Book-It is going back to Oscar Wilde’s original version of his novella The Picture of Dorian Gray (before he toned down the decadence a bit for publication) about a beautiful young sociopath whose crimes are written on his portrait, not his face. Center Theatre at the Armory, Seattle Center, book-it.org. $26 and up. Previews June 6–8, opens June 9. 7:30 p.m. Wed.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., plus 2 p.m. June 13, 23, 30. Ends July 1.
Relish a night of comedy and music (country-pop) from drag superstar Trixie Mattel, half of Viceland’s fizzy and fabulous Trixie and Katya Show—launched, of course, via RuPaul’s Drag Race. The Moore, stgpresents.org. 8 p.m. Tues., June 12.
In Lisa Lampanelli’s 2016 play Stuffed, she spoke candidly about body-image issues, and in recent photos she looks positively demure—will her new sveltitude affect her approach as stand-up’s filterless, bracingly brutal “Queen of Mean?” My guess, and hope, is no. The Neptune, stgpresents.org. $43.50. 8 p.m. Fri., June 8.
The Esoterics—indispensable in its devotion to post-1900 choral music—marks the 25th anniversary of its debut with music by Lisa Bielawa (Machina Mundi for chorus and digital audio), Richard Strauss, conductor Eric Banks, and others. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 8 p.m. Fri., June 8; Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 8 p.m. Sat., June 9. $15–$25. theesoterics.org.
Molly Shannon stars in Wild Nights With Emily, writer/director Madeleine Olnek’s fanciful yet (more or less) fact-based film about Emily Dickinson. She did struggle to get published; her poems did perplex her well-meaning but clueless editor/mentor Thomas Higginson; and she was close to her brother Austin’s wife Susan. But this close? Could be. Olnek extrapolates from this, subverting her film’s cozy period setting with absurdist humor. (Seattle’s Kevin Seal, who plays Austin, is scheduled to attend both screenings.) SIFF Cinema Egyptian, siff.net. $12–$14. 7 p.m. Thurs., June 7, 4 p.m. Sat., June 9.
In less than a year and a half, Seattle’s Defy Wrestling has already established itself as a premiere brand on the independent pro-wrestling circuit. Its shows turn Washington Hall into a rowdy bandbox of flips, suplexes, and superkicks, with in-ring action that rivals or surpasses most any televised wrestling offerings. Defy: Requiem features a homecoming Defy debut for Seattle native Kimber Lee, who’s been one of the better women’s wrestlers on the planet for years. A loaded card also features former WWE star MVP and Defy mainstays like Shane “Swerve” Strickland, Brody King, and Randy Myers. SETH SOMMERFELD Washington Hall, defywrestling.com. $25–$80. 7 p.m. Sat., June 9.