OPENING AND CURRENT RUNS
The first show at the renovated old Speakeasy in Belltown, featuring free-falling cowboys, lesbian civil servants, and mythic creatures on motorcycles. By Mok Moser of the Pork-Filled Players. Spitfire, 2219 Fourth Ave, www.brownpapertickets.com. $14 adv/$16 DOS (21+ w/ID). Fri–Sat at 7:30 pm. Through June 24.
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)
Titus Andronicus as a cooking show, the histories as a football game, and other spoofs. Absurd Reality Theatre at Northwest Actors Studio, 1100 E Pike St, 241-4407. $10 adv/$12 DOS. Fri–Sat at 8 pm. Through June 24.
DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN
Ongoing. A mid-'90s relic about the supposed prehistoric propensities of the two sexes. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $39.50–$45. Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 3 pm. Through June 24.
DINNER & DREAMS
Ongoing. The dinner-theater extravaganza, with European-style cirque performances as garnish. Teatro ZinZanni, 2301 Sixth Ave, 802-0015. $99–$125. Wed–Sat at 6:30 pm, Sun at 5:30 pm.
Final week. A British gent in rural Georgia. Taproot Theatre, 204 N 85th St, 781-9707. $15–$30. Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm. Through June 17.
Goin' bonkers in Yonkers. Village Theatre, 303 Front St N, Issaquah, 425-392-2202. $24–$48. Thurs–Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm, Sun at 2 and 7 pm, Wed at 8 pm. Through June 25.
THE INTELLIGENT DESIGN OF JENNY CHOW
Final week. "Jennifer, an adopted young genius with OCD, makes a flying robot to find her birth mother in China. The best thing about this play is its menagerie of eccentrics: the stoner pizza guy obsessed with archaeology, the horny Mormon, the cigar-chewing army brass, and the delightfully melodramatic (and profane) Dr. Yakunin, a Russian scientist who howls about his tapeworm. This play won a 2006 OBIE Award." (Brendan Kiley) Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W Green Lake Dr N, 524-1300. $12–$20. Thurs–Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through June 18.
JUNIE B. JONES AND A LITTLE MONKEY BUSINESS
Final week. It sounds like a Belle and Sebastian song, but it's actually a bright musical about a feisty kindergartner. Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St, 441–3322. $16–$31. Fri at 7 pm, Sat–Sun at 2 and 5:30 pm. Through June 18.
Opening. A play about the military, the media, and a reporter who un-embeds herself. Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave, 325-6500. $18. Previewing Thurs June 15 at 8 pm, by donation. Opening Fri June 16 at 8 pm. Sat at 8 pm. Through July 22.
THE LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE
See review this issue. ReAct at Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave S, 364-3283. $6–$15, Thurs by donation. Thurs at 7:30 pm, Fri–Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 4 pm. Through July 2.
LATE NITE CATECHISM
Ongoing. "The real point is not the adult-catechism monologue, but the script's gaps, in which Sister Aubrey Manning dispenses tissues to cover salacious displays of flesh and kitschy prizes to reward the dumbstruck targets of her improvisations." (Annie Wagner) Cloud 9 Productions at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $24.50–$29.50. Thurs–Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Tickets available through Aug 27.
MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL™
Ongoing. "What makes this toweringly formulaic crap about dusty uteruses even moderately bearable? The consummate cast was ferocious and fast." (Adrian Ryan) ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $45. Thurs–Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 4 and 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm, Tues–Wed at 8 pm. Tickets available through June 25.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
See review this issue. Seattle Shakespeare Company at Center House Theatre, Seattle Center, 733-8222. $18–$30. Thurs–Fri at 7:30 pm, Sat at 2 and 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. Through June 25.
NORTHWEST NEW WORKS FESTIVAL
Final week. Like Bumbershoot for performance nerds. The second weekend features dance, theater, and avant-comedy, including work by Marya Sea Kaminski, Troy Miszklevitz, and other people with names that are difficult to spell. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St, 217-9888. $14 for one evening, $30 for all four. Fri at 8 pm. Sat–Sun at 5 and 8 pm. Through June 18.
Final week. "The play begins with the chorus behind you, singing a creepy, complicated Russian folk chant while Oedipus dances naked and couples with Jocasta in the dark. It's exciting and a little shocking. Then the lights come up, the actors start talking, and everything falls apart. The choral music, with its haunting, tense Eastern European sound, is great. But the conviction the company radiates when they talk about the project never makes it onto the stage." (Brendan Kiley) Akropolis Performance Lab at Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs, 2336 15th Ave S, 800-838-3006. $10–$15. Thurs–Sat at 8 pm. Through June 17.
Opening. "Black night o'ershade thy day, and death thy life!" Directed by Bartlett Sher. Intiman, 201 Mercer St, 269-1900. $10–$46. Opening Fri June 16 at 8 pm. Sun at 7:30 pm, Tues–Wed at 7:30 pm. Through July 15.
SEATTLE NEUTRINO PROJECT
One weekend only. An original movie, shot in and around the theater, fed to the audience scene by scene. Live Girls!, 2220 NW Market St, www.brownpapertickets.com. $12. Fri–Sat at 8 pm.
SEX IN SEATTLE, EPISODE 13: RISKING IT ALL FOR LOVE?
"A loose combination of Sex and the City, groaning sitcom mayhem, and... Asian stuff, Sex in Seattle has been lightly parsing the contemporary Asian-American female experience since 2001. Emphasis on lightly." (Lindy West) SIS Productions at Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 323-9443. $8–$12. Fri–Sat at 8 and 10:30 pm. Through June 24.
STONES IN HIS POCKETS
Extended. "This two-man show about Irish extras in a Hollywood movie is like a well-made sandwich—warm, charming, and full of cheese." (Brendan Kiley) Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, 800-838-3006. $18–$20. Thurs at 7:30 pm. Through July 29.
"The cast doesn't have that tight ensemble feeling that sketch requires. Most of the ideas are weak: There is a speech by a woman who likes to eat men's "ding-dongs"—by which she means Hostess Ding Dongs. (Hee-haw!) The cues are slow. The pacing is slack. As comedy, it's a big pile of blah." (Brendan Kiley) Open Circle Theater, 429 Boren Ave N, 382-4250. $10. Thurs–Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 3 pm. Through June 24.
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
Opening. "That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man, if with his tongue he cannot win a woman." Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater, 36800 SE David Powell Road, Fall City, 425-736-7252. $6–$16, optional dinner an additional $16. Opening Sat June 17 at 3 and 8 pm. Sun at 3 pm. Through July 16.
WINE IN THE WILDERNESS
Opening. A black painter and his working-class model argue about life and politics in this 1969 Alice Childress play set against the backdrop of a race riot. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St, 292-7676. $10–$54, Sun by donation. Opening Thurs June 15 at 7:30 pm. Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2, 8 pm, Sun at 2, 7:30 pm, Tues–Wed at 7:30 pm. Through July 9.
TEN TINY DANCES
One weekend only. Ten short dances performed on an elevated four-foot-by-four-foot stage in a bar. Mike Barber and Crispin Spaeth Dance Group at Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, 800-838-3006. $12. Sat–Sun at 7:30 pm.
FIESTA DEL VERANO
One weekend only. Live music and flamenco dancing. La Peña Flamenca de Seattle at University Ethnic Cultural Theatre, 3940 Brooklyn Ave NE, www.fanw.org. $12–$15. Sat–Sun at 8 pm.
PIN DOWN GIRLS
One night only. Tag-team wrestling as performance art (no, really). A benefit for 826 Seattle, with music by Lushy, the Invisible Eyes, and K-Pop & the Coalition of the Willing. Showbox, 1426 First Ave, www.ticketswest.com. $12 adv/$14 DOS (21+ w/ID). Fri June 16 at 8 pm.
WORLD SUMO CHALLENGE
One night only. Giant men from Japan, Germany, Bulgaria, and other far-flung places slap stomachs. World Sumo League at Everett Events Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave, Everett, 1-866-322-8499. $15–$52. Tues June 20 at 7:30 pm.
BURLESQUE BEHIND THE PINK DOOR
Ongoing. Novelty acts, puppets, singin', and old-fashioned burlesque. With Paula the Swedish Housewife. Pink Door, 1919 Post Alley. No reservations required. $10. (21+ w/ID.) Sat at 10:30 pm.
COLUMBIA CITY CABARET
Ongoing. A "saucy cabaret," hosted by Tamara the Trapeze lady. Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Ave S, no reservations required. $15 (21+ w/ID). Fri at 9 pm.
AN EVENING WITH DOROTHY PARKER
See Theater News. Rendezvous, 2320 Second Ave, no reservation required. $15. Fri–Sat at 8 pm. Through June 24.
THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS
Songs and sketches on everyone's favorite vices. SecondStory Repertory at Redmond Town Center, 16587 NE 74th St, Redmond, 425-881-6777. $20–$26. Fri–Sat at 8:15, Sun at 2:15 pm. Through June 24.
IMPROV & COMEDY
David Testroet with Brian Haley at Comedy Underground, 222 Main St, 800-325-7328. $6–$15 (21+ w/ID required). Thurs at 8:30 pm, Fri–Sat at 8:30 and 10:30 pm. Jet City Improv at Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way NE, 325–6500. $8–$10. Fri at 10:30 pm. Sat at 8 and 10:30 pm. Theatresports at Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, 781-9273. $8–$12. Fri–Sat at 10:30 pm, Sun at 7 pm. Comedy Night at Mirabeau Room, 529 Queen Anne Ave N, www.prokomedy.com. $5. Wed at 8 pm.
GIRL 4 GIRL
One night only. Dana Goldberg (a "hot lesbian comedian") and DJ Julie Herrera. Premier Club, 1700 First Ave S, www.girl4girlseattle.com. $10–$15. Sat June 17 at 7 pm.
REALITY WORLD: SEASON 2
A reality show that's actually improvised. Wing-It Productions at Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way NE, www.wingitpresents.com. $10. Thurs–Fri at 8 pm. Through July 21.
A multimedia sketch comedy show about the Ave. Wing-It Productions at Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way NE, www.wingitpresents.com. $5. Fri at midnight. Through June 30.
CAPITOL HILL HIGH
See review this issue. Bad Actor Productions and To Be Continued Productions at Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, www.brownpapertickets.com. $10 advanced/$12 DOS (21+ w/ID except Wed). Thurs at 10:30 pm, Sat at 10:30 pm, Wed at 8 pm. Through July 1.
Extended. A dirty, drinky improv where two fellas enact the audience's "wildest dreams." Wing-It Productions at Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way NE, www.wingitpresents.com. $5. Sat at midnight. Through June 24.
SCENIC DOPE FIRST INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION
Artworks by scenic artists in the theater, television, and film industries. BallardWorks, 2856 NW Market St. Free. Sat noon–4 pm. Through July 2.