Stage Openings & Events Bill Shively: A Poet’s Sendoff A memorial in


Openings & Events

Bill Shively: A Poet’s Sendoff A memorial in honor of the longtime director of Red Sky Poetry Theater. Spring Street Center, 1101 15th Ave., 
4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 25.

Blood Countess Kelleen Conway Blanchard’s play about Elizabeth Bathory and her unorthodox beauty regimen. Annex Theatre, 1100 E. Pike St., $5–$20. Opens Oct. 24. 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat. plus Mon., Nov. 10. Ends Nov. 22.




Bill Irwin An evening of performance and conversation with this master comedian, part of the Seattle Beckett Festival. Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center, brown$10– $25. 7:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 27.

Manifesto v. 4 Readings from new plays by Keri Healey, Trieu Tran, and others. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 2 p.m. Sat., Oct. 25.

Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom In Jennifer Haley’s play, teens become addicted to a video game as the line between it and reality blurs. Cabaret Theatre, Hutchinson Hall, UW campus, $5–$10. Opens Oct. 23. 7:30 p.m. Wed.–Sun. Ends Nov. 2.

Or, the Whale A call-center employee shares Moby-Dick over the phone in this extrapolation of Melville. Stage One Theater, North Seattle College, 9600 College Way N., $16. Opens Oct. 23. 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat. plus Mon., Nov. 3. Ends Nov. 15.

Paula Poundstone Known for her on-the-spot observational comedy. The Moore, 1932 Second Ave., 877-784-4849, stgpresentsorg. $35. 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 25.

Scream Ian Bell’s Brown Derby Series (“ridiculously staged readings of your favorite screenplays”) presents this meta-slasher cult fave. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. $20. 
8 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 23–Sat., Oct. 25.

The Servant of Two Masters Double the pay and double the hijinks in Goldoni’s comedy, presented by SPT’s youth program. Bathhouse Theater on Green Lake, Donation. 7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24; 2 & 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 25; 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 26.

Stories for Bad Children Cautionary tales from the Vox Fabuli Puppets and others. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., $15–$18. Opens Oct. 24. 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat. Ends Nov. 1.

This Is Halloween Orkestar Zirconium and a few Circus Contraption alums are among the players in this burlesque revue. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, $20–$40. Opens Oct. 23. 7 p.m. Tues.–Thurs. & Sun., 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat. Ends Nov. 1.

Zombie Cheerleaders From Hell! The Heavenly Spies promise “a sinister evening of terrifying masks and gravity-defying hair.” The Can Can, 94 Pike St.,, $20–$100. Opens Oct. 23. 7 & 9:30 p.m. Thurs.–Sat. Ends Nov. 1.


The Atomic Bombshells Miss Indigo Blue emcees this burlesque troupe’s “Fall Fling!” Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., $22–$25. 9 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24.

Beauty and the Beast Disney’s animated classic-turned-hit musical. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 877-STG-4TIX, $25 and up. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 22–Thurs., Oct. 23; 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24; 2 & 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 25; 1 & 6:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 26.

Campfire Improv based on ghost stories. Unexpected Productions’ Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, unexpected $10. 8:30 p.m. Thurs. Ends Oct. 30.

Cold Empty Terrible A student-devised “resuscitation of a theatrical debacle embedded inside Anton Chekhov’s 1896 masterpiece, The Seagull.” Jones Playhouse, 4045 University Way N.E., 543-4880, $10–$20. 7:30 p.m. Wed.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Oct. 26.

The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi Friendship and cooperation are the messages in this adaptation of a classic Kipling tale. Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Center, 441-3322. $15–$36. Runs Thurs.–Sun.; see for exact schedule. Ends Nov. 9.

Hamlet Mary Ewald plays the Danish prince in New City’s intimate production. New City Theater, 1406 18th Ave., $15–$20. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.–Sat. Ends Nov. 8.


In The Heights Village Theatre’s percolating production of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes’ musical about the changes that beset residents of NYC’s Washington Heights during two sultry summer days. From one scene to the next, it’s a roller-coaster from humor to anger to tragedy to salsa-driven joy—but nobody misses a beat, even though the show’s packed with incident and necessarily fast-paced. But everything lands; everything works; every song, scene, and bit gets its most impactful tempo and weight as guided by director Eric Ankrim. GAVIN BORCHERT Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N. Issaquah, 425-392-2202. $35–$67. Runs Wed.–Sun.; see for exact schedule. Ends Oct. 26 (then moves to Everett Oct. 31–Nov. 23).

Kinky Boots SEE REVIEW, PAGE 23.

A Lesson From Aloes Set in South Africa during apartheid, the play explores the psychology of survival and politics. Isaac Studio Theatre at Taproot Theatre, 208 N. 85th St., 781-9707, $20–$40. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Oct. 26.

Little Shop of Horrors Dweeby Seymour may have changed his luck when he befriends a carnivorous plant from space. Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave. N., 842-8569, $19–$27. 7:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Ends Oct. 26.

New Play Festival A showcase of new work. PONCHO Theater,, Seattle Center, 443-2222. $15. See for exact schedule. Ends Oct. 26.

Night of the Living Dead Lori Allen Ohm’s stage adaptation of the classic zombie shocker, performed outside. BY KIDS!!!! Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island, 232-4145, $15. 7, 8, & 9:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat. Ends Oct. 25.

The Rocky Horror Show The camp musical that launched a thousand handfuls of rice. Renton Civic Theatre, 507 S. Third St., Renton, 425-226-5529, renton $20–$25. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., plus 11:45 p.m. Oct. 25 & 31. Ends Nov. 1.

Supraliminal Seattle Immersive Theatre’s interactive tale about the paranormal, both set in and staged at the Georgetown Steam Plant. Meet at South Seattle College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., and you’ll be bused there. seattle $50. 7:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat. EXTENDED through Nov. 15.

Teatro ZinZanni: Hacienda Holiday TZZ’s new show keeps its dinner-cabaret formula fresh with acts that mash up entertainment skills in pairs: aerial plus dance en pointe by PNB alumna Ariana Lallone; trapeze plus contortion with Duo Rose; juggling plus the speed and aesthetic of thrash metal by Gamal David Garcia; and ballroom dance plus pole work by the astounding Vertical Tango. The storyline: Vivian Beaumount and Clifton Caswell (Christine Deaver and Kevin Kent) return to a swanky hotel to renew their vows. The mashing-up continues—by the end, as Beaumount and Caswell reconcile, they each adopt at least two sexes, maybe more. GAVIN BORCHERT Teatro ZinZanni, 222 Mercer St., 802-0015. $99 and up. Runs Thurs.–Sun. plus some Wed.; see for exact schedule. Ends Jan. 31.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Chekhov and comedy don’t really go together—nothing aimed for belly laughs on the order of this 2012 farce by Christopher Durang, who gooses a Chekhovian situation: a pair of thwarted siblings still living in their dead parents’ house. Vanya (R. Hamilton Wright) and Sonia (Marianne Owen) are the shut-ins whose routine is disrupted by the arrival of sister Masha (Pamela Reed), an egotistical actress. Her trade allows Durang to send up both Chekhov and Hollywood. He laces his comedy with many lifts and themes from Chekhov (there are cherry trees, if not quite an orchard); and playfully considers the Russian playwright’s relevance to these modern-day neurotics. BRIAN MILLER ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., 292-7676. $55 and up. Preview Oct. 22, opens Oct. 23. Runs Tues.–Sun; see for exact schedule. Ends Nov. 16.


The Vaudevillians Two song-and-dance artistes, touring Antarctica in the ’20s, get frozen in an avalanche for 90-some years. Jerick Hoffer and Richard Andriessen play chanteuse Kitty Witless and pianist Doctor Dan Von Dandy, who thaw out to find their numbers have, in the intervening decades, been plagiarized as pop hits. Hoffer in drag becomes a brassy belter with remarkable lungs and fabulous gams; I’d love to see him as Chicago’s Roxie Hart. Gags and mugging are sprayed at a machine-gun pace, and in the audaciously invasive audience-participation segments, Hoffer’s ad-lib skills are peerless. If the pair stretches Act 2 a bit thin, Witless will be damned if she doesn’t make up for it. GAVIN BORCHERT Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222. $17–$67. 7:30 p.m. Wed.–Sun. plus some matinees; see for exact schedule. Ends Nov. 2.



Opposing Forces SEE THE PICK LIST, PAGE 21.

The Cherdonna Show: WORTH MY SALT SEE REVIEW, PAGE 23.

Ghost Game VIII: 13 Witches The Cabiri’s eighth annual Halloween dessert cabaret presents tales of witchcraft and sorcery from ancient folklore and mythology via dance, aerial work, and acrobatics. Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way S.W., 800-838-3006, $30–$100. Preview Oct. 23, opens Oct. 24. 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat. Ends Nov. 1.


Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca are reaching far beyond the standard flamenco presentation for this tour, turning instead to Sophocles’ Antigone for a dramatic framework that can stand up to the heightened theatricality of the dance form. The innate power of flamenco should be a wonderful match for Sophocles’ examination of honor and duty. SANDRA KURTZ Meany Hall, UW campus, 543-4880, $47–$52. 
8 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 23–Sat. Oct. 25.

HOME: Leaning on a Moment Left Behind The life of dancer Kate Lounsbury is celebrated. Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave., $10–$23. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24–Sat., Oct. 25.

Classical, Etc.

Seattle Opera SEE REVIEW, PAGE 21.

Seattle Philharmonic An all-American program with music by Gail Kubik, Bernard Herrmann, and others. Benaroya Hall, Third Ave. & Union St., $20–$30. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 22.

Seattle Symphony Free community concerts: Brahms and Tchaikovsky at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., 7 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 23; Mendelssohn and Prokofiev at Roosevelt High School, 1410 N.E. 66th St., 7 p.m. Tues., Oct. 28.


Lake Union Civic Orchestra Premiering PLU student Taylor Whatley’s Fanfare Giocoso alongside Falla, Mozart, and Respighi. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, $13–$18. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24.

Marc Seales & Tom Collier Jazz from this piano/mallet duo. Meany Studio Theater, UW campus, 543-4880, $12–$20. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24.

Cappella Romana Sacred choral works from the Serbian Orthodox tradition. St. Joseph’s Parish, 732 18th Ave. E., 503-236-8202, $22 and up. 
8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24.


Simple Measures Celebrating 10 years of top-notch chamber music in informal places with Mendelssohn’s thrilling Octet, plus Bach, Piazzolla, and more. Mt. Baker Community Club, 2811 Mt. Rainier Dr. S., 7:30 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24; Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 26. $15–$30. 853-5672,

Seattle Women’s Chorus Moon songs, and lots of ’em, in “Hallows in the Cathedral.” St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., 388-1400, $25–$45. 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat. Ends Oct. 25.

Seattle Symphony Bach and Handel with conductor Nicholas McGegan. (On Fri. and Sat., wine—$10 for four pours. Sun. is a one-hour “Untuxed” concert). Benaroya Hall, Third Ave. & Union St., 215-4747, 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 24–Sat., Oct. 25, 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 26.

Seattle Symphony “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” is their family concert. Benaroya Hall, Third Ave. & Union St., 215-4747, 11 a.m. Sat., Oct. 25.


Seattle Pro Musica “Nine NW” is a concert and community sing of new works by local composers. First Church Seattle, 180 Denny Way, 800-838-3006, seattle $15–$18. 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 25.

Northwest Symphony Holst’s Planets (with high-def space images), plus Hovhaness and Wagner. Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd St., Burien, 800-838-3006, $12–$15. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 25.

Queen City Musicians Baroque vocal and chamber music from this new ensemble. Q Cafe, 3223 15th Ave. W., queencitymusicians. com. $22–$25. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 25.


Paul Kikuchi New chamber music from this Seattle composer. Chapel Performance Space, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., $5–$15. 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 25.

UW Wind Ensemble Music for small groups. Brechemin Auditorium, School of Music, UW campus, 685-8384, $5. 1:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 26.


Music Northwest Vocal chamber music from Northwest composers with Vox, Seattle Pro Musica’s small ensemble. First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, 4105 California Ave. S.W., $16–$18. 
3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 26.

Onyx Chamber Players Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Brahms to open their season. First Church Seattle, 180 Denny Way, 800-8838-3006, $10–$25. 5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 26.




Heatwarmer This indie group performs, the guest of UW’s Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media. Meany Hall, UW campus, 543-4880, $12–$20. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 28.