From Revolution to Love, and Everything In Between

On stage this week.

 Send stage 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 free one- to ten-minute performances from a great variety of performers in venues across the city. Week 11, through Sun. Jan. 28: Seattle Arts & Lectures, Seattle Public Library, Delridge Branch, 5423 Delridge Way S.W., 3 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24-Fri. Jan. 26; also Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 2 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27-Sun. Jan. 28. Week 12, Mon. Jan. 29-Sun. Feb. 4: Outsider's Inn Collective at Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main St., 7 p.m. each night. See www.365seattle.com.Animal Farm The actors also play instruments in Ian Wooldridge's musical adaptation of Orwell's allegory. Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St., Mercer Island, 232-4145 ext. 109, www.youththeatre.org. $11-$15. Opens Fri. Jan. 26. 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. Feb. 11.The Bacchae "Don't piss off Dionysus" would be the main take-away of Euripides' tragedy. Meany Studio Theater, UW campus, 543-4880. $8-$15. Previews 7:30 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28 & Tues. Jan. 30. Opens Wed. Jan. 31. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Feb. 11.The Baker's Wife Stephen Schwartz's musical about a May-December romance in Provence. I'd like to publicly point out that the press release contains no performance times, ticket prices, or venue info. Civic Light Opera, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., 363-2809, www.clo-musicaltheatre.org. $25-$35. Pay-what-you-can preview 8 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 25. Opens Fri. Jan. 26. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.; also 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 8. Ends Sun. Feb. 11. Darfur Stories SEE THE WIRE, THURSDAY.Endurance Linda Keeney's one-woman show of songs and stories. University Presbyterian Church, 4540 15th Ave. N.E., 325-6500, www.ticketwindowonline.com. $12-$15. 7 p.m. Fri. Jan. 26 only.A New Brain Talk about making lemonade: William Finn, suffering from what he feared was a brain aneurism, used the experience as inspiration for a new musical, co-writing the book with James Lapine. Contemporary Classics at Ethnic Cultural Theatre, 3940 Brooklyn Ave. N.E., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com. $10-$15. Opens Thurs. Jan. 25. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends Sun. Feb. 4.The Runner Stumbles A theological murder mystery. E.E. Bach Theatre, McKinley Hall, Seattle Pacific University campus, 281-2959. $8-$10. Opens Thurs. Jan. 25. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., also 2 p.m. Sun. Feb. 3. Ends Sun. Feb. 3.Shakespeare and the Actor's Voice A workshop for actors, taught by Ellen Taft. The Valley School, 301 31st Ave. E., 323-6983. $35. 1-5 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27.Tape Three high school friends and a dark secret converge in a motel room in Lansing. The New Space, 17517 15th Ave. N.E., Shoreline, 425-220-7365, www.myspace.com/newspaceshoreline. $8-$10. Opens Fri. Jan. 26. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat. Feb. 10.Trumpet of the Swan A one-hour stage retelling of the E.B. White tale of a mute swan and how he solves his problem. Book-It Repertory Theatre at Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W. Free. 11 a.m. Sat. Jan. 27.The Twilight Zone Stage adaptations of two episodes of the TV suspense classic which center on writing: "The Obsolete Man" and "A World of His Own." Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave., 1-800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com, www.schmeater.org. $10-$12. Opens Fri. Jan. 26. 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. Feb. 17.Last ChanceThe 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. Ends Sun. Jan. 28.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 Sat. Jan. 27.No Exit L'enfer, c'est les adaptations? Sartre's play gets a photographic/musical/theatrical reworking by Emerald City Scene at Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E. Pike St., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com, 841-1846, www.emeraldcityscene.org. $10. 8 p.m. Thurs-Sat. Ends Sat. Jan. 27. 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. 26, 2 & 5:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27. Ends Sat. Jan. 27. SUZANNE BEALTotal Recall SEE THE WIRE, WEDNESDAY. Continuing RunsAn 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.). 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat. Feb. 17.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.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. 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.Goodnight Moon An adaptation of the children's slumbertime 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.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. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Feb. 10. Lady from Dubuque SEE REVIEW. Seattle Repertory Theatre at the Bagley Wright Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222, www.seattlerep.org. $10-$48. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 2:00 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; also 2 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7. Ends Feb. 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.The Mandrake In the preamble to his raunchy 16th-century satire of sexuality, fidelity, and morality (in Wallace Shawn's translation), Niccolò Machiavelli, ever the little ray of sunshine, predicted that audience members would "each sit in [their] little seats...and sneer at this play." From the start, though, with live players serenading the audience and then ducking behind pillars, and an honest-to-God Italian gigolo (complete with undone silk shirt, chunky chain, and hip gyrations that would make Elvis blush) playing the part of a lovelorn swain, the audience gobbled it up like sacrament. Under the custody of her corrupt confessor (John Bianchi) and her aging husband (Richard Clairmont), the pious Lucrezia (Tina Albro) is an object of lust for Callimacho (Jason Marr), who plots to seduce her. With transvestites of both genders (including some truly hideous drag queens), exquisitely executed physical humor, ribald jokes, and pornographic shadow-puppetry, you'll stay eagerly tuned in from Machiavelli's gloomy opening prognosis until the nonexistent curtain drops.Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com, www.schmeater.org. $15-$18 (pay-what-you-can each Thurs.). 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat. Feb. 17. JENNA NANDMenopause: 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 Wed. Jan. 31.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. 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. 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. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Feb. 3.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. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Feb. 11.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 SEE THE WIRE, FRIDAY.David Copperfield Grand Illusion is the magician's new show, in which he passes through steel and squeezes into a shoebox. The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 206-292-ARTS, www.ticketmaster.com, www.theparamount.com. $15-$55. 9 p.m. Fri. Jan. 26, 5 & 8 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27 only.The Great Kaplan A performance by this "virtuoso juggler, magician, inventor, musician and physical comedian." Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, 425-893-9900, www.kpcenter.org. $10-$21. 2 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27 only. 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.Ukelooza 6 This Hawaiian-themed fundraising cabaret, organized by the ubiquitous Bret Fetzer, who could have given James Brown lessons in hard work, features ukulele-friendly musical and spoken-word acts, plus a raffle and auction, to benefit playwrights' service organization Rain City Projects. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. $10. 7:30 p.m. Mon. Jan. 29. Sketches & Stand-UpAndy Borowitz Comic/satiric master of all media. The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 325-2993, www.foolproof.org, 628-0888, www.ticketmaster.com, www.themoore.com. $30-$37.50. 7:30 p.m. Sun. Jan. 28 only.Clean Slate Improv Family-friendly comedy on a Granta-like rotating list of themes, every other Saturday night. This time, "Solitude." Green Lake Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, 6350 E. Green Lake Way, 206-522-1330. $3 suggested donation. 9 p.m. Sat. Jan. 27.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.Bill Cosby SEE THE WIRE, SATURDAY.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. 24 & 31.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.The Week of Fun Seven nights of alternative stand-up, in nine venues including Central Cinema and the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center. See www.weekoffun.com for schedule and ticket info. Thurs. Jan. 25-Wed. Jan. 31.

 
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