Holiday Offerings Take the Stage

Stage events this week.

Send listings two weeks in advance to & Previews365 Days/365 Plays Suzan-Lori Parks' yearlong theater project, a cycle of 365 short plays, offers one- to 10-minute performances from a great variety of performers in venues across the city. Week 4, through Sun. Dec. 10: North Seattle Community College. Week 5, Dec. 11-17: theater simple in downtown Ballard, 784-8647. Free. Schedule TBA. Shook Up The touring production of this jukebox musical based on Presley tunes stars Susan Anton. Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., 292-ARTS, $22-$70. Opens Tues. Dec. 12. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat., 1 & 6:30 p.m. Sun. only.Antagonism A double bill of Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter and the premiere of Seattle playwright Beau Prichard's Interrogation. Eclectic Theater Company at Odd Duck Studio, 1214 10th Ave., 800-838-3006,, $6-$10. Pay-what-you-can preview 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 7. Opens Fri. Dec. 8. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.The Best Christmas Pageant Ever The Herdman kids wreak havoc on a Christmas show, but it all turns out OK in the end. Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N., 524-1300, $14-$24. 7 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 24.A Child's Christmas in Wales A stage adaptation of the Dylan Thomas story. Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way N., $14. Opens Fri. Dec. 8. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.Deaf Kids Drama Festival Short plays performed by 35 local deaf and hard-of-hearing students in American Sign Language, with voice interpretation provided. Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Center, 201 Thomas St., 441-3322 (voice), 443-6938 (TTY), $6-$9. 2:30 & 5:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9. Fairystories Two kids in 1920s England have somehow been able to photograph fairies, attracting the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in a developmental production of a new musical by Paul Graham Brown. Village Theatre, 120 Front St. N., Issaquah, 425-392-2202, $20-$25. Opens Thurs. Dec. 7. 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., also 7 p.m. some Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.It's a Wonderful Life—The Musical Clarence earns his wings yet again. The Attic Theatre at Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. N.E., Bothell, $12-$20. Opens Sat. Dec. 9. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and Thurs. Dec. 21, 3 p.m. Sat., 2:30 & 7 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 23. Merry F#*&'ng Christmas "A Christmas show for people who hate Christmas." That's all they told us. Eclectic Theater Company/No Direction Productions at Odd Duck Studio, 1214 10th Ave., 800-838-3006, $6.50-$7.50. Preview, 9 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 7. Opens Fri. Dec. 8. 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.An O'Henry Holiday A trilogy of adapted short stories, including that classic of crushing Christmas irony, "The Gift of the Magi" (what's the tragedy?—her hair will grow back), plus "The Last Leaf" and "The Ransom of Red Chief." SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St., Redmond, 425-881-6777, $18-$24. Opens Fri. Dec. 8. 8:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., also 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 14 & Sun. Dec. 17. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.The Philadelphia Story Deborah Fialkow plays Tracy Lord, a socialite besieged by her charming first husband on the eve of her wedding to her second, in this staged reading of Philip Barry's play. Our American Theater Company at Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave. S., Donation. 7 p.m. Mon. Dec. 11 only.Sleeping Beauty The princess, the curse, the prince, etc. Sprouts Children's Theatre at SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St., Redmond, 425-881-6777, $8.75. Opens Fri. Dec. 8. 7 p.m. Fri., 1 & 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.Tigger A class in "Creating a Larger Than Life Burlesque Persona" and a "Boylesque Workshop" for "bio boys, drag kings, transecdysiasts, and other male-gendered striptease artists," taught by Tigger, a "flagrantly homosexual former sex worker and current New York City librarian" who just happens also to be Exotic World's "Best Boylesque" Winner 2006. Home Alive Studio, 1415 10th Ave., 47-TWIRL, "Persona," $20, 4 p.m. Sun. Dec. 10; workshop, $30, 6 p.m. Mon. Dec. 11.The Wizard of Oz Maybe this time, at last, the Witch will score a well-deserved triumph? Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island, 842-8569, $10-$18. Pay-what-you-can preview 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 7. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.Last ChanceThe Book of Nathan Strong performances and a thoroughgoing dramatic energy help overcome the occasionally thick plotting in Joseph Mitchell's 2005 Northwest Playwright–winning play about sin and redemption, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Playing father and son locked in a mortal struggle to atone for past crimes, William Wheeler as Nathan and Marcel Davis as Jermaine are excellent, superbly conveying the haunted patrimony of two souls crushed and smothered by a history of violence. Mitchell's storytelling sometimes gets too busy for its own good, as his characters falter in a maze of overripe circumstance and colliding ideas. But there is no denying the play's vitality, and director Teresa Thuman does an admirable job keeping the transitions as clean as she can and the action swift and, at times, downright shocking. The real strength of the play is in the gritty, sharp dialogue, which moves swiftly between the prison guards' weary but humorous working-class banter and the rugged biblical grandeur of the convicts searching for meaning and hope in a war-torn world. Such language gives the story the aspect of a fable, a tortured morality play that raises difficult questions about history, war, honor and forgiveness. Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave., 325-6500,, $18 (18 and under free). 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 9. RICHARD MORINThe Central Project Stories, dance, songs, and short plays written and performed by students, faculty, and staff of Seattle Central Community College. Erickson Theatre, 365-6500,, $5-$12; pay-what-you-can Thurs. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 10.Compendium of Nastiness A revival, one more weekend only, of playwright/director Ki Gottberg's hour-long "extrapolation" on 19th-century Gothic melodrama. Actress Elizabeth Kenny plays all the roles, including virtuous Angela and evil Uncle Osmund. A meditation on desire and sexual discovery, among other things, the production both celebrates and satirizes the classic elements of narrative. The Womb, 15-seat private residence in Madrona, 800-838-3006, $25. No tickets available at the door; arrive between 8 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Fri. Dec. 8-Sat. Dec. 9. RICHARD MORINThe Crucible Hysteria, paranoia, religious fanaticism, and witch hangings for the holidays, via Arthur Miller. Shoreline Community College Drama Department at Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., 546-4606. $6-$8. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 9. The Great Gatsby The story of millionaire Jay Gatsby's romantic rise and tragic fall, conceived in the clickety-clack cauldron of the Jazz Age, remains a perfect autopsy of the American dream. To capture on stage or screen even a glint of Gatsby's mystique, one must move beyond the straight architecture of the narrative and instead delve into the novel's mythic quality. Seattle Rep's production of The Great Gatsby fails by relying too heavily on a linear recounting, telling us nothing new about a book that everyone is familiar with. It opens with a scene of surprising power, a kind of still life that captures what is momentous and elemental and fleeting in Gatsby's character—but the rest of the play, adapted by Simon Levy and directed by David Esbjornson, doesn't live up to the excitement and promise of this opening; it can't. Esbjornson does the best he can with the script, keeping the pacing and rhythm swift and sure, and some of the casting is inspired. But the production, lacking the imaginative force of its prologue, is borne back ceaselessly into the mundane. Bagley Wright Theatre at Seattle Repertory Theater, 155 Mercer St., 443-2222, $10-$48. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sun., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 10. RICHARD MORINRomeo and Juliet Is this the one about the old king with the three daughters? UW School of Drama at the Playhouse Theatre, 4045 University Way N.E., 543-4880, $10-$15. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 10.Snow White and the Three Dwarfs Our sweet heroine and her evil stepmom-queen are at it again, in British panto-style, with original music by the Fremont Philharmonic. Hale's Palladium at Hale's Brewery, 4301 Leary Way N.W, 800-838-3006, $5-$10. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 10. Continuing RunsAre We Scared? Out of the mouths of babes: a show based on the stories and imaginations of kids 3-5. Open Circle Theater, 429 Boren Ave. N., 382-4250, $6-$12 (kids 6 and under free). 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 16.Babar and Father Christmas The elephant king searches for Pere Noël in this tale performed by the Carter Family Marionettes. Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., 523-2579, $8.50-$10.50. 7:30 p.m. Fri., 1 & 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 17.Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play The ninth annual outing for this show, featuring Pastor Patrinell Wright, the Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney, the Total Experience Gospel Choir, and the Black Nativity Choir. Intiman Playhouse, 201 Mercer St., Seattle Center, 269-1900, $10-$42. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 7:30 p.m. Sun. and Tues.-Thurs.; also selected matinees the week before Christmas. Ends Wed. Dec. 27.Broads of Broadway A salute to women in American musical theater. Renton Civic Theatre, 507 S. Third St., Renton, 425-226-5529, $15-$20. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 17.Bud, Not Buddy An adaptation of Christopher Paul Curtis' novel, in which a young boy searches for his bandleader father during the Depression. Book-It Repertory Theater at the Seattle Center House Theatre, 305 Harrison St., 216-0833, $15-$32. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; also 2 p.m. Fri. Dec. 22. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.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. 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.A Christmas Carol The 31st annual outing of their holiday favorite. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., 292-7676, $15-$44. Various times, two performances a day (except Mondays) through Sun. Dec. 24.A Christmas Carol With Jim Winkler as Scrooge and music arranged by Dawn Clement. Centerstage Theatre at Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Rd., Federal Way, 253-661-1444, $8-$25 (kids $1 at Sat. matinees). 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 23. A Christmas Carol A little more Dickens. Unity Theater, Unity Masonic Lodge, 2nd floor, 119 N. Bend Way, North Bend, 425-831-5667, $10-$15. 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.The Dina Martina Christmas Show Like giving birth, or Burning Man, or giving birth at Burning Man, a Dina Martina show is an experience nearly impossible to describe to someone who hasn't lived it. In her quest to entertain, she'll pull out stops you didn't know an organ even had. Last year's show opened with a holiday-themed Pet Shop Boys cover ("North Pole Girls") and climaxed with a rectal cancer joke that left a roomful of people unable to breathe for laughing. Rejuvenated from triumphant East Coast gigs this past summer, she's ready to top herself with a new assault of song, dance, film (including clips from her movie career and home movies from her childhood), joyous fashion errors, even more bizarre gifts, and, as promised this year, memorable special guests. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., 325-6500, $20. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.; also random Mon., Tues., & Wed. Ends Sat. Dec. 30.The Excursionists England has sunk in this Victorian underwater sci-fi comic fantasia, written and performed by Jonah Von Spreecken and Christopher Bange. Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave. S. $12. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Wed. Ends Wed. Dec. 20.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,; 860-1818, $39.90. 6:30 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 17. The Gingerbread Boy Hijinks in a holiday cookie factory in this family puppet play. Thistle Theatre at Magnuson Park Theatre, 7110 62nd Ave. N.E., 524-3388, $7-$9. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 8, 1 & 3 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9-Sun. Dec. 10. It's A Wonderful Life The Frank Capra favorite, adapted for the stage in radio-play format by Joe Landry, starring Grant Goodeve as George Bailey. Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., 781-9707, $15-$30. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 & 8 p.m. Sat., plus 7:30 p.m. Tues. Dec. 19 & 26. Ends Sat. Dec. 30. The Judy Garland Christmas Special A reimagining of her 1963 TV series, with Andrew Tasakos as Judy and appearances by "16-year-old Liza, 12-year-old Lorna, and the little gay boy no one remembers." Open Circle Theater, 429 Boren Ave. N., 206-382-4250, $10. 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 16.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., 292-7676, $24.50-$29.50. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Open run.Martini Brothers' Holiday Showcase A fast-paced take-off on everyone else's Christmas show. Wing-It Productions at the Historic University Theater, 5510 University Ave. N.E., $10. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.Memory House As Barbra once sang, "Memories may be beautiful, and yet/What's too painful to remember, we simply choose to forget." In Kathleen Tolan's one-act play, Memory House, first presented at the Seattle Rep in 2003 as part of the Hedgebrook Women Playwright's Festival, a mother and her adoptive daughter play hide-and-seek with the past while preparing for the future. It's New Year's Eve, and daughter Katia (Sharia Pierce) must battle writer's block in order to finish her college application essay, due at midnight. But it's the Soviet Bloc that causes real stumbling. As a visualization aid, a memory house provides an imaginary architecture in which to store reminiscences. For Katia, whose pre-adoption recollections of Russia are about as sound as a house of cards, gaining a foothold proves challenging. Her mother Maggie (Jeanne Paulsen), since divorced from Katia's adoptive father, undertakes the baking of a pie, perhaps as a sweet counter to the vitriolic attack of teen spirit. It's a task paradoxically simple and fraught with peril—not unlike the relationship she has with her daughter—which, in the end, proves to be on solid ground. Seattle Repertory Theatre at the Leo K. Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222, $10-$40. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 17.Menopause: The Musical Jeanie Linders' tuneful celebration of That Time of Life is back at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., 292-7676, $45. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 2 & 5:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Jan. 31.Miracle on 34th St. Is that department store Santa the real Santa? Or just some fat hairy delusional old guy? Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave., Auburn, 253-833-5678, $35.50-$46.95 with dinner, $17.50-$28.95 without. 8 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun. (dinner 90 min. before each performance). Ends Sat. Dec. 23. Naughty! Not naughty as in risque, this original work rehashes Women's Lib 101 for the menopausal set while trying out a series of medium-funny jokes about work, retirement, men, Christmas, and hot flashes. Some audience interaction involved. Partners in Prime Entertainment at Northwest Actors Studio Cabaret, 1100 E. Pike St., 371-0107,, $10-$15. 4:30 & 7 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 17. NEIL CORCORANNever Swim Alone Two childhood friends unearth secrets as adults in Daniel MacIvor's play. Washington Ensemble Theatre at the Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave. E., 800-838-3006, $10-$18. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Mon. Ends Mon. Dec. 18.The Santaland Diaries SEE THE WIRE, FRIDAY. David Sedaris' one-man play about his days as a department store elf. Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N., 524-1300, $14-$24. 9 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 24.Sgt. Rigsby & His Amazing Silhouettes: A Terrible Price For Whimsy SEE THE WIRE, SATURDAY. Boy inventor Roscoe Riley is the star of Scot Augustson's latest shadow-puppet show, a time-travel tale including "murderous first ladies, philosophical hominids, shady Mexican street dogs, rampaging zebras, and his own sexually confusing future." Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave. S., 800-838-3006, $14 (pay-what-you-can each Thurs.) 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.The Sorcerer's Apprentice Not the Goethe version, or Dukas or Disney, this time the old fable is given a New Orleans flavor with live swing and jazz. Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Center, 441-3322, $16-$32. 7 p.m. Fri., 2 & 5:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Jan. 27.A Tuna Christmas Spend the holidays in the third-smallest town in Texas in this two-actor comic sequel to Greater Tuna. Burien Little Theatre, Fourth Avenue S.W. and S.W. 146th Street, Burien, 242-5180, $15-$18. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 17.The Twilight Zones Two episodes, adapted for the stage: "A Most Unusual Camera" and "What You Need." Imagine Rod Serling's voice: "You're looking at Mr. Fred Renard. . . a sour man, a friendless man, a lonely man, a grasping, compulsive, nervous man. This is a man who has lived thirty-six undistinguished, meaningless, pointless, failure-laden years and who at this moment looks for an escape—any escape, any way, anything, anybody—to get out of the rut. And this little old man is just what Mr. Renard is waiting for." Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave., 325-6500,, $12 (18 and under free). 11 p.m. Fri-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 16.Voices of Christmas Songs, stories, and holiday memories. ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave. S.W., 938-0339, $10-$32. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat., 1 & 5 p.m. Sun.; also 7:30 p.m. Tues. Dec. 19. Ends Sun. Dec. 24.Whirligig! SEE THE WIRE, SATURDAY. "Our Way Is the Only Way" is the motto of the titular department store in Erin Stewart's new musical. Any resemblance to a certain Northwest retail giant is surely mere coincidence. Live Girls! Theater, 2220 N.W. Market St., 800-838-3006,, $10-$15. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 16.White Christmas An adaptation of the film, with songs by Irving Berlin. Fifth Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., 625-1900, $20-$75. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Wed., 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat, 1:30 & 7 p.m. Sun.; also 7 p.m. Mon. Dec. 18, 1 & 7 p.m. Tues. Dec. 19-Wed. Dec. 20. Ends Wed. Dec. 20.Cabaret & VarietyThe Bedroom Club A show harkening back to the heyday of burlesque, featuring live music, sketch comedy, and dessert—or "Dinner in Bed," too, if you want it. Burning Hearts Burlesque at the Last Supper Club, 124 S. Washington, 898-9067,, $10. 9 p.m. Wed. 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, 443-3241, $10. 10:30 p.m. Sat. Open run.Columbia City Cabaret Tamara the Trapeze Lady and her titillating troupe are back: "Miss Indigo Blue, with Pasty Pixies in tow, has plenty for all, this Hanukkah time; and Lydia McLane is always throwing some sort of delectable edibles our way! We're bursting to welcome Columbia City Cabaret first-timers Pinky D'Ambrosia, vocalist and musician with the 'infamous' Circus Contraption Band, and Pure Cirkus Aerialist 'Mr. Beau'!" Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 206-605-9920. $20. 8 p.m. Fri. Open run.Divinitease Burlesque Troupe Four dancers and a vocalist, with emcee Mae Day. Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, Call for prices. 9 p.m. Fri. Dec. 8.Sinner Saint Burlesque Weekly revue hosted by Mr. Dane Ballard. SSB at Noc Noc, 1516 Second Ave., $5. 10 p.m. Thurs. Open run.The Stay Up Late Show A monthly live talk show, hosted by Rebecca M. Davis, featuring a variety of local acts and celebrities. This month, comedy, bluegrass, and a "Last-Minute Christmas Craft demo!" Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave.,, $12. 10 p.m. Sat. Dec. 9 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., 802-0015, $104-$160. 6:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 5:30 p.m. Sun. Ends Wed. Jan. 31.Wicked Xmas Holiday traditions and favorite musicals spoofed together in this mashup/sendup. Crêpe de Paris, 623-4111. Call for prices. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. each night; show at 8 p.m. Wed., Thurs., & Sun., 8:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Dec. 26.Sketches & Stand-UpThe Cody Rivers Show "Tangle" is his new sketch comedy show. Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous, 2320 Second Ave., 441-5823. $10. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. Dec. 23.Comedy Underground The long-running humor hangout spotlights seasoned pros as well as up-and-comers. Tuesday at 8:30 is Non-Profit Comedy ($10), benefiting a revolving list of causes and institutions—this week, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. 222 S. Main St., 628-0303,, $6-$15. See Web site for dates and times.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., 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., 352-8291, See Web site for dates and times. Open run.Laff-Stravaganza! Comedy and music from the People's Republic of Komedy & Seattle Foundry, each Wednesday. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave., $5. 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Wed. Dec. 6, 9 p.m. Wed. Dec. 13.Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter SEE THE WIRE, THURSDAY. Two of the brains behind the deadpan surrealism of comedy troupe the State and last year's Comedy Central cult fave Stella. Neumo's, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467,, $20. 8 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 7.Talk to the Hand Improv comedy. Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous, 2320 Second Ave., 441-5823. $10. 7 p.m. Sun. Dec. 11 only.Unexpected Productions Various shows including TheatreSports, competitive improv since 1983, and Market Fresh Improv. Market Theatre, 1428 Post Alley, 587-2414, See Web site for dates, times, and prices. Open run.

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