The name means "the intimate" in Swedish, and it's a name that fits. Whether it's a production of a American classic, a world masterpiece, or a bold new work, shows at the Intiman aim to close the gap between performer and audience for an immersive experience. Founded by Fulbright Scholar Margaret Booker in 1972, the Intiman Theatre has developed a reputation for excellence with its impeccable stagecraft and contributions to the community, even winning a 2006 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. And, serving as the crown jewel in a crown full of achievements, the Intiman was also the very first regional theater to stage a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America saga.
One glimpse of the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall tells patrons where the $127 million in renovations went. A marriage of architectural adventurousness, landscaping, and functionality, the structure smacks of elegance apropos for the grandiose home of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera. Before guests enter the spacious lobby, lined by glass walls that reach to five stories high, they saunter through the Kreielsheimer Promenade–a 17,800-square-foot public plaza of striking symmetry. Here, a warm kaleidoscope of fluctuating colors constantly changes the shades of the space, bathing attendees in a variety of chromatic moods. Artwork from a variety of practitioners spans McCaw’s corridors, from a suspended sculpture of found objects by Sarah Sze on the north end to the Japanese imagery of Roger Shimomura on the south end. Inside Susan Brotman Auditorium, 2,900 plush green seats make for prime viewing of the impressive stage, where musical acts such as Michael Bublé, R.E.M., and Bill Clinton have sent notes soaring across the acoustically sound structure.
For over a century, the Seattle Symphony has built its audience and enraged Rumpelstilskins with an ever-growing collection of accolades and golden awards. Two Emmy-winning television specials stand out among a list of credentials that also includes 12 Grammy nominations and upward of 140 recordings. The orchestra continues to live up to its esteemed reputation thanks to new principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik who has been hailed, "Among the best pops conductors in America,” by Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. He has also been recognized as an innovative conductor through his startling arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. The symphony is also well known for performing classical juggernauts such as The Rite of Spring as well as more whimsical nights of jazz standards.
Located inside Malarkey’s Pool and Brew, Grit City Comedy Club’s intimate, 150-seat venue stages close encounters between audiences and local and national comedians. The tables run right to the edge of the stage, allowing performers to riff back and forth with close viewers, and allowing close viewers to politely clean performers’ glasses after spit takes. While watching rib-tickling sets, guests can order from Malarkey’s full menu of food and draft beer, and wind down after the show with a game of pool.
Exercise detective skills and untested telepathic abilities at the two-hour murder-mystery dinner, an evening of mock murder and faux fatalities unfolding over a three-course meal from O'Mamamia. In between an introductory salad and a tiramisu-cake epilogue, guests can nosh on their choice of meat lasagna, penne alfredo chicken, penne chicken with vodka sauce, or cheese ravioli with pink or marinara sauce. As mouths occupy themselves, the comic mystery begins with a murder, with a detective arriving on the scene to locate the perpetrator in the audience. Work with tablemates to clear your good name, slyly sleuthing and sorting out clues while sketching out blueprints for a deer-stalker hat with integrated deer radar.