Bedroom Farce to Underpants

Cleverly interlocking stories based on elaborated invented myths.

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Openings & Previews

Alice in Wonderland An original musical adaptation, written and directed by Bob Gribas with original music and choreography by Angela Rinaldi-Gribas. Variety Plus at McEachern Auditorium, Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E, 206-368-8386. $10. 1 & 4 p.m. Sun. Nov. 5 & 12 only.

Alien Ian Bell's "Brown Derby" series of staged reenactments of cult-movie screenplays continues with Alien, starring Nick Garrison as Ripley (and if those last four words don't inspire you to immediately buy tickets to all three performances. . .) 21 and over. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. $12. 8 p.m. Tues. Nov. 7-Thurs. Nov. 9 only.

Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls Characters both human and animal, in New York, Hawaii, and Alaska, in Naomi Iizuka's fantasia. Cornish College of the Arts Theater Department at Raisbeck Performance Hall, 2015 Boren Ave., 206-325-6500, $5-$8. Opens Tues. Nov. 7. 8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs. & Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Nov. 12.

Amateurs A backstage comedy about a community theater production, its madcap cast, and the death of a theater critic. (We do not approve.) Next Step Theater at Theatre Four, Center House, Seattle Center. 800-838-3006,, $10-$15. Opens Fri. Nov. 3. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Nov. 11.

* Anything Goes Love and hijinks on a transatlantic ocean liner in this Cole Porter classic. SecondStory Repertory at Redmond Town Center, 16587 N.E. 74th St., Redmond, 425-881-6777, $20-$26. Pay-what-you-can preview 8:15 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 2. Opens Fri. Nov. 3. 8:15 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and Thurs. Nov. 30, 2:15 p.m. matinees Sun. Nov. 19 & 26. Ends Sat. Dec. 2.

Bye Bye Birdie Teen idol Conrad Birdie (think Elvis-but-not-quite) is about to join the army, but not before he turns Sweet Apple, Ohio upside down with a PR stunt in this favorite musical. Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah, 425-392-2202, $25-$49. Opens Wed. Nov. 8. 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. selected Tues., 2 p.m. matinees selected Sat. & Sun., 7 p.m. selected Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 31.

The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jazz-Age dissection of the leisure class, love, materialism, and the American dream, in Simon Levy's stage adaptation. Bagley Wright Theatre at Seattle Repertory Theater, 155 Mercer St., 206-443-2222, $10-$48. Opens Thurs. Nov. 2. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; also 7:30 p.m. Mon. Nov. 6, 2 p.m. Wed. Nov. 22. Ends Sun. Dec. 10.

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe C.S. Lewis's allegorical tale, in Joseph Robinette's adaptation. Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St., Mercer Island, 206-232-4145 ext. 109, $11-$15. Opens Fri. Nov. 3. 7 p.m. Fri., 2 & 7 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Nov. 19.

Native Son A special one-night performance by the Rough Eagles troupe, students from Cleveland and Roosevelt high schools, of their own original adaptation of this novel, concurrent with the Intiman's production. Intiman Theater, 201 Mercer St., Seattle Center, 206-269-1900, Free. 7:30 p.m. Mon. Nov. 6.

* The Phaedra Project Passion and order clash in this retelling of the Greek myth, freely adapted from both Racine and Euripides. Ghost Light Theatricals at The Chamber Theater, Oddfellows Building, 915 E. Pine St., 4th floor, 800-838-3006,, $10-$12. Opens Fri. Nov. 3. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., also 2 p.m. Sun. Nov. 12 & 19. Ends Sun. Nov. 19.

Waiting for Godot Beckett's existential classic, staged by a troupe from his hometown. Gate Theatre, Dublin, at The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 206-628-0888,, $38.50-$43.50. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Nov. 8-Thurs. Nov. 9, 8 p.m. Fri. Nov. 10, 2 & 8 p.m. Sat. Nov. 11, 2 p.m. Sun. Nov. 12 only.

Last Chance

Campfire Audience stories of the unexplained—UFO abductions, odd coincidences, ghosts, recurring dreams—are turned into improvised campfire stories for the stage. Unexpected Productions at Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, 206-325-6500, www.unexpected $10. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sun. Nov. 5.

Carlotta & the Curse of Wolf Manor A Halloween musical performed by the popular Wing Ding variety show troupe. Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave. S., 800-838-3006, $7.50-$15. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat. Nov. 4.

Company If Sondheim's 1970 "concept musical" doesn't carry the same power to startle and titillate that it did at its premiere, it remains enormously entertaining, a wry, fast-paced somersault through a string of sitcom scenarios that snap and sparkle with Sondheim's trademark wit and lyricism. Its only real weakness is the very quality that marks its historical significance: its plotlessness. The show takes more and more energy to go nowhere in particular—energy, though, which the talented cast in this production appears more than willing to expend. As Bobby, the inveterate bachelor, Hugh Panaro has undeniable star power; eyeing the romantic shenanigans and uptight neuroses of the married couples around him, he registers a wide-eyed bemusement that just hints at the commitment-phobe beneath his buttoned-down exterior. Kendra Kassebaum is delightful as Amy, the seemingly ditzy bride whose nervous veneer crumbles in the second act; her spitfire staccato delivery of "Getting Married Today" is a breathtaking virtuoso vocal performance and one of the show's finest moments. Anne Allgood lives up to the promise of her surname as the perfect Protestant housewife Jenny, and Bobbi Kotula channels Lucille Ball as Sara, an half-assedly self-denying woman who goes orgasmic over the merest mention of the foods disallowed by her diet. David Armstrong's direction shows a strong affinity for Sondheim's material, his pacing, transitions, and emphases well attuned to Company's jumpy structure. Particularly grand is his handling of the opening number, which gets the big, rousing treatment audiences crave. 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., 206-625-1900, $20-$73. 7:30 p.m. Wed., 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 2 & 8 p.m. Sat., 1:30 & 7 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Nov. 5. RICHARD MORIN

Crossroads Project Drawing mall shoppers into interviews and performance art with Donald Fels and members of the Washington Ensemble Theatre. Crossroads Mall, N.E. Eighth St. and 156th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. Free. 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. Nov. 4.

Diva Daughters Dupree Three daughters reunite with their husbands in their family home 10 years after their parents' death in this dramatic comedy by Kim Yvonne Euell. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S., 206-386-1177, $18-$22. 7 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 2 & 7 p.m. Sat., 7 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Nov. 5.

Major Bang The Foundry Theatre's Dr. Strangelove-flavored multimedia meditation on fear, real and maunfactured. On the Boards, Studio Theater, 100 W. Roy St., 206-217-9888, $22. 8 p.m. Wed. Nov. 1-Sun. Nov. 5 only.

Thom Pain (based on nothing) Imagine you went to an open-mike night and one guy took over the stage for hours without really intending to. Thom Pain (based on nothing) feels like that. Thom (Todd Jefferson Moore) is the play's only character, on a humble quest to dissect his childhood, his past relationship, and his place in the world. For 70-odd minutes, Thom, a more morose version of "Seinfeld"'s Kramer, presents a tale that's interrupted by a cavalcade of random thoughts, such as "Do you like magic?" and (to an audience member) "I have that shirt at home." Audience members aren't sure how to respond when addressed—silence is the typical answer, or at least it was at a recent performance. Thom's main soliloquy loosely tracks his boyhood as he loses a dog, a trauma that changes him on a deeper level and presents a point from which to examine his later life and lost love. Sometimes sort-of funny, sometimes profound, sometimes way too disjointed, this play will either leave you saying "Isn't life ugly but ultimately amazing?" or "What the hell was that?" Written by Will Eno and directed by Jerry Manning. Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center, 206-443-2222, $10-$48. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.; also 2 p.m. Wed. Nov. 1. Ends Sun. Nov. 5. MOLLY LORI

Tick, tick . . . BOOM! Before tragically dying of an aortic aneurism at 36, Rent creator Jonathan Larson wrote an autobiographical dramatic monologue about trying to succeed as a rock composer. After Larson's death Tick, Tick . . . Boom! was made over into a musical for three actors. It is a reflection on the importance (or not) of making it before the clock strikes thirty, with equal parts indulgent brooding and vaudevillian camp. Actors Nick DeSantis (Jonathan), John W. Bartley (Michael), and Jessica Skerritt (Susan) are obviously talented, deftly morphing into characters that range from Jon's emphysematic agent to his well-intentioned pipe-smoking father. The explosive energy of ambitious twenty-somethings (going on thirty) would have been better conveyed in a larger space that allowed for more expansive choreography, but Tick, Tick. . . Boom! nevertheless works well as a letter to a young playwright—warts and all. As a historical predecessor to what was Larson's one and only Broadway sensation, it aptly demonstrates the bumps that occur on the road to success. ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave. S.W., $10-$29. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. matinee Sat. Nov. 4. Ends Sat. Nov. 4. SUZANNE BEAL

Continuing Runs

The Air is Peopled With Cruel and Fearsome Birds Implied Violence's stated mission is "to barrel past mediocrity and stagnation, and to shove conformist theatre into a deathly [sic] abyss." Their latest creation, The Air is Peopled with Cruel and Fearsome Birds, foregoes a linear structure, or anything resembling a plot, and orbits around a dejected woman named Hester played by actors Mandie O'Connell and drcm. It's the first and last piece to make an appearance at Vill-ville, a makeshift theatre space that combines dorm-room disorganization with bozo chic. Thrown into the mix are more props than you can shake a stick at, including frilly red panties, fruit, and cap guns. Channeling Artaud's Theater of Cruelty, Implied Violence uses choreography and strident, often repetitive sound to convey emotion, but cream pies tossed into pie-holes nip any sentimentality in the bud, ironically resulting in a fat-free pathos. Vill-ville, 1534 First Ave. S., 206-340-2703, $5-$15. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. Nov. 18. SUZANNE BEAL

Bedroom Farce Studies say the more sex a couple has, the happier they are. Or is it, the happier the couple, the more sex they have? Either way, the adage seems to hold true for young and old alike, as we peek into their lives on the tiny Stone Soup stage. Aside from the false British accents, the acting was right on, the scenarios plausible, and the mood fun, spiraling into manic. Tracking how one couple's neuroses spill into the lives of the more- and less-happy couples around them, Bedroom Farce lives up to its name. In this intimate theater, you'll feel like a bit of a voyeur, especially during the onstage costume changes. If you sit in the front row, make sure you don't get your toes stepped on. Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way N., 206-325-6500, $10-$22. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 3:30 p.m. Sat. Ends Sat. Nov. 25. ADRIANA GRANT

The Cemetery Club Three widows and a widower tangle during monthly visits to their spouses' graves. Curtain Call Theatre at Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Dr., Bothell, 425-487-2441. $8-$10. 8 p.m. Fri. Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m. Sun. Nov. 5 & 12.

The Colour Out Of Space Three cleverly interlocking stories based on the tales and elaborate invented mythos of H.P. Lovecraft: A meteorite disrupts (and destroys) a farm couple's lives; a young student is driven by his succubus-esque fiancee to research mysterious woodland rites (and is destroyed); a hambone vaudeville magician stumbles on some true and hideous magical power (and is destroyed). Like the original short stories, these adaptations by Maggie Lee and Ron Sandahl build. . . suspense. . . very. . . slowly. . . but be patient, the payoffs are worth it. Theater on a shoestring doesn't get any shoestringier than this; the show's a triumph of imagination and skill over a tiny budget—or as Lovecraft would have put it, a budget infinitesimal, unspeakable, and unholy, which no sane creature could endure!!!Open Circle Theater, 429 Boren Ave. N., 206-382-4250, $13. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Nov. 11.

Cowboy Versus Samurai A Korean-American woman moves to Breakneck, Wyo., and shakes it up in Michael Golamco's politically provocative romantic comedy. SIS Productions at Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 206-323-9443, $8-$12. 8 p.m. Fri., 3 & 8 p.m. Sat. Ends Sat. Nov. 18.

Fuh-Geddaboudit Dinner theater with various audience-participation "survival" games that give comic instruction on life in the mafia, including how to perform a proper hit and how to survive FBI surveillance. Includes a four-course Italian dinner. Julia's on Broadway, 300 Broadway E. 800-838-3006,; 206-860-1818, $39.90. 6:30 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 17.

Harriet's Halloween Candy A talented cast gets as much mileage as possible out of a rather thin plot about a girl who hoards her Halloween candy, eventually to discover that friendship trumps selfishness. The best part of the play is its toe-tapping tunes, sung with especial verve by Liz McCarthy's Harriet. The actors know how to ham it up to make the little ones laugh, as in a well-played scene when Harriet and her friends hit upon the home of a dentist. The set is magically spooky. While the plot may not be riveting, it does the job. Your kids may leave the theater, as mine did, saying, "You know, I feel like Harriet sometimes." Recommended for ages 5 and up. Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Center, 206-441-4488, $16-$32. 7 p.m. Fri., 2 & 5:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. Nov. 12. NINA SHAPIRO

Hogwash An improvised tale in which kids guide the "choose your own story" format. Jerk Alert Productions at the Historic University Theater, Historic University Theater, 5510 University Ave. N.E., 206-297-1767. $10. 2 p.m. Sat. Ends Sat. Nov. 18.

Jason & the Golden Fleece John Olive's adaptation of the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts, directed by Rita Giomi. Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Center, 206-441-4488, $16-$32. 7 p.m. Fri., 2 & 5:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. Nov. 26.

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., 206-292-7676, $24.50-$29.50. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Open run.

Menopause: The Musical Jeanie Linders' tuneful celebration of That Time of Life is back at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., 206-292-7676, $45. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 2 & 5:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Jan. 31.

Native Son SEE REVIEW, WWW.SEATTLEWEEKLY.ORG. Intiman Theater, 201 Mercer St., Seattle Center, 206-269-1900, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs. & Sun.; also 2 p.m. matinees most Sat. & Sun., and Wed. Nov. 8. Ends Sun. Nov. 19.

Seattle Novyi Theatre This theater troupe, led by artistic director Leonid Anisimov and practicing the Stanislavski System of performance, stages two revolving works by Chekhov, Uncle Vanya and The Seagull. SNT at Act in Class, 12301 Sandpoint Way N.E., 800-838-3006, $10-$12. Check for titles and dates.

Singin' in the Rain A stage adaptation of one of the great all-time film musicals, about the changeover in Hollywood from silent to talking motion pictures ("I caaan't staaand 'im!"). Dinner available 90 minutes before the show. Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave., Auburn, 253-833-5678, $17.50-$46.95. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Nov. 11.

The Underpants Delightfully crude and yet complex, Steve Martin's adaptation of Carl Sternheim's 1910 play sticks close to the subject matter at hand: panties. After demure housefrau Louise (Julie Briskman) accidentally drops her drawers in public, her world turns upside down. Though she reassures her admonishing prude of a husband Theo (Richard Ziman), Louise finds herself a temporary celebrity when several would-be suitors come calling. Posing as renters, they pursue her beneath Theo's nose, hoping for a closer look at the elusive underpants. Louise's balloon-like pantaloons are absurdly unarousing by today's standards but their effect is timeless—when "flesh speaks to men" all self-control goes out the window. Darkly comedic, The Underpants contrasts the liberating glee of Louise's furtive sexual awakening with her sadly disempowered and mundane existence. Acting as an accomplice, upstairs neighbor Gertrude (Marianne Owen) drops enough beautifully executed raunchy one-liners to make even Louise realize there's more to life than cooking up her husband's wiener. It's much lighter fare than director Kurt Beattie's other recent undertaking at ACT, Mitzi's Abortion, and undoubtedly their most comedic mainstage production this season. ACT's cast enjoys running away with Martin's bawdy, subversive script, so it's impossible for audiences not to. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., 206-292-7676, $10-$54. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. Sun.; 2 p.m. matinees Sat. Nov. 4, Sun. Nov. 5 & 12. Special grand finale performance 7 p.m. Sun. Nov. 12. KAT ORTLAND

W(h)acked Seattle playwright Stephanie Timm's "immorality play" about five murderous women. Live Girls! Theater, 2220 N.W. Market St., 800-838-8006, $10-$15. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 4 & 8 p.m. Sat. Ends Sat. Nov. 18.

The Winter's Tale Shakespeare's story of jealousy and forgiveness is pushed into the realm fantastic with director Mark Harrison's masterful reimagining. Stark, evocative sets and skilled use of color set the Bard's story free on an open but rich stage, and deliver a beautiful fairytale with real heartwarming power. Strong performances by Paul Stetler and Jayne Muirhead, with the comic genius of Troy Fischnaller and a fine supporting cast, are powerfully enhanced by the minimal design, nuanced costumery, and delicate lighting. They suggest an unplaceable pan-asian aesthetic that lends a timeless quality, while the use of paper cranes, puppetry, and sailing ships conjures an air of fantasy. The bear alone should not be missed. The strong production team very effectively maximized the Center House Theatre's intimate setting with original work, and propelled this lesser-known comedy into a wonderfully memorable tale. Center House Theatre at Seattle Center, 206-733-8222, $18-$32. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. Nov. 19. NEIL CORCORAN

Cabaret & Variety

The Bedroom Club A show harkening back to the heyday of burlesque, featuring live music, sketch comedy, and dessert. Burning Hearts Burlesque at the Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E. Pike St., 206-898-9067,, $10-$15. 10 p.m. Thurs. Open run.

Burlesque Behind the Pink Door Upcoming performers include Babette La Fave and Miss Indigo Blue. 21 and over. The Pink Door, 1919 Post Alley, 206-443-3241, $10. 10:30 p.m. Sat. Open run.

Capitol Steps Political satire and song from this long-running troupe. Part of the "American Voices" series. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., $25-$75. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Nov. 8.

Le Faux Julia's newest drag show, starring Seattle's finest female impersonators. Julia's on Broadway, 300 Broadway E., 206-334-0513, $10. 10:30 p.m. Sat. Ends Nov. 25.

Sinner Saint Burlesque Weekly revue hosted by Mr. Dane Ballard. SSB at Noc Noc, 1516 Second Ave., $5. 10 p.m. Thurs. Open run.

Spin the Bottle Annex Theatre's monthly cabaret presents "60 Seconds Max!": over 50 minute-long acts, from tap dance to spoken word, banjo to opera, Miss Mamie Lavona to Seattle School, spontaneous painting, competitive tattoo application, toy pianos, and a professional Britney Spears impersonator. Freehold's East Hall Theater at the Oddfellows Hall, 915 E. Pine St., 2nd floor, 206-728-0933, $9. 11 p.m. Fri. Nov. 3 only.

Teatro ZinZanni: The Trickster's Trunk The latest installment of the big-top dinner theater stars actor/singer/dancer Melanie Stace and opera singer Rachel DeShon. Teatro ZinZanni, 2301 Sixth Ave., 206-802-0015, $104-$155. 6:30 Thurs.-Sun. Ends Jan. 21.

Sketches & Stand-Up

Comedy Underground The long-running humor hangout this week hosts semifinal rounds in the Seattle Comedy Competition. 222 S. Main St., 206-628-0303,, $6-$15. See Web site for dates and times. Competition 8:30 p.m. Mon. Nov. 6-Tues. Nov. 7.

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. 5220 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-526-JOKE, See Web site for specific date, time, and price info.

Jet City Improv Funny, fast-paced theater based on audience suggestions, including Cupcake, Fridays at midnight:30, and "Twisted Flicks," bad movies with improvised dialogue. Historic University Theater, 5510 University Ave. N.E., 206-352-8291, See Web site for dates and times. Open run.

Pork Filled PlayersGo East, Young Ham! is this Asian-American sketch comedy troupe's latest show. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 206-325-6500,, $6-$9. 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Fri. Nov. 17.

Seattle Comedy Competition Round 1, Night 3 of the 27th annual event (32 competitors, 23 shows, 26 days, 17 different venues throughout the state) features 16 comedians performing for 5 minutes each. 21 and over. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave., 800-838-3006,, $15. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 4.

Best of Train of Thought The greatest hits from four years of shows by this comedy trio. Northwest Actor's Studio, Cabaret Theater, 1100 E. Pike St., 3rd floor, $8-$10. Opens Fri. Nov. 3. 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. Nov. 18.

Unexpected Productions Various shows including TheatreSports, competitive improv since 1983, and Market Fresh Improv. Market Theatre, 1428 Post Alley, 206-587-2414, See Web site for dates, times, and prices. Open run.

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