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All the Way

Nov 14– Jan 4.

Tony-winning play by Robert Schenkkan about the sudden ascendency of president Lyndon Johnson. Presented in association with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Seattle Repertory Theatre
155 Mercer St, Seattle Center

A Short-Term Solution to a Long-Term Problem

Tues Aug 19 at 7 and 9 pm.

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A Short-Term Solution to a Long-Term Problem "Anyone familiar with David Schmader’s Straight—his one-man play about gay conversion therapy—or his work on the gilded turd Showgirls already knows that he’s one of Seattle’s most treasured monologuists. (Full disclosure: He is also a Stranger staffer.) But Schmader’s latest solo piece, A Short-Term Solution to a Long-Term Problem, eclipses both. Here, Schmader takes public a mind-fuck he’s been privately tackling for more than a decade: how to juggle new love, personal crisis, and national tra... more » $20.

Velocity Dance Center
1621 12th Ave

Questions of the Heart

Mon Aug 18 and Tues Aug 19 at 7:30 pm.

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A play that places seeks to inhabit the mind of a straight Mormon, emotionally on board with marriage equality but afraid of distancing himself from his more hardline Mormon friends and family during the Proposition 8 battle. A production of Theatre 22. $22.

The Tyee Yacht Club
3229 Fairview Ave E

Icicle Creek New Play Festival

Tues Aug 19 and Wed Aug 20 at 7 pm.

A showcase of premiere readings of works fostered by the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth. This year's offering include Bloomsday by Steven Dietz and The Change Room by Carly Mensch. $15.

ACT Theatre
700 E Union St

Groucho Returns

Thurs-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Aug 22.

"Frank Ferrante's solo show about Groucho Marx follows three threads. First, Ferrante relates Groucho’s life in a series of anecdotes—the way his mother decimated his self-esteem to coax him on to fame and fortune, the way the Marx Brothers got their nicknames, and so on. Second, Ferrante performs a greatest-hits medley of Groucho songs ('Whatever It Is, I’m Against It,' 'Lydia the Tattooed Lady') and routines from Marx Brothers movies. Third, Ferrante riffs with the audience in character as Gro... more » $35.

ACT Theatre
700 E Union St

Elia Mrak: The Samurai Project

Fri Aug 22.

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Dance artists Elia Mrak (USA), Viko Hernandez (Mexico), and Martin Piliponsky (Argentina) are on a three-city tour (Seattle, Mexico City, Buenos Aires) performing their own trio work and, on this stop, creating new work with Seattle dancers. $12-$20.

Velocity Dance Center
1621 12th Ave

Till Death Do Us Part

Fri Aug 22 at 6 pm.

With a name like that, you probably won't be surprised to hear that this is a whodunnit murder mystery-style event. What maybe you didn't surmise is that it's hosted by Bill Speidel's Underground Tour. Includes a four course buffet dinner! $65-$75.

Seattle Underground Tour
608 First Ave

Wise Guys

Thurs, Fri. Through Aug 22.

Improv parody of mobsters à la The Godfather or The Sopranos. $15.

Jet City Improv
5510 University Way NE

Brian Posehn

Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 7:30 and 10 pm. Through Aug 23.

A comic who has appeared on many a show over the years, but who the aficionado of true comedy will know best as Gibbons from Tom Goes to the Mayor. $25-$30.

Triggering Town Review

Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm. Through Aug 23.

Loosely described as some sort of collaborative, performative-art thing, Triggering Town Review is produced by Ed Skoog and Sam Watts and features writing and performances from "a cast of Seattle's best writers, musicians, actors, architects, and other art weirdoes" including playwright Spike Friedman, poet and Stranger writer Sarah Galvin (as George Washington), poet Zubair Ahmed, comedian Brett Hamil, and a bunch of other folks. $10.

Hugo House
1634 11th Ave

Whedonesque Burlesque

Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through Aug 23.

Jo Jo Stilleto and Theatre Off Jackson present an evening of burlesque Inspired by the numerous and cultishly worshipped works of Joss Whedon. $25-$150.

Theatre Off Jackson
409 Seventh Ave S

Life = Play

Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Aug 24.

An evening of four short works by Samuel Beckett, including Rockaby performed by Susanna Burney, Act Without Words performed by Ray Tagavilla, and Krapp's Last Tape performed en Français (with supertitles) by Burke Walker. Directed by Carol Roscoe and AJ Epstein as part of the Seattle Beckett Festival. $20.

West of Lenin
203 N 36th St

SANCA Summer Circus Festival

Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 8, 10:30 pm, Sun at 6 pm. Through Aug 24.

Two weekends full of all manner of acrobatics from the the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts $20.

SANCA
674 S Orcas St

The School for Lies

Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm. Through Aug 24.

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The School for Lies A "clowning burlesque" update of Molière's The Misanthrope, written in rhyming couplets by David Ives (Venus in Fur) and co-directed by Teresa Thurman and Ken Michels for Sound Theatre Company. $25.

Center Theatre
Seattle Center Armory

Urinetown

Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Aug 24.

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Set in a grim, futuristic world in which water is so scarce that residents have to pay to relieve themselves. But it's a comedy, obviously. A coproduction of Balagan and Seattle Musical Theatre. $35.

Seattle Musical Theatre
7210 62nd Ave NE

Oresteia Ubuntu

Mon Aug 25 at 8 pm.

A rendition of Aeschylus’ tragedy by The Tribes Project and African Tree Productions, two theater companies which first connected in Johannesburg in 2001. They update the play with music and movement, and reframe it to comment on issues of post-colonialism. Free.

Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45th St

Caught One-Handed

Tues-Wed at 8 pm. Through Aug 27.

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A solo comedy "with dance breaks" by Noah Duffy, directed by Keira McDonald (the dynamo behind the Solo Performance Festival), about theft and sexual conversion therapy sessions. $10.

Annex Theatre
1100 E Pike St

Doktor Kaboom!

Thurs Aug 28 at 7 pm.

Doktor Kaboom is a zany scientist comedy character who looks like Guy Fieri in a lab coat. $15.

Bainbridge Performing Arts
200 Madison Ave N

Balconies

Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through Aug 30.

"Cameron (Drew Highlands) and Annalise (Katherine Karaus) are neighbors in a fancy condo building. He's a shy programmer, she's a brassy lawyer, and they realize they're both throwing big parties on their adjoining balconies. This setup indicates a Noël Coward–style farce for the 21st century, and that's what we get as a parade of oddballs from either side of the cultural divide fight, flirt, and baffle each other. Balconies has an enthusiastic, I've-got-a-barn-let's-put-on-a-show kind of feel,... more » $20.

Annex Theatre
1100 E Pike St

I Gelosi

Mon, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm. Through Aug 30.

Take a comic stroll through the cinquecento with this story of the commedia dell'arte troupe, I Gelosi, who were something of sensation across Europe at the time. A production of STAGEright Theatre. $15-$20.

The Ballard Underground
2220 NW Market St

Steven Byrne

Aug 28 through Aug 30 at 7:30 and 10 pm.

Stand-up from Byrne, with special guest appearances from the cast of the poorly rated TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son. $25-$35.

Steven Byrne

Aug 28 through Aug 30 at 7:30 and 10 pm.

Stand-up from Byrne, with special guest appearances from the cast of the poorly rated TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son. $25-$35.

Failure Variety Show at Bumbershoot

Sun Aug 31, 1:45–2:45 pm.

Featuring Carrie Akre, Kelleen Conway Blanchard, Bryan Cook, Brett Hamil, and Eric Olson, and hosted by Emmett Montgomery. Free with Bumbershoot admission.

Badminton Royale

Wed Sept 3, 5–8 pm.

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Representatives from local arts organizations grab rackets and square off. Free.

Sandpoint Hangar 30
7400 Sand Point Way NE

Duet Love

Thurs at 7 pm, Fri-Sat at 10 pm. Through Sept 6.

Portland dancer Tahni Holt teams up with dancers Ezra Dickinson and Allie Hankins in a new piece that "thrives upon queer subversion of hetero love." This is a world-premiere performance before the piece goes to Portland for the TBA festival. $20.

Velocity Dance Center
1621 12th Ave

 

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