Two weeks only. Plays are better when conceived and created in a 24-hour period. Discuss. One World Theatre and Three Card Monty at Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave N, 325-6500. $14.48. Round 1 performance: Fri Jan 7 at 8 and 10:30 pm. Round 2: Sat Jan 8 at 8 and 10:30 pm. Through Jan 15.
BODYBODY: YOU CAN'T TELL BY LOOKING
Opening. This "multimedia exploration of women's body-image issues" includes a play about a fat woman, her bulimic sister, and their plastic-surgeon daddy. Limelight Productions at Empty Space Theatre, 3509 Fremont Ave N, 800-838-3006. $15. Preview performance Fri Jan 7 at 8 pm. Opening Sat Jan 8 at 8 pm. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through Feb 12.
"The song-and-dance numbers mostly get in the way of the compelling plot. " (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.
See Stranger Suggests, page 17. Opening. The solo performance artist brings two "problem-solving outfits" to Seattle. Ed: The Word Made Dress is a 200-pound pentagonal coping device, and The Monkey Saddle is a Velcro Midi monkey suit. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, 217-9888. $12-$18. Opening Wed Jan 12 at 8 pm. Thurs-Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm, Sun at 8 pm. Through Jan 16.
THE JUDAS KISS
Opening. David Hare's play delves into Oscar Wilde's legendary imprisonment and his subsequent exile in Naples. ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0963. $12-$28. Opening Wed Jan 12 at 7:30 pm. Through Feb 5.
THE LION KING
"The show is less a musical than a sublime, mobile diorama. Every one of these creations is a lure for the eye. " (Annie Wagner) Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St, 292-2787. $22.50-$125. Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm, Sun at 1 and 6:30 pm, Tues-Wed at 7:30 pm. Through Jan 16.
Two weeks only. Actors read from stories about machinery, evil, and otherwise. SecondStory Repertory, 16587 NE 74th St, Redmond, 425-881-6777. $8. Fri-Sat Jan 7-8 at 8:30 pm. Through Jan 15.
"The first act is by the numbers, but the staged chaos of the second act more than compensates. " (Annie Wagner) Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St, Seattle Center, 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 Jan 15.
THE SECRET GARDEN
Final week. "As much as you might sympathize with conciliatory efforts of Mary Lennox's truth squad, the good cheer she unveils and the secrets she unlocks are disappointing. " (Annie Wagner) Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St, Seattle Center, 441-3322. $14-$28. Fri at 7 pm, Sat at 2 and 5:30 pm. Through Jan 8.
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
Extended. That vagina chatalotta bleached its dentata. Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way N, 633-1883. $15-$18. Thurs-Sat 8 pm. Through Jan 29. DANCE
BUTTROCK SUITES II… SWEETER
See Stranger Suggests, page 17. Two weeks only. Local choreographers draw inspiration from the buttrock genre for the second annual extravaganza. Velocity Mainspace Theater, 915 E Pine St, second floor, 722-0963. $10-$12. Fri-Sun at 8 pm. Through Jan 16.
IMPROV, CABARET, & COMEDY LATE NIGHT
BED, BOYS, AND BEYOND
Extended. A musical revue about Seattle's gay scene. Thumper's, 1500 E Madison St, 328-3800. $12.50. Thurs at 9 pm. Through Jan 27.
Opening. An improvised cross-section of daytime programming. Wing-It Productions at Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way NE, 325-6500. $10. Opening Thurs Jan 6 at 8 pm. Thurs-Fri at 8 pm. Through Feb 11.
A NIGHT WITH BURT (THE UNTOLD STORY)
Opening. Sylvia O'Stayformore spins a torrid tale of love and lust. Thumper's, 1500 E Madison St, 328-3800. $5. Opening Fri Jan 7 at 9 pm. Sat at 9 pm. Through Jan 18.
SISTERS OF SAL
One night only. Long-form improv comedy at ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0339. $5-$7. Sat Jan 8 at 10:30 pm.
SPIN THE BOTTLE
One night only. Annex Theatre's late-night cabaret at Freehold's East Hall Theater, 915 E Pine St, second floor, 728-0933. $7. Fri Jan 7 at 11 pm.
AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
Two days only. An operetta by Gian Carlo Menotti. Twelfth Night Productions at St. James Lutheran Church, 9421 18th Ave SW, 937-1394. Donation. Sat Jan 8 at 3:30 and 7:30 pm, Sun Jan 9 at 4:30 pm.
DEAF KIDS DRAMA FESTIVAL
One day only. The 19th showcase of ASL plays, performed by local children. Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St, Seattle Center, 441-3322 (voice) or 442-6938 (TTY). $6-$9. Sat Jan 8 at 2:30 and 5:30 pm.
AN EVENING OF STAGED READINGS OF NEW WORK
One night only. Staged readings of 10-minute plays by Woodinville High School students. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 443-2210 ext 1041. $10. Tues Jan 11 at 7:30 pm.
PINK AND SAY
One day only. A community preview of Book-It's touring production of a story set during the Civil War. Center House Theatre, Seattle Center House, first floor, 770-0880. Donation. Sat Jan 8 at 2 pm.
Two nights only. A stellar benefit for Empty Space, featuring Seattle theater favorites Everett Quinton, Lauren Weedman, Sarah Rudinoff, Nick Garrison, Chris Jeffries, and Dina Martina. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave S, 547-7633. $25-$50. Thurs-Fri Jan 6-7 at 8 pm.
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.