Play-a-day to Sci-Fi "Classics"

On stage this week.

   Send stage listings two weeks in advance to stage@seattleweekly.comOpenings & Previews3:1—a One-Act Play Festival Dirt battles soap in Ciara Rose Griffin's Mud; Tater Stew, by John Budge and Monte Jenkins, is a dark comedy set at a school; Justin Tracy's Shim-Sham and Crutch presents an array of characters "from an awful demon to his square headed sidekick." The Buttenik Ensemble and The Synchronicity Exchange at Live Girls! Theater, 2220 N.W. Market St. $8-$10. 8 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 18-Sun. Jan. 21 only. 365 Days/365 Plays Suzan-Lori Parks' yearlong theater project, a cycle of 365 short plays, offers free one- to ten-minute performances from a great variety of performers in venues across the city. Week 10, through Sun. Jan. 21: ReAct Theatre at Elliott Bay Book Company, 110 S. Main St., 7 p.m. daily (except 2 p.m. Sun. Jan. 21). Week 11, Jan. 22-28: Seattle Arts & Lectures, Seattle Public Library, Delridge Branch, 5423 Delridge Way S.W, 3 p.m. Mon. Jan. 22-Fri. Jan. 26; also Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 2 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27-Sun. Jan. 28. See www.365seattle.com.Chili Clash SEE THE WIRE, MONDAY.Dear World Jerry Herman's 1969 musical version of The Madwoman of Chaillot. Showtunes! Theatre Company at Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, 425-893-9900, www.kpcenter.org. $15-$24. 8 p.m. Sat. Jan. 20, 2 p.m. Sun. Jan. 21 only. An Enemy of the People Arthur Miller's adaptation of Ibsen's play: "When the resident physician in a small Norwegian town discovers that the local springs are poisoned, she is shocked to find that instead of being thanked, she is looked upon as a dangerous enemy of society." Substitute "Marge" for "the resident physician," and you've got the plot of about a dozen Simpsons episodes. Strawberry Theatre Workshop at Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., www.strawshop.org. $20 (pay-what-you-can each Thurs.) Opens Thurs. Jan. 18. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat. Feb. 17.The First Flower It's jocks vs. drama geeks in this reading of Russell Weeks's play about high school. Ballinger Room, Shoreline Center, 18560 First Ave. N.E., Shoreline, 417-4645. Free. 7 p.m. Mon. Jan. 22 only.Gone with the Wine A spoof of—well, you can figure that out yourself. Breeders Theater at E.B. Foote Winery, 127B S.W. 153rd St., Burien, 242-3852. $20 includes hors d'oeuvres and tasting. Opens Fri. Jan. 19. 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.; also 7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31 and 1 p.m. Sun. Feb. 4. Ends Feb. 4.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 Sat. Feb. 10. The Jungle Book An adaptation of the Disney classic. Kidstage at First Stage Theatre, 120 Front St. N., Issaquah, 425-392-2202, www.villagetheatre.org. $8-$10. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Jan. 19, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 20, 2 & 5 p.m. Sun. Jan. 21 only.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. 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.The Mandrake Love (or at least lust), intrigue, satire, and plenty of pragmatism in this comedy by Niccoló Macchiavelli, in Wallace Shawn's translation. Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com, www.schmeater.org. $15-$18 (pay-what-you-can Thurs.). Opens Fri. Jan. 19. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat. Feb. 17.Lynn Manning A presentation by this California playwright/poet/actor, artist in residence next week at UW Bothell. North Creek Café, 18115 Campus Way N.E., Bothell, www.uwb.edu. Free. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24. Monolodge For the sort of audience member who prefers to keep the "fourth wall" firmly in place, this smorgasbord of original vignettes is definitely going to have him or her walking out of Odd Duck Theatre feeling violated. Unicycle, a debuting "solo artists' theater collective," is as experimental, face-to-face, and tactile as modern theater is liable to get—and above all else, incredibly brave. Beginning with a confounding autopsy of a solo show as it is happening, Keith Hitchcock humorously parodies the "serious actor" as he agonizes over the oft-neglected (and here anthropomorphized) "middle of the show." Ironic riffs of music and helpful slides enable both actor and audience to navigate the jumble of discrete parts that comprise the typical solo show. "Muffin Face," by its own admission, delightfully straddles the line between "education and fluffy, fluffy bullshit." The night continues with Mary Purdy, another soloist who dishes out three doses of theater in "Side Dishes." Food is used ironically: causing fisticuffs during a game show, acting as a poison under the guise of nutrition at a hospital, and serving as a means for bartering for love with a fairy godmother. The night of absurdity concludes on a serious note with Seth Rosenbloom's "Coming to America." With credible subtlety and (undoubtedly, to some) shocking sympathy, Rosenbloom goes so far in one vignette as to give a human face to a terrorist before his final mission. Odd Duck Studio, 1214 10th Ave., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com, www.unicyclecollective.org. $10. 8 p.m. Fri. Jan. 19-Sat. Jan. 20 only. JENNA NANDNo Exit Sartre's perky, fluffy ray of sunshine gets a photographic/musical/theatrical adaptation by Emerald City Scene at Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E. Pike St., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com, 841-1846, www.emeraldcityscene.org. $10. Opens Fri. Jan. 19. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; also Thurs. Jan. 25. Ends Sat. Jan. 27. Side by Side by Sondheim Five singers, two pianos, and a genius. SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St., Redmond, 425-881-6777, www.SecondStoryRep.org. $20-$26. Opens Fri. Jan. 19. 8:15 p.m. Fri-Sat.; also 8:15 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 8, 2:15 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28 & Feb. 4. Ends Sat. Feb. 10.Small Town Kelleen Conway Blanchard's new play, directed by Bret Fetzer: "The Ledbetters are a typical family—if "typical" includes a mother, Ruby, with a beehive hairdo, who chain-smokes through her tracheotomy hole; her one-eyed daughter, Lucinda, former "pork queen of two counties," who wrestles alligators for fun; and her son, Stu Lionel, who—well, let's just say he's super nice, if a bit slow." Annex Theatre's Gail Stellner Studio at Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave., www.annextheatre.org. $7-$10. Opens Tues. Jan. 23. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Wed. Ends Wed. Feb. 21.Titus Andronicus Director Beth Peterson sets Shakespeare's most notoriously gruesome play (murder, rape, dismemberment, cannibalism—am I forgetting anything?) in the Wild West. Balagan Theatre at Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com, www.capitolhillarts.org. $9-$15. Opens Thurs. Jan. 18. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Feb. 3.Total Recall Ian Bell presents the next in his series of hilarious, hyper-camped stage reenactments of sci-fi "classics." The Broad Strokes Players at Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. $12. 8 p.m. Tues. Jan. 23-Thurs. Jan. 25 only. Travesties Tom Stoppard's time-twisting comedy brings together Joyce, Lenin, and Tristan Tzara within an old man's memories. Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N., 524-1300, www.seattlepublictheater.org. $14-$24. Opens Thurs. Jan. 18. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Feb. 11.Wonderland Reinventing Alice in Wonderland through "street performance, theatre, circus, opera, body modification and fire dancing with original tribal industrial music. . . stunning costumes, demented klowns, and jaw-dropping acts of bravery revealing the human body in its purest form." PURE Cirkus at Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1612 12th Ave., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com. $15-$20. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 20-Sun. Jan. 21 only.Last ChanceAnnie 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.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat., noon & 5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Jan. 21.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. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat. Jan. 20.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. 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. 8 p.m. Wed.-Sun., also midnight Sat. Ends Sun. Jan. 21.Twelfth 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. Ends Sat. Jan. 20.Continuing RunsThe 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. 20. Ends Sun. Jan. 28.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. 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. 7 p.m. Fri., 2 & 5:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends March 10.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 with 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. 19, 2 & 5:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m. Sun. Jan. 21; other dates & times through Sat. Jan. 27. SUZANNE BEALWallflowers The sophisticated, carefree glamour and grandeur of the middle-school dance is this 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, "our Aerial Guest Esther Edelman of the UMO Ensemble performs with Accordionist Nova Devonie. . . Illustrious Gem The Shanghai Pearl visits us from her Cove at the Sea Monster Lounge. . . the astounding Strong Woman feats of Mama Lou, and the Gravity-Defying Acrobalance Duet Vern and Anneka." Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 605-9920. $20. 8 p.m. Fri. Jan. 19.Edie This drag cabaret artist not only sings (and looks fabulous), but dances up a storm too. Julia's on Broadway, 300 Broadway E., 334-0513. 10 p.m. Fri. Jan. 19 only. 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). 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, http://dreams.zinzanni.org. $114-$160. 6:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Wed. Jan. 31.This *IS* Burlesque! #7 This "intimate evening of brains and boobs" kicks off with two edifying lectures: The Naughty Librarian on "Power, Pain, and the Homovestite" and Professor Jo "Boobs" Weldon on "Erotic Dance In Film." The Swedish Housewife and The Academy of Burlesque at The Heavens, 172 S. Washington, 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com. $11-$14. Doors at 6 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24.Sketches & Stand-UpComedy 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 website 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 website 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 website 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. 17 & 24.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 website for times and shows. Open run.

 
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