365 Plays, Free, All Over Town, and More

Theater this week.

 Send stage listings two weeks in advance to stage@seattleweekly.com.Openings & Previews14/48 SEE THE WIRE, FRIDAY 365 Days/365 Plays Suzan-Lori Parks' yearlong theater project, a cycle of 365 short plays, offers free one- to 10-minute performances from a great variety of performers in venues across the city—plus, this week, another marathon performance (at Town Hall) of all plays from weeks 4-8. Week 8, through Sun. Jan. 7: The Rebar Drama Club, various venues and times. Week 9, Jan. 8-14: Baba Yaga Productions at Cal Anderson Park, Capitol Hill, 5:30 p.m. daily. See www.365seattle.com. Marathon: Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 7 p.m. Mon. Jan. 8.Annie The girl in the curly red wig is back. Broadway Bound Children's Theatre at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., www.ticketmaster.com. $10. Opens Fri. Jan. 5. 7 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. (no show Fri. Jan. 12), 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. (except noon & 5 p.m. Sun. Jan. 21). Ends Sun. Jan. 21.The Comedy of Errors Director Stephanie Shine is resetting Shakespeare's identical-twin/mistaken-identity comedy in a 19th-century seaport filled with pirates and wenches (I'm trying to muster an "arrrgh!" pun here, but nothing's coming. . . . ) Seattle Shakespeare Company at the Center House Theatre, Seattle Center, 733-8222, www.seattleshakespeare.org. $18-$33. Previews 7:30 p.m. Wed. Jan. 3 (pay-what-you-will) and Thurs. Jan. 4 ($15). Opens Fri. Jan. 5. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.; also 2 p.m. Sat. Jan. 13 & 20. Ends Sun. Jan. 28.In the Mood Remember when war was romantic? This revue salutes 1940's big-band music and its power to boost American morale. Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. N.E., Bothell, 425-489-6018, www.npacf.org. $29.50-$44.50. 7 p.m. Sun. Jan. 7 only.It's a Wonderful Life A re-creation of the original radio adaptation of the film, starring Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey's daughter Zuzu on-screen. Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound at Carlson Theatre, Bellevue Community College, 800-838-3006, www. brownpapertickets.com. $9.50. 2 p.m. Sat. Jan. 6 only.The Rocky Horror Show The original high-camp musical that spawned the cult-film phenomenon. More Than Kin at the UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre, 3940 Brooklyn Ave. N.E., 800-838-3006, www. brownpapertickets.com. $10-$15. Preview 8 p.m. Tues. Jan. 9 ($8). Opens Wed. Jan. 10. 8 p.m. Wed.-Sun., also midnight Sat. Ends Sun. Jan. 21.Seussical Bringing Dr. Seuss characters to life, from the Cat in the Hat to the Whos, in this revue. Kidstage TeenSelect at First Stage Theatre, 120 Front St. N., Issaquah, 425-392-2202, www.villagetheatre.org. $8-$10. Opens Fri. Jan. 5. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. Jan. 14. Teenspeak Staged readings of four 10-minute plays written and performed by Roosevelt High School students and directed and produced by Seattle Rep staff. Leo K. Theatre at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222. Free; call for reservations. 7:30 p.m. Tues. Jan. 9 only.Twelfth Night Shakespeare's delicate and fanciful romance is the debut production of Two Hours' Traffic, a company founded by New Orleans expatriates Morgan Aldrich and Gannon Patton. (Their name suggests they've already experienced our rush-hour commute.) Freehold's East Hall Theater, Oddfellows Hall, 915 E. Pine St., 4th floor, 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com, www.myspace.com/2ht. Sliding scale $10-$30. Opens Fri. Jan. 5. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat; also 7:30 p.m. Mon. Jan. 15. Ends Sat. Jan. 20.The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee SEE THE WIRE, TUESDAY.Wallflowers The sophisticated, carefree glamour and grandeur of the middle-school dance is this play's subject, seen through the eyes of seventh-graders Julius Hauberk and Marvin McGoohan. Wing-It Productions at the Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way N.E., www.wingitpresents.com. $8-$10. Opens Thurs. Jan. 4. 8 p.m. Thurs- Fri. (no shows Jan. 25-26). Ends Fri. Feb. 9.Whiteout A reading of Nick Stokes' one-act, in which a man confronts his life while stranded in a motel room during a blizzard. Richard Hugo House Theater, 1634 11th Ave., www.hugohouse.org. Suggested donation $5. 7:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 6.Last ChanceThe Show Troy Miszklevitz's one-man musical comedy: "An insane traveling "nature-activist" tells a story about a New York City street hustler who attempts to win the affections of a local club diva by becoming the new host of a late night talk show with the help of a local hobo." Whew! Washington Ensemble Theatre at The Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave. E., 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com. $5-$15. 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. Jan. 7.The Wizard of Oz By popular demand (and windstorm cancellations), one final weekend. Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island, 842-8569, www.theplayhouse.org. $10-$18. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 4-Fri. Jan. 5, 3 p.m. Sat. Jan. 6 only.Continuing RunsLate 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, www.acttheatre.org. $24.50-$29.50. 8 p.m. Fri.-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., 292-7676, www.acttheatre.org. $45. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 2 & 5:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Open run.The Sorcerer's Apprentice Lost in an enchanted forest, young Charles is taken under the wing of Miss Marguerite, a powerful sorceress conversant in animal, vegetable, and mineral. But when Charles disobeys her orders and uses "the craft"—in the process nearly inundating her workshop—he's given his walking papers. In an effort to regain her trust and take back the coveted position, he must battle with demons, a giant, and the evil Big John King. On his side are a trio of pontificating plants and a wily groundhog with a special penchant for blueberry tarts. For this story, author OyamO has borrowed from far-ranging sources, from Lucian Samosata (a Greek satirist from AD 150) to Goethe and Disney. It magically comes together in a production that emphasizes harmony with nature and the ways in which what comes around goes around. Sets, especially those depicting Miss Marguerite's enchanted grounds, provide lots of hidden interest—from bebopping vegetation to all-seeing trees. Even the stars take flight. A four-piece live band accompanies the magic and madness with New Orleans-style swing and jazz that will have the young and not-so-young grooving in their seats. Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Center, 441-3322, www.sct.org. $16-$32. 7 p.m. Fri. Jan. 5, 5:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 6; other dates & times through Sat. Jan. 27. SUZANNE BEALWinter Weekend Slumber Slaughter Teen slasher movies are the inspiration for this improvised show. Blood Squad at Odd Duck Theater, 1214 10th Ave., www.brownpapertickets.com. $10. 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sat. Jan. 13.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, www.bedroomclublive.com, www.lastsupperclub.com. $10. 9 p.m. Wed. Open run.Brothers from Different Mothers Juggling and comedy from Matt Baker and Alex Zerbe. SecondStory Repertory at Redmond Town Center, 16587 N.E. 74th St., 425-881-6777, www.secondstoryrep.org. $10. 7 p.m. Fri. Jan. 5, 2 & 7 p.m. Sat. Jan. 6, 2 p.m. Sun. Jan. 7 only.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, www.thepinkdoor.net. $10. 10:30 p.m. Sat. Open run.Columbia City Cabaret Tamara the Trapeze Lady and her titillating troupe are back. Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 605-9920. $20. 8 p.m. Fri. through Jan. 26.Sinner Saint Burlesque Weekly revue hosted by Mr. Dane Ballard. SSB at Noc Noc, 1516 Second Ave., www.sinnersaintburlesque.com. $5. 10 p.m. Thurs. Open run.Spin the Bottle Annex Theatre's monthly cabaret, curated by Bret Fetzer, presents poetry and pop, "undulating smuttiness" and "dynamic adorable dance." Freehold's East Hall Theater, Oddfellows Hall, 915 E. Pine St., 2nd floor, 728-0933, www.annextheatre.org. $9. 11 p.m. Fri. Jan. 5 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, http://dreams.zinzanni.org. $114-$160. 6:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Wed. Jan. 31.Sketches & Stand-UpComedy 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. 222 S. Main St., 628-0303, www.comedyunderground.com, www.nonprofitcomedy.com. $6-$15. See Web site for times and shows.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, www.gigglescomedyclub.com. See Web site for times and shows.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, www.jetcityimprov.com. See website for times and shows. Open run.Laff-Hole! Comedy and music from the People's Republic of Komedy & Seattle Foundry, each Wednesday. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave., www.capitolhillarts.org. $5. 9 p.m. Wed. Jan. 3 & 10.Unexpected Productions Various shows including TheatreSports, competitive improv since 1983, and Market Fresh Improv. Black Eyed Blonde, an improvised show in film noir style, runs Fri.-Sat. at 8, Jan. 5-Feb. 10. Market Theatre, 1428 Post Alley, 587-2414, www.unexpectedproductions.org. See Web site for times and shows. Open run.

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