December 2023


Marine Mammals and their Mythological Mates-Drunken Owl Theatre

And Now for something from the Deep Blue Sea

Drunken Owl Theatre will open a run of four performances in three days of Marine Mammals and Their Mythical Mates production. Playwrights Carolynne Wilcox, John C. Davenport, Scot L. Bastian and Kevin Finney offer their takes on mermaids and seals, selkies and sea lions, with four ten minute plays. Poets Pamela Hobart Carter and Mike Hickey will raise the cool factor, and the Bard Owls will provide a musical backdrop.


Glengarry Glen Ross revived at the Lee Theatre at Seattle U

Greed is Good

Under the director of Brennan Murphy, Seattle University will stage a revival of David Mamet’s 1984 Pulitzer prize winning play Glenngarry Glen Ross at Seattle University’s Lee Center.

The play depicts two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate agents, who are prepared to engage in any number of unethical, illegal acts—from lies and flattery to bribery, threats, intimidation and burglary—to sell real estate to unwitting prospective buyers. It is based on Mamet’s experience having previously worked in a similar office.


Experience the Christmas Spirit for One Hour with Sugar Plum Gary

“Does anyone have a question about Christmas?”

Emmett Montgomery’s Sugar Plum Gary answered this year’s first show’s batch of questions in the sold-out space at 18th & Union on the night of Friday the 15th. The beloved character has returned to the stage to share the true meaning of Christmas as December 25th approaches: the fully gut-wrenching truth only the sole survivor of Santa’s visit to the Rankin Bass Home for Unfortunate Children could fully grasp.


Victorian Christmas Cards-Uniquely Innovative Playwriting

Victoria Christmas Cards-As Plays

Latitude Theatre, one of Seattle’s newest theatres has also proved to be one of the most creative and innovative, with their second production Victorian Christmas Cards, at Theatre 4, at Seattle Center’s Center House. Six playwrights were each given a somewhat wacky Christmas card from the Victorian era, as a stimulus to write a short play using only minimal set pieces.


It’s a Wonderful Life-Live Radio Play at Kenyon Hall

No man is a failure who has friends.

Although Lou Mager, the former organist supremo and producer at Kenyon Hall, is no longer with us, having passed away during the pandemic and 12th Night Productions has closed down; nevertheless, the new producers at West Seattle’s Kenyon Hall, have carried on the Christmas tradition of presenting a live radio play of “It’s a Wonderful Life.


Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs: A fun time for the family!

British Christmas Tradition of Panto by Fremont Players

It’s always nice to see a community come together to show something cool now and again. I felt a powerful sense of community when I saw Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs, a British pantomime performed at the Sunset Hill Community Club in Seattle. The performance was put together by the Fremont Players and included original music by the Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra. British Pantomimes are traditionally performed at Christmas and afterward, with family audiences. So it was nice seeing the tradition continue even today.


Snowed In: A Meta Holiday Musical

Snowed In is about four artists who are writing a holiday musical while on a retreat. In the morning, they have to drive back to Seattle and present their finished show. However, while they are brainstorming, they realize that they snowed in. Under pressure, they create musical numbers that are comical, relatable, and are about the holiday spirit. Snowed In is created by Corinne Park-Buffellen and Mathew Wright. It is directed by Kelly Kitchens. 


War on Christmas-Irreverent musical at Theatre off Jackson

War on Christmas-Where Nothing is Sacred and Everything is Hilarious.

A must see for everyone this Christmas season, is Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas at Theatre off Jackson in the Chinatown/International District. Written by Scott Schoemaker and Freddy Molitch, it was passionately irreverent but like all great comedy its core was something serious, brilliantly elucidated by Scott’s opening monologue about the stresses of Christmas.


Christmas Time is Here, at Taproot Theatre

Christmas Time is Here, at Taproot Theatre

“Doesn’t anyone know the true meaning of Christmas?”

The beloved holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas has returned to Taproot Theatre. Director Jes Spencer and a talented cast and crew invite Seattleites to step into the family-favorite cartoon, which opened at Taproot’s Isaac Studio Theatre this past weekend. Audience members of all ages are welcome, and hushed commentary and giggles affirmed the youngest patrons’ enjoyment of the show.


Sugar Plum Gary-Returns to 18th and Union

A Santanist in Bright Red Feet Pajamas brings Christmas cheer

A holiday tradition at 18th & Union, Sugar Plum Gary returns with his eighth annual show of Cosmic Christmas Horror for the whole family.
A gentle-hearted “Santanist,” Sugar Plum Gary is a bushy-bearded man in jolly footie pajamas who has been haunted by the Holiday Spirit ever since he experienced the real Santa, an ancient and sinister creature more Lovecraft than Dickens. Every day is literally Christmas for Gary, and through improvisational conversation with the audience he shares the real reason for the season.

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