OPENING AND CURRENT RUNS


THE ARK

Final week. A musical retelling of the story of Noah. Village Theatre, 303 Front St N, Issaquah, 425-392-2202. $26-$42. Tues-Sat at 8 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 pm. Through April 20.



ART

Art, friendship, and stupidity: Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning play charting the "what is art?" tail chase, over dinner. Steeplechase Productions at Liberty Deli, 2722 Alki Ave SW, 935-8420. $29 with dinner, $15 show only. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through May 10.



CLITORIS CELEBRATION

See review this issue. The Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E Pike St, second floor, 325-6500. $15. Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm. Through April 26.



EVEN STEVEN GOES TO WAR

A child meets his grandfather, a Vietnam vet declared missing in action, and somehow this leads them to "discover... the meaning of friendship" in this world-premiere play by Allison Gregory. Bathhouse Theater, 7312 W Green Lake Dr N, 524-1300. $10-$18. Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through April 27.



* 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.



HAIR

Opening. Go for the brief nudity--stay for the "message." Sadly, the closest thing to a rock musical before Hedwig. The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave, 625-1418. $25. Tues-Wed at 7:30 pm, Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm, Sun at 2 and 7:30 pm. Through May 4.



* HERBERT WEST: RE-ANIMATOR

"This wonderfully wicked little delight has plenty of screaming, retching, and sobbing, along with yammering severed heads, homoerotic undertones, and the reckless use of needle drugs. The acting is skillful and the tale inherently full of dark humor--as any quality horror story should be. Two severed heads, way, way up." (Adrian Ryan) Open Circle Theater, 429 Boren Ave N, 382-4250. $12. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 7 pm. Through April 26.



* THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO

"Despite a disappointment in the bottom of the dramatic ninth, Ballyhoo is captivating, and Taproot's production boasts a spit 'n' polish shine, with a stellar set, precise acting, and commendable direction." (Brendan Kiley) Taproot Theatre Company, 204 N 85th St, 781-9707. $10-$26. Wed-Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm. Through April 26.



NORA

Opening. The year 2003 is simply queasy with Ibsen adaptations. This time it's Ingmar Bergman's revision of Henrik's deconstruction of holy matrimony, the controversial A Doll's House. Intiman Theatre, Seattle Center, 269-1900. $27-$42. Tues-Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm, Sun at 2 and 7:30 pm. Through May 18.



* PARROT FEVER (OR, LIES I'VE TOLD IN CHAT ROOMS)

"Keri Healey's latest gem is simply a solid piece of theater. Parrot Fever is moving, funny, erotic, and repulsive by turns--a paean to the lonely who cadge and sleaze their way through the seamy (and sometimes steamy) corners of the Internet." (Brendan Kiley) Ethereal Mutt at Union Garage, 1418 10th Ave, 352-1777. $12. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. Through May 3.



RADIO ACTIVITY #6

Final week. Theater Under the Influence tunes in to a selection of radio serials from the '30s and '40s--including Flash Gordon, The Romance of Helen Trent, and Suspense--for a live-action performance. Theatre Under the Influence at Union Garage, 1416 10th Ave, 720-7942. $12-$14. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 6 pm. Through April 19.



* ROMEO AND JULIET

Final week. "What makes the Rep's Romeo and Juliet so engaging, so visually astounding, so moving, so shockingly... good? Hell if I know. But it seems that some somebodies at the Rep did something pretty darn right. The amazing set and costumes are only icing--wonderful acting is the sweet, sweet cake. Love Shakespeare? You must see this show. Hate Shakespeare? You must see this show. I'm willing to bet it'll surprise you. A lot." (Adrian Ryan) Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center, 443-2222. $15-$40. Tues-Sun at 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 pm. Through April 20.



* SEA-SAW

"Like Curtis Taylor's other cabaret-style productions, Sea-Saw has a great deal of visual brilliance in its scenery: the dense, shimmering forest, the lonely grandeur of a clear-cut, the gaping maw of a half-cut tree. You won't soon forget these images, not least because there are lumberjacks in front of them, gleefully twirling their axes like so many unburdened teenaged cheerleaders. Innocent, indeed." (Emily Hall) Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave, 411-5823. $15. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through April 26.



SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK

Opening. Wait, have we stumbled upon a Renaissance fair? Why are they talking like that? The kids at Cornish take a crack at hypothermia with their renditions of Troilus and Cressida and Pericles. Cornish College Theater department at Volunteer Park, 726-5011. Free. Fri-Sun, call for specific show times. Through April 27.



THE SHAKESPEARE STEALER

Opening. Based on the children's novel of the same name, director Rita Giomi presents an Elizabethan tale of friendship and theft. Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St, 441-3322. $12-$26. Fri at 7 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 and 5:30 pm. Through June 15.



* THE SPEED OF DARKNESS

"This is a difficult work, and in less capable hands, the knife might have shied from painful truths or slipped into melodrama, but director Jerri Lee Young and her uniformly excellent cast kept the blade steady and true. Take a break from the carnage on CNN and see this incredible, inspiring, perfectly timed production. Trust me, it will do you a world of good." (Tamara Paris) Fool's Cathedral at Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E Pine St, second floor, 325-8773. $15. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 7 pm. Through April 27.



THINGS BEING WHAT THEY ARE

An Odd Couple-y bit on man's inability to "open up," as told by celebrated playwright Wendy MacLeod (The House of Yes). Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St, 443-2222. $32-$46. Tues-Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun at 2 and 7:30 pm. Through May 25.



* UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL

Final week. "Glen Berger's small miracle of a play, Underneath the Lintel, is fundamentally about finding something to believe in. I could quibble over director Adam Greenfield's fussy theatrics or Todd Jefferson Moore's occasionally rushed, but otherwise strong, performance, but I am reluctant to say anything that might dissuade you from seeing this marvelous show. Smart, funny, and literate, this is a night at the theater that should not be missed." (Jeff Meyers) Empty Space Theatre, 3509 Fremont Ave N, 547-7500. $22-$35. Tues-Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 7:30 pm. Through April 19.



THE YELLOW WALLPAPER

"The short Charlotte Perkins Gilman story from which this play was adapted has been a staple in women's studies syllabi for ages. Unfortunately, with this adaptation's consistently flat dialogue (cut occasionally by the poetic interjections of Charlotte), it merely hangs on the wall." (Gregory Zura) Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave, 325-6500. $12-$15. Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through April 26.

FESTIVALS, CABARET, & COMEDY


CHINA DOLLS

Opening. A burlesque cabaret of performers who not only sing, but also "take it to the limit" with "the old razzle-dazzle." Featuring Rei Matsumoto, and ARNOLDO! Wait... what? Productions at Standard Lounge, 527 S Main St, 605-6033. $18-$25. Thurs-Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun at 7:30 pm, 9:30 pm, and midnight (except Sat April 19 and 26). Through May 25.



COMEDY COURT

Final week. Improv comedy in a courtroom setting. Motion denied. Odd Duck Studio, 1214 10th Ave, 422-2044. $10. Sat at 8 pm. Through April 19.



FRENCH CABARET ON BROADWAY 2003

Buncha French songs, sung in French by Frenchies. Le Centre Français, 623 Broadway Ave E, 726-4843. $8-$10. Sat at 8:30 pm. Through May 17.



JACK & THE VARMINTS

Final week. The folks at the Northwest Puppet Center haul out their very expensive dolls for a story about something called a "varmint." Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave NE, 523-2579. $7.50-$9.50. Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun at 1 and 3 pm. Through April 20.



MENU

"Improv that's made to order." Market Theater, Post Alley, 781-9273. $10. Fri-Sat at 8 pm. Through May 17.



* NORTHWEST NEW WORKS FESTIVAL

Final week. Now in its 20th year, the Northwest New Works Festival provides a unique opportunity for some of our most imaginative artists to develop new projects. Presenting six different programs over three weeks, the festival is an exuberant multimedia celebration, highlighting contemporary choreography, music, and performance--ranging from the theatrical video work of Richard Lefebvre to the music of Erin Jorgensen and the street-level performance art of Sheri Cohen. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, 217-9888. $8-$15. Fri-Sat, Studio Theater at 7:30 pm, Mainstage at 9 pm. Through April 19.



QUEER ARTISTS AGAINST THE WAR CABARET

This week only. Apparently those wacky homos didn't get the memo, so I implore you to take this evening and congratulate the gays for their integral hand in putting an end to the war on Iraq. LGBT Community Center, 1115 E Pike St, 323-5428. $10. Sat April 19 at 7:30 pm.



* THEATER NOT FIT FOR THE WHITE HOUSE

See review this issue. Final week. New City Theater at New City Warehouse, 2110 S Airport Way, 328-4683. $5. Fri at 8 pm. Through April 18.



VACLAV

Czech-born magician Vaclav dazzles over dinner. Bouchee, 3510 Fremont Ave N, 632-5220. Fri at 7 pm. Free. Open engagement.



WILL WORK FOR LAUGHS

The funniest folks in all of Redmond present an evening of sketch comedy and song, with topics ranging from "politics" to "reality TV." Second Story Repertory at Redmond Town Center, 881-6777. $18-$20. Fri-Sat at 8:15 pm. Through May 10.

DANCE


AMAZED IN BURNING DREAMS

Final week. A mixed-repertory evening of twinkled toes, featuring a world premiere by Christopher Stowell, a work by Todd Bolender, and Kirk Peterson's titular work. Mercer Arts Arena, 363 Mercer St, 292-ARTS. $9-$110. Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 2 and 7:30 pm. Through April 19.



INTIMATE STAGE

This week only. Yuko Kaseki and Shinichi Momo Koga perform confrontational dance works in a living room near you. Intimate Stage at a home in Green Lake, 2353 N 64th St, 526-5756. $12. Sat April 19 at 8 pm, Sun April 20 at 7 pm.



STOMP

When the homeless get restless! So loud.... Can't.... stop... trembling. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave, 467-5510. $28.50-$43.50. Tues-Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 5 and 9 pm, Sun at 3 and 7 pm. Through April 27.

LATE NIGHT


* CARLOTTA'S LATE NIGHT WING-DING

Opening. The delightful alter ego of Troy Mink returns with a late-night talk show, featuring a wealth of local talent. Northwest Actors Studio Cabaret Space, 1100 E Pike St, third floor, 625-6500. $8-$10. Fri-Sat at 10:30 pm, bar opens at 10 pm. Through June 7.



FLAMING BOX OF STUFF

Opening. Dark sketch comedy of the combustible variety. Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E Pike St, 624-9977. $6. Fri-Sat at 11 pm. Through May 3.



* MONEY & RUN EPISODE 4: GO STRAIGHT, NO CHASER

See review this issue. Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave, 325-6500. $10. Thurs-Sat at 11 pm. Through April 26.

LONG RUNS

BROADVILLE CARNIVAL at Cafe Venus, 624-4516.

CABARET: THE ResERECTION at Coffee Messiah, 861-8233.

* THE HOKUM SHOW at Hokum Hall, 937-3613.

JET CITY IMPROV at ArtsWest, 938-0339; at the Ethnic Cultural Theater, 781-3879.

LATE NIGHT CATECHISM from Seattle Theatre Project at ACT, 292-7676.

QUEER AS A THREE-DOLLAR BILL at the Comedy Underground, 800-992-8499.

THEATRESPORTS at the Market Theater, 781-9273.