A tribute to George Balanchine curated by artistic director Peter Boal, this triple bill features a world premiere from Christopher Wheeldon, the return of Agon (a 1957 avant-garde ballet by “Mr. B,” now staged by Francia Russell), and the last third of Balanchine’s Jewels series, entitled Diamonds. $28-$173.
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.
University of Washington graduate students Tina Polzin and Leah Adcock-Starr directed five one act plays by Tennessee Williams, featuring an ensemble cast of graduate and undergraduate students. $10-$20.
Local burlesque performers strip to live music by The Lurid Spectacles every second Tuesday. Hosted by Ace Carter and Sailor St. Claire. $10-$25.
Upright Citizens Brigade comedian Kate Hess parodies the BBC's Downton Abbey entirely on her own and with period costumes. The Daily Beast calls it one of the "six best Downton Abbey spoofs." $10.
A burlesque tribute with all proceeds benefiting the Seattle Dyke March. $15-$25.
Rogue Theatrics presents Caryl Churchill's well-known 1979 queer-feminist-political play. In Act 1, a Victorian-era family plays out their drama in colonial Africa. In Act 2 we see the same family with genders reversed in 1970s London. $15-$20.
Rod Serling's scripts are brought to life by director Tim Moore and an ensemble cast in a boozy, cheerful atmosphere. 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.
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.
The return of Live Girls! annual short play festival featuring women playwrights. $15-$20.
The Sandbox Artists Collective presents new one-act plays written by Scot Auguston, Elizabeth Heffron, Paul Mullin, and Emily Conbere. Directed by Julie Beckman, Carol Roscoe, Annie Lareau, and Andrew McGinn. $15.
Five scientists who work in the field of robotics or artificial intelligence teamed up with a local playwright. Their results are five short plays, each providing a unique perspective on the question of being human. Each performance is followed by a scientist-led conversation with the audience. Infinity Box Theater Project at $5-$17.
"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 array of local burlesque performers experiment with your favorite TV characters (Breaking Bad, Glee) doing all the naughty stuff they can't do on screen. $20-$100.
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.
“Is there any force in government that is just so completely focused on fucking people, besides the Secret Service?” $31.25 - $81.25.
Mary Ewald, directed by John Kazanjian, performs Tony Kushner's play, a selective history of Afghanistan mixed in with stories from the solo character's life. $15-$20.
An ensemble cast and team of directors and playwrights present nine new short plays about sex, romance, and attraction. Seattle Playwrights Collective at $10-$18.
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.
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.
Two weekends of indoor and outdoor performances in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Program includes Art on the Fly (pop-up outdoor performances), The Inter|National Series (international and regional artists perform), Spotlight on Seattle (local choreographers and dancers present new works), The Threshold Institute (intensive dance studies), and Sanity Cafe (a late night cabaret). Various venues. $15-$50.
Brandy is a birthday party clown whose day-to-day life is making it hard to do her job. Washington Ensemble Theater's presents a world-premiere drama that combines fantasy, clowning, and puppetry with brutal reality. Written by Caroline V. McGraw and directed by Jane Nichols. $15-$25.
Local burlesque performers strip to live music by The Lurid Spectacles every fourth Tuesday. Hosted by Ace Carter and Sailor St. Claire. $15-$20.
“The truth is that I'm constitutionally incapable of doing an ordinary job.” $30.
“You ever hail a cab just to stop it from hitting you?” $20.