BRAIDED TALES • Unexpected Production

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s The Nutcracker is Back Onstage at McCaw Hall! Tickets start at $27.
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SALVATION AND THE SERPENT • Stepping Stone Productions

THERE • Chamber Theater


BARE BONES DANCE CONCERT • Dance on Capitol Hill

BARKING WALL & AA-TV • Northwest Asian American Theater

LIBBY • Frye Art Museum LOCATE • Freehold Theater

MEW CHANG TSING, SUSIE KOZAWA, AONO JIKEN • Northwest Asian American Theater

STORIES • Seattle Rep's New Play Workshop

VIVA EL BAILE • La Pena Flamenca




THE FABLE OF THE FOX • Northwest Puppet Center

RADIO MAMBO • Seattle Rep



TRUST • Northwest Actors Studio

WOMEN ON TAP • Langston Hughes Cultural Center


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*BARKING WALL & AA-TV--See Calendar Box. Theater Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave S, 340-1049. Thurs-Fri at 8, this week only. $8-$12.

BUT SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE--Theater of Liberation presents monthly, socially conscious, interactive theater. Seattle Public Theater, 915 E Pine St, Fourth Floor, 328-4848. Friday at 8, this week only. Donation.

COMEDY OF ERRORS--Twin-centered farce spun by Shakespeare experts GreenStage. Separated as babies, Antipholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus, along with their respective twin slaves, meet up again amidst a cacophony of misunderstandings. The Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, 104 17th Ave S (at Yesler), 748-1551. Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2, through May 30. $18/$15.

THE CRUCIBLE--"Drawing, as Arthur Miller did, a parallel between the witch trials and the communist trials seemed brilliant in 1953: in both cases, a perceived threat to the status quo resulted, ironically, in chaos. Watching Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein's production of The Crucible at ACT, however, I was struck by how hollow the play seems without an apt contemporary scaffold on which to hang itself. Edelstein's direction is competent, the acting is proficient, but the production lacks purpose." (Tonia Steed) ACT, Seventh Ave & Union St, 292-7676. Tues-Thurs at 7:30, Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 7, some matinees, through May 30. $10-$40.

LATE NIGHT CATECHISM--And the nun goes on. Somebody really likes cute Catholics. This is an evening of audience participation and interactive improv theater: think Sister Windy crossed with Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You. First Covenant Church, 400 E Pike, 292-ARTS. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 2, extended for eternity. $24.50-$29.50.

LIBBY--A D.C. socialite takes on the fur seal trade in this re-creation of Libby Beaman's 1879 voyage to the remote Alaskan Pribilof Islands. Featuring award- winning actress Elizabeth Ware, the production tours for the 10th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, 622-9250. Fri at 2, this week only. Free.

MONTANA MOOSE, A FABLE OF THE MODERN AMERICAN WEST--Local playwright John Moe spars with nature in this comical tale of a small-town newspaper editor who is transformed by a camping trip. Directed by Andy Jensen (Zombie Temps from Outer Space). Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave, 324-5801. Thurs-Sat at 8, some Sun matinees. $12.

NINEHOLES99--Theater Babylon's annual revue of original 10-minute scripts, this year featuring local talent such as Bret Fetzer alongside out-of-towners. Union Garage, 1418 10th Ave, 720-1942. Thurs-Sat at 8, through May 29. $9.99 (Thurs is pay-what-you-will).

*POONA THE FUCKDOG--"Poona reinvents every social cliché as if it were a naughty and very funny joke told by an intelligent kindergartner. It is smart, bold, and insightful, poignant without being preachy, and meaningful without being sappy. Written by Jeff Goode and directed by Basil Harris, Poona the Fuckdog is two hours of theater magic that will go down in infamy." (Adrian Ryan) Open Circle Theater, 429 Boren Ave N, 382-4250. Thurs-Sat at 8 (except Sat May 29--private party), extended through June 19. $10/$12.

A QUESTION OF MERCY--David Rabe's off-Broadway assisted-suicide hit wends its way to Seattle. A young man dying of AIDS-related complications seeks relief from a Kevorkian-esque physician. Directed by Victor Pappas. Intiman Playhouse, Seattle Center, 269-1900. Tues-Wed at 7, Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 7, through June 5. $10-$12. See review this issue.

SALVATION AND THE SERPENT--A duo of one-acts gathers for a biblically titled evening from Seattle's Stepping Stone Productions: Rupert's Birthday and Cemetery Man by Ken Jenkins and 12 Male Bonding Techniques by Alex Hansen. Odd Duck Studio, between Union & Madison on 10th Ave, 324-2744. Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 7, through May 29. $10/$8.

*SHUT-IN--Piece of Meat playwrights Eric Layer and Christopher Tharp, always gritty, present the story of ex-drag queen Francis, confined to his attic room, and a young couple looking for lodging. "Piece of Meat is not particularly interested in realism. Their shows continually strive to hit all the extremes of vulgarity. It's clear that Piece of Meat is working within a mainstream theatrical tradition dating back at least as far as Aeschylus, and taking that tradition to great places." (Eric Fredericksen) Nu Black Arts West, 153 14th Ave, 860-3152. Thurs-Sat at 8, through May 29. $10.

STORIES --Performer, writer, and Whopper spokeswoman Charlayne Woodard presents her biographical sketch, Stories, in workshop with artistic director Dan Sullivan. PONCHO Forum, Seattle Rep, 155 Mercer St, 443-2222. Fri-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2 & 7:30, this week only. $13.

*STRAIGHT--David Schmader is a funny man. Unfortunately, he was born gay. In Straight, Schmader searches for a remedy, plunging into the controversial world of "conversion therapy," where homosexuals are reputedly made "straight." "Schmader has one of the keenest sensibilities I've seen on stage, possessing an uncommon and endearing talent for telling a story, and with Straight, Schmader follows his minted formula to its apex." (Tonia Steed) Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 323-0388. Fri-Sun at 8, extended through May 29. $10 (21 & over).

THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL--Horton Foote's play about a lonely elderly woman who takes off on a Thelma & Louise-type road trip when she forgets to take her meds. With Cynthia Jennings-White. Taproot Theater, 204 N 85th St, 781-9707. Wed-Thurs at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, through June 12. $16-$22.

TRUST--Local playwright Steven Dietz (Private Eyes) sizes up relationships and honesty, answering that ever prickly question, "What are you thinking about?" Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E Pike, 324-6328. Fri-Sat at 8, through May 22. $10/$8.

*WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL 1999--Six women playwrights from across the country are showcased in a series of performances this week, opening with Brooklyn playwright Regina Porter's A Classic Misunderstanding and Gina Gionfriddo's Guinevere. ACT's Bullitt Theater, 700 Union, 292-7676. Thurs at 7:30, Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2, through May 23. $5.FESTIVALS, CABARETS, & COMEDYBRAIDED TALES--Hair and all its implications weave the tangled themes of improv experts Unexpected Productions' newest. Market Theater, Post Alley (Pike Place Market), 781-9273. Fri-Sat at 8, through June 26. $10.

THE DONK SISTERS--Travel from frills to feminism with three country gals. Karen Kay Cody, Bobbi Kotula, and Vickielee Wohlbach reprise their roles as the Donk Sisters, honky-tonking their way through favorites such as "Listen to a Country Song," and "Harper Valley PTA" in the Cabaret de Paris dinner show. Crepe de Paris Restaurant, 1333 Fifth Ave at Union (Rainier Square), 623-4111. Thurs at 8, Fri-Sat at 8:30, through June 26. $40/$16.

THE FABLE OF THE FOX--An Aesop's fable presented by a famous group of puppeteers from Spain, featuring a set that sprouts up flamesowers and has a real stream running through it! Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave NE, 523-2579. Fri at 7:30, Sat-Sun at 1 & 3, through May 23. $5.50-$7.50.

ONE FOR A MAN, TWO FOR A HORSE: A MUSICAL MEDICINE SHOW--A modern morality show mediating mystery, music, magic, and mirth. It just might be the tonic you're looking for. Hokum Hall, 7904 35th Ave SW, 937-3613. Fri-Sat at 8, through May 29. $12/$10.

RADIO MAMBO--"The comic force and vocal prowess on display are worth the price of admission alone (including an astonishing take on an African American hard-timer), and the material simmers with a sharp awareness of where the lines are drawn in racial and social politics (when was the last time you saw a pro-Castro piece of theater?). Radio Mambo is an uneasy but welcome attempt to mesh wide appeal with political expression." (Steve Wiecking) Seattle Repertory Theater, 155 Mercer St, 443-2222. Thurs-Fri at 7:30, Sat-Sun at 2 & 7:30, through May 23. $25-$36.

*TEATRO ZINZANNI--Three hours of fancy food and thrilling spectacle from the world over, presented in an antique European dance hall imported from Belgium for the occasion. Seattle Center, 222 Mercer St, 281-7788 ext 700 or 292-ARTS. Thurs-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 6:30, extended through July 18. $88.

THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF--Talented marionettes act out the infamous bridge crossing, with original music by Sue Ennis and puppets created by Brian Kooser. Moore Theater, Sacred Heart School, 9459 NE 14th, Bellevue, 524-3388. Sat-Sun at 2 & 4, through May 23. $5/$7.

*THREE DOLLAR BILL--Seattle's original gay/lesbian/ bisexual stand-up comedy show still stands in its second year. "Defying all expectations, $3 Bill is refreshingly raunchy, full of scathing goodness." (Steven Grimm) Comedy Underground, 222 S Main St, 324-8025. Tues at 8:30. $6.

THREE KNOCKS AND A WHISTLE--Short works in new music, theater, dance, and media populate the back room of the Speakeasy--featuring, in this edition, comic waltzes by Janet McAlpin and George Lewis; This, a film accompanied by live music; Mark Boeker as the hilariously lewd "Marvin"; and more. Speakeasy Cafe, 2304 Second Ave, 728-9773. Fri-Sat at 8, through May 22. $6.

WOMEN ON TAP--Local playwright Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates' musical drama was inspired by Jeni LeGon, the first African American woman to sign with a major studio (MGM). LeGon's journey from Chicago to Broadway is portrayed through drama, music, and tap dance; now 80 years old, she still teaches tap in Vancouver, B.C. You go, girl! Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, 104 17th Ave S (at Yesler), 684-4757. Fri-Sat at 8, through May 22. $18-$15.DANCEBARE BONES DANCE CONCERT--New work by innovative dance artists from the Northwest, including Sheri Cohen, John Dixon, Karen Nelson, Mary Sheldon Scott, and the UMO Ensemble, along with musical guests B.O.M.B., in a benefit for the Seattle Festival of Alternative Dance & Improvisation. Dance on Capitol Hill, 340 15th Ave E, 320-8359. Sat at 8, this week only. $10 donation.

*LOCATE --See Calendar Box. Freehold Theater, East Hall Theater, Second Floor, 1525 10th Ave, 329-3718. Thurs-Sat at 8, this week only. $10/$8.

MEW CHANG-TSING, SUSIE KOZAWA, AONO JIKEN--Solo dance by Chang-Tsing blends Asian and contemporary Western movement, created with poet Eddin- Khoo, composer Xen Xiong, and lighting designer Mac Chan. Sound artist Susie Kozawa follows up with work in conjunction with the music group Aono Jikken to produce "haunting soundscapes." Theater Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave S, 340-1049. Sat at 8, Sun at 7, this week only. $8-$12.

THERE--Three local dancers step minutely through time, in an artistic exploration of the short commodity. Holly Eckert, Chris Kaufman, and Alissa Wehrman, all of whom have worked with award-winning local productions, make up the ensemble. The Chamber Theater, Odd- fellows Hall, 915 E Pine, Fourth Floor, 781-0394, Fri-Sat at 8, through May 29. $6.

VIVA EL BAILE--Fourteen dancers, three guitarists, and one vocalist stir things up in this evening of flamesamenco, featuring the artists of Seattle's La Pena Flamenca. Nippon Kan Theater, 628 S Washington, 224-0181. Sat & Sun at 8, this week only. $10.

*WHITE OAK DANCE PROJECT--Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris' dance ensemble leaps into town with a number of premieres, presenting select work from choreographers such as Neil Greenberg, Tamasaburo Bando, and Trisha Brown. The company features Baryshnikov and a troupe of five dancers. Meany Theater, UW Campus, 543-4880. Thurs-Sat at 8, this week only. $75.LATE NIGHTTHE A.M. CABARET--Amoral entertainment for insomniacs; promising naked poetry, music, strippers, and drag queens. You may think you're dreaming. Coffee Messiah, 1554 E Olive Way, 860-7377. Sat from 2-4 am. $5.

JET CITY IMPROV--Improv comedy and music based on audience suggestions. Ethnic Cultural Theater, 3940 Brooklyn Ave NE, 781-3879. Fri-Sat at 10:30.

THEATER SPORTS--Improv comedy with a competitive edge, brought to you by Unexpected Productions. Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, 781-9273. Fri-Sat at 10:30, $9, Sun at 7, $5.CALLS1999 ARTIST FELLOWSHIP--Applications are now available for Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowships of $5,500. Fellowships are available to artists creating work in the disciplines of Music, Media (Film and Video), Crafts, and Literature. Send a self-addressed, stamped, business-sized envelope to Fellowship Application, Artist Trust, 1402 Third Avenue, Suite 404, Seattle WA 98101-2118. Deadline is June 18.

KIRBY FILMS--16mm sync-sound short film production seeking male actors, 25-40, and females, 18-30 and 50-70. Send resume and headshot to Kirby Films, 923 E John #202, Seattle WA 98102.

LO BLO--Female actor/comedian needed. Must be strong, versatile, with background/interest in viciously aggressive, original comedy. Auditions will be Sun May 23, 10-4. Call 328-8908 for appointment.

ONYXX--Seeking original scripts or proposals from women writers for theatrical performance dedicated to women as contributors to the performing arts through spoken word, dramatic text, story telling, etc. Send writing samples to Onyxx, 1605 12th Ave #8, Seattle WA 98122, or call 722-7109.