The Oddwoman of Pioneer Square

What to do with professional actors who are between gigs but eager to keep up their skills? Theatre 9/12’s answer is to put them to work on ambitious new plays like this one by the company’s artistic director Charles Waxberg. Inspired by Jean Giraudoux’s The Madwoman of Chaillot, Oddwoman has a lovable eccentric countess and her fans challenging the powerful “suits,” who want to raze the historic downtown district after one of them smells oil in the tap water. This clever but uneven production runs a bit long and the plot kind of fizzles, but since admission is by donation, you’re probably getting more than you paid for. MARGARET FRIEDMAN

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: May 1. Continues through May 31, 2009

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