ALL MY SONS
Final week. Power, corruption, and lies: the weight of Arthur Miller's 1947 breakthrough. "Director Karen Lund has a firm grasp on the timeliness of the piece and, for the first two acts, manages to keep the melodrama under control. The cramped playing space bubbles with Miller's secrets and lies, and though the staging can get a bit busy, Lund's pacing is masterful. It's only at the end of the second act and into the third that the production boils over. If not for actor Robert Gallaher's controlled performance, they might have lost the theatrical soup." (Jeff Meyers) Taproot Theatre, 204 N 85th St, 781-9707. $18-$26. Wed-Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sat matinees at 2 pm. Through March 1.
ALL THE GREAT BOOKS (abridged)
Final week. "Picture it: Announcer says, 'Oliver Twist!' Enter guy in pseudo-Victorian orphan drag, cue up Chubby fucking Checker, and please don't make me go on." (Adrian Ryan) Reduced Shakespeare Company at ACT, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $30-$35. Tues-Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through March 2.
ARMS AND THE MAN
Final week. The famous play about love and war by George Bernard Shaw. You should remember it from junior high school. University of Washington Ethnic Cultural Theater, 3940 Brooklyn Ave NE, 283-9760. $8. Fri-Sat at 7 pm. Through March 1.
BLACK TO MY ROOTS
One week only. African American women talk about their hair, which is the nexus of a surprising amount of political turmoil. Brownbox Productions at South Seattle Community College Little Theater, 6000 16th Ave SW, 768-6455. $3-$5. Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm.
BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY
The Nazi regime--as it relates to the Reagan era--in Tony Kushner's dated rumination on art in dark times. Strike Anywhere Productions at Seattle Center House, Theater Four, fourth floor, 325-6500. $8-$10. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through March 22.
BOY GETS GIRL
See review this issue. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St, 443-2222. $10-$46. Tues-Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 and 7:30 pm. Through March 23.
See Stranger Suggests. Annex Theatre at Rendezvous, 2320 Second Ave, 728-0933. $12. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through March 22.
Ira Levin's ancient Broadway comedy-thriller about a dried-up playwright who attempts to lift a script from his up-and-coming student. North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way N, 526-7791. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Fri-Sun at 8 pm. Through March 15.
ESCAPE FROM HAPPINESS
See review this issue. Theatre Babylon at Union Garage, 1418 10th Ave, 720-1942. $12. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through March 15.
GO, DOG. GO!
Word on the street says this shit's got the kiddies cracking up like there's no tomorrow. Get super high and join the fun. Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St, 441-3322. $12.50-$19.50. Fri at 7 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 and 5:30 pm. Through May 4.
GOODNIGHT CHILDREN EVERYWHERE
No Michael, no! It's just a play! Richard Nelson's WWII drama about families scattered abroad during the bombings on London. Playhouse Theatre, 404 University Way NE, UW Campus, 543-4880. $7-$12. Wed-Thurs at 7 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through March 16.
HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE
Opening. Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning survey of the icky limits of familial affection. University of Washington, Studio 201, 543-4880. $5. Wed-Thurs at 7 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through March 16.
JEKYLL AND HYDE
A musical rendition of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic--astonishing audiences with its 13 different rhymes for "dichotomy." Civic Light Opera at Jane Addams Summit School Auditorium, 11051 34th Ave NE, 363-2809. $20-$30. Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2:30 pm. Through March 8.
Final week. R. C. Sherriff's antiwar riff, set in WWI France. Exchange Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE Sixth St, Bellevue, 325-6500. $10-$25. Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through March 1.
Opening. Hot on the heels of Joe Millionaire, here's George Bernard Shaw's gender-bending twist on the winning Fox formula. With pesto penne. Steeplechase Productions at Liberty Deli, 2722 Alki Ave SW, 935-8420. $15. Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm. Through March 29.
MURDER AT CRAGGY ROCK
A Wild West musical-mystery-comedy set to steak, featuring characters with names like Slappy, Hap Hazard, El Gatito, and Fifi. Northwest Murder Mysteries at Rock Salt Steak House, 1232 Westlake Ave N, 706-7575. $50, includes meal. Sat at 8 pm. Through March 29.
MY FAIR LADY
I'm really uncomfortable with the word "cockney." It's sort of like "moist"--it just sounds dirty. 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave, 625-1900. $15-$58. Tues-Wed at 7:30 pm, Thurs-Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2, 8 pm, Sun at 7:30 pm. Through March 16.
NICKY SOMEWHERE ELSE
Apparent mental illness as masked by the notion of a child's "imagination," Nicky Somewhere Else journeys through the world of imaginary twins, pet rabbits, Santa Claus, and telling delusions. Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St, Seattle Center, 441-3322. $12-$26. Fri at 7 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 and 5:30 pm. Through March 30.
THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA
Final week. Southern drawl, questions of faith, and perhaps even some funny hats in Tennessee Williams' award-winning masterpiece. GreenStage at Sand Point Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way, Building 406, 748-1551. Free. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through March 1.
Opera. Tragedy. Italian. Approximately three hours long. Seattle Opera at Mercer Arts Arena, 363 Mercer Ave, 389-7676. $35-$109. Fri-Sat at 7 pm, Wed at 7 pm. Through March 8.
R (THE SWASHBUCKLING TALE OF ANNE BONNY AND MARY READ)
See review this issue. Macha Monkey at Chamber Theatre, 915 E Pine St, fourth floor, 860-2970. $12. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through March 8.
THE SAINT PLAYS
Final week. Erik Ehn's play about, um, saints. Skinner Theater, Cornish College North Campus, 1501 10th Ave E, 726-5066. Free. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through March 2.
VIC: SPIRIT MADE FLESH
Final week. "Ultimately, the strange, forgotten story of Victoria Woodhull exposes the limits not of the actors (who all do a fine job), or the writer (ditto), but the space of the theater itself." (Charles Mudede) Open Circle Theatre, 429 Boren Ave N, 325-6500. $15. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 7 pm. Through March 1.
WOMEN WITH BALLS
"Finally, someone has managed to tackle a social issue without beating the audience to death with it. The concept is simple: Four fun and talented women perform what seems like a collection of history reports written by sassy budding feminists. Set to music. With butt jokes. This show is breezy, not preachy; lighthearted, not pointy-headed; and even a touch (ouch) educational." (Adrian Ryan) Red & Me at Bathhouse Theatre, 7312 W Green Lake Drive N, 325-6500. $12-$18. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 7:30 pm. Through March 29.
WOUNDS TO THE FACE
See review this issue. If the press release is to be believed, Howard Barker's Wounds to the Face throws darts at a map that charts everything from the emotional bonds of vanity to the dangers of diametric thought processes--and touches on patriotism versus terrorism, just for kicks. Union Garage, 1418 10th Ave, 720-1942. $12. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through March 15.
FESTIVALS, CABARET, & COMEDY
Improvised theater about the Jet City. Unexpected Productions at Market Theatre, Post Alley, 781-9273. $10. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through March 15.
One night only. The troupe formerly known as HA! Comedy Improv! continues its tradition of uncomfortably inane monikers with the new and improved "The Edge." Grrr! The Edge at the Playhouse, 200 Madison Ave N, Bainbridge Island, 842-8569. $8. Sat March 1 at 7:30 pm.
IMPROV! COMEDY AND MORE!
It's not clear what the "and more!" portion of the evening holds, but I hope it has something to do with Reddi-wip. Ain't nothin' funny like Reddi-wip. Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E Pike St, third floor, 425-417-5667. $10. Sat at 10 pm. Through March 29.
IT'S ALL THE SAME
Gender-bent cabaret starring local vets Karen Gruber and Doug Knoop. Thumper's Restaurant & Lounge, 1500 E Madison St, 328-3800. $10. Sun at 8:30 pm. Through March 30.
If life is a cabaret, please kill me. The Velveteens--a lounge trio and their pianist--gut the standards for your entertainment. Straight-Edge Theatrics at Thumper's Restaurant & Lounge, 1500 E Madison St, 328-3800. $15. Fri-Sat at 8:30 pm. Through March 15.
One night only. One of standup's most lasting relics, I sort of have a soft spot for Rita Rudner. Never quite able to volley the mic stand for more lucrative endeavors in Hollywood, Rudner remains a Vegas staple of the same shtick that placed her on so many HBO reruns in the late '80s. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St, 628-0888. $23-$43. Fri Feb 28 at 8 pm.
TEN MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL
Final week. Sneeze and you'll miss 'em: UW's second annual festival of brevity, featuring works by Steven Dietz, Tracey Wilson, and Cynthia Cooper, to name a few. University of Washington, Penthouse Theatre, 543-4880. $7-$12. Wed-Thurs at 7 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through March 2.
CORNISH BFA DANCE CONCERTS
This week only. Graduating Cornish seniors show their stuff in a series of dance concerts. Also includes performances of works by guest choreographers such as Wade Madsen, Amy O'Neal, and Deborah Wolf. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Ave, 323-1400. Free--reservations required. Thurs-Fri at 8 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 and 8 pm.
This week only. Celebrated choreographer Durning, all the way from New York City (!), conducts a week's worth of classes as part of the guest artist series, culminating in three nights of performances on a shared bill with the work of local choreographer Amii LeGendre. Jeanine Durning at Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E Pine St, second floor, 325-8773. $12-$14. Fri-Sun at 8 pm.
FUERZA Y COMPAS
This week only. An all-female cast of 22 sets the stage on fire with this original work, to the rigid, lush sound of flamenco. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba at Meany Theatre, UW Campus, 15th Ave NE 40th and 41st St, 543-4880. $32. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through March 1.
LES SAMEDIS DE LA DANSE
One night only. Because "Saturdays of Dance" didn't sound nearly bourgeois enough, Next Stage Dance Theatre and Fremont DanceWorks! present a monthly evening of affordable dance in its natural studio environment. Next Stage Dance Theatre at Dance Fremont, 4015 Stone Way N, 633-0812. $5. Sat March 1 at 7 pm.
One day only. Voices of dissent unite--just don't forget the pancake makeup. "Guerrilla readings" of the ancient antiwar tome Lysistrata take place across the globe, with several events taking place in Seattle. For specific information on venues and times, see www.lysistrataseattle.com. Free. Mon March 3.