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  Send stage listings two weeks in advance to stage@seattleweekly.com.Openings & Events365 Days/365 Plays Suzan-Lori Parks' yearlong theater project, a cycle of 365 short plays, offers free one- to 10-minute performances from a great variety of performers in venues across the city. Week 9, through Sun. Jan. 14: Baba Yaga Productions at Cal Anderson Park, Capitol Hill, 5:30 p.m. daily. Week 10, Jan. 15-21: ReAct Theatre at Elliott Bay Book Company, 110 S. Main St., 7 p.m. daily (except 2 p.m. Sun. Jan. 21). See www.365seattle.com. Edward Albee In conversation with the Rep's David Esbjornson, in conjunction with their run of his The Lady from Dubuque. Seattle Repertory Theatre at the Leo K. Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222, www.seattlerep.org. Free, reservations suggested. 6 p.m. Mon. Jan. 15. Freehold Studio Series New theatrical work, from dance to spoken-word to clowning, in a four-week series under the rubric "From Revolution to Love." Freehold's East Hall Theater, Oddfellows Hall, 1529 10th Ave., 2nd floor, 323-7499 x14, www.freeholdtheatre.org. Suggested donation $13. Opens Thurs. Jan. 11. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Feb. 4.Goodnight Moon An adaptation of the children's classic, with book, music, and lyrics by Chad Henry. Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Center, 441-3322, www.sct.org. $16-$32. Opens Fri. Jan. 12. 7 p.m. Fri., 2 & 5:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends March 10.How I Got That Story Amlin Gray's Obie-award-winning dark comedy about war, the media, and the search for truth. (Replaces Journey's End in the ArtsWest season schedule; tickets for that show will be honored.) ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave. S.W., 938-0339, www.artswest.org. $10-$32. Showtimes not available at press time. Opens Wed. Jan. 17, ends Feb. 10. In Disdress Now: Redux A new solo work by Marya Sea Kaminski, recognized (as both a readers' and critic's pick) in our Best of Seattle 2006 issue: "Everyone needs a day off now and then to rest up, rock out, update your online dating profile, and contemplate where you left your soul and your old tap shoes." Washington Ensemble Theatre at the Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave. E., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com, www.washingtonensemble.org. $10-$15. Opens Thurs. Jan. 11. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat. Jan. 20.The Lady from Dubuque More marital cut-and-thrust from Edward Albee, directed by David Esbjornson. Seattle Repertory Theatre at the Bagley Wright Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222, www.seattlerep.org. $10-$48. Previews begin Wed. Jan. 11. Opens Wed. Jan. 17. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 2:00 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; also 2 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7. Ends Feb. 10. Play Murder A new mystery by Kent Phillips, "a combination of Agatha Christie and the DaVinci Code." Renton Civic Theater, 507 S. Third St., Renton, 425-226-5529, www.rentoncivictheater.org. $15-$20. 8 p.m. Fri. Jan. 12-Sat. Jan. 13, 2 p.m. Sun. Jan. 14 only.Private Eyes Kind of a cross between How I Got That Story and Lady From Dubuque, it seems, Seattle playwright Steven Dietz's "comedy of suspicion" explores relationships and deception. West of Brooklyn Theater Company at the Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave. S., 340-1049, www.theatreoffjackson.org. $18. Opens Thurs. Jan. 11. 7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat. Ends Sat. Jan. 20.The Rocky Horror Show The original high-camp musical that spawned the cult-film phenomenon. More Than Kin at the UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre, 3940 Brooklyn Ave. N.E., 800-838-3006, www. brownpapertickets.com. $10-$15. Opens Wed. Jan. 10. 8 p.m. Wed.-Sun., also midnight Sat. Ends Sun. Jan. 21.Last Chance14/48 Fourteen plays in 48 hours, that is. A theme is drawn from a hat (on Thursday) or suggested by the audience (Friday), and then each participating writer is assigned a number and gender of actors. Ten-minute plays are due the next morning (ouch), and then cast, rehearsed all day, and performed that night. It's the second and final weekend of the whirlwind event that's been selling out annually since 1997. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1612 12th Ave., 800-838-3006, www.1448fest.com, www.brownpapertickets.com. $15. 8 & 10 p.m. Fri. Jan. 12-Sat. Jan. 13. An O'Henry Holiday An encore performance of a Christmas trilogy of adapted short stories, including "The Gift of the Magi," "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. 8:15 p.m. Fri. Jan. 12-Sat. Jan. 13.Seussical Bringing Dr. Seuss characters to life, from the Cat in the Hat to the Whos, in this revue. Kidstage TeenSelect at First Stage Theatre, 120 Front St. N., Issaquah, 425-392-2202, www.villagetheatre.org. $8-$10. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. Jan. 14. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee In one of those weird cultural blips, the spelling bee—aside from rock-paper-scissors championships, the most low-tech of competitions—suddenly became hip in the last couple years. We've seen a documentary (Spellbound) and one or two fiction movies (that Starbucks one and that Richard Gere one); the bee's entree into urban nightlife; and of all things a hit musical. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opened on Broadway in May 2005, with an e-b-u-l-l-i-e-n-t score by William (March of the Falsettos) Finn and a (Tony Award-winning) book by Rachel Sheinkin; few if any recent musicals have earned such nearly u-n-a-n-i-m-o-u-s rave reviews. A cast of nine plays various parents and bee officials as well as six p-u-b-e-s-c-e-n-t contestants (Chip, Leaf, Logainne, Marcy, Olive, and William). Chosen to compete against them at each performance will be four audience members, adding a little real-world unpredictability to the proceedings. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 292-ARTS, www.ticketmaster.com. $22-$70. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 & 8 p.m. Sat., 1 & 6:30 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Jan. 14. Winter Weekend Slumber Slaughter Teen slasher movies are the inspiration for this improvised show. Blood Squad at Odd Duck Theater, 1214 10th Ave., www.brownpapertickets.com. $10. 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. Jan. 13.Continuing RunsAnnie The girl in the curly red wig is back. Broadway Bound Children's Theatre at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., www.ticketmaster.com. $10. 7 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. (no show Fri. Jan. 12), 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. (except noon & 5 p.m. Sun. Jan. 21). Ends Sun. Jan. 21.The Comedy of Errors Director Stephanie Shine is resetting Shakespeare's identical-twin/mistaken-identity comedy in a 19th-century seaport filled with pirates and wenches. Seattle Shakespeare Company at the Center House Theatre, Seattle Center, 733-8222, www.seattleshakespeare.org. $18-$33. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.; also 2 p.m. Sat. Jan. 13 & 20. Ends Sun. Jan. 28.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.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. Open run.The Sorcerer's Apprentice Lost in an enchanted forest, young Charles is taken under the wing of Miss Marguerite, a powerful sorceress conversant in animal, vegetable, and mineral. But when Charles disobeys her orders and uses "the craft"—in the process nearly inundating her workshop—he's given his walking papers. In an effort to regain her trust and take back the coveted position, he must battle demons, a giant, and the evil Big John King. On his side are a trio of pontificating plants and a wily groundhog with a special penchant for blueberry tarts. For this story, author OyamO has borrowed from far-ranging sources, from Lucian Samosata (a Greek satirist from AD 150) to Goethe and Disney. It magically comes together in a production that emphasizes harmony with nature and the ways in which what comes around goes around. Sets, especially those depicting Miss Marguerite's enchanted grounds, provide lots of hidden interest—from bebopping vegetation to all-seeing trees. Even the stars take flight. A four-piece live band accompanies the magic and madness with New Orleans-style swing and jazz that will have the young and not-so-young grooving in their seats. Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Center, 441-3322, www.sct.org. $16-$32. 7 p.m. Fri. Jan. 12, 5:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 13-Sun. Jan. 14; other dates & times through Sat. Jan. 27. SUZANNE BEALTwelfth Night Shakespeare's delicate and fanciful romance is the debut production of Two Hours' Traffic, a company founded by New Orleans expatriates Morgan Aldrich and Gannon Patton. Freehold's East Hall Theater, Oddfellows Hall, 915 E. Pine St., 4th floor, 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com, www.myspace.com/2ht. Sliding scale $10-$30. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat; also 7:30 p.m. Mon. Jan. 15. Ends Sat. Jan. 20.Wallflowers The sophisticated, carefree glamour and grandeur of the middle-school dance is this improvised play's subject, seen through the eyes of seventh-graders Julius Hauberk and Marvin McGoohan. Wing-It Productions at the Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way N.E., www.wingitpresents.com. $8-$10. 8 p.m. Thurs- Fri. (no shows Jan. 25-26). Ends Fri. Feb. 9.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, "Pure Cirkus sends us another Thrilling Aerialist Mr. Beau! The Naked Folk Singer pays us a special visit; Lanelle Guist will talk us through a little Naughty Behavior and the Exotic Glitz Kreig Burlesquer Vienne La Rouge leaves us Breathless!" Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 605-9920. $20. 8 p.m. Fri. through Jan. 26.Mental . . . for now "Songs and psychoses are the bill-of-fare in an evening of hysterical catharsis and '...all-out non compos mentis.'" Crepe de Paris, 1333 Fifth Ave., 623-4111, 800-838-3006, www. brownpapertickets.com. $20 (show only), $48 (w/dinner). Opens Fri. Jan. 12. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Jan. 27.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. $114-$160. 6:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Wed. Jan. 31.Sketches & Stand-UpClean Slate Improv Family-friendly comedy on a Granta-like rotating list of themes, every other Saturday night. This time, "Collaboration." Green Lake Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, 6350 E. Green Lake Way, 206-522-1330. $3 suggested donation. 9 p.m. Sat. jan. 13.Comedy 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 times and shows.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 times and shows.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 times and shows. Open run.Laff-Hole! 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. Jan. 10 & 17.Unexpected Productions Various improv shows including Black Eyed Blonde, in film noir style, running Fri.-Sat. at 8 through Feb. 10. Market Theatre, 1428 Post Alley, 587-2414, www.unexpectedproductions.org. See Web site for times and shows. Open run.

 
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