OPENING AND CURRENT RUNS
Closes this week. Top-notch sketch comedians the Habit return with a greatest-hits assemblage. "At their best, the boys of the Habit do more than toss off gags--they create little worlds." (Bret Fetzer) The Bathhouse Theatre, 7312 W Green Lake Dr N, 325-6500. $10. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sat at 11 pm. Extended through Fri-Sat, April 26 & 27, at 11 pm only.
Closes this week. Frenchy Jean Anouilh's modernization of the Greek myth. Theatre Company #3 at the Union Garage, 1418 10th Ave, 720-1942. $10-$12. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through April 27.
This week only. A play in four parts, each written and directed by different people. Live Girls! Performance Space, 620 Alaskan Way, second floor, 568-1985, ext. 3. $10 suggested donation. Fri at 8 pm.
THE FOOD CHAIN
Opening. Another Nicky Silver play. I guess someone out there must really think Nicky Silver is great. Straight-Edge Theatrics & TMCWorks at Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E Pike St, 632-9800. $12 general, $10 student/seniors. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through May 11.
Solo show about an unemployed actor taking reservations for an ultra-chic restaurant. David Scully takes over from R. Hamilton Wright on 4/28. "Though there are some laughs, the script is bland and mechanical--the theatrical equivalent of a bag of potato chips." (Bret Fetzer) ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $24.50-$29.50. Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Open run.
Young boy unjustly sentenced to hard labor; sneaky warden has a secret agenda. Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St, Seattle Center, 442-3322. $21.50-$24.50 adults, $14.50-$17.50 for kids/seniors. Fri at 7 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 & 5:30 pm. Through June 23.
Opening. Staged readings of new plays. May 1 at 7:30 pm: Sugar Plum Fairy by Sandra Tsing Loh. May 2 at 7:30 pm: The Séance by Philip and Belinda Haas. May 3 at 7:30 pm: Beowulf, book by Robert O'Hara, music by Eric Schwartz. May 4 at 1 pm: Malediction by Bruce Hurlbut. May 4 at 7:30 pm: Inventing Van Gogh by Steven Dietz. May 5 at 1 pm: Eurydice by Sarah Dart Ruhl. May 5 at 7:30 pm: The Home Life of Polar Bears by Hilly Hicks, Jr. Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222. $10 per reading, $30 for a pass to all. Through May 5.
* IF I DIE IN A COMBAT ZONE
Closes this week. A bunch of the boys in this testosterone-driven Vietnam War show are total hotties. "The actors work together like a well-trained troop... If I Die is that rare thing in theater: a long play that doesn't drag or wither." (Brian Goedde) Book-It at Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 325-6500. $19 (senior/student/group discounts). Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through April 28.
* INTO THE WEST
Closes this week. Two kids and a horse. What more do you need? "This production exemplifies the best of what theater can do with a simple set, a good script, and amazing actors." (Rebecca Brown) Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St, Seattle Center, 441-3322. Adults $21.50-$22.50, senior/student/child $14.50-$15.50. Fri at 7 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 & 5:30 pm. Through April 28.
* IT'S NOT YOU, IT'S ME
Closes this week. A new musical about, you know, love and stuff. An "Audience Favorite" at the last Fringe Festival. "It was clunky and corny, but nothing I could possibly call predictable. Even with its flaws, I left feeling that this was a great little show." (Adrian Ryan) Umbrella Arts at Open Circle Theater, 429 Boren Ave N, 281-4285. $15. Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 6 pm. Through April 28.
LOVERS & MADMEN
Sort of a Shakespeare love-scene casserole. Seattle Shakespeare Company at the Center House Theatre, Seattle Center, 325-6500. $10-$24. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through May 5.
MACBETH, JULIUS CAESAR, & DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
This week only. Snippets of Shakespeare, speech by King, and other material, performed by Cedric Liqueur. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030. $7. Fri at 7 pm.
MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA
Opening. Eugene O'Neill's interpretation of the Oresteia. Ezra! Stay out of the bath! ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $32.50-$44 ($10 for anyone 21 and under). Tues-Thurs & Sun at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, assorted matinees at 2 pm (call for details). Through May 19.
NINE HOLES GOES CRAZY
Closes this week. Buncha short plays, sorta on the theme of madness. "The weaker material in Nine Holes Goes Crazy is in the first half; intermission seems a long way off. Act II delivers stronger stuff." (Nate Lippens) Theatre Babylon at the Union Garage, 1418 10th Ave, 720-1942. $12 (pay-what-you-can on Thursdays). Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through April 27.
OBON: TALES OF RAIN AND MOONLIGHT
Reviewed this issue. Ping Chong's mélange of puppets, music, and live actors, based on Japanese ghost stories. Seattle Repertory Theatre, Second & Mercer, 443-2222. $15-$44. Tues-Sun at 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 pm. Through May 15.
Something to do with doughnut-eating cops and glam-metal rockers. Bald Faced Lie at Re-bar, 1114 Howell St (at Boren), 323-0388. $12-$15. Fri-Sun at 8 pm. Through May 25.
TEATRO ZINZANNI: DINNER & DREAMS
The most expensive dinner theater of all time--three hours of gluttony, lust, and eye candy. Featuring the effervescent yet earthy Kevin Kent. Teatro ZinZanni, Sixth & Battery, 805-0015. $89 Wed-Fri & Sun, $99 Sat (includes dinner, but not beverages or gratuity). Wed-Sat at 6:30 pm, Sun at 5:30 pm. Open run.
* TITUS ANDRONICUS
Closes this week. Not one of Shakespeare's best, but neither was Cymbeline, and Intiman's production kicked ass. "It's not until [the second act] that the production find a darkly comic tone that's both caustic and genuinely involving. In most productions, this would be a fatal problem; but this production has so much else to offer--both in the clarity of its interpretation and the inventiveness of its images--that you should see it regardless." (Bret Fetzer) Intiman Theatre, Seattle Center, 201 Mercer St, 269-1900. $30-$42 ($10 for anyone 25 & under). Tues-Thurs & Sun at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 pm (Wed matinee at 2 pm on April 24). Through April 27.
TEXTS FOR NOTHING
Opening. Bill Irwin returns with a staging of Samuel Beckett's prose. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 2nd and Mercer, 443-2222. $15-$44. Tues-Sun at 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 pm. Through May 26.
TWILIGHT ZONE MARATHON
Closes this week. Four episodes, back-to-back. Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave, 325-6500. $15 Fri-Sat, $12 Thurs-Sun. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 7 pm. Through April 27.
The creative team of Chris Jeffries and Allison Narver (responsible for The Fatty Arbuckle Spookhouse Revue and I See London, I See France) tackle Oscar Wilde and Russian political activist Vera Zasulich. The Empty Space, 3509 Fremont Ave N, 547-7500. $20-$30. Tues-Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 pm, Sun at 7 pm. Through May 18.
WELCOME TO KITTY HAWK
Reviewed this issue. Closes this week. Vaudevillian interpretation of three artists from 1950s New York--John Ashberry, Grace Hartigan, and Frank O'Hara. Printer's Devil Theatre at the Little Theater, 608 19th Ave E, 329-2629. $10 Thurs/Sun, $12 Fri-Sat. Thurs-Sun at 8 pm, also Fri-Sat at 9:30 pm. Through April 28.
An epic comedy about Genghis Khan. The Shunpike Arts Collective at Sand Point Naval Base, bldg. 67, room 110, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, 795-4388. $10. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sat at 2 pm. Through May 11.
* BRIGHTEST PLACE
Closes this week. Choreography by Corinna Befort, in collaboration with composers, filmmakers, and sculptors. Velocity MainSpace, 915 E Pine St, second floor, 324-6780. $12. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through April 27.
This week only. A new incarnation of this dance/installation piece returns. Vain Beauty World, 2018 First Ave, 441-3441. Free. Thurs-Fri from 4-7 pm, Sat from 9 pm to 1 am.
Opening. Two movement/theater pieces, one about deranged chefs, one about tiny beings on a scientific quest. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, 217-9888. $12. Thurs-Sun at 9 pm. Through May 4.
FESTIVALS, CABARET, & COMEDY
51 AND COUNTING/MABO'S SPEAKEASY CABARET
Opening. Mary Ann Boyd describes her 51 jobs, followed by a mix of belly-dancing, comedy, and music. Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way N, 325-6500. $10 Fri-Sat, pay-what-you-can Sun. Fri-Sat at 8:30 pm, Sun at 7:30 pm. Through May 5.
5TH AVE THEATRE'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
This week only. A big fundraising party, featuring guests Ann Miller, Cathy Rigby, and other stars of dubious luminosity. The 5th Ave Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave, 292-2787. $40-$150. Sat at 8:30 pm.
This week only. "Extreme" violin, a.k.a. Riverfiddle. If this is your kind of thing, here it is. The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, 467-5510. $26-$46. Fri-Sun at 8 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 pm.
* BELLES BLOOM, A SPRING BALLET
Opening. The glorious Rollvulvas, a five-headed all-women vaudevillian troupe--accurately described as "Ziegfeld on acid"--return, accompanied by raconteur Richard LeFebvre and Shining Moment Films. The Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous Tavern, 2320 Second Ave, 441-5823. $13 day of show, $11 in advance. Fri-Sat at 9 pm. Through May 4.
This week only. "Impromptu-esque interactive entertainment," including silent film and "voice-orchestrated Gertrude Stein." The Iceberg Collective at El Diablo Coffee Co., 1811 Queen Anne Ave N, 285-0693. Free. Fri at 8 pm.
Like Shakespeare, but made up. The new trend in improv; see also The Lost Folio. Unexpected Productions at Market Theatre, Post Alley (you know, down below the pig), 781-9273. $10. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Open run.
This week only. Buncha stuff including film, theater, dance, and readings from the likes of Val Bush, Maria Glanz, Johnny Kaufmann, Juliet Waller, and the Diabolical Dr. Klaw. Produced by Macha Monkey at the Chamber Theatre, 915 E Pine, fourth floor, 617-8014. $10. Fri at 8 pm.
This week only. The passion. The upright posture. The pounding heels. Ah. Ballard Odd Fellows Lodge, 1706 NW Market St, 781-9553. $15. Sat at 10:30 pm (preceded by a tango lesson at 9 pm).
Reviewed this issue. A sick king bickers with his jester. Hoi Polloi Productions at Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E Pike St, third floor, 324-6328. $10. Thurs-Sat at 10 pm. Through May 11.
This week only. A two-man improv duo who promise non-standard improv comedy. Open Circle Theatre, 429 Boren Ave N, 324-6264. $7 (free if you see It's Not You...It's Me beforehand). Sat at 10 pm.
THE LOST FOLIO
Like Shakespeare, but made up. The new trend in improv; see also Improvised Shakespeare. Jet City Improv at the Center House Theatre, Seattle Center, 325-6500. $8. Fri-Sat at 10 pm, Sun at 4:30 pm. Through May 4.
* MONEY & RUN, EPISODE 3
Closes this week. Subtitled: Save the Last Dance for Run. The usual lowbrow high jinks and slow-motion fight choreography. Featuring Stranger writer Tamara Paris (who is pretty, friendly, and would never piss on my couch, eat all my breakfast cereal, or steal my TV while I was at work) as Big Momma Bob! Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave, 324-5801. $10. Thurs-Sat at 11 pm. Through April 27.
CABARET: THE ResERECTION at Coffee Messiah, 861-8233.
JET CITY IMPROV at ArtsWest, 938-0339; at the Ethnic Cultural Theater, 781-3879.
LATE NIGHT CATECHISM from Seattle Theatre Project at ACT Theatre, 292-7676.
MYSTERIAN at Illusionz Magical Entertainment Center, Issaquah, 425-427-2444.
QUEER AS A THREE-DOLLAR BILL at the Comedy Underground, 800-992-8499.
THEATERSPORTS at the Market Theater, 781-9273.
A FLEA IN HER EAR
Closes this week. The classic French farce. The Driftwood Players at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St, Edmonds, 425-774-9600. $18 general, $16 juniors/seniors. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through April 28.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WANDA JUNE
Opening. Absurdist comedy by Kurt Vonnegut. Edge of the World Theatre, 9673 Firdale Ave, Edmonds, 206-542-7529. $19-$22. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 7:30 pm. Through May 18.
The transvestite musical, without Julie Andrews. SecondStory Repertory, Redmond Town Center, next to Borders Books, 425-881-6777. $22 general, $18 students/seniors/educators. Fri-Sat at 8:15 pm; Sun April 28 at 2:15 pm. Through May 4.