In 2010, a man named Clay Duke walked into a Florida school board meeting and fired a dozen rounds, hitting nobody. After being shot several times by a security guard, Duke shot himself in the head. Using this event as a starting point, local choreographer and filmmaker Dayna Hanson assembled a group of collaborators (including Sarah Rudinoff, Wade... more » $12-$20.
The Seattle Dance Project is a modern dance company that performs at various venues around the greater Seattle area, including ACT. This annual benefit gala will include an auction, cocktails, dinner and live music. $150.
A Christmas special that promises to be "dripping with sex appeal" from the edgy five-woman troupe Stripped Screw Burlesque. $18-$25.
Margaret Atwood's theatrical response to Homer's Odyssey finds Penelope serving an eternal sentence in Hades, reflecting on Odysseus's violent homecoming. Produced by Cornish College of the Arts. $10.
A staging of Cabaret by Arts on the Waterfront that comments on contemporary Russian persecution of the LGBTQ community. Starring Wes Hurley and Zachary Simonson and featuring video clips from real-life vigilantes and young fascists talking about the situation in Russia.
"Some Sherlocks are too icy (Jeremy Brett in the BBC series) or too superhero-ish to believe (Robert Downey, Jr. in the film franchise) but Darragh Kennan’s performance as Sherlock in this new adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles is just right. He can be prickly or exuberant, he has an impish sense of humor—in short, he’s a fully formed huma... more » $12-$60.
A funny and family-friendly spinoff from the famous Christmas poem. $14.
An unscripted, hour-long theatrical Christmas production from the perspective of Uncle Mike. In the promotional photo, Uncle Mike is holding a beer. There are probably several other beers just outside of the frame. $10.
There is no shortage of Dickens adaptations in the city during this, or any, Christmas season. Last year, Cienna Madrid wrote of Seattle Musical Theatre's holiday efforts: "If daytime Emmys were awarded to community-theater casts, Seattle Musical Theatre would be in the running for a shiny new paperweight." Directed by Rick Wright. $30-$40.
The annual holiday sketch-comedy show by Lisa Koch and Peggy Plat, described by ACT's press office as "Carol Burnett on steroids." $22-$28.
This Christmas play by David Sedaris is "for mature elves only" and stars Patrick Lennon as Crumpet the Elf, as directed by Kelly Kitchens. $15-$32.
A 1992 musical tale of ghost-facilitated redemption by Leslie Bricusse. $30-$40.
Seattle Public Theater's annual production about "the horrible Herdman family" and how they wreak havoc on a community Christmas pageant. Directed by Shana Bestock. $15-$32.
Two short Christmas plays featuring child and adult performers. $20-$25.
This Christmas production by local artists is set in a 1930s Parisian cabaret with an undercurrent of approaching war. $5-$40.
There's an obvious affinity between Charles Dickens and Karl Marx. Both were writing in the same city (London) at the same time (the mid-1800s), and both were teeth-grindingly pissed off about economic and political inequality. Dickens published his polemical holiday myth about specters haunting a London miser in 1843, five years before Marx and En... more » $22-$65.
A Broadway musical based on the novel in which the hashish-addled Louisa May Alcott introduced the yet-to-be-fully-dismissed theory that girls are, in fact, just littler versions of adult human women. Directed by Mathew Wright. $17-$37.
Pacific Northwest Ballet's annual return to the rat-riddled Christmas classic about heroic kitchen gadgetry. $28-$121.
"The Christmas shows of Dina Martina—the monstrously untalented chanteuse brought to life by the monstrously talented Grady West—are the stuff of legend, and this year’s installment is a veritable Whitman’s Sampler of that legend, cherry-picking the best bits from all 14 of Dina’s previous Christmas shows. Expect punny songs, awkward transitions, s... more » $20-$25.
The most exclamatory Dickens adaptation of all time, directed by David Armstrong and starring David Pichette as Fagin, Hans Altwies as Bill Sykes, and Merideth Kaye Clark as Nancy. $45-$129.
A new British panto (a traditional genre in which kids are welcome, as is shouting at the stage) about a boy and his cat and the fantastical adventures they have. Featuring the Fremont Players and the Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra. $7-$13.
A musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantasy about a boy and a peach-load of giant bugs going on a transatlantic journey. $32-$39.
An astute wordsmith will likely notice that the title of this popular musical is an anagram for "less miserable," which is all the good, poor people of France have ever wanted to be. $39-$54.
Frank Ferrante returns to his recurring character Chef Caesar, along with a Ukrainian contortionist, a trapeze act, the acrobats Les Petits Frères, and former Cirque du Soleil performer Andrea Conway Doba. $78.