CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Theater Schmeater. Sept 17-Oct 23.
Schmeater takes a stab at Tennessee Williams' brilliant play about a horny lady, a drunken man, and the evil forces (greed, cancer, unresolved homosexual longings) that threaten to tear them apart.
FOURTH ANNUAL SEATTLE STORIES, Empty Space. Sat Sept 18 only.
A one-night dinner benefit for the Empty Space. Normally we wouldn't list a thing like this, but one of the story contributors is worship-worthy KOMO news anchor Kathi Goertzen, so everyone in the entire world should go. Plus, there'll be booze.
GOLDEN CHILD, Seattle Repertory Theater. Sept 27-Oct 30.
David Henry Hwang's drama about a sexy Chinese love machine who's got three whole wives! But when Mr. Bigamist gets a hard-on for Jesus, his three missuses get to fightin' in this play of "sexual politics, tradition, and haunted family history."
GRAND HOTEL, 5th Avenue Theatre. Sept 14-Oct 3.
A goddamned musical based on the goddamned classic movie of the same goddamned name. John "Dukes of Hazzard" Schneider starred in the Broadway version. Everyone says he rocked.
THE LEGEND OF BODIE ROSE, the Parlour Room. Sept 14.
A one-night-only presentation of George Savage's folk musical about which we know nothing.
THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL, Thistle Theater, performing at the Sacred Heart School in Bellevue. Sept 25-Oct 3.
Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale of child labor and hypothermia, performed entirely with Bunraku-style puppets!
ON THE SIDE, Rockhopper Dance. Sept 16-25.
A collective concert showcasing new local works in dance, theater, and music. Featuring Scott Davis, Christine Dobson, Shannon Hobbs, Paul D. Mosley, Caroline Sutton, Juliet Waller, and Mark J. Kane.
PAPPA TARAHUMARA, UW World Series. Sept 30-Oct 2.
Dance, theater, and music combine in this Japanese dance company's "visually poetic vision of the 21st century."
RADIO ACTIVITY, A Theatre Under the Influence. Sept 9-Oct 9.
A collection of radio plays by nationally celebrated local poet Gregory Hischak.
THE ROYAL FAMILY, Intiman. Sept 24-Nov 14.
George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's smart and lovely comedy chronicles the offstage life of a legendary theatrical family (bearing more than a passing resemblance to those fascinating drunks, the Barrymores). At one point, an old woman hollers the words "egg nog."
SIDE MAN, A Contemporary Theatre. Sept 17-Oct 17.
Seattle's most ambitious big theater presents Warren Leight's family drama about trumpets and broken promises.
THUGS, Dark House Theatre. Sept 23-Oct 10.
Award-winning local playwright Alan Averill's dark comedy of pro assassins, escaped mental patients, and alien hippies. Sounds promising.
ARTIFICIAL LIFE, Consolidated Works. Oct 15-Nov 28.
The premiere theater production by brand new contemporary arts center Consolidated Works is a world-premiere commission by the Compound, the brilliant Seattle ensemble responsible for the mind-blowers Coated (between the Tigris and Euphrates) and blueStory.
BARTLEBY, Annex Theatre. Oct 9-Nov 7.
Annex gets back to its spastically imaginative, hyper-collaborative roots with this whacked adaptation of Herman Melville's short story directed by Paul Budratis.
BOHEMIANS IN LOVE, the Parlour Room. Oct 15-19.
Two plays about the young lives of Beethoven & Karl Marx, written by Gregory Nissen and Jeff Beauvoir. (Think artsy, brainy Muppet Babies.)
CIRCUS PEOPLE, Theatre Babylon, Oct 14-Nov 13.
A new full-length play by the talented Heidi Ann Heimarck, about a young girl who winds up in a carnival sideshow and learns what life is all about.
COMMUNICATING DOORS, A Contemporary Theatre. Oct 22-Nov 21.
The estimable ACT presents Alan Ayckbourn's comic thriller about a hooker named Poopay who stumbles upon a murder plot, then travels back and forth in time. Whoo-hoo!
D.A.M.N.! NOTIONS, the Parlour Room. Oct 13-28.
A collection of six short new plays by local playwrights, produced by A Theater Near You.
DEAR LIAR, Intiman. Oct 15-Nov 20.
Jerome Kitty's play adapts 40 years of letters between the brilliant George Bernard Shaw and his adored actress friend Mrs. Patrick Campbell.
DRUMMING, On the Boards. Oct 27-30.
The newest work by internationally worshipped dance artist Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, performed by her company ROSAS. Critics in Europe fucking love this piece.
KRAKEN, Theatre Babylon and Tantrum, at Union Garage. Oct 22-Nov 12.
The first episode of a new late-night serial comedy chronicling the wacky misadventures of four friends attempting to keep their performance space afloat. Featuring a Vampire Gothic Theatre Troupe.
LES MISERABLES, 5th Avenue Theater. Oct 27-Nov 13.
A $4.2 million touring musical production of Victor Hugo's timeless tale of a man who steals a loaf of bread, and the other man who spends his entire life chasing after him. For fuck's sake, it was just a loaf of bread.
MAN OF MODE, UW School of Drama. Oct 27-Nov 7.
The U-Dubbers present George Etherege's sexy comedy.
PAT GRANEY'S BALLROOM BONANZA & AUCTION. Pat Graney Company at the Century Ballroom. Oct 2.
One night only. Seattle's premiere choreographer/ fundraiser presents an evening of dancing, dinner, drinking, and auction bidding to help support the January premiere of her newest work, Tattoo.
PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY, UW World Series. Oct 21-23.
A weekend of performances by celebrated fancypants choreographer Paul Taylor, fresh from a smash run at New York's City Center.
THE PSYCHIC LIFE OF SAVAGES, Empty Space. Oct 20-Nov 21.
The Northwest premiere of Amy Freed's black comedy recasting Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with poets Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and Anne Sexton.
THEATER TEASE-O-RAMA, Grex & Theater Schmeater, at Theater Schmeater. Mon Sept 20 only.
A one-night-only theater extravaganza featuring 10-minute previews from the two host theaters as well as such local notables as Open Circle, Piece of Meat, Bald Faced Lie, Hyperion, and Annex. Also: Food, music, booze.
WIT, Seattle Rep. Oct 11-Nov 20.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning cancer dramedy by Margaret Edson. (See "Blockbuster" profile.)
BLACK NATIVITY, Intiman. Nov 27-Dec 26.
A remount of Intiman's smash holiday show, combining the poetry of Langston Hughes with gospel music to tell the story of Christmas. Featuring Barbara Dirickson as the Heat Miser.
DUMB TYPE, On the Boards. Nov 18-21.
Japanese multimedia performance group Dumb Type (comprised of architects, videographers, sound engineers, choreographers, and computer programmers) presents [OR], a visual theater exploration of "the contrasts and boundaries between life and death."
THE GAME OF LOVE & CHANCE, Seattle Rep. Nov 8-Dec 11.
Stephen Wadsworth adapts and directs Marivaux's classic comedy about a bunch of people in France.
MACBETT, UW School of Drama. Nov 17-28.
Students of the art of acting present Eugene Ionesco's wacky take on Macbeth.
THE SECRET GARDEN, 5th Avenue Theatre. Nov 30-Dec 19.
A reputedly brilliant musical version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's tale of a young girl who discovers a book by Nancy Friday in her mother's bedside table.
STORIES, Seattle Rep. Nov 29-Jan 15.
Daniel Sullivan directs the world premiere of solo performer Charlayne Woodard's latest autobio piece, which chronicles her life as a young actress living in Manhattan who eventually stars in a reprehensible Burger King commercial.
THREE DEATHS IN DENMARK, Grex at Oddfellows Hall. Nov 26-Dec 11.
An adaptation of Oedipal bloodbath Hamlet, focusing on how Fortinbras, Laertes and Ophelia, and Hamlet deal with the deaths of their fathers. Think regression therapy with stage combat.
THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK, Theater Schmeater. Nov 12-Dec 18.
The world premiere of Naomi Wallace's play about Pope Lick Creek, and the trestle that is found there.