Performance Picks

Alki

Playwright Eric Overmyer loves words—his time-tripping On the Verge was a veritable journey through them—so it should make for interesting entertainment now that he's having his way with a master of theatrical language. Inspired by Peer Gynt, Overmyer's new "ironic drama" opens ACT Theatre's season by placing Ibsen's Norwegian hero (R. Hamilton Wright, right, with Michael Winters as King of the Haints) in the heart of the Pacific Northwest circa 1851. A high-powered cast also has a hand in bringing the parable to life, including local favorites Suzanne Bouchard, David Pichette, and Julie Briskman in director Kurt Beattie's production. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., 206-292-7676. $15-$54. Opens Thurs. June 10. 7:30 p.m. Sun. and Tues.-Thurs.; 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 2 p.m. matinees Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. June 27. STEVE WIECKING

Maureen Whiting Company

Whiting (center) takes pleasure in thwarting our expectations: shifting from full- throttle, kinetic dancing to more quirky physical examinations; transforming traditional performance spaces or abandoning them altogether; making highly detailed movement phrases and then almost smothering them in long, seaweedy costumes. Juicy Point, her new collaboration with scenic desiger Etta Lilienthal performed in a brewery-turned-theater, looks to be another colorful piece in Whiting's ever-changing jigsaw puzzle. The Magic Theater Space/Old Rainier Brewery, 3100 Airport Way S., 206-323-9405. $10. 8 p.m. Thurs. June 10-Sat. June 12. SANDRA KURTZ

American String Project

For the second week in a row, a double-bassist in our spotlight: Barry Lieberman, who has expanded his convivial University of Washington "B.L. and Friends" chamber music recitals into a three- concert minifestival, gathering fifteen string players from all over America into an all-star chamber orchestra. Lieberman's own arrangements of string quartets and quintets anchor the programs—they gain in richness and oomph played by a larger string section, and lose nothing in intimacy or the spontaneous give-and-take that mark chamber music playing at its best. The menu includes: Atterberg, Barber, Britten, Schubert, and Shostakovich on Thursday; Brahms, Mozart, and Nielsen on Friday; and Mozart and Shostakovich again on Sunday. Benaroya Recital Hall, Third and Union, 206-380-8752. $15-$30. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. June 10-Fri. June 11; 2 p.m. Sun. June 13. GAVIN BORCHERT

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