The Grammy-winning cabaret superstar and chanteuse has performed worldwide. Seattle last saw her at On the Boards, naked and hilarious in Young Jean Lee's Untitled Feminist Show. Now she's back with her regular show. $15.
Actor, writer, comedian, and This American Life regular Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk With Me) tell tales from "a lifetime of romantic blunders and miscues." The show has been popular during its New York and Chicago runs. $35.
Eight short plays—four of which follow an astronaut on her scientific journey away from and back to love—written by Scotto Moore (A Mouse Who Knows Me, Duel of the Linguist Mages), directed by five directors, and featuring an ensemble cast. $5-$10.
Lollyville is a communal village entirely inhabited by women, and one ghost. Playwrights Bret Fetzer and Juliet Waller Pruzan weave a modern fairytale about loneliness, love, and school reports about ladybugs. Talkback with the playwrights and director Kristina Sutherland to follow. Macha Monkey Productions at $10.
Seattle Experimental Theater performs a fully improvised parody of the original Star Trek TV series, based on audience suggestions. $16-$20.
zoe|juniper presents an open performance where the audience experiences the show from a new perspective: the floor. Free.
Nominated for five Tony Awards, Moises Kauffman's play is a drama set in New York City and Austria about a mother and a composer separated by 200 years. $10-$45.
Writer Alexander Harris and director Jaime Roberts return with (almost all of) the original cast members for the final installment in the superhero trilogy about "the underbelly of doing good," which Paul Constant has described as "a superhero movie made on a tiny theater budget." $5-$20.
A play by Jon Marans about a love affair between two of the founding members of the Mattachine Society, the first sustained LGBT rights organization in the U.S. The title comes from the early-20th Century usage of the word "temperamental," which is slang for "homosexual." "An eminently likable docudrama about gay identity in the age of Eisenhower" (New York Times). $12-$20.
Kim Deskin directs Shakespeare's revenge tragedy featuring Rik Deskin, Eleanor Moseley, Eric Newman, and others. $12-$25.
A puppet version of the classic fable about three goats who attempt to cross a bridge, guarded by a troll. Thistle Theater company uses Bunraku, full-body, and rod puppets, designed and built by Brian Kooser. Featuring two puppeteers and original music. $8-$10.
Nine gay men will sit around an onstage "campfire," singing and telling their comedic versions of classic ghost stories, horror comics, and gothic novels. $25.
"Directed by Kurt Beattie, Grey Gardens is a musical based on the fascinating real-life story of Edith and Little Edie, a mother and daughter from the wealthy Bouvier-Beale clan, once great socialites (and cousins of Jackie O) who became fallen, cat-food-snarfing shut-ins. Act one (the problem!) takes place in July 1941, when the Bouvier-Beales are living high on the gilded hog in their still-glorious Hampton estate. This part of the legend is necessary for context, to introduce the family, and to properly frame their fall. It needs to be, you know... there. But it is not worth fully one-half of this darn-nigh-three-hour show. And it is definitely not the most interesting or important part of the Grey Gardens story." (Adrian Ryan) $55-$77.
The Heavenly Spies burlesque company celebrates its ten-year anniversary with a new weekly show. Paul Constant, a longtime Spies fan, wrote earlier this year: “Fae Phalen’s choreography sets the Spies apart from other, more amateurish burlesque you could see around town on any given night, where dancers waste time between a few simple steps and discard clothing whenever a number gets boring. A Spies striptease is all about control. Every movement—from the tilt of a hand while pulling off a glove to the arc of a swinging ponytail—is planned and practiced to perfection. Corrie Befort, a local modern dancer and choreographer, most recently of Salt Horse, explained that Phalen's choreography provides a ‘sense of form and an aesthetic’ that you don't usually find in burlesque—‘like white cake made with real cream,’ Befort wrote in an e-mail. ‘I was totally lured by the sugar, but hooked by the quality.’” $15.
Twin stories by Julia Cho about love and language, in which a linguist can't talk his way out of divorce and an indigenous tongue is threatened with extinction due to a lover's spat. Directed by Shana Bestock. $10-$29.
Set in 18th-century Germany, Itamar Moses (Outrage, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us) composes a fictional story—structured like a fugue—about J.S. Bach vying against German organists who play dirty as they all reach for the position as prime organist and musical director. $20-$40.
Rod Serling's scripts are brought to life by director Tim Moore and an ensemble cast. This round features the episodes "I Shot an Arrow into the Air," "It's a Good Life," and "The Night of the Meek." $18-$23.
"SMOKED! is marketed as an homage to the genre-defining spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone, best known for the Man with No Name trilogy. Ray Tagavilla gamely invokes Clint Eastwood's stoic, irreverent stranger, riding into a troubled town in the grip of a big bad boss. Two of the dishes elicited actual pain. The spring vegetable 'spaghetti' (read: coleslaw) came with mozzarella 'meatballs' rolled in powdered olives, a combination so salty it hurt. The smoked alfalfa-hay popcorn was impressive only from a scientific standpoint, as each kernel carried such an intense cigarette-smoke sensation that it stung the lungs." (Kim Fu) Cafe Nordo at $60-$80.
An unscripted crime thriller improvised by Jet-City Improv, set at the World's Columbian Expo of 1893, inspired by Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City and the story of H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer. $12-$15.
A new production of the longest-running American musical on Broadway. Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly pursue fame and fortune by any means possible from inside the Cook County Jail. $27-$62.
For nearly 30 years, Unexpected Productions has producing TheatreSports, improv comedy in a competition format. A panel of judges presides over the champion and challenging teams. $15.
Two teams of comedians compete with improv comedy. $12.
A new circus and cabaret show set in a casino, rolling high with the talents of Les Petits Frères, contortionist Vita Radionova, chanteuse Francine Reed, trapeze artists Duo Madrona, juggler Sergiy Krutikov, and former Ringling Bros. Clown Peter Pitofsky. $60-$108.
Weekly "female focused but not female exclusive" comedy open mic with special guest spots, a headliner, raffle, and more. $5.
The host and creator of Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery at Annex Theater hosts a weekly stand-up comedy open mic night and "humor growth hour" for comedians of all levels. Free.