OPENING THIS WEEK
PRINTER'S DEVIL PLAY BONANZA · Consolidated Works
ONE WEEK ONLY
FULL NELSON 3 · Redhook Brewery
SOME KIND OF CULT · Drinks Bar and Grill
SOUP · Oddfellows Hall
TIM CONWAY & HARVEY KORMAN · Paramount Theatre
CLOSING THIS WEEK
AMADEUS · Nippon Kan Theater
FAIRY TALES OF NEW YORK · Union Garage
FIRE ON THE KITCHEN TABLE · Chamber Theater
HENRY V · Center House at Seattle Center
LA VALSE · Open Circle Theatre
MOREAU · Taproot Theatre
9:00 IN THE AFTERNOON · Odd Duck Studio
THE NORMAL HEART · Theater Schmeater
NUNSENSE · Jane Addams Theatre
SHUT UP AND LOVE ME · On the Boards
STOP KISS · Seattle Repertory Theatre
WE WON'T PAY! WE WON'T PAY! · Stage One Theatre
ZELDA & SCOTT · Richard Hugo House
OPENING AND CURRENT RUNS
Stepping Stone Productions presents Peter Shaffer's acclaimed play about Mozart, Salieri, and how infuriating it is to watch a brilliant little bastard make his mark on the world. Nippon Kan Theater, 628 S Washington Ave, 841-2521. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 7, through March 4. $10-$12.
One of Seattle's most gorgeously deranged solo artists is back in a musical piece that has her playing a naive American, her mother, and several odd Dutch folk (including a cabaret performer named Beppi). Weedman has brains, oddball humor, and a loopy creativity, and she's working again with composer James Palmer (of If Ornaments Had Lips fame). Empty Space Theatre, 3509 Fremont Ave N, 547-7500. Tues-Thurs at 7:30, Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 7, select matinees at 2, through March 25. $18-$26.
APPLE TO GRANDMA
Speeltheater Holland comes to Seattle with some trippy puppets in a tale of moons, caterpillars, and a big, tasty apple. Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Center, 441-3322. Fri at 7, Sat-Sun at 2 and 5:30, through April 16. $8.25-$20.50.
Annex director Mark Gallagher teams with popular choreographer Amii LeGendre for a multi-media adaptation of Alan Lightman's time-tripping story collection. "The show has convinced itself that it knows more than you do, and spends an hour and a half preening in the knowledge." (Steve Wiecking) Annex Theatre, 1916 Fourth Ave, 728-0933. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 7, through March 11. $7-$12.
FAIRY TALES OF NEW YORK
J. P. Donleavy's post-World War II memory play, staged by A Theatre under the Influence, is the gently comic story of a young man returning from the insanity of Europe to find that New York City is no haven of peace, either. Union Garage, 1418 10th Ave between Pike and Union, 720-1942. Thurs-Sat at 8, through March 4. $11, pay-what-will every Thurs.
FIRE ON THE KITCHEN TABLE
Two superlative practitioners of the brief sketch on human behavior-Seattle Mime Theatre and the late, great Raymond Carver-join forces in an evening of staged short stories. The troupe takes on Carver's "Cathedral," "Why Don't You Dance?" and others. Chamber Theater, 915 E Pine St, Fourth Floor, 324-8788. Fri-Sun at 8, through March 5. $15.
Seattle Shakespeare Festival, in a production directed by Festival Artistic Director Stephanie Shine, takes on Willy's chronicle of the dubious young prince who becomes a courageous, triumphant king. Passion, heroism, and 14 actors in 40 roles. Center House at Seattle Center, Performance Studio, Lower Level, 286-0728. Thurs-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2, through March 5. $10-$20.
Jules Feiffer has been tormented locally once already (the painful Little Murders at Northwest Actors Studio), so keep your fingers crossed that RipTide Theatre does him proud by successfully staging his popular off-Broadway comedy revue. At the very least, the deli theatre's accompanying buffet dinner should satisfy. Liberty Deli, 2722 Alki Ave SW on Alki Beach, 405-8433. Fri-Sat with dinner at 6:30, show at 7:30, one Sun show on closing night, March 12. $22.
KING HEDLEY II
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson continues his long-standing allegiance to a lucky Seattle Rep with this world premiere production, a sequel of sorts to his celebrated Seven Guitars. Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222. Previews begin Mon March 6. Tues-Sun at 7:30, Sat-Sun matinees at 2. Runs March 13-April 8. $10-$42.
The Delibes opera featuring the luscious aria which, depending on your demographic, either causes you to have hot flashes (it was the music for that Catherine Deneuve/ Susan Sarandon tangle in The Hunger) or reach for your pocketbook (it's quickly become commercial fodder for car and wine companies). With the divine American soprano Harolyn Blackwell. Seattle Center Opera House, Seattle Center, 389-7676. March 3, 4, 8, and 11 at 7:30; select matinees at 2, through March 11. $30-$103.
Late Night Catechism
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.
Talented, inventive Seattle playwright S. P. Miskowski hooks up with Seattle Theatre Project (the people behind the indestructible Late Nite Catechism) for a look at sculptor Camille Claudel. "Miskowski's lovely writing can be thoughtful to a fault, but care and attention has been paid to it from all sides. Director Lisa Anne Glomb leads the accomplished ensemble to strong, engaging performances." (Steve Wiecking) Open Circle Theatre, 429 Boren Ave N, 382-4250. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 7, through March 4. $15.
People are still raving about Mary Zimmerman's last show for the Rep-1997's dreamy Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci-and there's no reason to doubt that her latest will inspire the same devotion. The Rep is staging this surreal meditation at the Intiman. Intiman Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222. Tues-Sun at 7:30, Sat-Sun matinees at 2, through March 26. $10-$42. Reviewed this issue.
THE MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE
A world premiere of a new work at the always-reliable Seattle Children's Theatre. The play is an adaptation of Karen Cushman's award-winning book about the adventures and longings of a medieval orphan girl. Bets are on that she's plucky. Charlotte Martin Theatre, Seattle Center, 441-3322. Fri at 7, Sat-Sun at 2 and 5:30, through April 8. $13.50-$20.50. Reviewed this issue.
H. G. Wells' creepy cautionary tale about genetic tomfoolery-which in the past has roped in everyone from Marlon Brando to the South Park folks-holds sway over Taproot Theatre Company. A world premiere of Sean Gaffney's adaptation about an island, a doctor, and his "animals." Taproot Theatre, 204 N 85th St, 781-9707. Wed-Thurs at 7:30, Fri-Sat at 8, Sat matinee at 2, through March 4. $10-$24.
9:00 IN THE AFTERNOON
A woman makes several debilitating mistakes in this original comedy-drama that swears some sex will be involved. Written and directed by Litsa Dremousis, who was responsible for last year's If I Wake before I Die. Odd Duck Studio, 1214 10th Ave, 284-3050. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 7, through March 4. $5-$10.
*THE NORMAL HEART
An activist and a reporter awaken to harsh realities in the early years of the AIDS epidemic in this production directed by Sean McEnaney. "A strong ensemble cast carries through to present a satisfying evening of theater-the most enjoyable I have ever had at the Schmee." (Adrian Ryan) Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave, 324-5801. Thurs-Sat at 8, select matinees at 2, through March 4. $12.
Some zany, musical nuns try to offset the fact that this production is rather unholy: It's full of scabs, due to the fact that musicians are still striking for union recognition from the producing company, Civic Light Opera. Jane Addams Theatre, Summit School, 11051 34th NE, 363-2809. Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2:30, through March 4. $16-$20.
PRINTER'S DEVIL PLAY BONANZA
Continuing its commitment to presenting new works, the accomplished fringe company (fresh from their successful remount of Free Will and Wanton Lust) brings us their fifth annual workshop stagings of 12 plays in 12 weeks. An ambitious, innovative, and most likely, worthwhile event. Consolidated Works, 410 Terry Ave N, 860-7163. Mon-Tues at 7:30. March 6 through May 23. Pay-as-you-leave donation. See also Stranger Suggests.
*SHUT UP AND LOVE ME
You probably know she smeared chocolate on herself, but chances are you've never actually seen infamous performance artist Karen Finley. "What the uninitiated may find, to his or her surprise, is the fact that Finley is so likable and flat-out funny. Those who are turned-off will miss out on the sheer fun of her volatile self-deprecation."(Steve Wiecking) On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, 217-9888. Fri-Sat at 8 & 10:30, through March 4. $20.
A first kiss between two young women in a park provokes a violent attack in this acclaimed play by Diana Son. "The play, and the Rep's tender production, is a quiet statement about the self-awareness required to both defeat the world's wearying offensives and engage in its fleeting victories. Disarmingly genuine and funny." (Steve Wiecking) Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222. Tues-Sun at 7:30, Sat-Sun matinees at 2, through March 4. $10-$42.
THE THREE SISTERS
UW's School of Drama presents a centennial staging of Chekhov's classic in a translation by Lanford Wilson. A trio of melancholy siblings hope for more from both life and love. Meany Studio Theatre, University of Washington, 543-4880. Tues-Thurs at 7:30, Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2, through March 12. $7-$10.
TIM CONWAY & HARVEY KORMAN
Okay-I delighted as much as any other child of my generation in the way these two funnymen used to crack each other up during those classic skits from The Carol Burnett Show. I must pause, however, when a press release can print "See your favorite skits from Dorf videos" with a straight face. Nostalgic affection can only take a person so far. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St, 628-0888. Sat March 4 only, at 8. $35.50-$49.50.
VICKI GADGET SAVES THE WORLD
Sometimes a press release says it all: "Giddy, glittery, guerrilla-style musical theatre for the comic-book reading, eyebrow-piercing, extreme sports-playing, gender-fuck fringe." Well, alright, then. Re-bar, 1114 Howell, 323-0388. Fri-Sun at 8. Open-ended run. $10.
WE WON'T PAY! WE WON'T PAY!
In Dario Fo's popular political farce, a housewife steals some groceries and ends up in hot water, Lucy Ricardo-style, when she and her friend try to hide the fact from their husbands. Stage One Theatre, North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way N, 527-3661. Fri-Sat at 8, through March 4. Pay-what-you-can.
*ZELDA & SCOTT
Subtitled Nine Short Plays about the Fitzgeralds, Nostalgic Company's original production focuses on everybody's favorite literary wastrels, the Gatsby author and his notoriously loony wife. "Director Jamie Hook and a hardworking cast eventually achieve an elegiac understanding of a doomed and beautiful generation. The production has a scrappy fragility that, much like its titular subjects, makes it difficult to dislike."(Steve Wiecking) Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 329-0071, Thurs-Sat at 8, through March 4. $8.
One of Seattle's finest and freshest troupes, the ever-innovative d-9 Dance Collective is still shamefully unsung. You can start crooning their praises after this evening of new and favorite dances, including a personal favorite: a gorgeous solo from Theodora Fogarty choreographed by Wade Madsen to Pie Jesu, one of Andrew Lloyd Weber's few truly lovely pieces of music. Freehold's East Hall Theatre, 1525 10th Ave on the second floor of Oddfellows Hall, 781-7746. Thurs-Sun March 2-5 at 8. $10-$12.
FESTIVALS, CABARETS, & COMEDY
FULL NELSON 3
A big hit last year, Powderkeg Contemporary Performance's merging of national and international performance and visual artists includes locals Derek Horton and Tamara Paris, and many examples of experimental invention. Over 15 different artists celebrating for two nights only. The Old Redhook Brewery, 35th and Phinney in Fremont, 297-1153. Fri-Sat March 3-4 only, doors at 6:30, performances at 8. $5.
IMPROSIA: COMEDY OF THE GODS
Performing character-driven scenes based on audience suggestions. Wit's End, 770 N 34th St, 547-2330. Sat at 9:30. $7.
SOME KIND OF CULT
The sketch comedy troupe brings its fast and furious improv show back for one night "with no rehearsals and no apologies." Drinks Bar and Grill, 2245 Eastlake Ave E, 524-5858. March 4 only at 8. $5 cover.
TASTE OF ACT
A 12th annual event featuring food, drink, dancing, and entertainment in the theatre's plethora of elegantrooms and auditoriums. Song stylings, comic revelry, and hey, everything goes down better with booze, right? A Contemporary Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. Sat March 4 only, 8 pm-1 am. $65.
*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, 628-0303. Tues at 8. $6.
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.
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.
NEW PLAY COMPETITION
Richard Hugo House is awarding $1,000 and a staged reading to the best new full-length play written by a playwright residing in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho. Send a bound copy of your unproduced, original script by March 15 to Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. Call 322-7030 for more information.
SEATTLE REPERTORY THEATRE
Now accepting applications through March 15 for its Professional Arts Training Program for the 2000-2001 season. Internships available: Arts Management, Artistic and Literary, Costume Shop, Communications, Education, Lighting Design, Production Management, Properties, Scenic Arts, Stage Management, and Technical Production. Call intern hotline at 443-2210, ext. 1200, or write for an application to: Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109.