Seattle metro theaters continue to roll out live, in-person productions this month with several notable shows set to debut including two world premieres plus the return of some Christmas holiday favorites towards the end of the month and yet another take on Oscar Wilde’s classic, The Importance of Being Earnest.
Before booking seats, do remember that proof of vaccination/recent Covid testing and masking are required to attend public, in-person events in Washington State.
Shows opening in November 2021:
Fermin’s Great Book Of Dreams, eSe Teatro, at University Heights Center, 11/5-11/14/21 (World Premiere)
“With a cast of characters that includes a mouse in a suit, a tired seagull, a studious cow, and a sweet potato queen, a world premiere by local playwright Julieta Vitullo tells the story of a young boy who struggles with belief when he doesn’t receive a visit from Ratón Pérez, a mouse that visits children after they lose a tooth and exchanges the tooth for a gift. The event sends the mouse and his friends off on a quest to discover why children’s wishes are getting lost. Directed by Keni Cohen.”
The Importance of Being Earnest, University of Washington School of Drama, at Jones Playhouse, 11/6-11/21/21
“Oscar Wilde’s wildly entertaining comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This ahead-of-its-time satire of Victorian morality features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as someone named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack’s country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself, and silliness ensues. Directed by Kelly Kitchens.”
Babette’s Feast, Taproot Theatre, 11/10/21-12/30/21
“Crossing thousands of miles in search of asylum, Babette finds safety in a tiny mountain village. But petty squabbles and personal slights render the pious villagers as frigid and unforgiving as their surroundings. On one snowy December night, in an act of radical generosity, Babette prepares a feast so lavish that it awakens and transforms the brittle hearts in the village. Directed by Scott Nolte.”
We’ve Battled Monsters Before, ArtsWest, 11/26/21-12/26/21 (World Premiere)
“The next world premiere musical arrives from the creative mind of Justin Huertas. When you’re the youngest sibling in a family of secret warriors who for generations have protected Seattle from monsters and demons, living up to your Lola’s expectations is, in a word, daunting. Adarna’s mistakes were cute at first, but when they begin to cost her family more than she ever imagined, she must decide what she would sacrifice to save them. Loosely adapted from the 16th century Filipino epic poem Ibong Adarna, playwright-composer-lyricist Justin Huertas returns to his Lizard Boy roots with a sweet and intimate actor-musician musical adventure.”
Christmastown: A Holiday Noir, Seattle Public Theater, at Green Lake Bathhouse Theatre 11/26/21-12/24/21
“In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red. Add a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver, and you have what the Seattle Times calls the “best new holiday romp of the year! Directed by Rachel Delmar.”
Inspecting Carol, The Phoenix Theatre, Edmonds, WA 11/27/21-12/20/21
“Behind the scenes of a struggling theatre’s annual clumsy production of A Christmas Carol, rehearsals are at a standstill. Tim is no longer Tiny, Scrooge wants to do the play in Spanish (Feliz Navidad), and their funding is on hold pending an inspection. To top it off, a man who asks to audition for the show is mistaken for the inspector for the National Endowment for the Arts. The cast caters to the bewildered wannabe actor, and he is given a part in the ill-fated production. Everything goes wrong at the theatre that is anything but show business as usual.”