A sonic and visual experiment from Tommy Smith and Reggie Watts that combines text, music, and visuals without any live performers onstage and is described as a "hallucinatory sonic experience about loneliness, depravity, and the intrinsic failure of all human contact." Featuring the voices of Neil Gaiman, Mary Jane Gibson, and others. $15.
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.
Seattle Men's Chorus performs Hairspray, the 2002 Broadway musical that first premiered in Seattle, in a concert directed by David Armstrong and Dennis Coleman. Featuring Jerick Hoffer (Jinkx Monsoon), Kirsten DeLohr Helland, Aaron Finley, and others. $23-$73.
"The two-weekend SIDF, produced by Khambatta Dance Company, melds professional dance culture—including an Inter|National series with performers from Israel, Guinea, and Ghana—with an easygoing summer atmosphere. The mysterious 'Sanity Café,' a cabaret of new pieces based on themes picked by SIDF audiences, will wrap up the nine-day festival with a late-night event in a secret location." (Melody Datz) $15-$50.
British schoolboys and Cold War-era Czechoslovakian actors are the new characters in Tom Stoppard's interpretations of two tragedies by Shakespeare. Sound Theater Company at $5-$25.
"In Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, powerhouse actor Hannah Victorian Franklin plays Brandy, a successful children's birthday party clown whose recreational activities would drive the mothers who hire her around the bend—she drinks heavily, serially screws off-limits guys (usually entertaining fathers and teenagers after she's finished entertaining the tots), and gambles like a fiend. She lives as if the innocence of her day job is a stain that must be scrubbed away with broken glass and vomit." (Brendan Kiley) $15-$25.
A world premiere by Donald Byrd featuring live musical renditions of Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe and settings of poet Heinrich Heine's Lyrisches Intermezzo. Spectrum Dance Theater at $20-$25.
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.
"When Brooke Wyeth, played by Marya Sea Kaminski, arrives at her parents’ Palm Springs mansion on Christmas Eve with a frighteningly revealing memoir in hand, she threatens to tear apart the powerful and prestigious Republican image the family has been carefully constructing for decades. Victor Pappas directs this Northwest premiere, featuring Pamela Reed (Parks and Recreation) as a snarlingly cruel and intelligent matriarch and Kevin Tighe (LOST) as a more bumbling but more humane patriarch. The text, with its reversals of fortune all played out in the family's immaculate living room, is good. But the performances, which hang tight through multiple hairpin turns and disturbing revelations, are great." (Brendan Kiley) $35-$60.
Myra Platt adapts Jess Walters's novel about a man who "wakes up from his American dream (writing a financial advice column in blank verse)" and finds himself ass-deep in financial and familial trouble. He figures a life of crime might get him out of that jam. $25-$45.
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.
"Good open mic, good touring acts," says Stranger comedy expert Lindy West. Plus, they have a "starving artists" menu when you can get a grilled cheese sandwich for cheap! $10-$20.