THEATER


OPENING THIS WEEK

ALL THE WORLD'S A SAGE · A Contemporary Theater

AMADEUS · Nippon Kan Theater

BALLET IMPERIAL · Pacific Northwest Ballet

DOG OPERA · Northwest Actors Studio

KODO · UW Meany Theater

LA VALSE · Open Circle Theatre

MOREAU · Taproot Theatre

ONE FROM THE VAULTS · Horizon Productions

SEMI-MONDE · UW Ethnic Cultural Theater

SPEED-THE-PLOW · Odd Duck Studio

VICKI GADGET SAVES THE WORLD · Re-bar


ONE WEEK ONLY

BALLET HISPANICO · UW Meany Theater

HUNTING FOR MOBY DICK · Consolidated Works

MARY SHELDON SCOTT/JARRAD POWELL · Oddfellows Hall

SHAVE AND A HAIRCUT · Speakeasy Cafe


CLOSING THIS WEEK

BRILLIANT TRACES · Liberty Deli

POLAROID STORIES · UW Meany Studio Theatre


OPENING AND CURRENT RUNS


ALL THE WORLD'S A SAGE

Sometimes a forced association is transparently exploitative: Witness ACT's one-act reading of "prose, poetry and fiction about gardens and horticulture" to run in conjunction with the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. A Contemporary Theatre, Seventh Ave & Union St, 292-7676. Wed at 5:30, Thurs-Sat at 2 and 5:30, Sun at 2, this week only. $10.


AMADEUS

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, Fri Feb 4 through March 4. $10-$12.


APPLE TO GRANDMA

In what sounds like another one of those literary hallucinogens for kids (à la Lewis Carroll), 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.


DOG OPERA

Its story of the friendship between a gay man and a neurotic woman is familiar territory by now, but Constance Congdon's gentle comedy (which had its first reading at the Intiman years ago) is one of the subject's better, more touching efforts. And there's a hot, half-naked guy. North-west Actors Studio, 11th and Pike, 324-6328. Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 7, Fri Feb 4 through Feb 26. $10.


DOUBLE INDEMNITY

James M. Cain's hard-boiled Roman noir graces the stage at On the Boards, performed by Book-It Repertory. "Director Mary Machala focuses heavily, and somewhat successfully, on the iconic ingenuity of Cain's plot, but misses the brutal longing in his language; the show is almost entirely without sexual heat." (Steve Wiecking) On the Boards, 100 W Roy, 216-0833. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 2, some additional performances, through Feb 12. $15.


*FREE WILL AND WANTON LUST

Consolidated Works presents a remount of the acclaimed Printer's Devil production of Nicky Silver's dark farce, which won a 1996 Stranger SPIT award for Best Comedy the first time around. A wild ride featuring the fabulous Stephen Hando, among others. Consolidated Works, 410 Terry Ave N, 784-8647. Thurs-Sun at 8, through Feb 13. $14. Thursdays are two-for-one.


HUNTING FOR MOBY DICK

A reflection about Herman's Big White One meets the theater simple people in a one-night-only performance to benefit their visit to Adelaide, Australia's fringe festival. A cast of seven, and a text that's 100 percent pure Melville, set out to sea. Consolidated Works, 410 Terry Ave N, 784-8647. Mon Feb 7 at 7:30. Suggested donation is $25, but pay what you can.


*I REMEMBER MAPA

Alec Mapa, a gay Filipino actor with rapid-fire comic timing, muses on the resilience it takes to survive in an entertainment industry that casts Linda Hunt as a Eurasian male. His one-man show may be just shy of self-congratulation, but Mapa's honesty and truly funny observations make it worth your while. Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave S, 340-1049. Tues-Sat at 8, Sun at 4, through Feb 20. $9-$15.


KODO

Centered on the "Taiko," a traditional drum, this vividly theatrical Japanese percussion company is back in Seattle for five athletic shows on its One Earth tour. Meany Theater, University of Washington, 543-4880. Wed-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. Feb 9-13 only. $30.


LA VALSE

See bio box this page. Open Circle Theatre, 429 Boren Ave N, 382-4250. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 7, through March 4. $15.


MARTIN GUERRE

Mystery, deception, mistaken identity, secret ambition, hidden desire, religious persecution-c'est Martin Guerre, set against the squalor of medieval France. But in this pre-Broadway debut, produced by Cameron Mackintosh, love rules the day. 5th Avenue Theater, 1308 Fifth Ave, 292-2787. Tues-Sat at 8, Sun at 7:30, Sat-Sun matinees at 2, through Feb 12. $14-$60.


MONKEY. THAT'S RIGHT, MONKEY.

Red Card Productions, the folks who got some good press with Eddie Paul Rex a while back, return with a bizarre comedy about the travails of a finicky, superintelligent research monkey. "The show functions as no more or less than an inoffensive evening of totally unmemorable theater." (Adrian Ryan) Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 640-5738. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 7, through Feb 13. $10.


MOREAU

H. G. Wells' creepy, cautionary tale about genetic tomfoolery-which in the past has roped in everyone from Marlon Brando to South Park-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. Runs Fri Feb 4 through March 4. $10-$24.


THE NORMAL HEART

It should be interesting to see what Theater Schmeater makes of Larry Kramer's already somewhat dated AIDS love story, and whether or not they should have bothered. Directed by Sean McEnaney. Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave, 324-5801. Thurs-Sat at 8, select matinees at 2, through March 4. $12.


ONE FROM THE VAULTS

Parodies are wildly hit-or-miss affairs, so this is anyone's guess. Michael Chemers sends up those stuffy, intricate English murder mysteries with an offbeat whodunit set in mysterious Moustache Manor. Hutchinson Hall Cabaret Theatre, 17th and 45th on UW Campus, 547-9504. Wed-Thurs at 7:30, Fri-Sun at 8, Sun matinee at 2. Runs Wed Feb 9 through Feb 13. $6-$8.


POLAROID STORIES

In Naomi Iizuka's take on Ovid's The Metamorpheses, a bunch of street kids reach some kind of epiphany about humanity, presumably without asking you for beer money. Meany Studio Theatre, University of Washington, 543-4880. Tues-Thurs at 7:30, Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2, through Feb 6. $7-$10.


SEMI-MONDE

Noël Coward's take on "modern" romantic entanglements has been produced only once in 74 years, which makes it both intriguing and dubious. Various couplings take place in Paris' Ritz Hotel; supposedly we can see in them the prototypes for Coward's later towering successes. UW Ethnic Cultural Theater, 3940 Brooklyn Ave NE, 985-1019. Wed-Sat at 8, Sun matinee at 2. Runs Fri Feb 4 through Feb 20. $12-$15.


SPEED-THE-PLOW

No one seems to want to admit that David Mamet's hit play about whoring your soul in Hollywood is blatantly misogynist, but it is. It's also crisp and clever, which will hopefully come through in this Insight America Touring Theater production. Odd Duck Studio, 1214 10th Ave, 860-5245. Feb 4-6 and Feb 9-10 at 8.


STOP KISS

A first kiss between two young women in a park provokes a violent attack in this acclaimed play by Diana Son. Funny and moving, Son's play was the talk of Off-Broadway (winning raves in The New Yorker and elsewhere) and should be a hot ticket. Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222. Tues-Sun at 7:30, Sat-Sun matinees at 2, through March 4. $10-$42.


*TEXARKANA WALTZ

The Empty Space presents Seattle playwright Louis Broome's award-winning, highly imaginative comic drama of a Southern family coming to terms with its horribly violent past. "Everything has worked to turn Broome's broad, wistful saga into something warm and rewarding. With high comic and tragic style, the show croons a whiskey-soaked tale of the stories that both conceal us from and reveal us to each other and ourselves." (Steve Wiecking) Empty Space Theater, 3509 Fremont Ave, 547-7500, through Feb 12. Call for showtimes. $18-$26.


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, all right, then. Re-bar, 1114 Howell, 323-0388. Fri-Sun at 8. Open-ended run starts Fri Feb 4. $10.


DANCE


*BALLET HISPANICO

Combining ballet, jazz, and ethnic influences, Artistic Director Tina Ramirez's dance company brings the passion and sophistication of Hispanic culture to the stage. They've been met with praise everywhere else, and they're here for three performances only. UW Meany Theater, 543-4880. Thurs-Sat Feb 3-5 at 8. $28.


BALLET IMPERIAL

Pacific Northwest Ballet carts out the Balanchine again for its first program in the year 2000. In addition to the titular piece from Mr. B., the evening features Rudi van Dantzig's Ginastera and Lynne Taylor-Corbett's The Quilt. Seattle Center Opera House, 292-ARTS. Runs Feb 3-5 and 10-12 at 7:30. $16.50-$100.


MARY SHELDON SCOTT/JARRAD POWELL

Choreographer Scott and composer Powell have been successfully collaborating since 1993 (their 1998 piece was called "astonishing" in these pages). Their first performance of the new century is a chamber concert on Capitol Hill. Oddfellows Hall, Fourth Floor Chamber Theater, 915 E Pine, 545-8848. Feb 3-6 at 8. $10.


FESTIVALS, CABARETS, & COMEDY


BRILLIANT TRACES

Eat a gourmet buffet dinner while watching melodrama unfold in Cindy Lou Johnson's Brilliant Traces, in which a sweat-stained bride and a curmudgeon are trapped in an Alaskan snowstorm. Liberty Deli, 2722 Alki Ave SW, 405-8433. Fri-Sat at 6:30, through Feb 5. $22.


IMPROSIA: COMEDY OF THE GODS

Performing character-driven scenes based on audience suggestions. Wit's End, 770 N 34th St, 726-2972. Sat at 9:30. $7.


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.


SHAVE AND A HAIRCUT

One night only cabaret from some popular, in-your-face performers-Derek Horton, Christina Mastin, Shawn Belyea, and others. They're promising music, theater, dance, poetry, and rotten fruit. Speakeasy Cafe, 2304 Second Ave, 781-7081. Sat Feb 5 at 8. $10.


*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


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.


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


INDEPENDENT FILM

An audition for an independent film is being held Sun Feb 6 from 11 am-2 pm. Please call 541-9595 and leave a message to receive an audition.


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'S MARDI GRAS 2000

All unique and unusual performers-jugglers, clowns, etc.-wanted for this year's bigger and better celebration in Pioneer Square that takes place March 1-7. Donations available for chosen performers. Send resume and photo to: Mardi Gras 2000, 315 Second Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, or call 439-2803.


SIRENS THEATRE COMPANY

Seeking a stage manager for fringe production of Menage a Trois. Two week commitment and a stipend. Call 364-1421 for appointment.


STAGE MANAGER SOUGHT

The Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society is holding interviews for a reasonably paid, non-equity position for its 11-performance production of Yeoman of the Guard at the Bagley Wright Theatre. Submit letter, resume, and three references to: Mike Storie, Producer, The Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society, 1500 E McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98112.


STONE SOUP THEATRE

Auditions for Ionesco's The Bald Soprano and Williams' The Perfect Analysis Given by A Parrot. Cold readings for paid performances in April. Call 633-1883 for Feb 6th appointment.