ANNA IN THE TROPICS
See review this issue. 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, Tues-Wed at 7:30 pm. Through Oct 30.
AUNT DAN AND LEMON
"Despite the timely source material, this production is wan. " (Annie Wagner) Theater Unlocked at Penny Cafe, 1707 NW Market St, 706-1426. $10 donation. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through Oct 23.
An adaptation of the fearsome and comedic children's book, with music by 2003 Genius winner Chris Jeffries. Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St, Seattle Center, 441-3322. $14-$28. Fri at 7 pm. Sat-Sun at 2 and 5:30 pm. Through Jan 16.
DUBYA 2000: A POLITICAL HORROR
See review this issue. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 382-4250. $14 ($2 off with voter registration card). Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through Oct 30.
Opening. A translation of the "slapstick tragedy" about playing house, by Serbian playwright Biljana Srbljanovic. Live Girls! Theater, 620 Alaskan Way, second floor, 568-1985, ext. 3. $12 donation. Opening Fri Oct 15 at 8 pm. Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm, Mon at 8 pm. Through Oct 30.
Final week. "Absent a robust story, the moments of visual pleasure are mere diversions, and they can't support the weight of two full acts." (Annie Wagner) Double Duck/Monkey Wrench Puppet Lab at Empty Space Theatre, 3509 Fremont Ave N, 547-7500. $10-$25. Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri at 8 and 10:30 pm. Through Oct 16.
Final week. "A moderately successful production of an irrelevant play. The fathers are more or less compelling, but their dead sons, who occasionally pop out of the foliage to reenact their last moments, are merely opaque." (Annie Wagner) ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $15-$24. Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm, Sun at 2 and 7:30 pm. Through Oct 17.
H. P. LOVECRAFT THEATER OF HORRORS
New adaptations of three Lovecraft stories, directed by Rob Sandahl. Open Circle Theatre, 429 Boren Ave N, 382-4250. $13. Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 7 pm. Through Nov 13.
* HAMLET: MORE HONOR'D IN THE BREACH THAN THE OBSERVANCE
Final week. "This ingenious reworking of the script by director Rushton Howard is not only blessedly free of pretension and sterile respect, it takes remarkable chances with the play. " (Bret Fetzer) Straight-Edge Theatrics and Bunny-Eats-Cake Productions at Chamber Theatre, 915 E Pine St, fourth floor, 325-6500. $10-$12. Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Oct 17.
Troy Mink and K. Brian Neel adapted an anthropological study of Appalachian ghost stories for this original work. Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 Pike St, 325-6500. $10-$14. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through Oct 31.
See review this issue. Washington Ensemble Theatre at the Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 325-5105. $10. Thurs-Mon at 8 pm. Through Nov 1.
"Improvisational ritual theater" that incorporates music, dance, improv, and tarot card readings. Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S Alaska St. Tickets available at the door only, $10-$15. Thurs-Fri at 8 pm. Through Dec 11.
A little boy finds himself in a city of his own making. Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St, Seattle Center, 441-3322. $14-$28. Fri at 7 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 and 5:30 pm. Through Nov 6.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
"Timothy Hornor is fabulous as Benedick. He generates sexual tension seemingly single-handedly (an impressive feat), and his bug-eyed bluster tumbles toward dewy romance with an endearing ease. Forget the cramped set and tolerate those boring transpositions of time and place--this show is worth seeing for his performance alone. " (Annie Wagner) 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 Oct 23.
Intiman launches a cycle of American drama with Thornton Wilder's 1938 play, starring Tom Skerritt (!) as the Stage Manager (!!). Intiman Playhouse, 201 Mercer St, Seattle Center, 269-1900. $10-$46. 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 Nov 20.
Mathematics, madness, and mystery collide in David Auburn's talky Pulitzer Prize winner. Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 W Greenlake Dr N, 524-1300. $10-$20. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Oct 31.
REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT
"Jim Gall is appropriately pathetic and endearing, but the production is riddled with little problems. " (Annie Wagner) Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave, 325-6500. $15. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through Oct 30.
Opening. Eugene Ionesco's story of savage conformity in a small town. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, 325-6500. Opening Fri Oct 15 at 7:30 pm. Sat at 7:30 pm. Through Nov 6.
Opening. Giuseppe Verdi's opera based on a Victor Hugo play. Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, Seattle Center, 389-7676. $47-$129. Opening Sat Oct 16 at 7:30 pm. Sun at 2 pm, Wed at 7:30 pm. Through Oct 31.
A musical in two acts about the sexual ennui of fin-de-siècle Viennese and modern couples summering in the Hamptons. ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0339. $12-$28. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm. Through Oct 30.
SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
Opening. The songs of Lieber and Stoller are brought to life by Stranger Genius Sarah Rudinoff and others. 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave, 292-2787. $22-$72. Preview performances Tues-Wed Oct 19-20 at 7:30 pm. Through Nov 7.
STOLEN LANDS: BORDER CROSSINGS
A collectively authored work about immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border. UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre, 3940 Brooklyn Ave NE, 325-6500. $10-$15. Thurs at 10 am, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Tues-Wed at 10 am. Through Oct 23.
A puppet show based on an Italian folk tale about an enormous quantity of pasta. Paul Mesmer Puppets at Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave NE, 523-2579. Fri at 7:30 pm. Sat-Sun at 1 and 3 pm. Through Oct 24.
Final week. "The tenor of This Land is less nostalgic than it is fetishistic. Woody Guthrie contributed to a fascinating era in American history, but this earnest tribute doesn't do him justice. " (Annie Wagner) Strawberry Theatre Workshop at Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 800-838-3006. $15. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm. Through Oct 16.
Waiting for Godot meets Cosmo in Euripides' classic play about a bunch of horny widows awaiting enslavement by their new Greek masters. Ghost Light Theatricals at Freehold's East Hall Theatre, 1529 10th Ave, second floor, 325-6500. $10-$12. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Oct 22.
Two weekends only. A one-man show by Zack Hoffman. Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 Pike St, 324-6328. $8. Tues-Wed at 8 pm. Through Oct 20.
See review this issue. Book-It Repertory Theatre at Seattle Rep's Leo K Theatre, 155 Mercer St, Seattle Center, 216-0833. $15-$30. Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm, Wed at 7:30 pm. Through Oct 31.
One weekend only. A full-length Latin-inspired dance work by artistic director Tina Ramirez. Meany Theater, UW campus, 15th Ave NE between NE 40th and 41st St, 543-4880. $43. Thurs-Sat Oct 14-16 at 8 pm.
One night only, Portland dancer/choreographer Keogh performs in a three-part concert with a poet and a composer. Oddfellows Hall, 915 E Pine St. Tickets available at the door only, $6-$10. Thurs Oct 14 at 8 pm.
MEN IN DANCE
Final week. The fifth annual festival where the dance belt is king, with performances by Scott Davis, John Dixon, Cyrus Khambatta, Pablo Cornejo, Sean Ryan, and Aaron Swartzman. Choreographers include Deborah Wolf and Eric Clothier. Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E Pine St, second floor, 515-9868. $12-$14. Fri-Sat Oct 15-16 at 8 pm, Sun Oct 17 at 7 pm. Through Oct 17.
Final week. The Irish step dance show, minus its infamous Lord. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St, 292-2787. $29-$65. Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm, Sun at 1 and 6:30 pm. Through Oct 17.
IMPROV, CABARET, & COMEDY
One night only. A full-length performance by theater-savvy ensemble Awesome. Rendezvous, 2320 Second Ave. Tickets available at the door only, $8. Wed Oct 20 at 8 pm.
MIKE BIRBIGLIA, MATT SCHMIDT
One weekend only. Standup comedy at Giggles Comedy Club, 5220 Roosevelt Way NE, 526-5653. $12. Fri-Sat Oct 15-16 at 8 and 10 pm.
A "spontaneous theater project" based on the work of NYC group Burn Manhattan. Odd Duck Studio, 1214 10th Ave. Tickets available at the door only, $5-$7. Fri at 8 pm. Through Oct 29.
An improvised show based on audience stories about the unexplained. Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, 781-9273. $10. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through Oct 31.
DINNER AND DREAMS
Ongoing. See Theater News. The magical Kevin Kent is back as whack emcee Miss Mabel Dean. Teatro ZinZanni, 2301 Sixth Ave (in the Spiegeltent), 802-0015. $89-$109. Thurs-Sat at 6:30 pm, Sun at 5:30 pm.
ELECTION SHOW 2004
"A politically irrelevant show. " (Josh Feit) Wing-It Productions at Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way NE. Tickets available at the door only, $8-$10 (one dollar off with a voter registration card). Thurs-Fri at 8 pm. Through Oct 22.
SEATTLE NEUTRINO PROJECT
Performers shoot and edit an improvised movie while you watch. Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E Pike St. Tickets available at the door only, $10. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through Oct 30.
One weekend only. Standup comedy at Comedy Underground, 222 S Main St, 628-0303. $6-$12. Thurs Oct 14 at 8:30 pm, Fri-Sat Oct 15-16 at 8:30 and 10:30 pm.
LATE NIGHT SPECIAL EVENTS
One night only. See Stranger Suggests. The monthly performance salon, this edition featuring Mike Daisey and Awesome. Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave N. Tickets available at the door only, $10. Sat Oct 16 at 11 pm.
One night only. Improv comedy at Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 W Greenlake Dr N. Tickets available at the door only, $7. Sat Oct 16 at 10:30 pm.
One night only. Long-form improv at ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0339. $5-$7. Sat Oct 16 at 10:30 pm.
TWILIGHT ZONE LIVE!
Two new episodes: "The Lonely" and "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street." Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave, 325-6500. $10. Preview performance Thurs Oct 7 at 11 pm. Fri-Sat at 11 pm. Through Oct 30.
AN EVENING WITH PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET'S KENT STOWELL AND FRANCIA RUSSELL
One night only. The longtime artistic directors of PNB talk about their careers. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 1-866-468-7623. $10. Wed Oct 20 at7:30 pm.
Opening. Short stories read by actors. SecondStory Repertory, Redmond Town Center above Border's, Redmond, 425-881-6777. $8. Opening Fri Oct 15 at 8:30 pm. Through Oct 23.
GWEN AND THE GREEN NIGHT
One night only. A reading of a play by Robin McCall. Shoreline Center, 18560 First Ave NE, 417-4645. Free. Mon Oct 18 at 7 pm.
* SING A SONG FOR LOCUST...
One night only. A benefit performance and karaoke party for the upcoming full-length work by Amy O'Neal's company, locust. Western Bridge, 3412 Fourth Ave S. Tickets available at the door only, $10-$20. Sun Oct 17 at 6 pm.
* WALK WITH ME WALK WITH ME WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE WALK WITH ME
Opening. See Stranger Suggests. UK performance duo Lone Twin performs a one-hour retrospective. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, 217-9888. $12-$18. Opening Wed Oct 20 at 8 pm. Through Oct 24.
DON'T TELL MOMMA at Thumper's, 328-3800.
* THE HOKUM HALL VARIETY SHOW at Hokum Hall, 937-3613.
LATE NIGHT CATECHISM from Seattle Theatre Project at ACT, 292-7676.