest, ‘Is God Is’. But despite some strong acting, the production lacks the requisite conviction — and bloodshed — to bring its characters justice. It runs through September 23. 

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5 Questions with Playwright & Novelist Joy McCullough

‘Blood Water Paint’ imagines the great 17th century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi in her studio, interacting with the apocryphal subjects who inspired her. NWT talked with playwright Joy McCullough about the work, ahead of the play’s opening this Friday with Macha Theatre Works.

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Mayor’s Arts Awards Honor Intiman Theatre, Dani Tirrell, and More

The ceremony on this Thursday honors the 2019 award recipients: Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Intiman Theatre, Delbert Richardson, Marcie Sillman, and Dani Tirrell. Newly named Seattle Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith will present at the ceremony. 

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Sound Theatre Pulls Back Layers of Disability Politics in ‘Peeling’

Deaf and disabled actors, shoved out of the spotlight in an overworked (and invented) stage performance, shine light on how they experience the world. That’s the premise of ‘Peeling’, in its U.S. premiere, and another powerful show from Sound Theatre Company. It runs through this Saturday.

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Have the ‘Time of Your Life’! — or, What the Actual #!@% Just Happened

By the show’s end, the latest adventure from The Williams Project had all the makings of a disaster. Its difference may be its salvation.

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From Idea to Stage: ‘Triple Threat’ & ‘Bread Crumbs’ Open at The Scratch

The Scratch, a free festival of new works, starts off tonight with two personal works by some of Seattle’s hottest artists: Nicholas Japaul Bernard and Jasmine Joshua, with development assistance and direction by Eddie DeHais. DeHais shared insight about the two autobiographical pieces, and guided NWT through the development process of each.

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Ambitious ‘Small Craft Warnings’ Aims for Immersive, But Hasn’t Found Its Own Sense of Place

The latest from the inventive Williams Project and the first of its two “Bar Plays” this summer, ‘Small Craft Warnings’ centers on adrift characters. But the production winds up feeling adrift instead. 

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An Absurdist Comedy in the Dark, ‘The Neverborn’ Feels Just Right for Our Times

The latest from prolific, sweetly-creepy playwright Kelleen Conway Blanchard hits all the right notes, in a comically disturbing play set in an eerily familiar fantastical parallel. 

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‘Strictly Seattle’: In Festivals of Shorts This Weekend, Local Cities Show Their Northwest Flavor

This weekend brought two lively slates, in two different media, of short, new works grounded here in the Northwest. One of such shows was Velocity Dance Center’s decades-running ‘Strictly Seattle Performances’, a festival of dance shorts and dance films, which ended Saturday.

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