THE ALTOS... LIKE THE SOPRANOS, ONLY LOWER
Mafia dinner theater. Crepe de Paris French Restaurant and Cabaret, 1333 Fifth Ave, 623-4111. $15 (show only)-$42 (w/dinner). Thurs at 8 pm, Wed at 8 pm. Through Nov 18.
AS YOU LIKE IT
Final week. Shakespeare's gender-bending comedy at Center House Theatre, Seattle Center, 733-8222. $18-$26. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Nov 14.
"The song-and-dance numbers mostly get in the way of the compelling plot, and I found myself agreeing with the boy behind me who complained to his mom, 'If they'd skipped all the songs, the play could have been 15 minutes longer!'" (Amy Kate Horn) 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.
* THE CHAIRS
One week only. David Gordon's dance-theater adaptation of the Ionesco play. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, 217-9888. $12-$22. Thurs-Sat Nov 11-13 at 8 pm.
THE DESIGNATED MOURNER
Opening. This production of Wallace Shawn's play originated at Empty Space and is leapfrogging south of the ship canal to this intimate Georgetown venue. New City Warehouse, 2110 Airport Way S, 271-4430. $15. Opening Thurs Nov 11 at 8 pm. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through Nov 20.
DUBYA 2000 A POLITICAL HORROR
Extended. Final week. "With more spectacle, the W side of the play might have been more engaging, but probably not." (Bret Fetzer) Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 382-4250. $12-$14. Thurs-Sat Nov 11-13 at 8 pm. Through Nov 13.
DREAM OF A RIDICULOUS MAN
Final week. A Dostoevsky pastiche at Chamber Theater 915 E Pine St, fourth floor. Tickets available at the door only, $12-$15. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through Nov 13.
Three generations of classics junkies and spelling champs. Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave S, 340-1049. $14. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through Nov 20.
Final week. A student production of Caryl Churchill's play. Raisbeck Performance Hall, 2015 Boren Ave, 325-6500. $5-$8. Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Nov 14.
Final week. "ACT is closing its season with a flat Steven Dietz play about a writerly marriage, personal diaries, and one oddly jovial terminal illness. John Procaccino is ingenious in his role as Michael, the straying husband, but neither Suzanne Bouchard (as his wife Linda) nor Emily Cedergreen (as the third party) quite live up to their billing as, in Michael's words, 'achingly vibrant.' Maybe that's the point (something about the obtuseness of a lustful imagination), but if so, it needs sharpening. " (Annie Wagner) ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $15-$54. Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm, Sun at 2 and 7:30 pm. Through Nov 14.
Opening. A musical adaptation of a Chekhov novella. Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 E Prospect St, 325-6500. $15. Opening Fri Nov 12 at 8 pm. Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Nov 20.
Diminutive Brechtian puppets. Rendezvous Jewel Box Theater, 2232 Second Ave, 675-4500. $10-$12. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through Nov 20.
H. P. LOVECRAFT THEATER OF HORRORS
Final week. New adaptations of three Lovecraft stories. Open Circle Theatre, 429 Boren Ave N, 382-4250. $13. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through Nov 13.
"Improvisational ritual theater" at Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S Alaska St. Tickets available at the door only, $10-$15. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through Dec 11.
* NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND
See review this issue. RED, 89 Yesler Way, third floor, 226-5860. $12. Fri-Sun at 8 pm. Through Nov 21.
One weekend only. Staged highlights from four operettas. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 528-6878. $14-$18. Sat Nov 13 at 8 pm, Sun Nov 14 at 2 pm.
"In his glossy multiculturalism, director Bartlett Sher inflames the universalizing impulse of Thornton Wilder's small-town play, and refuses us the critical distance that might place this literary work in the rich context of American history." (Annie Wagner) 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.
THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD
The Synge play about the stranger in our midst. Seattle Public Theater's Bathhouse Theater, 7312 W Green Lake Dr N, 524-1300. $18-$20. Thurs at 8 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Nov 28.
Q'WE-TI: TALES OF THE MAKAH TRIBE
Carter Family Marionettes 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 Nov 21.
Final week. "The actors--especially the enormously talented Wayne Rawley--are entertaining in fits and starts, but seem to want stern, visionary direction. " (Brendan Kiley) Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, 325-6500. $15-$18. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Nov 14.
Opening. A Neil Simon farce. Center House Theatre 4, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, 325-6500. $12. Opening Thurs Nov 11 at 7:30 pm. Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 2 and 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm, Wed at 7:30 pm. Through Nov 20.
* RUSSIAN DOLL
"Spectacular physical theater from the international troupe TheatreRUN." (Annie Wagner) Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave N, 625-0500. $12-$14. Fri-Sat at 8 and 10:30 pm, Sun at 8 pm. Through Nov 21.
SEX IN SEATTLE EPISODE 10: ACTION FANTASIES!
A send-up of action films. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 323-9443. $8-$12. Fri-Sat at 8 and 10:30 pm. Through Nov 20.
A Melissa James Gibson play about the horror of life after college. Freehold's East Hall Theater, 1525 10th Ave, second floor, 877-278-4842. $12. Thurs-Fri at 8 pm. Through Nov 20.
TAKE ME OUT
Richard Greenberg's play about a gay ballplayer. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St, 443-2222. $10-$46. Thurs-Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 2 and 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm, Tues-Wed at 7:30 pm. Through Dec 4.
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
Anatomical self-love and self-hate. Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way N, 633-1883. $12.50-$18. Thurs-Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 3 and 8 pm. Through Nov 20.
Final week. Pacific Northwest Ballet at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, Seattle Center, 441-2424. $20-$137. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 1 pm. Through Nov 14.
* ALMOST QUARRY
Final week. The talented LeGendre Performance Group at a wee venue. Aftermath Gallery, 928 12th Ave, 325-6141. $10-$20. Thurs at 8 pm, Sat at 8 pm. Through Nov 13.
YOU CAN ALWAYS GO SWIMMING
One week only. New dance works from Ricki Mason's LAUNCH and Bianca Cabrera's bluish. Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E Pine St, 328-0135. $10-$12. Fri-Sun Nov 12-14 at 8 pm.
IMPROV, CABARET, & COMEDY
THE KINSEY SICKS
One night only. San Francisco drag comedy at The Triple Door, 216 Union St, 838-4333. $25. Fri Nov 12 at 7:30 and 10 pm.
THE LOST FOLIO: SHAKESPEARE'S MEN
An "improvised play of Shakespearian proportions." Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way NE, 524-7677. $8-$10. Thurs-Fri at 8 pm. Through Nov 19.
USING ALL FOUR LIMBS
One night only. Comedy and variety for the family at Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Ave, 325-6500. $5-$10. Sat Nov 13 at 7 pm.
SEATTLE FOLLIES: CABARET WITH A POLITICAL TWIST
One night only. This edition featuring former Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, 652-4255. $15-$18. Tues Nov 16 at 7:30 pm.
One night only. Standup comedy at Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St, 292-2787. $34. Thurs Nov 11 at 8 pm.
CARLOTTA'S LATE NITE WING DING
A fresh batch of wonder from Troy Mink. Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E Pike St, 325-6500. $8-$12. Fri-Sat at 10:30 pm. Through Dec 18.
One night only. All-girl improv comedy at Seattle Public Theatre at the Bathhouse Theater, 7312 W Green Lake Dr N, 524-1300. $7. Sat Nov 13 at 10:30 pm.
One day only. Highlights from the 1940s Seattle musical about the Mercer Girls. Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave E, 324-1126. Free w/museum admission ($5-$7). Sat Nov 13 at 2 pm.
One night only. Patti Feavel and Jerry Jaz present a performance about real and imagined prison terms. Penny Cafe, 1707 NW Market St, 784-6426. Donation. Tues Nov 16 at 8 pm.
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.
MUSICA VITAE! CABARET at Century Ballroom, 325-6500.
TEATRO ZINZANNI at 2301 Sixth Ave, 802-0015.