John Waters and his "sleigh full of smut" with a Christmas-themed monologue-athon and special guest Kimya Dawson (formerly of the Moldy Peaches). $35-$99.
The Seagull Project reads from authors influenced by Chekhov including Nikolai Gogol, J.D. Salinger, Flannery O'Connor, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and others. $10-$15.
A new work by Stranger Genius Award winner Rebecca Brown about monsters, romantic authors, and how their "images and ideas have informed our concept of what is 'cinematic.'" $12-$15.
The new twist employed in this riff on the hoary old Carol: Different parts of the play are interpreted by different theater companies, including STAGEright, Confrontational, Lungfish Productions, Quiet Theatre, and Blood Ensemble.
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.
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.
A comedy musical adaptation of the cult-horror holiday film. A production of Balagan Theatre. $35.
"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 three-part burlesque series in stages ("maiden," "mother," and "crone") with postshow discussions—so probably not your typical burlesque show. Featuring Jesse Belle-Jones, Dona Dei Cuori, Evilyn Sin Claire, and others from the Sinner Saint Burlesque Revue. $12-$20.
Like the movie It's a Wonderful Life, but with George Bailey's life substituted with the life of a willing audience member! $10.
The Splinter Group presents this nonverbal journey into the afterlife of Willy Loman with physical theater, video, and "an original soundscape" by Evan Mosher. Created and directed by Paul Budraitis (Bo-Nita).
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.
Two short Christmas plays featuring child and adult performers. $20-$25.
A children's puppet performance from the Hans Christian Anderson library. A pixie learns the value of art. $8-$10.
The improvidickensian yuletide classic. $12-$15.
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 the economic and political inequality produced by the industrial revolution. Dickens published his polemical holiday myth about specters haunting a London mi... 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.
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.