OPENING AND CURRENT RUNS


THE ADVENTURES OF SINBAD

A puppet restaging of the Arabian Nights story about a merchant sailor. Oregon Shadow Theatre at 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 March 14.

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS

Postmodern avant la lettre, Richard Strauss' Ariadne is an opera about opera. Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, 389-7676. $37-$118. Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm, Wed at 7:30 pm. Through March 13.

ARTHUR: THE BEGETTING

Final week. "To its credit, the substance of the play is more psychologically complex than your average fantasy novel--playwright Jeff Berryman isn't writing about a world where the good guys and bad guys can be sorted out by the consonants of their names. Maybe with some rigorous editing, I'd find the story more involving; as it is, I watched it all with a cold heart." (Bret Fetzer) Taproot Theatre, 204 N 85th St, 781-9707. $10-$28. Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm. Through March 6.

BLASTED

See review this issue. The U.S. premiere of the disturbing first play from the late UK playwright Sarah Kane. A Theater Under the Influence at Union Garage, 1418 10th Ave, 720-1942. $10-$15. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through March 13.

CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY

Opening. Book-It Repertory's adaptation of the Alan Paton book set in 1940s South Africa. Center House Theatre, 305 Harrison St, Seattle Center, 216-0833. $15-$26. Preview performances Tues-Wed March 9-10 at 7:30 pm. Through April 10.

* DARK RIDE

"The trick is to figure out, even as the play continues to deceive you, how all the pieces fit together. You can't, really, but the cast is so on it and so convincing and so fun to watch--and funny--that it hardly matters. The show is impossibly well directed (spotty lighting notwithstanding), driven by the very real-seeming sense that these people aren't acting so much as being acted upon. " (Christopher Frizzelle) Open Circle Theater, 429 Boren Ave N, 382-4250. $12. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through March 13.

ELEPHANTS ARE CONTAGIOUS

See review this issue. Seven vignettes inspired by surrealist paintings. Strike Anywhere Productions at JEM Arts Center, 6012 12th Ave S, 763-5830. $10. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through March 28.

I DO, I DO!

Final week. A marriage musical, featuring husband Michael and wife Agnes. Civic Light Opera at Shoreline Conference Center, 18560 First Ave NE, Shoreline, 363-2809. $20-$30. Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2:30 pm. Through March 7.

INCREDIBLE FEATS OF STUPIDITY

Two days only. General Warren D. Struction mines the dark humor behind some baffling Pentagon decisions. Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 W Greenlake Dr N, 789-6863. $10. Mon-Tues March 8-9 at 7:30 pm.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

Opening. "If I were a rich man, ya ha deedle deedle...." SecondStory Repertory, 16587 NE 74th St, Redmond, 425-881-6777. $18-$22. Preview performance Thurs March 4 at 8:15 pm. Opening Fri March 5 at 8:15 pm. Sat at 8 pm. Through April 3.

LA SAL DE LA TIERRA

One night only. A bilingual children's play based on Mexican folk tales. Cry of the Rooster Theatre at Shoreline Community College Campus Theatre, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Bldg 1600, Shoreline, 417-4645. $5. Sat March 6 at 2 pm.

LADYHOUSE BLUES

The angels in a working-class St. Louis house, circa 1919. ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0339. $10-$24. Thurs-Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 3 and 7:30 pm, Sun at 3 pm, Wed at 7:30 pm. Through March 20.

LIFE, A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED

"Rather clumsy juggling routines, corny wisecracks, embarrassing, ad-libbed political propaganda, and extensively unamusing imitations of Lord of the Rings characters, all revolving around a musty and mysterious tome entitled The Guidebook for the Perplexed meant to lead the Karamazovs through midlife crises or something. One hell of an under-impressive night of moderately regrettable theater. " (Adrian Ryan) ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $20-$36. Thurs-Fri at 7 pm, Sat at 2 and 7 pm, Sun at 1 and 4 pm. Through March 21.

MACBETH

See review this issue. This production updates Macbeth for the media-dominated politics of the 21st century. Ghost Light Theatricals at Freehold's East Hall Theatre, 1529 10th Ave, second floor, 325-6500. $10-$12. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm. Through March 13.

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

"Poorly staged, poorly paced, the production was loud and flailing when it needed to be controlled and precise. A few of the actors (particularly Martin J. Mackenzie and Hana Lass) might have been up to the script's demands, but the ham-fisted direction of Roger Tompkins leaves them adrift." (Bret Fetzer) GreenStage at Sand Point Magnuson Park, Building 406, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, 748-1551. Free, donations accepted. Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through March 14.

NO SEX PLEASE, WE'RE BRITISH

Opening. A newlywed couple is deluged with mail-order porn! Next Step Theater Group at Center House Theater, 305 Harrison St, Seattle Center, 325-6500. $8-$10. Thurs-Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 2 and 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm, Wed at 7:30 pm. Through March 13.

OKLAHOMA

Final week. The quintessential American musical, replete with singing cowboys and brooding farmhands. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St, 292-2787. $22-$58. Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm, Sun at 2 and 7:30 pm. Through March 7.

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST

Opening. Ken Kesey's psych-ward nightmare at Shoreline Community College Lobby Theater, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, 546-4606. $6-$8. Opening Wed March 10 at 7:30 pm. Through March 17.

SHAPE OF A GIRL

A one-woman show about the malice of teenage girls. Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Center, 441-3322. $14-$26. Fri at 7 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 and 5:30 pm. Through April 4.

TIBET THROUGH THE RED BOX

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. Fri at 7 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 and 5:30 pm. Through March 14.

THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE

Final week. "I could argue that director Tina Landau's theatrics unbalance a play that's already an ingenious display of dramatic plate-spinning; that skillfully manipulating certain moods hems in viewers seeking their own individual responses to a play that celebrates autonomy--and I'd be right, but it doesn't matter. What this production lacks in soul it makes up for in pep, pop, and zip, and you'd be a fool to miss it. " (Bret Fetzer) Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St, Seattle Center, 443-2222. $10-$46. Thurs-Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 and 7:30 pm. Through March 7.

DANCE


2004 FACULTY DANCE CONCERT

One week only. Choreography by UW dance professors and Artist-in-Residence Mark Haim. Meany Studio Theater, University of Washington campus, 543-4880. $7-$9. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm.

PERFECT PARTNERS, APSARA ENSEMBLE

One night only. Couples dance from local performers, and court music and dance from Cambodia. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, www.ticketweb.com. $13-$18. Sat March 6 at 8 pm.

PHFFFT! DANCE THEATRE COMPANY

One weekend only. Phffft!, which relocated to Seattle from New York City two years ago, is presenting its first-ever full-length performance here. Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E Pine St, 935-0459. $12-$14. Fri-Sun March 5-7 at 8 pm.

EVA YERBABUENA

One weekend only. Flamenco, direct from Madrid. Meany Hall, University of Washington campus, 543-4880. $34. Thurs-Sat March 4-6 at 8 pm.

FESTIVALS, CABARET, & COMEDY


BRUCE BAUM, TINA KIM

One weekend only. Standup comedy 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.

CAPTAIN SMARTYPANTS

One night only. Comedy from a vocal octet. Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, 15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline, 417-4645. $12-$15. Sat March 6 at 7:30 pm.

CINEOKE

Insta-karaoke, care of DVD subtitles. Rendezvous, 2320 Second Ave, 441-5823. $5. Mon March 8 at 8 pm.

ILLUSIONARY

Opening. A comedy cabaret featuring Quint Eby, Amazing Grace, and others. Glamazon Follies at Vesper Lounge, 212 Fifth Ave, 223-0593. $10. Opening Sat March 6 at 10 pm. Through March 20.

LOUNGE LIZARDS 2: THE CHARITY TELETHON

Opening. A cabaret revue about an amateur telethon. Crepe de Paris, 133 Fifth Ave, 623-4111. $16 (show only)-$42 (dinner included). Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through April 10.

MAESTRO, A CELEBRATION OF MUSICAL ECCENTRICS

One night only. Comedic, genre-crossing renditions, from Beethoven to "Moon River." Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, 425-893-9900. $10-$18. Sun March 7 at 2 pm.

NORTHWEST GOGA THEATRE

One night only. Improv comedy at Rendezvous, 2320 Second Ave, 441-5823. $5, 21+ with ID required. Sat March 6 at 8 pm.

SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON SHOW

Extended. Improv and live reenactments of classic Saturday-morning cartoons. Wing-It Productions at Historic University Theatre, 5510 University Way NE, 325-6500. $8-$10. Fri at 8 pm. Through March 19.

AUGGIE SMITH, GEOFF LOTT

One weekend only. Standup comedy at Giggles Comedy Club, 5220 Roosevelt Way NE, 526-5653. $10. Fri-Sat at 8 and 10 pm.

STIFFED: FRINGE ARTISTS GETTING IT UP AGAIN

See Stranger Suggests. Fringe Artists Task Force presents a fundraiser cabaret, part of an effort to pay Fringe artists and venues who've been left in the lurch. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave. $10, tickets available at the door only, 21+, ID required. Tues at 8 pm. Through March 30.

VARGASGIRLS: LOVE WANTED

One night only. Dinner cabaret with a vintage feel. Pampas Room, 2505 First Ave, 728-1337. Thurs March 4 at 8 pm.

LATE NIGHT


NEW CITY LATE NIGHT

One night only. New City's late-night cabaret, this edition featuring vaudevillian Simon Neale and the Monkey Wrench Puppet Lab. New City Theater Warehouse, 2110 Airport Way S, 271-4430. $5, tickets available at the door only. Fri March 5 at 10:15 pm.

SPIN THE BOTTLE

One night only. Annex Theatre's late-night cabaret, this month featuring a miniature dance festival and cheap smut! Freehold's East Hall Theater, 915 E Pine St, second floor, 728-0933. $7, tickets available at the door only. Fri March 5 at 11 pm.

TAPROOT IMPROV COMEDY

Final week. Christian improv? We are so there. This show follows selected performances of Arthur: The Begetting at Taproot Theatre, 204 N 85th St, 781-9707. $4-$5. Fri at 10:15 pm. Through March 5.

SPECIAL EVENTS


88 YEARS: A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF TACOMA LITTLE THEATRE

One weekend only. Actors from throughout the theater's lengthy history reprise their musical theater roles. Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 N I St, Tacoma, 253-272-2281. $15. Fri-Sat March 5-6 at 8 pm.

STRIPJOINT!

One night only. Circus Contraption hopes that StripperClowns and oil wrestling will tempt you to this fundraiser for their new show. The Segway, 5701 22nd Ave NW, 442-2004. $8-$20, 21+, ID required. Sat March 6, 8 pm-1:30 am.

LONG RUNS
BIG WHEEL BINGO at Rendezvous, 441-5823.

DON'T TELL MOMMA at Thumper's, 328-3800.

* 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.

THEATRESPORTS at the Market Theater, 781-9273.

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