April theater is punctuated with the opening of Café Nordo’s permanent location in Pioneer Square (the former location of Elliott Bay Book Company) and their newest show: Don Nordo Del Midwest with tapas, and a remount of Angry Housewives after umpteen million years at ArtsWest. (Don’t know what Angry Housewives was? You obviously haven’t been here that long.) What’s Café Nordo? Think “dinner theater” with all home-grown ingredients, scripts full of references to food policy and healthful dining, and a lot of fun.
Here are seven shows you might wanna see:
Café Nordo opens in the new, permanent location with Don Nordo Del Midwest, April 9-May 31. Chef Nordo Lefesczki tells his personal journey from soup to nuts and beyond. Through the eyes of the food writer who first discovered him, we meet his trusty sous-chef, Sancho, and witness the duels and dreams that helped shape Nordo into the brilliant megalomaniac he is today. Features a nine-course Midwestern Tapas menu, live original music, and a five glass wine flight of Spanish varietals specially selected by Nordo’s sommelier.
Into the Woods is STAGEright’s next musical offering, April 10-25 at Richard Hugo House. See Stephen Sondheim’s original vision, where we find out what happens after the fairy tale “happy ending.”
If you have never seen Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in person, then here is your chance. ACT Theatre is presenting it from April 17- May 17. Big Daddy Pollitt is celebrating his 65th birthday by getting the family together, but the rest of the family just learned he’s suffering from cancer. They conceal that from him as they jockey for influence over his fortune.
Little Bee is the next play at Book-It Repertory Theatre from April 4-May 17. A Nigerian girl named Little Bee meets a young English mother, Sarah. The story starts when the two meet for the second time, revealing surprising and unthinkable events.
Angry Housewives comes back to Seattle by way of ArtsWest, April 23-May 24. This was a huge hit in Seattle from 1985 and was one of the only shows that ran for several years! Bored with their everyday mediocre existence and tired of the men in their lives, four housewives get angry and form a punk-rock band to win some much needed cash in a local contest.
Annex Theatre next presents Bunnies, April 24-May 16. Written by versatile Keiko Green, it’s about a warren of abandoned bunnies in Woodland Park evolving into a dark religious cult in this gleefully unsettling tale of revenge, sacrifice, cannibalism, and the ickiest love of all. Inspired by the classic Greek tragedy The Bacchae.
Jasper in Deadland was presented Off Broadway, and directed by bi-coastal Brandon Ivie. The 5th Avenue Theatre present it from April 30-May 24. A new pop/rock musical in the spirit of RENT and Spring Awakening, Jasper in Deadland takes audiences on a mythological thrill-ride through the underworld. As teenage Jasper faces gods and monsters in search of his best friend (and true love) Agnes, he learns to let go of the demons of daily life and embrace the music within.