ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
Scheming to get impregnated by a disinterested bachelor--it's the heady stuff of soap operas and Shakespeare alike. Sand Point Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE. Free, donations accepted. Sat July 24 at 3 pm, Sun July 25 at 7 pm. Through Aug 28.
® AN AMERICAN BOOK OF THE DEAD (THE GAME SHOW!)
Final week. "One of those rare performances that has a hundred tiny flaws, but so much breadth, wit, and imaginative force, it kicks your ass anyway. " (Brendan Kiley) Annex Theatre at Empty Space Theatre, 3509 Fremont Ave N, 728-0933. $14. Fri-Sun at 8 pm. Through July 24.
THE ARROGANT KICKAPOD
One weekend only. A student production about summer camp. Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Center, 441-3322. $6-$11. Thurs-Fri July 22-23 at 7 pm. Sun July 24 at 1 pm.
One weekend only. A pirate-adventure tale. SCT Drama School at Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Center, 441-3322. $6-$11. Thurs-Fri July 22-23 at 8 pm. Sun July 24 at 2 pm.
Opening. Class warfare, treason, and the love of one's mother, care of William Shakespeare. Sand Point Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE. Free. Opening Fri July 23 at 8 pm. Sat-Sun at 8 pm. Through Aug 29.
Opening. A romantic comedy based on a 1921 novel by Elizabeth von Arnim. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $15-$54. Opening Thurs July 22 at 7:30 pm. Sun at 2 and 7:30 pm, Tues-Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through Aug 8.
A comedy about a '30s biblical epic. SecondStory Repertory, 16587 NE 74th St, Redmond, 425-881-6777. $14-$18. Fri-Sat at 8:15 pm. Through July 31.
"The acting ensemble is solid throughout, with Rhonda Soikowski standing out as both wife and a squeaky, sympathetic coworker. " (Bret Fetzer) Collaborator at Raisbeck Performance Hall, 2015 Boren Ave, 877-278-4842. $12-$18. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through July 31.
® HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
"Now all I got is a Barbie-doll crotch!" singeth performance powerhouse 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
A125-year-old maritime musical. Bagley Wright Theater, 155 Mercer St, 341-9612. $20-$29. Thurs-Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 2 and 7:30 pm. Through July 31.
Final Week. Really, it's smart to beware anything that starts with "id"... idolatry, ideas, Lars von Trier's The Idiots, your id. Mural Amphitheater, Seattle Center. Free. Sun July 25 at 6 pm. Through July 25.
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST
Final week. "Sir, I confess the wench." Mural Amphitheater, Seattle Center. Free. Sun July 25 at 3 pm, Wed July 28 at 7 pm. Through July 28.
THE MIRACLE WORKER
Educating Helen Keller, as told by William Gibson. The Attic Theatre at Cadle Theatre, Lake Washington High School, 12033 NE 80th St, Kirkland, 425-985-8608. $8-$10. Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through July 31.
THE NEIGHBORS NEXT DOOR
Opening. A "comedy of cruelty" by Gilbert Martin. R.E.D. , 89 Yesler Way, third floor, 547-9716. $10. Opening Thurs July 22 at 8 pm. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through July 31.
® PSYCHO BEACH PARTY
"Director Margot Bordelon has whipped this fluff into a towering, frivolous meringue, driving her enthusiastic, high-energy cast at top speed through dance numbers, schizophrenic freakouts, and homoerotic fumblings." (Bret Fetzer) Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E Pike St, 324-6328. $8-$10. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through July 31.
Opening. A youth theater production of a "Latino celebration of life and death." Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S Alaska St, 725-7169. $3-$5. Opening Thurs July 22 at 8 pm. Fri-Sun at 8 pm. Through July 31.
Opening. A new children's theater company presents a classic tale. Little Sara's Theater Company at Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 W Greenlake Dr N, 325-6500. $9.50. Opening Sat July 24 at 11 am, 1:30 pm, and 4 pm. Sun at 11 am, 1:30 pm, and 4 pm. Through Aug 15.
SHOCK BRIGADES: WOMEN IN COMBAT
Final Week. "From the first notes of the South African protest song that opens the show, Shock Brigades claims possession of the raw, industrial performance space." (Bret Fetzer) JEM Arts Center, 6012 12th Ave S, 568-5411. $12. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 7 pm. Through July 25.
Opening. The world premiere of Craig Lucas' new play about psychotherapy, celebrity, and the quest for redemption. Intiman Playhouse, 201 Mercer St, 269-1900. Preview performances Fri-Sun July 23-25 at 8 pm and Tues-Wed July 27-28 at 8 pm. $10-$46. Through Aug 21.
® SINGLE WHITE FEMALE
See Stranger Suggests. Three nights only. The Brown Derby's celebrated series of bad screenplay adaptations continues with this cautionary tale of one very, very bad roommate. Imogen Love and Nick Garrison star. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. Tickets available at door only, $10. Mon-Wed July 26-28 at 8 pm.
Final week. Ben Jonson's crafty aristocrat schemes en plein air. Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E, 324-5801. Free. Fri at 7 pm, Sat-Sun at 4 pm. Through July 25.
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
See review this issue. 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.
FESTIVALS, CABARET, & COMEDY
THE BEAU SHOW
Opening. Cabaret puppetry at Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 546-8719. $10. Opening Fri July 23 at 7 and 9 pm. Sat at 7 and 9 pm. Through July 31.
I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU... DEAD
Interactive murder mystery at... Cr*pe de Paris Restaurant & Cabaret, 1333 Fifth Ave, 623-4111. $42 (includes dinner). Wed-Thurs at 8 pm. Through Sept 1.
JULY SUMMER NIGHTS WITH ARNALDO! DRAG CHANTEUSE
Final week. A tribute to the music of 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
Final week. It's your last chance to spend a blurry Sunday with chanteuse/raconteur/freak Dina Martina at the appropriately ratty Thumper's. Perfectly brilliant--don't miss it. Thumper's, 1500 E Madison St, 328-3800. $10 (plus food). Sun at 11 am and 2 pm. Through July 25.
MUSICAL ON 55TH STREET
Final week. An improvised musical. Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way NE, 325-6500. $8-$10. Thurs-Fri at 8 pm. Through July 23.
TOO DARN HOT! THE MANY MOODS OF SUMMER
Final week. A comic cabaret revue with a seasonal theme. Cr*pe de Paris Restaurant & Cabaret, 1333 Fifth Ave, 623-4111. $15 (show only) to $42 (dinner included). Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through July 24.
MAE WEST FEST
One weekend only. A veritable barrage of woman-authored plays. Titles include Blue Malls, A Bushel of Crabs, and Specters of Terror: The Francs-Tireurs and Obsolete and Small. For details, see www.maewestfest.org. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, 388-0521, 860-2970. $5 (shows shorter than 30 min)-$50 (a weekend pass). Thurs-Sun July 22-25.
Two nights only. All-female improv comedy. Seattle goga at ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0339. $7. Sat July 24 at 10:30 pm. Through July 24.
Final week. "The precious nonsense gets repetitive and dull pretty quickly. " (Brendan Kiley) Empty Space Theatre, 3509 Fremont Ave N, 728-0933. $7. Fri-Sat at 11 pm. Through July 23.
See review this issue. 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.
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 Theater, 352-8291.
LATE NIGHT CATECHISM from Seattle Theatre Project at ACT, 292-7676.
TEATRO ZINZANNI at 2301 Sixth Ave, 802-0015.