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.
"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.
When Brooke Wyeth arrives at her parents’ Palm Springs mansion on Christmas Eve with her tell-all memoir in hand, she threatens to tear her family apart with a dangerous secret that could ruin the reputation of the powerful and prestigious Republican dynasty. The New York Times called it the "best new play on Broadway" (2011). Victor Pappas directs this Northwest premiere of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony-Award nominated drama by Jon Robin Baitz (The Substance of Fire, Brothers and Sisters), featuring Pamela Reed (Parks and Recreation) as Polly Wyeth, Seattle performer Marya Sea Kaminski as her daughter Brooke, and Kevin Tighe (LOST) as the patriarch, Lyman Wyeth. $20-$62.
When Brooke Wyeth arrives at her parents’ Palm Springs mansion on Christmas Eve with a frighteningly revealing memoir in hand, she threatens to tear apart their powerful and prestigious Republican dynasty. In 2011, the New York Times called Jon Robin Baitz’s discomforting Tony and Pulitzer finalist the “best new play on Broadway.” Victor Pappas directs this Northwest premiere, featuring Pamela Reed (Parks and Recreation) as Polly Wyeth, Seattle performer Marya Sea Kaminski as her daughter Brooke, and Kevin Tighe (LOST) as the family patriarch. $35-$60.
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.
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.
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.
The comedy-variety show that staggers between pleasantly absurdist and creepily earnest. $5-$10.
Described as “Hee Haw on mushrooms,” the neo-bluegrass trio known as The Half Brothers mixes original music with cooking lessons in an homage to infomercials of The Foggy Mountain Boys singing about Martha White’s self-rising flour. Directed by Scotto Moore (A Mouse Who Knows Me, Duel of the Linguist Mages). $5-$20.
A linguistics professor who is studying the last-known speaker of a nearly extinct language is burdened with new information about her unborn child. She seeks solace with a gorilla at the zoo, which is played by a calm woman in a Coco Chanel suit. Written by Madeleine George, founding member of the Obie-award winning playwrights’ collective 13P. $5-$20.
Late-night variety show featuring theater, music, dance, spoken word, film, and more since 1997. $10.
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.
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 US. 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.
SketchFest brings together more than 10 local sketch comedy troupes for a month of performances. Featuring Ubiquitous They, Charles, The Entertainment Show, and more. $10.
Dancers from Seattle and the rest of the country perform new work by well-known choreographers. $12-$18.
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.
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.
Les Fleurs D’Egypte Dance Company presents an evening of poi, techno music, and bellydancing. Performers include Najla, Nadira, BreAnn, Kitiera, Danielle, and Ava alongside dinner and cocktails. $15-$18.
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 Can Can Castaways, as we've often said in The Stranger, are like a gateway drug for modern dance. People show up at the subterranean, red-lit bar, order a few drinks, expect to see some hardbodies dancing—and they get that. But what they also get is the expert choreographer by Rainbow Fletcher and her team of dancers and designers (often the dancers are the designers) who create dreamscapes from the Moulin Rouge to a bondage club in Tokyo. Fletcher and her team have also performed at On the Boards and other, more august venues, and their marriage of artistry and sensuality is excellent." (Brendan Kiley) $10-$45.
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.
The Seattle premiere of the musical by Andrew Lippa, based on the Jazz Age epic poem by Joseph Moncure March. Sound Theater Company at $5-$25.