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Seattle Shakespeare Company's latest production sets the Bard's mid-period political satire amongst the randy denizens of Vienna circa 1949; recall the moldering, shadowy setting of The Third Man and you get the drift. Director Stephanie Shine allows the laughs to come through with the winking gestures of sexual farce, yet never loses focus on the essentially moral character of the drama. Mary Jane Gibson (left) is creepily intense as Isabella, the would-be nun faced with the choice of sacrificing her body to save her condemned brother's life, and Paul Morgan Stetler (right) is riveting as the iron- fisted, libido-tormented Angelo. Seattle Center House Theatre, Seattle Center, 206-733-8222. $12-$24. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Oct. 12. RICK LEVIN


The monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are not only refugees from Tibet but, in a sense, also refugees from their home in exile in Indiadifferent groups of them have been away and on tour around the world since 1988, performing "for world purification and planetary healing." Their simple locomotor phrases, looping gestures, and unique vocal technique give their work a calm vitality that could, indeed, heal us all. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, 425-893-9900. $10-$24. 8 p.m. Fri. Oct. 10-Sat. Oct. 11. SANDRA KURTZ

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