Theater: Spring Arts Preview 2012

The shows we're most looking forward to on stage this season, including the nomadic New Century Thea

First Date: A New Musical
Coproduced by ACT and the 5th Avenue Theatre (their powers combined, the theaters hope to reach wider audiences), this new musical comedy explores the inner monologues of two nervous youngsters trying to survive their first date. 3/10–5/20. Times and prices vary. ACT (A Contemporary Theatre), 700 Union St.; 206.292.7676;

Holy Days
New Century Theatre Company, which brought us the surreal but sweet O Lovely Glowworm last year, dives into the hardscrabble reality of Sally Nemeth’s play about two Kansas couples fighting to survive the Dust Bowl. The bad news: To save money, this show will only have three performances. The good news: The company is scaling back with the intent to produce more plays, more often. 3/16–3/18. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Cornish College, Raisbeck Performance Hall, 2015 Boren Ave.;

OR, & Clybourne Park
We’re still weighing two choices at the Seattle Rep this season: The weirdly punctuated Or, (3/23–4/22, Leo K. Theatre), a Restoration comedy about England’s infamous female author and spy Aphra Behn. Or Clybourne Park (4/20–5/13, Bagley Theater), a dark comedic remix of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun, about a working-class family struggling in the midst of Chicago’s real estate bust. Perhaps both! Times and prices vary. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St.; 206.443.2222;

Spring Awakening
Thanks to sold-out crowds and rave reviews for a few January performances of Spring Awakening, Balagan Theatre is reprising its take on the Tony award-winning rock musical in the appropriate season. Set in 1890s Germany, the story surrounds teenagers discovering the good the bad and the ugly of all things sexual. 4/20–4/29. Times and prices vary. Erickson Theatre, 1524 Harvard Ave.;