OPENING THIS WEEK
AFTER THE FAIR · Village Theatre
GOREY STORIES · Open Circle Theater
THE HOBBIT · Northwest Puppet Center
HOME · Theater Schmeater
MONSTER · A Contemporary Theatre
THE WOOLGATHERER · RipTide Theatre Company
ONE WEEK ONLY
GOB SQUAD · On the Boards
OUT OF THIS WORLD · Showtunes! Theatre Company
CLOSING THIS WEEK
ENNIO · Moore Theatre
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT · Everett Performing Arts Center
SWING! · Paramount Theatre
THE WALL OF WATER · Next Step Theater Group
Brian Yorkey is joining the Village Theatre as associate artistic director. Yorkey will focus his energies on the Village Originals new works series, which emphasizes the development of new musicals. Yorkey has previously co-written the musicals Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (with Suzanne Grant), Funny Pages (with Scott Warrender), Making Tracks (with Welly Yang and Woody Pak), and Feeling Electric (with Tom Kitt), as well as plays such as Leaders, Senior Portrait, and Seeing Other People.
OPENING AND CURRENT RUNS
A DELICATE BALANCE
Nobody tears apart upper middle-class family life like Edward Albee. Directed by M. Burke Walker. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St, 443-2222. $29-$42, $10 for anyone under 25. Tues-Sun at 7:30, Sat-Sun at 2. Through Feb 17.
A MAP OF THE WORLD
A new theater group launches themselves with this David Hare comedy about a cynical novelist and an idealistic journalist. The director says it's very sexy, but can't explain how. Bridges International Repertory Theatre at Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 562-1888. $25. Wed-Thurs at 7:30, Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 2 & 7. Through Feb 4.
ADAM BAUM AND THE JEW MOVIE
A movie mogul and a left-wing screenwriter wrestle over a potential blockbuster at a boy's bar mitzvah. See review this issue. Empty Space, 3509 Fremont Ave N, 547-7500. $20-$28 (1/2 price day-of-show tickets for students & seniors). Tues-Thurs at 7:30, Fri-Sat at 8, Sat-Sun at 2, Sun at 7. Through Feb 10.
A new play and performance from Vincent Balestri, whose Kerouac: The Essence of Jack ran for years at the late, lamented Velvet Elvis Arts Lounge. See review this issue. Remember Theatre at the Chamber Theatre, 915 E Pine, Fourth Floor, 800-965-4827. $15 general, $12 students & seniors. Thurs-Sat at 8. Through Jan 27.
THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS
Paul Zindel's oddball but affecting exploration of a divorced mom with two daughters. ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0339. $22 adults, $18 students. Thurs-Sat at 8, call about Sat-Sun matinees. Through Feb 3.
FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT
An evening of short plays on the theme of noble lost causes. "A pair of admirable efforts isn't enough to recommend a night of stomping around and smug overacting in shows not worth struggling though." (Tom Spurgeon) Theatre Babylon, 1418 10th Ave, 720-1942. $12 (all Thurs are pay-what-you-will). Thurs-Sat at 8. Through Jan 27.
Rock and roll Euro-spectacle. See Stranger Suggests. On the Boards, 100 W Roy, 217-9888. $18-$20. Thurs-Sun at 8. One weekend only.
A musical based on the works of the elegant, macabre Edward Gorey. Opens Fri Jan 19. See Stranger Suggests. Open Circle Theatre, 429 Boren Ave N, 382-4250. $15. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 7. Through Feb 24.
*HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
The world's greatest botched-sex-change rock musical. "I seriously question the intelligence of anyone who doesn't see this show. Twice." (Adrian Ryan) Re-bar, 1114 Howell (at Boren), 323-0388 or 325-6500. $16. Thurs-Sun at 8. Through Feb 11.
Tolkien's fantasy brought to life, with hand, rod, and shadow puppets. Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave NE, 523-2579. $6.50 children, $7 seniors, $8.50 adults. Fri at 7:30, Sat-Sun at 1 & 3. (Signed performance for the hearing-impaired on Sat Jan 20, 1 pm.) Through Feb 11.
A tale of a young black man coming of age, originally performed in 1979 by the Negro Ensemble Company before transferring to Broadway. See bio box. Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave, 324-5801. $12 (under 18 free), pay-what-you-will preview on Thurs Jan 18. Thurs-Sat at 8. (Additional 2 pm matinees on Sun Jan 21 and Sun Feb 4.) Through Feb 10.
LATE NIGHT CATECHISM
Those ever-popular Catholic hijinks. Seattle Theatre Project at A Contemporary Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $24.50-$29.50. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. Running into eternity, or at least February.
Everyone has been begging me to review this solo show, so Dael Orlandersmith must be pretty hot. See Stranger Suggests. A Contemporary Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $15. Wed, Thurs, & Sun at 7:30, Fri-Sat at 8. Through Feb 11.
Splashy compilation of dance numbers set to big band musical stylings. Brought to you by the producers of The Sound of Music with Richard Chamberlain. Paramount Theatre, Ninth and Pine, 292-ARTS. $16-$50. Tues-Sat at 8, Sat-Sun at 2, Sun at 7:30. Through Jan 21.
THE TRAGEDY OF KING CHRISTOPHE
The epic tale of a Haitian war hero, written by Aimé Césaire, a poet, playwright, political theorist, and the mayor of Fort-de-France, Martinique. Seattle Public Theatre at the Green Lake Bathhouse, 7312 W Green Lake Dr N, 524-1300. $16-$19 adults, $14-$16 seniors, $10 under 25 (Thurs Jan 18 is pay-what-you-can). Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. Through Feb 4.
2 WOMEN AVOIDING INVOLUNTARY HOSPITALIZATION
A satire of New Age thinking, set at the "Third Annual Celebration of the Perimenopausal Woman." See review this issue. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, 217-9888. $12 Thurs/Sun, $14 Fri-Sat. Thurs-Sun at 8. Through Jan 28.
THE WALL OF WATER
A farce about four women sharing a rent-controlled apartment in New York. Next Step Theater at the Performance Studio, Seattle Center, 425-746-6604. $12 suggested donation. Thurs-Sat at 8. (Additonal 2 pm matinee on Sat Jan 20.) Through Jan 20.
One of the most godawful plays ever written, beloved by acting students the world over for its ludicrous emoting opportunities. RipTide Deli Theatre Company at the Liberty Deli, 2722 Alki Ave SW, 405-8433. $22 in advance, $25 at the door (includes dinner). Sat-Sun, dinner at 6:30, show at 7:30. Through Feb 18.
FESTIVALS, CABARET, & COMEDY
AN UNEXPECTED EVENING
A revue of songs and segments from the musicals of local composer David Austin. Crepe de Paris, 1333 Fifth Ave (Rainier Square), 623-4111. $16 for show only, $42 for dinner/show. Thurs at 8, Fri-Sat at 8:30. Through Feb 3.
A crazed Italian does living caricatures. Moore Theatre, Second & Virginia, 292-ARTS. $20-$35. Tues-Thurs at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 5 & 9, Sun at 2 & 7. Through Jan 21.
Some wild-ass performance piece that fuses dance, music, and theater into an inspirational oleo with some relationship to gang awareness, if I'm reading the vague press release correctly. Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E Pike St, 324-6328. $10 general, $8 students/seniors. Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 7. Through Feb 3.
OUT OF THIS WORLD
One-night-only presentation of a new version of a little-known Cole Porter musical, featuring the tunes "From This Moment On" and, ahem, "Cherry Pies Ought To Be You." The story has something to do with Roman gods visiting Hollywood in the 1950s. Featuring a host of local musical theater talent. Showtunes! Theatre Company at Meany Hall, UW campus, 322-1777. $35 general/$20 students & seniors. Sat Jan 20, 8 pm only.
STUDIO SERIES 2001
A smorgasbord of scene studies and original work by Freehold students and related artists, ranging from a bittersweet memory tale based on home vacation movies to "a murderous, hilarious romp through the Hundred-Acre Wood of love." Every weekend is different. This weekend: New work from Frederick Stroppel, Tina LaPadula, and Richard Hesik. Freehold, 1525 10th Ave, 323-7499. Donation. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. Through Jan 28.
*JET CITY IMPROV
Improv comedy and music. "The show goes down really smoothly. One only wishes for better direction." (Tom Spurgeon) NEW LOCATION: University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE, 781-3879. $7, $5 with student ID. Fri-Sat at 10:30.
"The only improvisational show I've seen where the women performers were clearly better than the men--a welcome change from the overaggressive scene-stealing of many male-driven troupes." (Tom Spurgeon) Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, 781-9273. Fri-Sat at 10:30, $9; Sun at 7, $5.
AFTER THE FAIR
A new musical about romantic intrigue in Victorian London. Village Theatre, 303 Front St N, 425-392-2202. $22-$40. Wed-Sat at 8, Sun (and selected Sat) at 2, selected Sun at 7 (call for details). Through Feb 25.
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Village Theatre's production of the popular Biblical musical shifts over to Everett. "This production has more Vari*lightcolor="#FF0000">* robotic lights than any previous Village Theatre production," the press release announces breathily. Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave, Everett, 425-257-8600 or 888-257-3722. $20-$35. Wed-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. Through Jan 21.
MARK TWAIN'S FINAL TOUR
A solo show about, of all people, Mark Twain. SecondStory Repertory at the Redmond Town Center, Redmond, 425-881-677. $16-$18 ($4 discount for students & seniors), pay-what-you-can performance on Thurs Jan 25, 8:15 pm. Fri-Sat at 8:15. Through Jan 27.
"After the enormously enjoyable [magic] show, we wolfed down gigantically proportioned Caesar salads in the Magicafe and then scooted into the close-up magic theater where [magician Steffan] Soule's art continued to confound us." (Tamara Paris) Illusionz Magical Entertainment Center at 1025 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah, 425-427-2444. $10-$15. Fri-Sat at 8, Sat-Sun at 3. No end in sight.
PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
Steve Martin's comedy, featuring assorted historical personae. Edge of the World Theatre, 9673 Firdale Ave, Edmonds, 542-7529. $17-$20. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 7:30. Through Feb 3.
Boomer Classics seeks Equity Stage Manager for production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Reherasal begin Jan 21, the show runs Feb 23-March 4. LORT LOA contract. Contact Shelley Shermer at (425) 823-5349.
Improvisational Comedy Troupe seeking actors. Call 442-2044 for audition times and information.
Intiman Theatre is holding auditions for all roles (except Karl Lindner) in A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansbury directed by Jackie Moscou (rehearsal and show dates March 20-May 19). The remaining auditions will be held on Jan 20 by appointment. Call the Raisin info line at 269-1901 ext. 304.
Pierce County Playwright Festival seeks submissions. Mail two copies of your play in proper script format to: Dr. G. S. Relaford, 1001 S Mildred #10, Tacoma, WA 98465. Call Becca Rex at 253-779-4247 or go to www.geocities.com/pierceplaywrights to review new guidelines (strongly suggested) prior to submitting your script. Deadline is Wed Jan 31.
Seattle Film Institute seeks people to take part in live promotional events. Send headshot and resume with optional cover letter to: Seattle Film Institute, 1709 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, ATTN: Communications Director. Deadline is Feb 1. No phone calls or personal deliveries.
Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society will hold auditions for singers, actors, and dancers for The Mikado; openings for nine principals, at least 24 chorus positions, and two male and two female dancers. Auditions in early March. The productions run for three weeks in July. Call 682-0796 or go to www.pattersong.org. (Also seeking a non-Equity stage manager; for this position, contact Mike Storie at firstname.lastname@example.org.)