OPENING AND CURRENT RUNSAN INSPECTOR CALLSFinal week. A dead village girl, an engaged society girl, and an odd inspector. Taproot Theatre, 204 N 85th St, 781-9707. $15–$30. Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm. Through March 4.
BEAT THE SUNSET
The American premiere of a Canadian play about childhood friends, HIV, and intimacy. ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0339. $10–$24. Thurs–Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 3 pm. Through March 18.
BURNING BRIDGET CLEARY
Opening. Allison Gregory's play about a charred corpse found in 1895 Ireland and believed to be the last burned witch in Europe. Ladykillers' Productions at Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, 800-838-3006. $8–$15. Previewing Thurs March 2 at 7:30 pm, by donation. Opening Fri March 3 at 7:30 pm. Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through March 18.
THE CODY RIVERS SHOW
"This Bellingham duo is funny—if you think an L.A. country singer forced to shoot a helpless bunny in the head to prove he's a Heartland kind of guy is funny. Which I do." (Brendan Kiley) Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, brownpapertickets.com. $12. Fri–Sat at 8 pm. Through March 11.
THE COMPENDIUM OF NASTINESS
Final week. "A twisted Gothic romance with Freudian undertones performed in a velvet-lined garage, including a junkie monk, a sodomy-happy she-devil, and terrorist servants." (Brendan Kiley) The Womb, tickets and directions available at 800-838-3006. $20. Fri–Sat at 8:30 pm. Through April 6.
Opening. A magical workday—singing coffee breaks, a "disorienting performance context," and an office computer with the personality of Lawrence Welk. High Kindergarten Performance Group at On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, 217-9888. $18. Opening Wed March 8 at 8 pm. Through March 12.
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Mozart's opera buffa about fiancée swapping. Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, 389-7676. $20–$141. Sat 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm, Wed at 7:30 pm. Through March 11.
THE COWGIRL PLAY
"The Cowgirl Play is totally fun to watch, with its cute shadow puppets, Greek chorus of cowgirls, and the bumbling 'Kentucky Kid.' Kudos to Rick Miller, Cowgirl's composer, for his surprisingly catchy bluegrass soundtrack. And double kudos to Jaeger, who's funny, sexy, and commanding in her bevy of roles." (Lindy West) Macha Monkey at Freehold Theater, 1525 10th Ave, brownpapertickets.com. $12–$15. Thurs–Sat at 8 pm. Through March 11.
Two nights only. An English-language Noh play about a character in a Yeats poem. Theatre Nohgaku at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave S, 684-4757. $16–$20. Tues–Wed at 7 pm.
Opening. A high-tech, high-energy improv comedy about a movie that will be cast, directed, and shot in front of a live audience. Wing-It Productions at Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way NE, 352-8291. $8–$10. Opening Thurs March 2 at 8 pm. Friday at 8 pm. Through April 21.
Opening. The story of Rachel Corrie, the local activist who was run over by a bulldozer in Gaza in 2003. Bread and Puppet Theater at Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave N, 800-838-3006. $9–$18. Opening Wed March 8 at 8 pm. Through March 11.
THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER
Webster (no, not Emmanuel Lewis) takes the devil to court to save the soul of a wayward farmer. By local Pulitzer winner Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle). Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St, 441-3322. $10–$31. Fri at 7 pm, Sat–Sun at 2 and 5:30 pm. Through April 1.
All-new "multimedia" mindfuckery by the queen of surreal cabaret. Rendezvous, 2320 Second Ave, 448-8464. $14. Fri–Sat at 8 pm. Through March 11.
THE IKEA CYCLE: TINY DOMESTIC DRAMAS
Vignettes performed in the IKEA showrooms—a remount of Keri Healey's site-specific theater experiment. Printer's Devil Theatre at IKEA, 600 SW 43rd St, Renton. Free, no reservations required. Sat and Mon at 7 pm. Through April 1.
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." (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. Tickets available through April 30.
One night only. The "Chicano cyber-punk performance artist" creates an interactive ritual involving acupuncture and the post-9/11 body politic. Guillermo Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra at Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave N, 800-838-3006. $12–$24. Fri March 3 at 8 pm
MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL™
Ongoing. "What makes this toweringly formulaic crap about dusty uteruses even moderately bearable? The consummate cast was ferocious and fast." (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 March 26.
ONE ARROW, ONE HEART
Final week. A play about work and meaning. One man plays eight characters, each represented by a 36-by-48-inch expressionist oil painting. PathsCrossing at Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E Pike St, 800-838-3006. $12. Fri–Sat at 8 pm. Through March 4.
Final week. An adaptation of Kent Haruf's 1999 novel about bachelor farmers, a pregnant high schooler, and other characters on the Colorado plains. Directed by Myra Platt. Book-It at Center House Theatre, Seattle Center, 216-0833. $15–$30. Wed–Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 2 and 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through March 5.
Opening. Fun fact: Noel Coward wrote this, his most financially successful play, in four days while recovering from the flu in a Shanghai hotel. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St, 443-2222. $10–$46. Previewing Wed–Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 2 and 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Opening Wed March 8 at 7:30 pm. Through April 1.
THE ROAD TO MECCA
Art, patriarchy, and friendship in small town South Africa. Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way N, 675–8497. $15–$20. Thurs–Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 3:30 and 8 pm. Through March 11.
THE SHOP OF WILD DREAMS
Final week. A music, painting, video, and text performance collaboration between Tiptons Sax Quartet and Drums, Danijel Zezelj, and Aric Mayer. Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave N, 800-838-3006. $9–$18. Thurs, Sat, and Sun at 8 pm. Through March 5.
STONES IN HIS POCKETS
"This two-man show is like a well-made sandwich—warm, charming, and full of cheese." (Brendan Kiley) Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, 388-0569. $15 adv/$18 DOS. Thurs–Sat at 7:30 pm. Through March 11.
SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS
Final week. "Coffee shot out of my nose." (Annie Wagner) WET at the Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 800-838-3006. $10–$15. Thurs–Mon at 8 pm. Through March 6.
See Stranger Suggests, page 19. Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave N, 800-838-3006. $6–$12. Fri–Sat at 8 pm. Through March 12.
Final week. Dancers in the dark and an audience with infrared glasses. Crispin Spaeth Dance Group at Western Bridge, 3412 Fourth Ave S, 325-6500. $10. Thurs–Sat at 8, 8:45, and 9:30 pm. Through March 4.
Opening. A new work by Jessica Jobaris and Luke Allen that is part silent film, part Hollywood satire, part surreal comic drama. Chamber Theatre, 915 E Pine St, 349-5524. $6–$12. Previewing Thurs March 2 at 8 pm, by donation. Opening Fri March 3 at 8 pm. Sat at 8 pm. Through March 11.
One week only. The acclaimed Brazilian dance company performs Lecuona (2004) and Onqotô (2005). Meany Theater, UW Campus, 543-4880. $42. Thurs–Sat at 8 pm.
SPECTRUM STUDIO SERIES
Final week. New works by KT Niehoff, Amy O'Neal, Gaelen Hanson, and others. Spectrum Dance Theater, 800 Lake Washington Blvd, 325-4161. $15. Fri–Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 5:30. Through March 5.
DRUNK PUPPET NITE #6
The name says it all. Monkey Wrench Puppet Lab at Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Ave S, 528-7799. $15, no reservations, 21+ w/ID. Fri–Sat at 8:30 pm. Through March 11.
LAST YEAR'S KISSES
Final week. "There are a couple of stirring songs (her 'I Got You, Babe' was particularly poignant as a solo à la Etta James). But this is not Rudinoff at her best." (Brendan Kiley) Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave S, 325-6500. $14–$20. Thurs–Sat at 8 pm. Through March 4.
QUE SERA SERA: A TRIBUTE TO DORIS DAY
Final week. By Yolanda "Yoly" Tolentino. Crepe de Paris, 1333 Fifth Ave, 623-4111. $15. Thurs–Fri at 8 pm.
IMPROV & COMEDYRob Little 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. Jimmie JJ Walker 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–Sat at 8 pm.
Keria McDonald's solo comedy/film performance about 13 weddings in 10 years, featuring horny groomsmen, mean Christians, and a black eye. Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave S, 325-6500. $9–$10. Fri–Sat at 10 pm. Through March 11.
SPIN THE BOTTLE
One night only. Comedy, music, smut, lit, and more! Annex Theatre at Freehold East Hall Theatre, 915 E Pine St, 728-0933. $7. Fri March 3 at 11 pm.
FEMALE PROTAGONIST PROJECT
One day only. Readings of the winner and top two finalists in a national contest—judged by Marcie Sillman, Shephanie Shine, Anita Montgomery, and others—to write a play with the "ultimate female protagonist." Mae West Fest at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, brownpapertickets.org. $15 adv/$20 DOS. Sat March 4 at 3, 5:30, and 8 pm.
THE K OF D: AN URBAN LEGEND
One weekend only. A reading of ACT's 2006 New Play Award. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. Free. Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm.
YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
One weekend only. Staged readings of new work by young'uns, directed by the likes of Ki Gottberg, Adam Greenfield, Anita Montgomery, and others. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $5–$10. Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at noon and 4 pm.