From Revolution to Love

On stage this week.

  Send listings two weeks in advance to stage@seattleweekly.comOpenings & 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 12, through Sun. Feb. 4: Outsider's Inn Collective at Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main St., 7 p.m. each night. Week 13, Mon. Feb. 5-Sun. Feb. 11: SiS Productions, various locations and times. See www.365seattle.com.Aesop's Fables "The Raven and the Swan," "The Lion and the Mouse," and "The Tortoise and the Hare," told with music (some by Ann and Nancy Wilson). Thistle Theatre at Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., 523-2579, www.nwpuppet.org. $8.50-$10.50. Opens Fri. Feb. 2. 7:30 p.m. Fri., 1 & 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. Feb. 18. Altar Boyz SEE THE WIRE, TUESDAY.Avalanche Readings of eight new plays in this minifestival. Seattle Dramatists at Erickson Theatre, SCCC campus, 1524 Harvard. $4 for one reading, $8 for a day, $12 for both days. Noon, 2, 4, & 6 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3-Sun. Feb. 4. only. Blue Door Confronted by his ancestors' ghosts, a professor is forced to address his cultural history and their legacy in Tanya Barfield's play. Seattle Repertory Theatre at the Leo K Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222, www.seattlerep.org. $10-$40. Previews begin Thurs. Feb. 1; pay-what-you-can Mon. Feb. 5. Opens Wed. Feb. 7. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. March 4. Also, the Rep will host a free "StageVoices" chat with Barfield and Amy Wheeler, 5:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3.A Clockwork Orange: Remixed SEE THE WIRE, THURSDAY.The Equation Charles Waxberg's play skips through time, to Depression-era New York City and back, to unearth a mystery. Balagan Theatre at the Capitol Hill Arts Center Showroom, 1621 12th Ave., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com, www.balagantheatre.org. Opens Thurs. Feb. 1. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Feb. 17.The God Committee One heart and four patients who need it—how will the docs decide? Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., 781-9707, www.taproottheatre.org, 292-ARTS, www.ticketmaster.com. $23-$32. Previews 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31-Thurs. Feb. 1. Opens Fri. Feb. 2. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat. Ends Sat. March 3.Salt and Pepper Are Married A reading of Bret Fetzer's new screenplay (when does this guy sleep?), in which a psychiatrist tries to run her patient's love life. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave., 388-0569, www.capitolhillarts.com. $5 suggested donation. 7:30 p.m. Mon. Feb. 5 only.The Sisters Rosensweig Wendy Wasserstein's look at three Jewish sisters. Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island, 842-8569, www.theplayhouse.org. $15-$18. Pay-what-you-can preview 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 1. Opens Fri. Feb. 2. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Feb. 18.Stories from an Atlantic Night Café SEE LONGENBAUGH ON THEATRE. One-man mostly-improvised story-monologues from the acclaimed Mike Daisey, recent recipient of a lavish New York Times Sunday arts-section profile. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave., 388-0569, www.capitolhillarts.com, 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com. $20-$25. 7 p.m. Sun. Feb. 4 only.Last ChanceFreehold Studio Series New theatrical work, from dance to spoken word to clowning, in a four-week series under the rubric "From Revolution to Love." The final week, among other things, gathers Shakespearian monologues under the rubric "Murderous Women." 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.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. 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. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Feb. 3.Titus Andronicus Shakespeare's bloodiest play ends with a body count of 14 wretched souls, two of which are killed off in the first five minutes. Famed general Titus Andronicus (the virile Lyam White) returns victorious from war and is crowned the new emperor of Rome. He relinquishes the title to the former emperor's eldest son, the foppish, flamboyant Saturninus (hilariously realized by Curtis Eastwood, a regular Schmeater player). After being shunned by Titus' daughter Lavinia (imbued with melancholy by Heather Gautschi), Saturninus instead takes the hand of Titus' nemesis: Tamora, Queen of the Goths, formerly Titus' prisoner of war (wickedly portrayed by Juniper Berolzheimer), who wields her newfound power to exact revenge on Titus, who killed her eldest son without mercy. Director Beth Peterson effectively transposes this slightly abridged version of "Titus" to the Wild West (since "the United States was founded through cunning and ruthless acts inspired by greed and the lust for power," she writes) and provides a dramatically-lit finale which makes an entertaining end to a creative Shakespearian interpretation. 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. Ends Sat. Feb. 3. TIFFANY WANContinuing Runs An Enemy of the People A passionate, engaging rendition of Arthur Miller's adaptation of Ibsen's play, exploring the political climate of a small town in which one strong-willed woman works to expose a scandal; it's a tale of corporate malfeasance, idealism, politics, and the role of media in a one-industry town. Strong acting, a compelling narrative arc (though the title gives it away), and a swell of emotion makes the dramatic end feel inevitable. With impassioned performances by Amy Fleetwood and Jack Greenman, a contentious sister and brother battling from opposite ends of the political spectrum. 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. ADRIANA GRANTAnimal 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. 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. 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. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.; also 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 8. Ends Sun. Feb. 11. 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 SEE REVIEW. 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, JAN. 24. More marital cut-and-thrust from Edward Albee, directed by David Esbjornson-with-an-O. 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 Sat. 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 Sun. Feb. 25.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. 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.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. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat. Feb. 10.Travesties SEE REVIEW. 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.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. 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. Feb. 17.Wallflowers Didn't get enough of middle-school? Jet City Improv's Wallflowers takes you back to suffer that most humiliating of rituals, the school dance. Created by Douglas C. Willott, who plays Marvin), this extended long-form improv show is in its second year at the Historic University Theater, and the geeks have grown up a bit. Marvin and his friend Julius suffer as only 12-year-old boys can: dodging girls, the principal's insane requests, and the school bully. Meanwhile geek-bully Jarvis has been dating teen-witch Chloe; Margret conspires with Violet to woo Marvin, who is having none of it; and Marvin's fifth-grade brother Jim and his sweetheart are making googly-eyes at each other and practicing an "alternative heimlich maneuver." The lack of script doesn't seem to hinder the plot at all, which is woven spontaneously across believable characterizations and the secret goals each actor maintains for their persona. That neither audience nor actor know what will happen next keeps the action interesting, and the hilarious predicaments that result deliver the laughs, often unintentionally. Wing-It Productions at the Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way N.E., www.wingitpresents.com. $8-$10. 8 p.m. Thurs- Fri. Ends Fri. Feb. 9. NEIL CORCORANBurlesque & Variety The 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, 748-9975, www.bedroomclublive.com, www.lastsupperclub.com. $10. 9 p.m. Wed. Open run.Burlesque Behind the Pink Door 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's Friday-night shows have been extended (nudge nudge) through February. This week's guests include Michele Francis, Ernie and Elsa Von Schmalz, Kitty, Baby, and Adam Hunter and his bossa nova band. Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 605-9920. $20. 8 p.m. Fri. Feb. 2.Heavenly Spies Burlesque with a touch of Bond— or as they call it, "sexpionage"—in their show Bang Bang. The Can Can, 94 Pike St., 652-0832. $10. 10 p.m. Fri. Ends Feb. 23. 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.Spin the Bottle Annex Theatre's monthly cabaret, curated by Bret Fetzer, presents theater and music, "geektastic dance" and "tuneful smut." Freehold's East Hall Theater, Oddfellows Hall, 915 E. Pine St., 2nd floor, 728-0933, www.annextheatre.org. $9. 11 p.m. Fri. Feb. 2 only.Teatro ZinZanni: The Trickster's Trunk "Love and Lunacy" is the latest installment of the big-top dinner theater. Teatro ZinZanni, 2301 Sixth Ave., 802-0015, http://dreams.zinzanni.org. $104-$155. 6:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 5:30 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Apr. 15.Sketches & Stand-Up 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 website for times and shows.The Edge Blue This improv group goes adults-only. Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island, 842-8569, www.theplayhouse.org. $10. 10 p.m. Sat. Feb. 3 only.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—this week, Greg Giraldo. 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; their live talk show, "Late Night with Satan," Saturdays at midnight:30 through March 31; 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.People's Republic of Komedy Alternative stand-up, sketches, and music, under various names, each Wednesday. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave., www.capitolhillarts.org. $5. 9 p.m. Wed. Jan. 31, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7.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.The Week of Fun One final night of alternative stand-up in this festival. See www.weekoffun.com for schedule and ticket info. Ends Wed. Jan. 31.

 
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