From Holiday Bizarre to Sister Christmas

On stage this week.

  Send listings two weeks in advance to stage@seattleweekly.com.Openings & Previews365 Days/365 Plays Suzan-Lori Parks' yearlong theater project, a cycle of 365 short plays, offers one- to 10-minute performances from a great variety of performers in venues across the city. Week 5, through Sun. Dec. 17: theater simple at Cupcake Royale, 2052 N.W. Market St., 784-8647. 5:45 p.m. each day. Week 6, Dec. 18-24: Shawn Belyea, venues and times TBA. Free. www.365seattle.com.Ain't Misbehavin' The acclaimed musical brings back the jumpin' jazz romance of Harlem at its peak. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., www.jazzalley.com. $26.50. Opens Tues. Dec. 19. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 23. Greasy Demon Heat Balboa SEE THE WIRE, MONDAY. Villville, 1534 First Ave. S. Suggested donation $5-$15. 8 p.m. Mon. Dec. 18-Fri. Dec. 22.Holiday Bizarre: A Jewish Christmas! This original comedy by David Bestock, Quinn Redman, Eli Rosenblatt, and Ben Rosenblatt "chronicles the trials of Goldberg, Frankenstein, and Murray, three representatives of the Wiseman Law Firm . . . hired by Joseph to sue the mysteriously illegitimate father of his son Jesus." Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W, www.tractortavern.com. $8. 8 p.m. Wed. Dec. 20 only.The MeshugaNutcracker! Hanukkah in the legendary town of Chelm, set to Tchaikovsky's tunes. The Bagley Wright Theatre in Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222 or 877-900-9285, www.seattlerep.org. $36-$42. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Dec. 20-Thurs. Dec. 21 only.Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka The book is a classic; the Gene Wilder version is a cultural touchstone; the Johnny Depp version had great visuals, a melting chocolate palace, Helena Bonham Carter, lackluster songs, and a drab script; what will the musical stage version hold? Your favorite Bricusse/Newley tunes, for one thing, plus some new ones. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., 425-893-9900, www.kpcenter.org. $15-$20. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 15, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Sat. Dec. 16. Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of The Magi's Gold A holiday spinoff of Late-Night Catechism. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., 425-893-9900, www.kpcenter.org. $15-$28. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Dec. 20-Thurs. Dec. 21, 8 p.m. Fri. Dec. 22, 2 & 8 p.m. Sat. Dec. 23. Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log Straight out of Keillor country, playwright/NPR commentator Kevin Kling tells stories of Midwest Christmases. The Bagley Wright Theatre in Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222 or 877-900-9285, www.seattlerep.org. $10-$25. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 14-Fri. Dec. 15 only.Last ChanceAll Shook Up The touring production of this jukebox musical based on Presley tunes stars Susan Anton. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 292-ARTS, www.ticketmaster.com. $22-$70. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat., 1 & 6:30 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 17.Are We Scared? Out of the mouths of babes: a show based on the stories and imaginations of kids 3-5. Open Circle Theater, 429 Boren Ave. N., 382-4250, www.octheater.com. $6-$12 (kids 6 and under free). 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 16.Babar and Father Christmas The elephant king searches for Pere Noël in this tale performed by the Carter Family Marionettes. Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., 523-2579, www.nwpuppet.org. $8.50-$10.50. 7:30 p.m. Fri., 1 & 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 17.Broads of Broadway A salute to women in American musical theater. Renton Civic Theatre, 507 S. Third St., Renton, 425-226-5529, www.rentoncivictheatre.org. $15-$20. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 17.Fuh-Geddaboudit Dinner theater with various audience-participation "survival" games that give comic instruction on life in the mafia, including how to perform a proper hit and how to survive FBI surveillance. Includes a four-course Italian dinner. Julia's on Broadway, 300 Broadway E. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com; 860-1818, www.meetthebiscottis.com. $39.90. 6:30 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 17. The Judy Garland Christmas Special SEE REVIEW. A reimagining of her 1963 TV series, with Andrew Tasakos as Judy and appearances by "16-year-old Liza, 12-year-old Lorna, and the little gay boy no one remembers." Open Circle Theater, 429 Boren Ave. N., 206-382-4250, www.octheater.com. $10. 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 16.Memory House As Barbra once sang, "Memories may be beautiful, and yet/What's too painful to remember, we simply choose to forget." In Kathleen Tolan's one-act play, Memory House, first presented at the Seattle Rep in 2003 as part of the Hedgebrook Women Playwright's Festival, a mother and her adoptive daughter play hide-and-seek with the past while preparing for the future. It's New Year's Eve, and daughter Katia (Sharia Pierce) must battle writer's block in order to finish her college application essay, due at midnight. But it's the Soviet Bloc that causes real stumbling. As a visualization aid, a memory house provides an imaginary architecture in which to store reminiscences. For Katia, whose pre-adoption recollections of Russia are about as sound as a house of cards, gaining a foothold proves challenging. Her mother Maggie (Jeanne Paulsen), since divorced from Katia's adoptive father, undertakes the baking of a pie, perhaps as a sweet counter to the vitriolic attack of teen spirit. It's a task paradoxically simple and fraught with peril—not unlike the relationship she has with her daughter—which, in the end, proves to be on solid ground. Seattle Repertory Theatre at the Leo K. Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222, www.seattlerep.org. $10-$40. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 17. SUZANNE BEALNaughty! Not naughty as in risque, this original work rehashes Women's Lib 101 for the menopausal set while trying out a series of medium-funny jokes about work, retirement, men, Christmas, and hot flashes. Some audience interaction involved. Partners in Prime Entertainment at Northwest Actors Studio Cabaret, 1100 E. Pike St., 371-0107, www.partnersinprime.net, www.brownpapertickets.com. $10-$15. 4:30 & 7 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 17. NEIL CORCORANNever Swim Alone Two childhood friends unearth secrets as adults in Daniel MacIvor's play. Washington Ensemble Theatre at the Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave. E., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com. $10-$18. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Mon. Ends Mon. Dec. 18.A Tuna Christmas Spend the holidays in the third-smallest town in Texas in this two-actor comic sequel to Greater Tuna. Burien Little Theatre, Fourth Avenue S.W. and S.W. 146th Street, Burien, 242-5180, www.burienlittletheatre.com. $15-$18. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 17.The Twilight Zones Two episodes, adapted for the stage: "A Most Unusual Camera" and "What You Need." Imagine Rod Serling's voice: "You're looking at Mr. Fred Renard . . . a sour man, a friendless man, a lonely man, a grasping, compulsive, nervous man. This is a man who has lived 36 undistinguished, meaningless, pointless, failure-laden years and who at this moment looks for an escape—any escape, any way, anything, anybody—to get out of the rut. And this little old man is just what Mr. Renard is waiting for." Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave., 325-6500, www.ticketwindowonline.com, www.schmeater.org. $12 (18 and under free). 11 p.m. Fri-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 16.Whirligig! "Do you have culottes in black or just khaki?" "How come you're not open 24 hours?" "My kid threw up on something— I don't have to pay for it, do I?" In Erin Stewart's Whirligig! The Musical, directed by Michael Lindgren, a group of minimum-wage big-box workers truly learn the meaning of "slave labor" as they play retail elves for the holidays. For the Whirligig philosophy of "Our Way Is the Only Way"—enhanced with ritualistic meditation in front of a hypnotic peppermint spiral—is just a little more out there than your standard training propaganda. It's easy to sympathize with slacker Claire's (Celene Ramadan) plight as she's thrown into the Whirligig abyss. "If you quit, you're shit!" sneers her mother, who's clearly never thumbed through a 50-page manual in order to rent out videos, or folded sweaters at the Gap between Thanksgiving and New Year's. But Whirligig workers risk more than boredom when unrequited love between an employee and a supervisor sets dark forces in motion. Though the musical numbers eventually give way to chaos, it's fun to watch the colorful characters work out their psychic ills through song and dance—and tongue in cheek. Live Girls! Theater, 2220 N.W. Market St., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com, www.livegirlstheater.org. $10-$15. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 16. RACHEL SHIMPContinuing RunsAntagonism SEE REVIEW. A double bill of Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter and the premiere of Seattle playwright Beau Prichard's Interrogation. Eclectic Theater Company at Odd Duck Studio, 1214 10th Ave., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com, www.greentheatre.org. $6-$10. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.The Best Christmas Pageant Ever The Herdman kids wreak havoc on a Christmas show, but it all turns out OK in the end. Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N., 524-1300, www.seattlepublictheater.org. $14-$24. 7 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 24.Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play If the words "audience participation" don't send you running for cover, get yourself to Black Nativity now. Written by the late Langston Hughes and directed by Jacqueline Moscou, the show is divided into two distinct parts. The first is the Christmas story (Joseph and pregnant Mary can't find a place to stay in Bethlehem, etc.), told from Hughes' perspective and beautifully reenacted by lithe dancers/persons of color. There's comedy thrown in, which makes for light yet extremely spiritual scenes. The choir's first act songs include "Go Tell It on the Mountain," "This Little Light of Mine," "Joy to the World," and other gorgeously sung holiday favorites. You'll be enthralled. However, after the intermission, you'll probably be less blown away, unless you're a big fan of church: The stage turns into a worship area where the well-regarded Reverend Dr. Samuel B. McKinney (formerly of the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Seattle) holds court. Gospel songs are performed and cast members call upon you to sing, clap, dance, and stomp your feet if you want to. Yes, the singers and dancers on stage are extremely talented—especially Joseph (Bojohn Diciple)—but the second act is somehow a less grand performance. In the end, though, you'll walk away more gospel-music savvy and no doubt be inspired by the colorful outfits, the vitality of the characters, and, ultimately, the generous spirit of the Christmas season, regardless of your faith or ethnicity. (P.S. You won't find that at any mall.) Intiman Playhouse, 201 Mercer St., Seattle Center, 269-1900, www.intiman.org. $10-$42. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 7:30 p.m. Sun. and Tues.-Thurs.; also selected matinees the week before Christmas. Ends Wed. Dec. 27. MOLLY LORIBud, Not Buddy An adaptation of Christopher Paul Curtis' novel, in which a young boy searches for his bandleader father during the Depression. Book-It Repertory Theater at the Seattle Center House Theatre, 305 Harrison St., 216-0833, www.book-it.org. $15-$32. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; also 2 p.m. Fri. Dec. 22. Ends Sat. Dec. 23. Bye Bye Birdie Teen idol Conrad Birdie (think Elvis-but-not-quite) is about to join the army, but not before he turns Sweet Apple, Ohio, upside down with a PR stunt in this favorite musical. Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah, 425-392-2202, www.villagetheatre.org. $25-$49. 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. selected Tues., 2 p.m. matinees selected Sat. & Sun., 7 p.m. selected Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 31.A Child's Christmas in Wales A stage adaptation of the Dylan Thomas story. Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way N., www.stonesouptheatre.com. $14. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.A Christmas Carol The 31st annual outing of their holiday favorite. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., 292-7676, www.acttheatre.org. $15-$44. Various times, two performances a day (except Mondays) through Sun. Dec. 24.A Christmas Carol With Jim Winkler as Scrooge and music arranged by Dawn Clement. Centerstage Theatre at Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Rd., Federal Way, 253-661-1444, www.centerstagetheatre.com. $8-$25 (kids $1 at Sat. matinees). 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 23. A Christmas Carol A little more Dickens. Unity Theater, Unity Masonic Lodge, 2nd floor, 119 North Bend Way, North Bend, 425-831-5667, www.unitytheater.org. $10-$15. 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.The Dina Martina Christmas Show Like giving birth, or Burning Man, or giving birth at Burning Man, a Dina Martina show is an experience nearly impossible to describe to someone who hasn't lived it. In her quest to entertain, she'll pull out stops you didn't even know an organ had. Last year's show opened with a holiday-themed Pet Shop Boys cover ("North Pole Girls") and climaxed with a rectal cancer joke that left a roomful of people unable to breathe for laughing. Rejuvenated from triumphant East Coast gigs this past summer, she's ready to top herself with a new assault of song, dance, film (including clips from her movie career and home movies from her childhood), joyous fashion errors, even more bizarre gifts, and, as promised this year, memorable special guests. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., 325-6500, www.ticketwindowonline.com. $20. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.; also random Mon., Tues., & Wed. Ends Sat. Dec. 30.The Excursionists SEE THE WIRE, TUESDAY. England has sunk in this Victorian underwater sci-fi comic fantasia, written and performed by Jonah Von Spreecken and Christopher Bange. Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave. S. $12. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Wed. Ends Wed. Dec. 20.Fairystories Two kids in 1920s England have somehow been able to photograph fairies, attracting the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in a developmental production of a new musical by Paul Graham Brown. Village Theatre, 120 Front St. N., Issaquah, 425-392-2202, www.villagetheatre.org. $20-$25. 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., also 7 p.m. some Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.It's A Wonderful Life SEE REVIEW. The Frank Capra favorite, adapted for the stage in radio-play format by Joe Landry, starring Grant Goodeve as George Bailey. Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., 781-9707, www.taproottheatre.org. $15-$30. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 & 8 p.m. Sat., plus 7:30 p.m. Tues. Dec. 19 & 26. Ends Sat. Dec. 30. It's a Wonderful Life—The Musical Clarence earns his wings yet again. The Attic Theatre at Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. N.E., Bothell, www.theattictheatre.org. $12-$20. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and Thurs. Dec. 21, 3 p.m. Sat., 2:30 & 7 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 23. Late Nite Catechism Maripat Donovan's one-woman show explains everything you wanted to know about the Catholic faith, but were too scared you'd get rapped across the knuckles to ask. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., 292-7676, www.acttheatre.org. $24.50-$29.50. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Open run.Martini Brothers' Holiday Showcase A fast-paced take-off on everyone else's Christmas show. Wing-It Productions at the Historic University Theater, 5510 University Ave. N.E., www.wingitpresents.com. $10. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.Menopause: The Musical Jeanie Linders' tuneful celebration of That Time of Life is back at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., 292-7676, www.acttheatre.org. $45. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 2 & 5:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Jan. 31.Merry F#@&'ng Christmas "A Christmas show for people who hate Christmas." That's all they told us. Eclectic Theater Company/No Direction Productions at Odd Duck Studio, 1214 10th Ave., 800-838-3006, www.greentheatre.org. $6.50-$7.50. 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.Miracle on 34th St. Is that department store Santa the real Santa? Or just some fat hairy delusional old guy? Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave., Auburn, 253-833-5678, www.auburntheater.com. $35.50-$46.95 with dinner, $17.50-$28.95 without. 8 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun. (dinner 90 min. before each performance). Ends Sat. Dec. 23. An O'Henry Holiday A trilogy of adapted short stories, including that classic of crushing Christmas irony, "The Gift of the Magi" (what's the tragedy?—her hair will grow back), plus "The Last Leaf" and "The Ransom of Red Chief." SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St., Redmond, 425-881-6777, www.secondstoryrep.org. $18-$24. 8:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., also 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 14 & Sun. Dec. 17. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.The Santaland Diaries Seattle Public Theater brings to life David Sedaris' infamous tale of Christmas misery, with satisfying results. Easily the most sardonic voice in American nonfiction writing, Sedaris riotously details the horrors and triumphs of working as an elf at Macy's during Christmas. As "Crumpet," Sedaris was at the mercy of voracious New York shoppers yet still found time to trick patrons into believing Cher was sitting in Santa's chair and flirt with cute male elves. "Crumpet" eventually changes his name to the less jolly-sounding "Blisters," but Sedaris manages to find a glimmer of Christmas spirit in his thankless job. Craig Doescher reprises his role as Sedaris and channels just the right amount of flippant, sarcastic attitude to pull off this memoir-style monologue. The transitions are nicely paced and give a sense of chronology to the narrative; scenes are punctuated by blackouts and an intercom voice announcing either the number of days until Christmas or break time for the elves. Admittedly, the idea of staring at one person for an hour and a half is not entirely appealing, but Sedaris' gift for writing and humor never fails to capture an audience's attention. Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N., 524-1300, www.seattlepublictheater.org. $14-$24. 9 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 24. TIFFANY WANSgt. Rigsby & His Amazing Silhouettes: A Terrible Price For Whimsy SEE THE WIRE, FRIDAY. Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave. S., 800-838-3006, www.theatreoffjackson.org. $14 (pay-what-you-can each Thurs.) 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.Sleeping Beauty The princess, the curse, the prince, etc. Sprouts Children's Theatre at SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St., Redmond, 425-881-6777, www.secondstoryrep.org. $8.75. 7 p.m. Fri., 1 & 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.The Sorcerer's Apprentice SEE THE WIRE, SUNDAY. Not the Goethe version, or Dukas or Disney, this time the old fable is given a New Orleans flavor with live swing and jazz. Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Center, 441-3322, www.sct.org. $16-$32. 7 p.m. Fri., 2 & 5:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Jan. 27.Voices of Christmas Songs, stories, and holiday memories. ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave. S.W., 938-0339, www.artswest.org. $10-$32. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat., 1 & 5 p.m. Sun.; also 7:30 p.m. Tues. Dec. 19. Ends Sun. Dec. 24.White Christmas An adaptation of the film, with songs by Irving Berlin. Fifth Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., 625-1900, www.5thavenue.org. $20-$75. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Wed., 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat., 1:30 & 7 p.m. Sun.; also 7 p.m. Mon. Dec. 18, 1 & 7 p.m. Tues. Dec. 19-Wed. Dec. 20. Ends Wed. Dec. 20.The Wizard of Oz Maybe this time, at last, the Witch will score a well-deserved triumph? Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island, 842-8569, www.theplayhouse.org. $10-$18. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.Cabaret & VarietyThe Bedroom Club A show harkening back to the heyday of burlesque, featuring live music, sketch comedy, and dessert—or "Dinner in Bed," too, if you want it. Burning Hearts Burlesque at the Last Supper Club, 124 S. Washington, 898-9067, www.bedroomclublive.com, www.lastsupperclub.com. $10. 9 p.m. Wed. Open run.Burlesque Behind the Pink Door Upcoming performers include Babette La Fave and Miss Indigo Blue. 21 and over. The Pink Door, 1919 Post Alley, 443-3241, www.thepinkdoor.net. $10. 10:30 p.m. Sat. Open run.Columbia City Cabaret Tamara the Trapeze Lady and her titillating troupe are back, this week with "Yummy Temptress Miss Violet Green. Pure Cirkus' Vagabond Jugglers serve up a tasty, well-balanced, plate of mayhem. Beautiful Silk Aerialist Quyn Horton is light and delicious as whipped mousse! Some of us have that certain something that compels one to keep coming back, and Miss Sylvia O'Stayformore is just that kind of girl!" Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 206-605-9920. $20. 8 p.m. Fri. Open run.Sinner Saint Burlesque Weekly revue hosted by Mr. Dane Ballard. SSB at Noc Noc, 1516 Second Ave., www.sinnersaintburlesque.com. $5. 10 p.m. Thurs. Open run.Teatro ZinZanni: The Trickster's Trunk The latest installment of the big-top dinner theater stars actor/singer/dancer Melanie Stace and opera singer Rachel DeShon. Teatro ZinZanni, 2301 Sixth Ave., 802-0015, dreams.zinzanni.org. $104-$160. 6:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 5:30 p.m. Sun. Ends Wed. Jan. 31.Tigger This "flagrantly homosexual former sex worker and current New York City librarian," who just happens also to be Exotic World's "Best Boylesque" winner 2006, performs with Orchestra L'Pow! The Heavens, 172 S. Washington St., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com. $12-$45. 8 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 14. Wicked Xmas Holiday traditions and favorite musicals spoofed together in this mashup/sendup. Crêpe de Paris, 623-4111. Call for prices. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. each night; show at 8 p.m. Wed., Thurs., & Sun., 8:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Dec. 26.Sketches & Stand-UpThe Cody Rivers Show If you seek a contrast to the typical seasonal fare, this absurdist comic duo from Bellingham deserves a look. Seemingly determined to spoof every movie/sitcom archetype known to the Western world, these two highly-trained physical humorists turn a satirical eye to everything from the self-important minutiae of "office" life to the hypocritical sycophancy of Oval Office politics in a lightning-fast series of original sketches. With references to equine sodomy, this exhibition definitely isn't "fun for the whole family." Though titled Tangle, the sequence's randomness felt, at points, too studied. Nonetheless, The Cody Rivers Show's abrupt jumble delivers all necessary snorts and giggles with a red satin bow on top. Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous, 2320 Second Ave., 441-5823. $10. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 23. JENNA NANDComedy Underground The long-running humor hangout spotlights seasoned pros as well as up-and-comers. Tuesday at 8:30 is Non-Profit Comedy ($10), benefiting a revolving list of causes and institutions. 222 S. Main St., 628-0303, www.comedyunderground.com, www.nonprofitcomedy.com. $6-$15. See Web site for dates and times.Giggles Comedy Club Stand-up comedians and other entertainers. Thurs. at 9 p.m. is a free open-mike night; Sun. at 9 p.m. is a free "Comedy Showcase"; Fri. and Sat. at 8 & 10 p.m. feature headliners. 5220 Roosevelt Way N.E., 526-JOKE, www.gigglescomedyclub.com. See Web site for specific date, time, and price info. Jet City Improv Funny, fast-paced theater based on audience suggestions, including Cupcake, Fridays at midnight:30, and "Twisted Flicks," bad movies with improvised dialogue. Historic University Theater, 5510 University Ave. N.E., 352-8291, www.jetcityimprov.com. See Web site for dates and times. Open run.Laff-Stravaganza! Comedy and music from the People's Republic of Komedy & Seattle Foundry, each Wednesday. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave., www.capitolhillarts.org. $5. 9 p.m. Wed. Dec. 13 & 20.Unexpected Productions Various shows including TheatreSports, competitive improv since 1983, and Market Fresh Improv. Market Theatre, 1428 Post Alley, 587-2414, www.unexpectedproductions.org. See Web site for dates, times, and prices. Open run.

 
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