A Great Wilderness at the Rep, canceled for the SBowl
  • "A Great Wilderness" at the Rep, canceled for the S'bowl.

A couple of Sundays back, when the Seahawks were gearing up to beat the Somebodys (was it the San Francisco 49ers? It already seems so long ago), I was sitting in the tiny and almost empty Eclectic Theater, waiting for a show to start.

I was impressed that Miguel Morales was soldiering on with Where's Papi?, his autobiographical solo piece about growing up Puerto Rican with a not-very-reliable dad, while everybody else in the city seemed bound for the closest TV.

But not this Sunday. Eclectic Theater artistic director Rik Deskin says they've canceled their matinee of Where's Papi? in deference to the S'bowl. (A championship is one thing, the hometown team in the biggest game of the year is another.) And the other theaters in town?

A Great Wilderness, Seattle Rep's new play about a kid who runs away from a Christian, "ex-gay" wilderness retreat and precipitates a crisis among the adults, is canceled. People who've already bought tickets have been moved to other performances says the Rep's Sarah Meals: "The reaction has been relief that they didn't have to choose."

American Wee-Pie, a light confection at Seattle Public Theatre about a gloomy textbook editor who returns to his small town to spread his mother's ashes and has his life changed by a cupcake bakery, is still showing with a $5 discount if you mention "12Man4Arts" at the ticket office.

Both shows opening this weekend at Washington Ensemble Theatre—The Icelandic Illumination Rangers for kids and Ed, Downloaded for adults—are still showing because, in the words of WET spokesperson Devin Bannon, "we're commie queer sports-ignorant artsy types!"

ACT Theatre's two shows—Red Tiger Tales by UMO and a workshop of Balagan's new musical Ernest Shackleton Loves Me—are both showing and both pay-what-you-can.

And this Sunday afternoon will be the final performance for Richard II at Seattle Shakespeare Company. "The show must go on," Seattle Shakes spokesperson Jeff Fickes wrote in an email. "We've been getting calls from folks saying that they're coming despite the big game."