ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
Opening. Scheming to get impregnated by a disinterested bachelor--it's the heady stuff of soap operas and Shakespeare alike. GreenStage at Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E. Free, donations accepted. Opening Fri July 16 at 8 pm. Sat July 17 at 7 pm, Sun July 18 at 2 pm. Through Aug 28.
* AN AMERICAN BOOK OF THE DEAD
See Stranger Suggests. Annex Theatre at Empty Space Theatre, 3509 Fremont Ave N, 728-0933. $14. Fri-Sun at 8 pm. Through July 24.
Opening. A romantic comedy based on a 1921 novel by Elizabeth von Arnim. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $15-$54. Previews Fri-Sat July 16-17 at 8 pm, Sun July 18 at 2 and 7:30 pm, Tues-Wed July 20-21 at 7:30 pm. Through Aug 8.
See review this issue. Collaborator at Raisbeck Performance Hall, 2015 Boren Ave. $12-$18. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through July 31.
* HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Nick Garrison, in the return of the only rock 'n' roll musical that matters. Miss it at your peril. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 325-6500. $16-$18. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through July 31.
HMS PINAFORE/PINEAPPLE POLL
The Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents the 125-year-old maritime musical and a related ballet performed by Spectrum Dance Theater. Bagley Wright Theater, 155 Mercer St, Seattle Center, 341-9612. $20-$29. Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 2 and 7:30 pm. Through July 31.
Opening. Really, it's smart to beware anything that starts with "id-"... idolatry, ideas, Lars von Trier's The Idiots, your id. Wooden O Theatre at Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E. Sat July 17 at 2 pm. Through July 25.
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST
Opening. "Sir, I confess the wench." Wooden O Theatre at Volunteer Park, 1247 15 Ave E. Free. Sat July 17 at 11 am, Sun July 18 at 7 pm. Through July 28.
* PSYCHO BEACH PARTY
See review this issue. Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E Pike St, second floor, 324-6328. $8-$10. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through July 31.
* SHOCK BRIGADES: WOMEN IN COMBAT
See review this issue. JEM Arts Center, 6012 12th Ave S, 568-5411. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 7 pm. Through July 25.
Ben Jonson's crafty aristocrat schemes en plein air. Theater Schmeater at Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E, 324-5801. Free, donations accepted. Sat-Sun July 17-18 at 4:30 pm. Through July 25.
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
The 1999 version of the classic musical. 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, Wed at 7:30 pm. Through Aug 7. DANCE
DINA BLADE AND URMILA NAGAR
One night only. Tap, step, and Kathak dance. McEachern Auditorium, Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave E, 522-4404. $15-$20. Sun July 18 at 6:30 pm.
FLOOR OF THE FOREST
Final week. Cornish and UW dance students perform a 1970 dance by Trisha Brown. Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St, 543-2280. Free with museum admission ($6-$8). Thurs at 6:15 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through July 18.
FESTIVALS, CABARET, & COMEDY
One weekend only. "Attendees should expect the usual--thrilling highs, soul-crushing lows, and full houses--so get tickets early. " (David Schmader) Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave N, 325-6500. $14.48. Fri-Sat July 16-17 at 8 and 10:30 pm. Through July 17.
One weekend only. Standup at Urban Comedy Cafe, 1921 Fifth Ave, 956-0555. $17.50. Fri-Sat July 16-17 at 8 and 10 pm.
I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU... DEAD
Interactive murder mystery at... Cr*pe de Paris, 1333 Fifth Ave, 623-4111. $42 (includes dinner). Wed-Thurs at 8 pm. Through Sept 1.
INFUSION TRIBAL BELLY DANCE
One night only. Belly dance at the Capitol Club, 414 E Pine St. Free. Thurs July 15 at 8 and 9 pm.
JULY SUMMER NIGHTS WITH ARNALDO!
A tribute to Shirley Bassey and Burt Bacharach. Thumper's, 1500 E Madison St, 328-3800. $15. Fri-Sat at 9:30 pm. Through July 24.
* DINA MARTINA BRUNCH
Spend your blurry Sundays with chanteuse/raconteur/freak Dina Martina. Thumper's, 1500 E Madison St, 328-3800. $10 (plus the price of victuals). Sun at 11 am and 2 pm. Through July 25.
MUSICAL ON 55TH STREET
An improvised musical. Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way NE, 325-6500. $8-$10. Thurs-Fri at 8 pm. Through July 23.
SEATTLE OUTDOOR THEATER FESTIVAL
One weekend only. Antique tragedies and comedies, performed in an outdoor setting. Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E. Free. Sat July 17: Love's Labour's Lost at 11 am, Julius Caesar at 2 pm, Volpone at 4:30 pm, All's Well That Ends Well at 7 pm. Sun July 18: All's Well That Ends Well at 2 pm, Volpone at 4:30 pm, Love's Labour's Lost at 7 pm.
SHAKESPEARE ON ICE!
One night only. Sketch comedy at Rendezvous, 2320 Second Ave, 441-5823. $5. Fri July 16 at 8 pm (sketch comedy) and 10:30 pm (music).
TOO DARN HOT! THE MANY MOODS OF SUMMER
A comic cabaret revue. Cr*pe de Paris, 1333 Fifth Ave, 623-4111. $15 (show only) to $42 (dinner included). Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through July 24.
Two nights only. All-female improv comedy. Seattle goga at ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0339. $7. Sat July 17 at 10:30 pm. Through July 24.
"Its precious nonsense gets dull pretty quickly. " (Brendan Kiley) Annex at Empty Space, 3509 Fremont Ave N, 728-0933. $7. Fri at 11 pm. Through July 23.
Sketch comedy from a new troupe. Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E Pike St, 324-6328. $8-$10. Fri-Sat at 10:30 pm. Through July 31.
HOLD MY HAIR BACK
See Stranger Suggests. One night only. This benefit for Theater Schmeater features an assortment of fringe luminaries doing fringey, luminous things. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. Tickets available at the door only, $10-$25 (21+ w/ID required). Wed July 21 at 8 pm.
One night only. This staged reading of a mishmash of Cinderella and King Lear will benefit teen sketch-comedy troupe SPDV. Theatre 4, 305 Harrison St, Seattle Center, 325-6500. $15. Sat July 17 at 7 pm.