A timely new adaptation of the Orwell novel. Empty Space Theatre, 3509 Fremont Ave N, 547-7500. $10-$35. Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm, Sun at 2 and 7:30 pm, Tues-Wed at 7:30 pm. Through Feb 28.
ARTHUR: THE BEGINNING
Opening. Jeff Berryman penned this original prequel to the King Arthur myth. Taproot Theatre, 204 N 85th St, 781-9707. $10-$28. Preview performance Wed Feb 4 at 7:30 pm. Through March 6.
Final week. See review this issue. A performance triptych of American stories by famously dark-humored Neil LaBute. New City Warehouse, 2110 Airport Way S, 271-4430. $12. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through Jan 31.
Final week. Bizet's Carmen is a Spanish Gypsy who speaks--or rather, sings--the language of love (le franais, mais oui!). Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, Seattle Center, 389-7676. $43-$103. Fri at 7:30 pm. Through Jan 30.
Extended. Final week. You've seen the show, you've seen the movie, now see the show again. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St, 292-2787. $12-$60. Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm, Sun at 2 and 7:30 pm. Mon-Tues at 7:30 pm. Through Feb 3.
The classic tale of class warfare and fairy intervention. StoryBook Theater at Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, 425-893-9900. $8.50. Sat at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm, Sun at 1 and 3 pm. Through Feb 8.
THE COUNT OF LUXEMBOURG
One weekend only. Franz Lehar's operetta about love between a prince and a commoner. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, downstairs, 528-6878. $14-$18. Sat Jan 31 at 8 pm, Sun Feb 1 at 2 pm.
"The Countess should have served up plenty of vicarious thrills. The characters are boiling beneath their corsets, forced to deny their lust and swallow their feelings in an era of extreme repression. Sadly, this attractive but bewildered cast vacillates between giggling nervousness and head-tossing petulance. Shouldn't someone have told them that before you hide your emotions, you must first have them?" (Tamara Paris) Theatre Babylon at Union Garage, 1418 10th Ave, 720-1942. $10-$15. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through Feb 7.
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
Final week. Sondheim's aqueduct musical is spiked with local straight theater favorites like R. Hamilton Wright and Timothy Piggee. 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave, 292-2787. $18-$64. Thurs-Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm, Sun at 1 and 7 pm. Through Feb 1.
Final week. Young Slop is the leading boy in this round of Dickensian theater-cum-winetasting. Breeder Theater at E. B. Foote Winery, 127 B SW 153rd St, Burien, 242-3852. $20. Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Feb 1.
ACT's artistic director, Kurt Beattie, takes the lead role in Shakespeare's anti-aging drama. Seattle Shakespeare Company at Center House Theatre, 305 Harrison St, Seattle Center, 733-8222. $18-$24. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Feb 15.
LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
A one-woman show about one of Billie Holiday's last performances, with the talented Felicia Loud as Lady Day. Ethnic Cultural Theatre, 3940 Brooklyn Ave NE, 543-4880. $10-$18. Wed-Thurs at 7 pm. Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Feb 8.
Final week. "Take your basic illegal immigrant in Los Angeles theme, your basic post-feminist mom wants to have a career and a child theme, your basic hiring an illegal immigrant as a nanny theme; add a dash of baby boomer liberal guilt for flavor and a pinch of sexual tension to stretch out an already slender storyline. Avoid. " (Bret Fetzer) Seattle Repertory Theatre, Second Ave and Mercer St, Seattle Center, 443-2222. $10-$46. Thurs-Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 2 and 7:30 pm. Through Jan 31.
LOVE, EXCITING LOVE
See review this issue. Love, Exciting Love finds the Typing Explosion consorting with an Icelandic-saga puppet show. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, 568-8585. No advance tickets, $12 at the door. Tues at 8 pm, 21 and over with ID required. Through Feb 10.
See review this issue. Just in time for election season: Paula Vogel's satire on American politics. Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave, 325-6500. $15. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Sun at 2 pm. Through Feb 21.
MOMOTARO (PEACH BOY)
Bunraku puppet theater at Crown Hill Elementary, 9250 14th Ave NW, 524-3388. $7-$9. Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun at 1 and 3 pm. Through Feb 29.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
"Marcus Goodwin's adaptation, directed by Jane Jones, massacres Austen's lively, humorous text by playing it slapstick. The audience is subjected to a kind of vaudeville: head-slapping disbelief, eye-rolling exasperation, petulance, and snobbery, all in high relief. " (Emily Hall) Book-It Repertory Theatre at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 216-0833. $15-$26. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Feb 15.
The Bible has always been a great source for musical comedy. Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S 152nd St, Burien, 244-3513. $20-$35. Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Feb 8.
Imagine that you haven't seen precipitation in a long, long time. Harlequin Productions at State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave E, Olympia, 360-786-0151. $10-$24. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Feb 14.
Final week. "Scotapalooza promises much, including 'beat poetry, existential angst, marital exasperation, barroom pickups... and food fights.' It also delivers much, including bleary, yawn-birthing boredom and that singular warm, runny embarrassment reserved for amateurish performers. " (Adrian Ryan) Bombast Productions at Union Garage, 1418 10th Ave, 372-0971. $10. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm. Through Jan 31.
A THOUSAND CLOWNS
A rarely seen 1962 musical. SecondStory Repertory, 16587 NE 74th St, Redmond, 425-881-6777. $14-$18. Fri-Sat at 8:15 pm. Through Feb 14.
TIBET THROUGH THE RED BOX
Opening. Based on a true story, this play recounts the travels of a Czech filmmaker in Tibet. Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Center, 441-3322. $12-$26. Opening Fri Jan 30 at 7 pm. Sat-Sun at 2 and 5:30 pm. Through March 14.
THE TRAVELS OF BABAR
The French elephant goes on honeymoon in this puppet show. Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave NE, 523-2579. $7.50-$9.50. Fri at 7:30 pm. Sat-Sun at 1 and 3 pm. Through Feb 15.
VARIETY WITH A TEASE
One weekend only. The ladies of BurningHearts Burlesque strut their stuff at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave N, 381-3218. $5 show plus $5 festival entrance fee. Fri Jan 30, 8:45 and 10 pm, Sun Feb 1, 5, 6:30, and 8 pm.
VILNA'S GOT A GOLEM
A Jewish theater troupe faces off with a government censor in czarist Russia. ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0339. $10-$24. Wed-Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 3 and 7:30 pm, Sun at 3 pm. Through Feb 7.
WRECK OF THE ST. NIKOLAI
Final week. See review this issue. An original opera based on 19th-century Washington State history, from the Hinterland Theater Association with text by Stacey Levine. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, 217-9888. $18. Thurs-Sun at 8 pm. Through Feb 1.
An experimental, interactive performance with Amii LeGendre and others, directed by Karl Frost. Dance Underground, 340 15th Ave E, 790-1645. $10-$20. Sun at 7:30 pm. Through Feb 8.
BEAUTY & MARTYRDOM
Opening. Lehua Dance Theatre at Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E Pine St, second floor, 898-1320. $12-$15. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through Feb 6.
SIGN OF THE TIMES: HISTORY REPEATING
Final week. A celebration of Westlake Dance Center's 10th annual Sign of the Times retrospective. Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, 15345 25th Ave NE, 621-7378. $15. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through Jan 31.
* THE VIVIAN GIRLS
One weekend only. See Theater News. A new dance work choreographed by Pat Graney and inspired by the pale figures of little girls in the paintings of Henry Darger. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, 292-2787. $25-$35. Fri-Sat at 8 pm.
FESTIVALS, CABARET, & COMEDY LATE NIGHT
Eight improv teams are competing to win performance slots at the Seattle Festival of Improv. This week: Sisters of Sal vs. Unkle Winky. Historic University Theatre, 5510 University Way NE. No advance tickets, $5 at the door. Sun at 7 pm. Through Feb 22.
GARY DEE, MATTHEW DAVIS
Standup at Comedy Underground, 222 S Main St, 628-0303. $6-$12. Thurs at 8:30 pm. Fri-Sat at 8:30 and 10:30 pm.
DON'T TELL MOMMA
Cabaret with host Reily the Waiter. Thumper's Cabaret, 1500 E Madison St, 328-3800. $8. Wed at 9:30 pm. Ongoing.
A FINE ROMANCE
Opening. Cabaret with Arnaldo! the drag chanteuse and accompanist Charles Baker. Thumper's Restaurant and Bar, 1500 E Madison St, 328-3800. $15. Fri at 8:30 pm, Sat at 8:30 and 10:30 pm. Through Feb 14.
GUYS DON'T MAKE PASSES AT GIRLS WHO WEAR GLASSES
One day only. All-women standup comedy at Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave, 367-9987. $5-$7. Sun Feb 1 at 8 pm.
MEEMEE HEEHEE LIGHTS UP THE UNIVERSE
One weekend only. A vaudeville show for the whole family, featuring a clown who enjoys rewriting song lyrics with a Buddhist twist. Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N. No advance tickets, $5 at the door. Fri at 8 pm. Sat at 3 and 8 pm.
SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON SHOW
Improv and live reenactments of classic Saturday-morning cartoons. Wing-It Productions at Historic University Theatre, 5510 University Way NE, 781-3879. $8-$10. Thurs-Fri at 8 pm. Through Feb 13.
SEATTLE NEUTRINO PROJECT
Dedicated to the art of live, improvised movies. Market Theatre, 1421 Post Alley, 781-9273. $10. Fri at 8 pm. Through Feb 21.
RODNEY SHERWOOD, TERRY TAYLOR
One weekend only. Standup comedy at Giggles Comedy Club, 5220 Roosevelt Way NE, 526-5653. $10. Fri-Sat at 8 and 10 pm.
Final week. Freehold presents its 10th annual festival of student and faculty work. Freehold's East Hall Theatre, 1525 10th Ave, second floor, 323-7499. Donation. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Feb 1.
NORTHWEST GOGA THEATRE
One night only. All-girl improv comedy at ArtsWest Playhouse, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0339. $5-$7. Sat Jan 31 at 10:30 pm.
* THE STAY UP LATE SHOW
One day only. A variety/talk show hosted by the effervescent Rebecca Davis, this month featuring The Stranger's own David Schmader. Empty Space Theater, 3509 Fremont Ave N, 547-7500. $10. Sat Jan 31 at 11 pm.
BIG WHEEL BINGO at Rendezvous, 441-5823.
BUBBA AND THE BITCH at Bar, 322-1788.
* THE HOKUM HALL VARIETY SHOW at Hokum Hall, 937-3613.
JET CITY IMPROV at Historic University Theatre, 352-8291.
LATE NIGHT CATECHISM from Seattle Theatre Project at ACT, 292-7676.
TEATRO ZINZANNI 2301 Sixth Ave, 802-0015.