Titanish @ Seattle Public Theater

111 years old and still topical 🧊🚢

📸: Courtesy Seattle Public Theater | Photo by Truman Buffett

📆 Thursday, August 10th – Sunday, September 17th
📍 7312 West Green Lake Dr N, Seattle
📞 (206) 524-1300
🎟️ $10 – $100

Start a season by drowning everybody, why not? Not the audience, mind you. Nobody can afford that insurance.

Seattle Public Theater (SPT) launches its 2023/24 season with Titanish, a bawdy, fast-paced, and toe-tapping parody by comedy troupe The Habit, winner of BroadwayWorld’s 2022 Critic’s Choice Award for Best New Musical. Now back at the converted bathhouse along Green Lake after delighting audiences last summer, it’s another chance to fall for society girl Rose DeWitt Bukater and stowaway artist Jack Dawson before their love runs smack-dab into history’s most famous iceberg.

Titanish is in the same vein as the team’s long-running SPT sellout hit A Very Die Hard Christmas. They come at their spoofs with a “throw it at the wall and see if it sticks” fashion, and all in under 90 minutes. Anchored (lol) by a stellar ensemble, they have a new cast member this year in Ray Tagavilla, who’ll nail the sniveling, moustache-twirling Cal Hockley and do Billy Zane proud. (I worry every day if I’m making Billy Zane proud.) The score is a mix of original songs and covers (there’s no way they wouldn’t take a crack at one of the most popular songs of all time), and there’s enough topical humor to fill a week of Daily Show episodes.

To that last point, I don’t know if they’ll be adding any jokes about OceanGate’s recent Titanic-adjacent submersible catastrophe, but I wouldn’t put it past them for a second.


Marcus Gorman

Marcus Gorman is a Seattle-based playwright and film programmer. He once raised money for a synagogue by marathoning 15 Adam Sandler movies in one weekend. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter @marcus_gorman.