OPENING THIS WEEK
BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE • Woodinville Repertory DER FREISCHÜTZ • Seattle Opera LO BLO 2000: THE FUTURE BLOS • Union Garage POONA THE FUCKDOG • Re-bar TREES AND COWS AND SOMETIMES PEOPLE • An Arm & A Leg
ONE WEEK ONLY
MOOG BANDITS GAVE ME THE CLAP • Aphrodite's All Purpose Dog Wax
CLOSING THIS WEEK
BRAVE NEW FRINGE REVISITED • Theater Off Jackson BULLSHOT CRUMMOND • Taproot THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA • Empty Space STONEWALL JACKSON'S HOUSE • ACT
OPENING AND CURRENT RUNS
BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE -- Northern Exposure veteran Peg Phillips started Woodinville Rep last year, and with a healthy budget the playhouse has mounted traditional theater to sold out houses. Phillips herself plays an absent-minded aunt with bumbling skills of witchcraft, aided by special effects and a live cat, in this light romance directed by Hal Ryder. Woodinville Repertory Theater, 19301 168th Ave NE, Woodinville, 425-481-8502. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 2, through Aug 22. $12/$10.
BRAVE NEW FRINGE REVISITED -- Fringe favorites revisited, in packages of two or three each night. Call for schedules. Theater Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave S, 364-3283. Tues-Sun, times vary, through Aug 8. $5/$8/$15.
BULLSHOT CRUMMOND -- A "zany comedy" with a title that's almost a swear word, Bullshot parodies a 1930s detective serial -- in the opening scene alone, an airplane crash, parachute escape, and kidnapping ensue. Taproot Theater, 204 N 85th St, 781-9707. Wed & Thurs at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, through Aug 7. $16-$22.
COMEDY OF ERRORS -- Twin mishap engenders a laff-riot in Shakespeare's most kidding of plays. Performed by Greenstage at various parks throughout the summer. Call for Location, 748-1551, www.greenstage.org. Fri & Sat at 8, through Sept 6. Donation.
THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA -- "The Complete History of America is billed as a 'completely unhinged, completely skewed, and completely hilarious' chronology of American events, beginning with Columbus' voyage and leading up to the present state of the union. What this really amounts to is wacky sketch comedy. With such a wealth of information to draw upon, and such a powerfully talented cast -- Burton Curtis, Jonathan Hochberg, and Jeffrey Treadwell -- I expected more. Maybe in the end American history just isn't that funny, no matter how many dick jokes and drag queens you toss in." (Adrian Ryan) Empty Space Theater, 3509 Fremont Ave N, 547-7500. Tues-Thurs at 7:30, Fri & Sat at 8, Sat & Sun at 2, extended through Aug 8. $16-$25.
*DERAILED DESIRES -- "For many generations, the phrase 'funny lesbian' was an oxymoron on a par with 'compassionate conservatism.' But the ladies of Pulp Vixens have devoted themselves to demolishing that pigeonhole, wrangling together evenings of camp noir comedy that leave audiences wet with tears and shameful longings. The Vixens' newest creation, Derailed Desires, dishes up lesbian love triangles, hardened tramps, and deadly seductions, set entirely aboard a speeding train bound for trouble. Starring Jennifer Jasper, Mia Levine, and Shawn Yates, and directed by the formidable Kevin Kent." (David Schmader) Spintron, 916 E Pike, 442-2060. Fri & Sat at 8, open ended run. $10.
*FIRES IN THE MIRROR -- Anna Deavere Smith's race-riot-inspired play is performed by four actors -- two men and two women, two white and two black (Leslie DoQui, Joanne Klein, Dawson Nichols, and David Scully). From multiple points of view, urban ethnic violence is put under the microscope. "The Intiman production is as flamesawed as it is fierce, but anyone not privy to Smith's interpretation should rush out and see it." (Steve Wiecking) Intiman Playhouse, Seattle Center, 269-1900. Sun, Tues, Wed at 7; Thurs-Sat at 8, Sat & Sun at 2, through Aug 14. $10-$39.
FOOTLOOSE -- If you're under 25, you might be more than six degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon's dance-patriot movie, so here's the scoop: A small town, repressive religious parents, and the wild adolescent urge to dance turn a high school summer into the setting for such teeny-bop pop hits as "Let's Hear It For the Boy." Everybody cut! The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Avenue, 292-ARTS. Wed-Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8, Sun at 2 & 7:30, through Aug 15. $19-$55.
THE GIMMICK -- Kids who emulate James Baldwin, Picasso, and Modigliani are sure to grow up to be quirky: Playwright Dael Orlandersmith follows two friends who do just that, in a memory play described as poetic. Directed by Chris Coleman. ACT's Bullitt Cabaret, Kreielsheimer Place, 700 Union St, 292-7676. Thurs at 7:30, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2, through Aug 15. $10/$12.50.
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. ACT, 700 Union St, 292-7676. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 2, extended for eternity. $24.50-$29.50.
*MILLENNIUM CIRCUS -- 40,000 square feet of hangar space inspires the UMO Ensemble's newest (and largest ever) creation. "I am not going to be the critic to send an audience away from an evening featuring a choreographed bungee dance, with the cast members bouncing like notes in some spectacular stanza, high above what would be an extremely punishing concrete. The production sometimes too closely resembles the chaos it is trying to explore, but it feels miserly to gripe after witnessing some of this show's wondrous fantasies." (Steve Wiecking) Sand Point Naval Base, 463-2128. Thurs-Sun at 8, through Aug 15. $10-$15.
MOOG BANDITS GAVE ME THE CLAP -- Five fringe- veteran lesbians from Canada set up camp on Capitol Hill this week, promising perversion and petty crime. Their 1998 show, Tourist Titty Town, was reportedly shocking, satirical, smart, and sexy. Northwest Actor's Studio, 1100 Pike St, 324-6328. Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 2, this week only. $5-$20.
*POONA THE FUCKDOG -- The fable returns. "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) Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 323-0388. Fri-Sun at 8, through Aug 29. $12 (21 and over).
STONEWALL JACKSON'S HOUSE -- Political orthodoxy be damned: In this "incendiary" satire by Jonathan Reynold, things are never quite what they seem. A tour guide (Tracey A. Leigh) leading visitors through Jackson's restored Virginia home offers to go home with two wealthy tourists as their slave. "In the final analysis, there is no way this play could possibly lose. If you love it, it's made its point. If you hate it, it's made its point." (Adrian Ryan) ACT's Allen Theater, Seventh & Union, 292-7676. Tues-Thurs at 7:30, Fri & Sat at 8, Sun at 7, through Aug 8. $10-$40.
SUNSET BOULEVARD -- Billy Wilder's "ready for my close-up" close-in on 1950s Hollywood comes to Seattle, with Petula Clark as Norma Desmond. The show promises lavish sets, murder, lust, and greed -- all for a pretty price. Paramount, 911 Pine St, 292-2787. Call for times and prices, through Aug 15.
TIMON OF ATHENS -- Timon has to learn his lesson: Money might buy you a good pair of shoes but it can't buy you happiness. One of Greenstage's "Shakespeare In the Park" offerings. Call for Location, 748-1551, www.greenstage.org. Fri & Sat at 8, through Sept 5. Donation.
TRIPLE ESPRESSO -- In this enervating showbiz spoof, the comedy team of "Maxwell, Butternut & Bean" relives their attempts to make it big-time. A touring production with Bill Arnold, Michael Pearce Donley, and Bob Stromberg. Performance Studio at The Children's Museum, Seattle Center, 374-9490. Wed & Thurs at 7:30; Fri at 8; Sat at 1, 5, 8; Sun at 3 & 7, through Sept 2. $26.50-$29.50.
FESTIVALS, CABARETS, & COMEDY
*DER FREISCHÜTZ -- Der Freischütz, which translates into "The Devil's Bullet" (or is it "The Free Shoe"?), promises pre-Gothic extravagance, featuring Metropolitan Opera soprano Deborah Voigt. Seattle Opera House, Seattle Center, 389-7676. Call for dates, through Aug 21. $33-$99.
IMPROSIA -- Character-driven improv based on audience suggestions. Wit's End, 770 N 34th St, tickets at the door. Saturdays at 9:30. $7.
JULIE CASCIOPPO EXPERIENCE -- Songs and characters you may grow to love. The Pink Door, Pike Place Market, 1919 Post Alley, 443-3241. Tues at 8:30 & 11. No cover.
LO BLO 2000: THE FUTURE BLOS -- Chicken Little is finally recognized as a prophet, in this prime time insanity known as sketch comedy. Union Garage, 1418 10th Ave, 323-8390. Fri & Sat at 8, through Aug 28. $10.
THE PROM REUNION -- The folks at Richard (Dick) Ultimate High School have decided to restage their 1970s prom, and you can be a part of it. Interactive theater in the style of Tony & Tina's Wedding, food included. Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center, Community Hall, Lower Level, 6532 Phinney Ave N, 628-0888. Sat at 6:30, through the end of summer. $45/$35 (group rates available).
*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. Now featuring body-juggling brothers from France and the jaw-dropping Kevin Kent. Seattle Center, 222 Mercer St, 281-7788 ext 700 or 292-ARTS. Thurs-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 6:30, extended through Sept 8. $88.
*THREE DOLLAR BILL -- Seattle's original gay/ lesbian/bisexual stand-up comedy show is still standing in its second year. Comedy Underground, 222 S Min St, 324-8025. Tues at 9. $6.
TREES AND COWS AND SOMETIMES PEOPLE -- Authentic turn-of-the-century marionettes from Prague string the audience along in this charming play by George Bombel. The Pearl Cafe, 4215 University Way NE, Sat & Sun at 1, through Aug 22. $1-$3.
TWILIGHT ZONE MARATHON VI -- Theater Schmeater, connoisseurs of surreality, act out eerie episodes in which a doll, a camera, and a TV send their owners into... the Twilight Zone. Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave, 324-5801. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 7, through Aug 21. $12.
THE 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.
SPIN THE BOTTLE -- Annex's late-night performance is a slumgullion of juggling, dance, singing, and silhouettes, cultivated by the finely tuned Bret Fetzer. Annex Theater, 1916 Fourth Ave, 729-0933. First Friday of every month. No reservations. $5.
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.
DRAMATISTS AND ACTORS MEETING NOW -- Actors, directors, and playwrights are invited to a free workshop every Tuesday night at 7. Call Larry at 726-9814.
NYU GRAD FILM -- Casting adults of all ages, especially Native Americans, for a short film to be shot in Seattle. Send resume/headshot/letter of inquiry to Muerto Canyon, 5265 University Way NE, #202, Seattle WA 98105.