The Good Body

The renowned Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler dedicated her most recent play, The Good Body, to her granddaughter: "I want her to

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Eve Ensler's feeling good about her stomach, and wants other women to do the same. Plus: Carmona Flamenco, Seattle Choral Company.

The Good Body

The renowned Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler dedicated her most recent play, The Good Body, to her granddaughter: "I want her to grow up to be great and not good and devote her life to serving and fixing the world rather than worrying about her body," she explains. That hope, for all women, inspired the play; women, Ensler says, are often "kept off mission" because of their pursuit of physical perfection. Initially stemming from Ensler's own loathing for her stomach, and composed of conversations with women around the world, The Good Body exposes a seemingly universal desire among females to "fix" themselves. After researching and writing this play, however, Ensler says, "I'm actually feeling quite good about my stomach and I feel very happy in this body." Seattle Theatre Group at The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 206-292-2787, www.themoore.com. $29-$39. 8 p.m. Fri. Feb. 24-Sat. Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Sun. Feb. 26 only. (Also check out Ensler's The Vagina Monologues at Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr. N.E., Kenmore, 206-755-4136, www.bastyr.edu. $10-$12. 7 p.m. Fri. Feb. 24-Sat. Feb. 25.) MARISA MCQUILKEN

Carmona Flamenco

Flamenco was first created around the campfires and cafés cantantes (singing cafés) of gypsy travelers, and refined in the tablaos, a kind of nightclub; so to get close to its authentic nature, you need to see flamenco in a place where the dancers and the audience almost sit side by side. Rubina and Marcos Carmona have spent time in the polite environment of the conventional theater, but their artistry is much more powerful in their cabaret shows. They're joined here by their son, percussionist David Carmona, and the stellar dancer Ana Montes, in a setting that brings us closer to the roots of the art form. Café Solstice, 4116 University Way N.E., 206-932-4067. $10. 8 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 25. SANDRA KURTZ

Seattle Choral Company

Scott Joplin's opera Treemonisha has been compared to Mozart's Magic Flute: a parable of enlightenment conquering darkness cast as a tuneful folk fable. On a program of African-American choral music, the SCC presents it in one-hour concert form, with a vaudeville-size pit orchestra, Vivian Phillips as narrator, Awilda Verdejo as matriarch Monisha, and Ellaina Pauline Lewis as the title character, a young woman leading her community of freed slaves from superstition to education. Joplin combines this progressive plotline with the simplicity of folksong and the sophistication of his piano rags; Treemonisha is grand, goofy, razzmatazzy, adorable, and deeply moving. Do not miss it. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 800-838-3006, www.seattlechoralcompany.org. $10-$22. 8 p.m. Sat. Feb. 25, 3 p.m. Sun. Feb. 26. GAVIN BORCHERT

 
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