PENING THIS WEEK

COMMUNICATING DOORS · ACT

DREPUNG LOSELING TIBETAN MONKS · Broadway Center

THE MIKADO · Bellevue Opera

THE PSYCHIC LIFE OF SAVAGES · Empty Space

THE SEA HORSE · Odd Duck Theater

TIMES THREE · Northwest Actors Studio

A TRILOGY OF FANTASIES · Stone Soup Theatre


ONE WEEK ONLY

FIRST ANNUAL SKETCH COMEDY NIGHT · Stepping Stone Production

TIMEPIECE · The Rachel Rosenthal Company


CLOSING THIS WEEK

ALL MEAT SHOW · A Theater Near You

CAMPFIRE! · Unexpected Productions

*DRUMMING · On the Boards

FEEL YOU UP · Market Theater

THE GOLDEN CHILD · Seattle Rep

THE HABIT · Annex

THE MAGIC FLUTE · Seattle Opera

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING · Seattle Shakespeare Festival

SEVENTY SCENES OF HALLOWEEN · Hyperion


OPENING AND CURRENT RUNS


ALL MEAT SHOW

Meat themes abound in this selection of six short plays written and performed by local playwrights and actors, produced by A Theatre Near You. There's sure to be something for everyone, except vegetarians. The Parlour Room, 163 S Jackson, Third Floor, 287-1900. Wed-Thurs Oct 27-28, at 8. $8.


BARTLEBY

Melville's pivotal story, in which a young man finds that he serves only as a symbol: "In his reverence for the original text and the trust he shows his actors, Paul Budraitis shows promise as a playwright and director. Unfortunately, his clunky staging ends up greatly detracting from the show's narrative momentum and keeps Melville's strident ambiguity from being grounded in a compelling context. Bartleby rests squarely in the gap between good intentions and effective art." (Tom Spurgeon) Annex Theatre, 1916 Fourth Ave, 728-0933. Thurs-Sat at 8; Sun at 7, through Nov 6. $10.


COMMUNICATING DOORS

A time-travel farce, in which a jaded prostitute discovers that the doors connecting two hotel suites allow her to pass back and forth in time. When a murder occurs she tries to alter the outcome. By the English dramatist Alan Ayckbourn. A Contemporary Theatre (ACT), Seventh Ave & Union St, 292-7676. Tues-Thurs at 7:30; Fri-Sat at 8; Sun at 2 & 7, through Nov 21. $10-$40.


DEAR LIAR

Sally Smythe and the fabulous Laurence Ballard star in Jerome Kilty's play documenting the saucy correspondence and hot romance between George Bernard Shaw and some lady. Intiman Playhouse, Seattle Center, 269-1900. Tues-Sun through Nov 20. $10-$39. Call for showtimes.


*DEFLOWERED IN THE ATTIC

Those perverts at Re-bar molest V. C. Andrews in this world premiere parody of everyone's favorite incestuous adolescent fiction. "This winning spoof directed by Ed Hawkins begins in High Camp gear and goes gamboling over the top again and again for the rest of the night. Some foreknowledge of the Flowers in the Attic series is ideal, but there is plenty here to cause your spleen bodily harm even without it." (Steve Wiecking) Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 323-0388. Fri-Sun at 8, through Nov 21. $12.


THE GOLDEN CHILD

Tradition and trendiness clash in David Henry Hwang's family planning play. "David Henry Hwang wants to say something about the claims of history and family and, oh, a couple of other things, too, but based on Golden Child, he's more than a little unclear on all of it. The talented man who wrote the intriguing M. Butterfly here displays none of the thoughtful, and sorely needed, ambiguities that powered that Tony Award-winning play." (Steve Wiecking) Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center, Second & Mercer St, 443-2222. Tues-Sun at 7:30, Sat-Sun at 2, through Oct 30. $10-$29.


HAPPY?

Seattle's finest experimental performance troupe, the Compound, present their latest work, written and directed by Kristin Newbom and John Holyoke, commissioned by and performed at Consolidated Works. Consolidated Works, 410 Terry Ave N, 860-5245. Thurs-Sun at 8, through Nov 28. $16. See review this issue.


*JANE EYRE

Brainy Book-It Theater presents Charlotte Brontë's classic tale of a young girl's spooky journey to womanhood. "Brontë's gothic tale of a strong-willed orphan and her love for the brooding Lord Rochester is here treated to a staging that lovingly enlarges its source novel. When director Beckman smartly turns Brontë's descriptions into revelations of character or sleek illustrations of regret, she is celebrating both the power of theatre and the joys of a great book." (Steve Wiecking) ACT's Bullitt Theatre, Kreielsheimer Place, Seventh Ave & Union St, 216-0833. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 2, through Nov 7. $10-$15.


KRAKEN

How do you beat a housing crunch? You live where you work, as the artists in Kraken do in this serial dramedy that promises soap operatic tension -- if they can make the rent. Union Garage, 1418 10th Ave, 720-1942. Fri-Sat at 10:30, through Nov 12. $5.


Late Night Catechism

And the nun goes on. Somebody really likes cute Catholics. This is an evening of audience participation and interactive improv theater: think Sister Windy crossed with Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You. ACT, 700 Union St, 292-7676. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 2, extended for eternity. $24.50-$29.50.


LES MIS:RABLES

The musical based on Victor Hugo's saga sweeps into Seattle, bringing the fugitive Jean Valjean and his little band of miserables. The $4.2 million production promises even bigger piles of junk! 5th Avenue Theater, 1326 Fifth Ave, 292-2787. Times and prices vary, through Nov 13.


THE MAGIC FLUTE

Seattle Opera teams up with L.A. Opera to present one of Mozart's best-loved works, originally performed under the filthy title, Die Zauberflöte. Seattle Center Opera House, Seattle Center (duh), through Oct 30. Call for showtimes, 389-7676. $30-$103.


MAN OF MODE

A British comedy in which social grace, snobbery, and gossip are made fun of -- imagine! Come for the fop. Meany Studio Theater, 15th NE & 41st NE in Meany Hall, UW Campus, 543-4880. Tues-Thurs at 7:30, Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2, through Nov 7. $7-$10.


THE MIKADO

Gilbert & Sullivan's most popular operetta, in which characters with names like Yum-Yum, Pooh-Bah, Pish-Tush, Pitti-Sing, and Nanki-Poo demonstrate love and loss in an Englishman's version of Japan. The Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE Sixth St, Bellevue, 800-992-8499. Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 3 (Nov 7 only), through Nov 7. $8-$20.


MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

The Seattle Shakespeare Festival trots out this sharp-tongued comedy by Generation X's favorite playwright. Ethnic Cultural Center, 39th & Brooklyn, 286-0728. Thurs-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2, through Oct 31. $18-20.


THE PSYCHIC LIFE OF SAVAGES

A parody of poets of the mid-20th century (aww, what an easy target!) -- Sylvia, Ted, Anne and Robert -- written by Amy Freed. When the four mighty minds come together, their passions and addictions create chaos. Empty Space Theatre, 3509 Fremont N, 547-7500. Tues-Thurs at 7:30; Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2 & 7, through Dec 5. $18-$26.


RANCHO GRANDE

The ambitious Northwest Asian American Theater presents Eugenie Chan's dark comedy blending Chinese mythology and American Wild West iconography to tell the tale of a Chinese American girl's sexual awakening. "Chan's play shows some promise in its vividly theatrical depiction of the torments of cross-cultural adolescence, but her overarching words begin to defeat each other as surely as her characters do, and in a way in which this production cannot overcome." (Steve Wiecking) Theater Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave 340-1049, Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 7, through Nov 7. $10-$12.


*THE ROYAL FAMILY

A stage family from Broadway's golden age brings nostalgic fun to the Intiman, in this revival of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's theatrical classic. Intiman Playhouse, Seattle Center, 201 Mercer St, 269-1900. Sun, Tues, & Wed at 7; Thurs-Sat at 8; Sat-Sun 2 pm matinees, through Nov 14. $10-$39.


THE SEA HORSE

Siren Theatre Company wants to seduce you with its production of Edward J. Moore's The Sea Horse, a play named after that beneficent creature the males of which raise the young. Other than that, I know nothing about it. Odd Duck Studios, 1214 10th Ave, 364-1421. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, through Nov 20. $10.


SEVENTY SCENES OF HALLOWEEN

Seattle's Hyperion Theater presents Jeffrey Jones' surreal comedy chronicling a couple's Halloween night spent sitting on a couch. Freehold's East Hall Theater, 1529 10th, 675-2945. Fri-Sat at 7:30 and 10, Sun at 8, though Oct 31. $10-$12.50.


SHORT BUT NOT SWEET

Seven plays under 20 minutes twinkle across the stage in Theater Babylon's showcase of local talent. The plays range thematically from dwarf-tossing to poker, and none of them are long enough to be all that bad, right? Union Garage, 1418 10th Ave, 860-7726. Thurs-Sat at 8, through Nov 13. $9.99 (Thurs pay what you will).


TIMEPIECE

Los Angeles performance artist Rachel Rosenthal has been a pioneer in feminist theater, and as part of her "Farewell Tour" (after which she'll produce solely from L.A.), she and her company make a stop in Olympia to perform this multi-media meditation on time, memory, and mortality, incorporating text, stylized athletic movement, live music, and video projection. Experimental Theater, Evergreen State College, Olympia, 360-866-6833. Fri-Sat Oct 29-30 only, at 8. $15.


TIMES THREE

Three middle-aged singers find their tickets to fame becoming more and more wrinkled as the seasons pass, in this original musical comedy featuring Carolyn Maia, Barbara Coffin, and Karen Oleson. Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E Pike, 324-6328. Fri-Sat at 8; Sun at 7, through Nov 20. $10/$8.


A TRILOGY OF FANTASIES

Stone Soup Theatre presents three short one-acts that explore the terrain of urban fantasy, including The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year, by John Guare, The Ugly Duckling, by A.A. Milne, and Home Free! by Lanford Wilson. Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way N, 633-1883. Thur-Sat at 8, through Nov 20. $5-$10.


WIT

A Donne scholar who has spent her life dissecting poetry suddenly finds herself on the other end of the 'scope when she is diagnosed with cancer. Margaret Edson's award-winning script tries to find the human side to analysis. With Megan Cole as Vivan Bearing, Ph.D. Seattle Repertory Theatre, Second St & Mercer, 443-2222. Tues-Sun at 7:30, Sat-Sun matinees at 2, through Nov 20. $29-$42.


DANCE


*DRUMMING

Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker and her 12-member Rosas are highly sought after by dance audiences who love the sight of complex technical movement performed by a large company. Rosas, based in Brussels, makes a rare appearance here, presenting a piece that has already gotten lots of favorable attention. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, 217-9888. Wed-Sat Oct 27-30 at 8. $15.


FESTIVALS, CABARETS, & COMEDY


CAMPFIRE!

Those wacky improvisers at Unexpected Productions present a long-form improv based on chilling campfire tales -- and inspired by actual audience occurrences with the occult! Market Theater, Pike Place Market, 781-9273. Fri-Sat at 8 through Oct 30. Special Halloween performance Sun Oct 31 at 7. $10.


THE CARPENTERS: UNCOMFORTABLY CLOSE TO YOU

Real-life brother and sister comedy team David and Lisa Koch take on everyone's favorite bulimic drummer in this "uncomfortably close" parody, complete with note- perfect songs. Cabaret de Paris, 1333 Fifth Ave, 623-4111. Thurs at 8, Fri-Sat at 8:30, through Nov 20. $16. Dinner is also available; call for times and prices.


DREPUNG LOSELING TIBETAN MONKS

Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery perform multiphonic singing and ritual dances. Broadway Center, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, 253-591-5894. Fri-Sat Oct 29-30 at 7:30. $14-$26.


FIRST ANNUAL SKETCH COMEDY NIGHT

Members of Lo-Blo, Disgruntled Bit Players, and Bald Face Lie strut their funny stuff for this one-evening performance hosted by Stepping Stone Productions. Freedom Hall, 3815 Fifth Ave NE, 841-2521. Sat Oct 30 at 9 pm (doors open at 8). $5.


Julie Cascioppo Experience

Songs and characters you may grow to love. The Pink Door, Pike Place Market, 1919 Post Alley, 443-3241. Tues at 8:30 & 11. No cover.


FEEL YOU UP

A self-help seminar parody: Humor is the best remedy, you know. Ensemble improv with audience participation. Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, 781-9273. Wed at 8, through Oct 27. $5.


PIANOMANIA EIGHT

A tickling good time: Professor Hokum W. Jeebs, Louis Magor, and more offer an old-fashioned night of piano. Hokum Hall, 7904 35th Ave, 937-3613. Fri-Sat at 8, through Nov 20. $12/$10.


*TEATRO ZINZANNI

Three hours of fancy food and thrilling spectacle from the world over, presented in an antique European dance hall imported from Belgium for the occasion. Now featuring body-juggling brothers from France and the jaw-dropping Kevin Kent. Seattle Center, 222 Mercer St, 281-7788 ext 700 or 292-ARTS. Thurs-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 6:30, extended through Dec 31. $88.


*THREE DOLLAR BILL

Seattle's original gay/lesbian/bisexual stand-up comedy night is still standing in its second year. Comedy Under-ground, 222 S Main St, 324-8025. Tues at 8. $6.


LATE NIGHT


THE A.M. CABARET

Amoral entertainment for insomniacs; promising naked poetry, music, strippers, and drag queens. You may think you're dreaming. Coffee Messiah, 1554 E Olive Way, 860-7377. Sat from 2-4 am. $5.


THE HABIT

Your fix is back, and this sketch comedy troupe has a whole new bag of tricks, from musical oddities to TV commercial parodies. Annex Theatre, 1916 Fourth Ave, 728-0933. Fri-Sat at 11, through Oct 30. $5.


Jet City Improv

Improv comedy and music based on audience suggestions. Ethnic Cultural Theater, 3940 Brooklyn Ave NE, 781-3879. Fri-Sat at 10:30.


SPIN THE BOTTLE

Annex's late-night performance is a slumgullion of juggling, dance, singing, and silhouettes, cultivated by the finely tuned Bret Fetzer. Annex Theater, 1916 Fourth Ave, 729-0933. First Fri of every month. No reservations. $5.


Theater Sports

Improv comedy with a competitive edge, brought to you by Unexpected Productions. Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, 781-9273. Fri-Sat at 10:30, $9. Sun at 7, $5.


CALLS


NELL SHIPMAN AWARDS

Exceptional film or video, television, or new media work that has been completed by women between October 1998 and November 1999 is now being accepted. Deadline is Dec 4. For details and applications, contact Rose Custer, 447-1537, ext 3, or rdcuster@earthlink.net.


WASHINGTON STATE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

Submissions for feature scripts and film scripts for short films (five minutes or shorter) are now being accepted. Deadline is Dec 13, 1999. Entry applications can be requested by calling 728-8530. Entry fee is $35 per script.

Support The Stranger