OPENING AND CURRENT RUNS
ARMS AND THE MAN
Famous play by George Bernard Shaw. You should remember it from junior high school. Intiman Playhouse, 201 Mercer St, 269-1900. $27-$42. Tues-Thurs and Sun at 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat at 8 pm; Sat-Sun at 2 pm. Through June 8.
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
Closing. Or, A Masked Ball. A Verdi opera. Three hours, 15 minutes long. Seattle Opera at Mercer Arts Arena, Seattle Center, 389-7676. $35-$107. All performances at 7:30 pm. Fri-Sat May 17-18.
Eat, and watch Neil Simon. There is a circle in hell just like this. RipTide Dinner Theatre at ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-9793. $26 (includes dinner and dessert). Fri-Sat at 8 pm (dinner at 7 pm) and Sun May 19 and 26 at 8 pm. Through June 1.
DROWNED and LETTERS FROM SYLVIA TO JACK
Opening. A pair of dark one-acts. Live Girls! Theater, 620 Alaskan Way, second floor, 568-1985, ext. 3. $10. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through June 1.
Solo show about an unemployed actor taking reservations for an ultra-chic restaurant. Now with David Scully. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $24.50-$29.50. Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Open run.
Young boy unjustly sentenced to hard labor; sneaky warden has a secret agenda. Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St, Seattle Center, 441-3322. $21.50-$24.50 adults, $14.50-$17.50 for kids/seniors. Fri at 7 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 & 5:30 pm. Through June 23.
I (HEART) KANT
Not quite as pretentious as it sounds. The lives of four New Jersey women intertwine. Back Pocket Theatre at the Union Garage, 1418 10th Ave, 709-2369. $12 (Thurs pay-what-you-can). Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through May 25.
THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE
A 1967 play by Frank Marcus, directed by Maureen Moran. A Theatre Under the Influence at Union Garage, 1418 10th Ave, 325-6500 or 720-1942. $12. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through June 8.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Closing. The musical about a carnivorous plant. Civic Light Opera at the Jane Adams Auditorium, 11051 34th Ave NE, 363-2809. $17-$25. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2:30 pm. Through May 18.
MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA
Closing. Eugene O'Neill's interpretation of the Oresteia. Ezra! Stay out of the bath! ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $32.50-$44 ($10 for anyone 21 and under). Tues-Thurs and Sun at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through May 19.
ROMEO & JULIET
Shakespeare's moony teens are cast with age-appropriate actors, which could be great... or not. Seattle Public Theatre at the Bathhouse Theatre, 7312 W Green Lake Dr N, 325-6500. $12 general, $8 students/seniors. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through May 26.
Neil Simon without dinner (see California Suite). ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-9793. $10-$22. Weds-Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm; matinees May 18, 26, and June 1 at 3 pm. Through June 1.
SEE ME NAKED
Closing. A one-woman show about (and featuring) nudity by Maria Glanz. Open Circle Theater, 429 Boren Ave N, 382-4250. $12. Thurs-Sat 8 pm. Through May 18.
Opening. Anthony Shaffer's award-winning mystery, originally starring Sir Laurence Olivier, who is currently unavailable. Taproot Theatre, 204 N 85th St, 781-9707. $18-$26. Weds-Thurs at 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat at 8 pm; Sat-Sun matinee at 2 pm. Opens May 17. Through June 22.
* SLOW CHILDREN
"A twisted love triangle that only gets funnier the more it tangles--not unlike the clawed bangs of a true glam-metal survivor." (Jennifer Maerz) Bald Faced Lie at Re-bar, 1114 Howell St (at Boren), 323-0388. $12-$15. Fri-Sun at 8 pm. Through May 25.
SONG OF SONGS
Closing. The Biblical story of Solomon, mixed with a little Dante and a little Pablo Neruda. Akropolis Performance Lab at Theatre 4, fourth floor, Seattle Center House, Seattle Center. $10 general, $8 students. Fri-Sat at 7 & 9 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through May 19.
TARTUFFE: BORN AGAIN
Opening. With Tartuffe recast as a televangelist. Stage One Theatre at North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way N, 527-3661. Admission by donation. May 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 8 pm. Through May 25.
TEATRO ZINZANNI: DINNER & DREAMS
The most expensive dinner theater of all time--three hours of gluttony, lust, and eye candy. Featuring the effervescent yet earthy Kevin Kent. Teatro ZinZanni, Sixth & Battery, 805-0015. $89 Wed-Fri & Sun, $99 Sat (includes dinner, but not beverages or gratuity). Wed-Sat at 6:30 pm, Sun at 5:30 pm. Open run.
TEXTS FOR NOTHING
Bill Irwin returns with a staging of Samuel Beckett's prose. Seattle Repertory Theatre, Second & Mercer, 443-2222. $15-$44. Tues-Sun at 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 pm. Through May 26.
Opening. Chekhov, with buffet. Steeplechase Productions at Liberty Deli, 2722 Alki Ave SW, 935-8420. Dinner and show $29, with a limited number of $15 show-only tickets. Fri-Sat dinner at 6:30 pm. Through June 15.
* VERA WILDE
Closing. The creative team of Chris Jeffries and Allison Narver (responsible for The Fatty Arbuckle Spookhouse Revue and I See London, I See France) tackles Oscar Wilde and Russian political activist Vera Zasulich. The Empty Space, 3509 Fremont Ave N, 547-7500. $20-$30. Tues-Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 pm, Sun at 7 pm. Through May 18.
Closing. A documentary theater piece about working in Seattle. Annex Theatre at Northwest Asian American Theatre (formerly Theater Off Jackson), 409 Seventh Ave S, 728-0933. $12 general, $7 students. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 4 pm. Through May 19.
WOMAN, MONKEY AND KABUKI JOE
Closing. The early history of Seattle's Japanese American community, told as a kind of ghost story. Northwest Asian American Theatre at Nippon Kan Theatre, 628 S Washington, 340-1049. $15. Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through May 19.
A collaboration with composer Jeff Greinke, video artist Scott Johnson, and martial artist Restita De Jesus. Dappin' Butoh at Chamber Theater, 915 E Pine St, 526-5756. $14. May 16, 17, 18 at 8 pm.
AND THERE WAS CONCRETE SKIN FOR YOUR FACE
See listing in Visual Art Calendar.
FACULTY DANCE CONCERT
This week only. UW's dance faculty proves it's not just about giving grades. University of Washington Dance Program at Meany Theater, University of Washington, 543-4880. $12. Fri-Sat May 17-18 at 8 pm.
This week only. A ballet choreographed by Michel Fokine (music by some guy named Chopin), plus works by Pat Hon, Shelagh Regan, and Christine Juarez. Cornish Junior Dance Company at the Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Ave E, 325-6500. $10. Sun May 19, 2 pm and 7 pm.
THE UNDER-CONSTRUCTION SERIES
This week only. Works-in-progress by choreographers Rachel Bisagni, Heather Budd and Elizabeth Young, Haley Ostrander, Zoe Scofield, and Yvonne York. Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E Pine St, second floor, 325-8773, ext. 2. $7. Sat-Sun May 18-19 at 8 pm.
FESTIVALS, CABARET, & COMEDY
Like Shakespeare, but made up. The new trend in improv. Unexpected Productions at Market Theatre, Post Alley, 781-9273. $10. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Open run.
JUDY & LIZA: A TRIBUTE
Exactly what you think it is, with Ann Evans and Katie Tomlinson. Crêpe de Paris, 1333 Fifth Ave, second floor, 623-4111. $18 (show only) or $45 (dinner and show). Thurs at 8 pm, Fri-Sat at 8:30 pm. Through June 1.
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL
Closing. Hyperactive performance from all over the world--drums, puppets, and the like. Seattle Center, 325-6500. $7-$12. For schedule information go to www.seattleinternational.org. Through May 18.
This week only. The slow-talking deadpan comedian will blow... your... mind. The Paramount Theatre, Ninth Ave and Pine St, 628-0888. $19.50-$39.50. Sat May 18 at 8 pm.
Drag chanteuse Arnaldo sings songs from the Judy Garland songbook. You can't get more gay. Thumper's, 15th & Madison, 328-3800. $12. Fri-Sat at 10 pm. Through June 1.
Improv in a legal setting. Odd Duck Studio, 1214 10th Ave, 442-2044. $10 general, $7 students. Sat at 10:30 pm. Through May 25.
This week only. With, among others, our very own former theater editor, Bret Fetzer. Hi Bret! Velocity MainStage Theater, 915 E Pine St, second floor, 325-8773, ext. 2. $8. Sat May 18 at 10:30 pm.
Sketch comedy about Pine Street, including what promises to be a HILARIOUS parody of a Stranger editorial meeting. Outcast Productions at Union Garage, 1418 10th Ave, 325-6500. $10. Fri-Sat at 11 pm. Through May 25.