So much drama/music/whatever, so little time. Three praised productions are about to close — this weekend, people! — and we’d hate for ArtsPage readers to miss out on them.
1 'Tales of Hoffmann'
Ends Saturday, McCaw Hall, Seattle; www.seattleopera.org
This is Seattle Opera general director Speight Jenkins’ last production — he retires at the end of the summer after overseeing the International Wagner Competition and being feted at a gala. Reviewer Melinda Bargreen called “Hoffmann” an “inventive, accomplished, high-octane show that provides a consistent jolt of artistic energy.”
2 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'
Ends Sunday, Seattle Repertory Theatre, www.seattlerep.org
The Rep stages an exemplary production of Edward Albee’s play about a college professor and his wife who do verbal battle with each other, and their guests, during one long night’s journey into day. Times reviewer Misha Berson wrote of Pamela Reed that “as the pugilistic Martha, she conveys all the ferocious wit, tearing anger, lusty desperation and, finally, piteous sorrow of an unfulfilled woman whose misery is unleashed on the only person who, up to a point, can take it — and, in some twisted way, welcomes it.”
3 'Control: A Living Newspaper'
Ends Sunday, Town Hall Seattle, www.strawshop.org
Strawberry Theatre Workshop tackles the tough issues of gun violence and gun ownership with the Living Newspaper format, known in the Depression years thanks to a federal project encouraging dramatic presentation of facts and newsworthy topics. Reviewer Nancy Worssam wrote that the combination of drama and music “provides provocative insights and reasoned arguments about one of today’s burning issues.”