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OPENING AND CURRENT RUNS

recommended 14/48: THE WORLD'S QUICKEST THEATER FESTIVAL
Final week. "The biannual slam dance between writers, directors, actors, and crew who crank out 14 new plays in 48 hours with a process that privileges riffing over rewriting. The artistic value will oscillate wildly, but the entertainment value is always high, from hilarious flailing to inspired on-the-spot innovation." (Brendan Kiley) Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, 800-838-3006. $14.48. Fri–Sat at 8 and 10:30 pm. Through Jan 14.

AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN
Opening. A comedy about seduction and con games in the Show Business. By Douglas Carter Beane, author of To Wong Foo... ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave, 938-0339. $10–24. Opening Wed Jan 18 at 7:30 pm. Through Feb 4.

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BUD, NOT BUDDY
Opening. A depression-era boy's American odyssey, searching for a jazz bandleader he thinks is his father. A workshop production of the children's book. Book-It at Langston Hughes Center, 104 17th Ave S, 216-0833. $10–18. Opening Sat Jan 14 at 2 and 7:30 pm. Sun at 2 pm. Through Jan 22.

THE COMPENDIUM OF NASTINESS
Extended. "A twisted Gothic romance with Freudian undertones performed in a velvet-lined garage called "The Womb"—you figure it out. Writer/director Ki Gottberg invites the audience into her kitchen for champagne before leading them downstairs, where actor Elizabeth Kenny jumps between a dozen characters (with puppets!), including a sodomy-happy she-devil and a philandering junkie monk. The garage has limited seating, so make reservations." (Brendan Kiley) The Womb, tickets and directions available at 800-838-3006. $15. Fri–Sat at 8:30 pm. Through Jan 27.

DIE FLEDERMAUS
Opening. Booze, amour, and revenge at a party, including the story of one poor bastard who once had to do the morning-after walk of shame while wearing a bat costume. Wicked. Music by Johann Strauss, Jr. Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, 389-7676. $48–154. Opening Sat Jan 14 at 7:30 pm. Sun at 2 pm. Wed at 7:30 pm. Through Jan 28.

GLOBAL SEXXX-ISM: UN-WRAPPED
Final week. See review this issue. The Conciliation Project at Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E Pike St, 325-6500. $8–$15. Thurs at 10 am. Fri at 10 am, 8 pm. Sat at 8 pm. Through Jan 14.

recommended KOMMER
Final week. "This Dutch production is half live (awkward characters failing to cope with an unnamed tragedy), half filmed (the actors' empty offstage lives), and is supposed to be funny. A review from Theaterkerk Wadway, filtered through a computer translator, produced the following sentence: 'A combination of humour-false-driven, romantiek, and onbenulligheid; this theatre show concerns acute sorrow.'" (Brendan Kiley) Kassys at On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, 217-9888. $22. Thurs–Sun at 8 pm. Through Jan 15.

LATE NITE CATECHISM
Ongoing. "The real point is not the adult-catechism monologue, but the script's gaps, in which Sister Aubrey Manning dispenses tissues to cover salacious displays of flesh and kitschy prizes to reward the dumbstruck targets of her improvisations. Your name, your background, and your behavior become the crux of the performance." (Annie Wagner) Cloud 9 Productions at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $24.50–$29.50. Thurs–Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm.

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL™
Ongoing. "What makes this toweringly formulaic crap about dusty uteruses even moderately bearable? The consummate cast was ferocious and fast. Ninety tight minutes of an insane, colorful, and sometimes actually laugh-worthy little train wreck that stops just before it starts to hurt." (Adrian Ryan) ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $45. Thurs–Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 4 and 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm, Tues–Wed at 8 pm. Tickets available through Feb 19.

PETER AND THE WOLF
A kid-friendly adaptation of the Prokofiev symphony with "Buster Keaton–style clowning." Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St, 441–3322. Fri at 7 pm. Sat at 2 and 5:30 pm. Sun at 5:30 pm. Through March 18.

RICHARD III
See review this issue. Seattle Shakespeare Company at Center House Theatre, Seattle Center, 733–8222. $18–30. Thurs–Fri at 7:30 pm. Sat at 2 and 7:30 pm. Sun at 2 pm. Through Jan 29.

SLEEPING BEAUTY
"Sleeping Beauty's set is lovely, and the costumes, though fairly standard, are lush and charming. The giant, riddling spider king—a delightfully creepy bit of puppetry—drove the kids totally bonkers. The problem lies in the characters. Briar Rose (Khanh Doan) is bratty and kind of mean (with a little crazy in her eye), and Branwen (Julie Briskman) is a patronizing goody two-shoes. Modron (Anne Allgood) seems not so much evil as bullied by her stupid cupcake of a sister. Also, it's a musical, but the songs are unmemorable." (Lindy West) Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St, 441-3322. $15–$30. Fri at 7 pm, Sat–Sun at 2 and 5:30 pm. Through Feb 4.

DANCE

DANCEY DANCE
Opening. "An evening of new and revisited dance creations..." Left Field Dance at Chamber Theater, 915 E Pine St, 324-2201. $10–15. Opening Fri Jan 13 at 8 pm. Sat at 8 pm. Through Jan 21

CABARET

BURLESQUE BEHIND THE PINK DOOR
Paula the Swedish Housewife hosts a smorgasbord of vaudeville and burlesque entertainments. Pink Door, 1919 Post Alley, 443–3241. $10 (21+ w/ID required). Sat at 10 pm. Through Jan 28.

CANNIBAL: THE MUSICAL!
Opening. Trey Parker's infamous slasher spoof as gay cabaret dinner theater. The mind reels. G'A Team Players at Thumper's, 1500 E Madison St, 328-3800. $15 (21+ w/ID required). Opening Fri Jan 13 at 8 pm. Sat at 8 pm. Through Feb 4.

COLUMBIA CITY CABARET
Aerialists, burlesquers, comedians, drag kings and queens, et-freaking-al! Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Ave S, no reservations required. $10–$15. Fri at 9 pm. Through Jan 27.

FAIRY TAILS!
The Atomic Bombshells bump 'n' grind their way through the Grimm Brothers' playbook. Triple Door, 216 Union St, 838-4333. $15 adv/$18 DOS. Wed at 7:30 pm (doors at 5:30 pm). Through Feb 22.

LADY SINGS THE BREWS
See review this issue. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 233-9873. $10. Thurs–Sat at 8 pm. Through Jan 29.

IMPROV & COMEDY

Sean Kent at Comedy Underground, 222 Main St, 800-325-7328. $6–15 (21+ w/ID required). Thurs at 8:30 pm, Fri–Sat at 8:30 and 10:30 pm. Geechy Guy at Giggles Comedy Club, 5220 Roosevelt Way NE, 526-5653. $12. Fri at 8 and 10:15 pm, Sat at 6 and 10:15 pm. JET CITY IMPROV at Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way NE, 325–6500. $8–10. Fri at 8 and 10:30 pm. Sat at 10:30 pm. THEATRESPORTS at Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, 781-9273. $8–$12. Fri and Sat at 8 pm. UNHINGED at Mirabeau Room, 529 Queen Anne Ave N. $6. Wed at 9 pm.

LATE NIGHT

CUPCAKE
"Sexual references, mayhem, suggestive dancing, vaudevillian chicanery, lascivious buffoonery..." Wing-It Productions at Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way NE, 325-6500. $5. Sat at midnight. Through Feb 25.

SPECIAL EVENTS

CLASSIC JEWS: A STAGED READING
One night only. Jewish characters depicted by goy authors, including Dickens, Woolf, Hemingway, Wharton, and others. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 888-621-2230. $8–10. Thurs Jan 12 at 7:30 pm.

I'VE BEEN TO THE MOUNTAINTOP
One day only. A community reading of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "Mountaintop" speech, delivered on the eve of his assassination. Brownbox Theatre at Center House Theatre, Seattle Center. Free, no reservations required. Mon Jan 16 at 2:30 pm.

LITTLE BEAR
One day only. A children's show starring Little Bear, Hen, Duck, Cat, and Owl. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, 467-5510. $17–27. Sat Jan 14 at 2:30 pm.

PEKING ACROBATS
One day only. Master Chinese acrobats teeter on boards, ride unicycles in improbable ways, and do something called the "double pole act." Yowza. Meany Theater, University of Washington campus. 543-4880. $20–33. Sat Jan 14 at 2 and 8 pm.

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SEATTLE NEUTRINO PROJECT
One weekend only. Performers create and screen an original film in front of an audience. Rendezvous, 2320 Second Ave, 441–5823. $10. Fri–Sat at 8 pm.

DIRTY DANCING
One week only. Ian Bell's Brown Derby series rolls on with this reading of the Swayze/abortion vehicle, featuring Andrew Tasakos, Dusty Warren, Brandon Whitehead, Rebecca Davis, and others. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, no reservations required. $10 (21+ w/ID required). Mon–Wed at 8 pm.

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Washington Ensemble Theatre presents amber, a sensory installation set in the disco era
In this 30-minute multimedia experience, lights & sounds guide groups as they explore a series of immersive spaces.