Live theater around town tends to go dark this weekend in Seattle, reluctant to compete with the popular Seattle International Film Festival, the Northwest Folklife Festival, and various blockbusters luring people out of the rain.
However, there are a few shows to enjoy around town if you’re looking for an excuse to step inside. Next month begins a slew of theater festivals, new works, and outdoor performances to fill up the reminder of summer.
The following theaters will have their lights on for at least part of Memorial Day Weekend.
Bach At Leipzig
Taproot Theatre, May 24 and 25
Germany’s greatest organists vie for a job in Leipzig with melodies of rivalry, trickery and blackmail composing a fugue of plots and counterplots in Itamar Moses’ not too serious look at musical history. Best ticket availability is for the Saturday matinee. There are no performances on Sunday or Monday.
ACT, May 24 through 26
Patti Cohenour’s performance as both Little Edie Beale and Edith Bouvier Beale has been touted around town as one of those “don’t miss” moments on a Seattle stage. If you haven’t caught this chamber musical yet, take your visiting relatives to it. You’ll all agree afterward that your family isn’t that crazy after all. No performance on Monday.
The Language Archive
Seattle Public Theatre, May 24 through 26
Simply because you know the right words, you may not know how to communicate. This tale of love and linguistics plays out at the historic Bathhouse Theater on Green Lake. If the weather turns nice, you can always do a lap around the lake before the show or take a stroll down to the shore during intermission. Friday and Saturday evening performances and a matinee on Sunday.
Arouet at The Ballard Underground, May 24 and 25
It’s the final weekend for this love story and history lesson about the relationship of communist Harry Hay and Viennese fashion designer Rudi Gernreich and the founding of the Mattachine Society, the first sustained gay rights organization in pre-Stonewall America. Evening performances only on Friday and Saturday.
Team Of Heroes: No More Heroes
Annex Theatre, May 24 and 25
Forget Ironman and the other blockbusters. See how the locals rock the spandex and catch the final performances of Annex’s Team of Heroes. Alecto returns in this third part of the trilogy as the heroes learn the dark side of doing good. Evening performances only on Friday and Saturday.
ArtsWest, May 24 and 25
It’s always fun to cruise over to West Seattle and check out the food, the shops, and the local galleries. This theater combines both art in the foyer with art on the stage. Located on the main drag, California Ave S, there’s a plethora of pubs, eateries, and restaurants in surrounding blocks. The 33 Variations chronicles how a modern-day musicologist and Beethoven share some obsessions across the centuries. Evening performances only on Friday and Saturday.