The Weekend List: Plays, beer and music in abundance

By Florangela Davila, Nicole Capozziello and Joseph Sutton-Holcomb
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Emily Chisholm and MJ Sieber in Outside Mullingar. Photo: Nate Watters.

By Florangela Davila, Nicole Capozziello and Joseph Sutton-Holcomb

* Events that are $15 or less

Outside Mullingar

The Seattle Rep wraps up its season with Outside Mullingar, written by the formidable John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck). It’s a tender and funny story about love, friendship, loneliness and mortality set on neighboring farms in modern day Ireland. The two single farmers here (M.J. Sieber and Emily Chisholm) have known each other since childhood; they’re now in their ‘40s with aging parents and how the romance between them takes root – uncomfortably, all-too-practically, cautiously – is a total warm-and-fuzzy treat to watch. You know what’s going to happen but how it does, how one farmer confesses his attraction to the other, well, on Opening Night, it sent the audience into one universal Awwww. It’s a total handholding moment, as is much of the play, so go with someone you like.

If you go: Outside Mullingar, Seattle Rep, Through May 17 (Tickets start at $17) – F.D.

Ariadne auf Naxos

Seattle Opera has revived its 2004 production of the Richard Strauss opera about a

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