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 tragedy simultaneously (think a modern-day love story involving TB on the Hindenburg, costarring Mormons). It’s a story that’s more personal than Straight and even funnier than Showgirls. (Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, www.hugohouse.org, 8 pm, $20)

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