It's Body Awareness Week on a small Vermont college campus and organizer Phyllis and her partner, Joyce, are hosting one of the guest artists in their home. Frank is a photographer famous for his female nude portraits. Phyllis and Joyce lead unconventional lives and consider themselves progressive, but when Frank brings his work into the home they share with Joyce's possibly autistic adult son, conflicting feelings over sexuality and sexual identity get hilariously stirred up. This dark comedy features a small ensemble of actors bringing to light modern issues like same-sex marriage, autism, body image and sexuality, and the conflict between art and censorship in a humorous and sometimes uncomfortable way. See the Obie Award-winning Body Awareness, by playwright Annie Baker, at Red Curtain Arts Center near Seattle.
From the duo who created last year's award-winning hit Seattle Vice comes a new cabaret about love, classical music, art nouveau, green fairies and absinthe. Bohemia by Mark Siano and Opal Peachey is a new musical set in 1890s Prague that combines the music of Dvorak and Chopin, with art by Alphonse Mucha. Historic artists like Sarah Bernhardt and George Sand interweave with beautiful green fairies, aerial numbers, dance, burlesque, classical piano battles, comedy and original songs. Famous Czech composer Antonin Dvorak has hit a wall and prior to composing his magnum opus he looks to the bottom of a bottle of absinthe for inspiration. In this macabre and mystical dream cabaret, Dvorak is visited by the ghost of late composer Frederick Chopin. Chopin and many other famous Bohemians guide Dvorak as they search for the true source of inspiration and grasp at artistic immortality. Bohemia is coming to The Triple Door in Seattle.
After three years in the Peace Corps, James, a young speech therapist, joins the faculty of a school for the deaf, where he is to teach lip-reading. He meets Sarah, a school dropout, totally deaf from birth and estranged both from the world of hearing and from those who would compromise to enter that world. Fluent in sign language, James tries, with little success, to help Sarah, but gradually the two fall in love and marry. At first their relationship is a happy and glowing one, as the gulf of silence between them seems to be bridged by their desire to understand each other's needs and feelings, but discord soon develops as Sarah becomes militant for the rights of the deaf and rejects any hint that she is being patronized and pitied. Winner of the Tony Award, the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama Desk Award for best play, Children of a Lesser God comes to the Tacoma Little Theatre.
In this Seattle Opera production of Cosi fan tutte, men and women behave badly. This opera is so spicy and sublime it could have only been composed by Mozart, classical music's ultimate bad-boy genius. Ferrando and Guglielmo are two young buddies so confident of their sweethearts' fidelity (and their own magnetic personalities) that they decide to disguise themselves and attempt to seduce each other's fiancee. Their plan goes wildly awry when the women return the affections of their new suitors, throwing the men into a tizzy and giving rise to some of the finest arias ever written. Thanks to a racy plot written by librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, Cosi fan tutte was rarely performed in its entirety until after World War II. This sublime contemporary production blending bawdy humor and keen insight comes to the stage of McCaw Hall.
"Avenue Q" meets improv comedy in this adult puppet show at Unexpected Productions' Market Theater. Where do puppets hang out after their day jobs? Well, after singing songs and dancing at the children's theater, they head down to their local watering hole and pull up a bar stool. And when the Cotton Gin gets a little rowdy, marionettes and sock puppets alike bust out with bawdy songs and jokes. Come join the fun with the puppet regulars at "The Cotton Gin", located at Pike Place Market.
Join the wildly popular Elephant & Piggie as they leap off the pages of books and come to life on stage at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Written by the books' author, Mo Willems, this upbeat musical romp explores the whimsical world of best friends Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the Pig. When these two get together, anything is possible. They might get invited to a fancy pool costume party, learn a crazy new dance or decide to spend the day skipping and playing ping-pong in silly hats. In "We Are in a Play!", the dynamic duo and their delightful backup singers, the Squirrelles, discover all the fun of starring in a play. Get ready to do the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance at this hilarious and imaginative songfest that aims to teach kids the true meaning of friendship.
Winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for four Tony Awards, The Gin Game symbolizes life in the form of a card game. D.L. Coburn's sharp-witted dramedy follows two lonely nursing home residents who strike up an acquaintance and begin to play gin rummy. As the game progresses and one player goes on a winning streak, intimate secrets of their lives are revealed and they begin to search for each other's weaknesses in both the game and life itself. See the play the New York Times called "the closest thing the theatre offers to a duel at 10 paces" at the Village Theatre in Issaquah.
It's not every work of literature that's so universally loved it gets featured on currency, has three asteroids named after it and was once adapted by Orson Welles for a (sadly unproduced) Disney movie. But those are just a few of the testaments to The Little Prince's enduring popularity. Now this classic tale of innocence and boundless love comes to the stage in a new production from Seattle Children's Theatre. After crashing his plane in the middle of the Sahara Desert, a pilot soon encounters a strange boy who's not from around here. In fact, he's from an asteroid and is travelling the universe encountering other, even stranger creatures. Come along with this unlikely pair on a dreamlike journey full of wonder at the Charlotte Martin Theatre.
If Shakespeare's plays are any indication, the darkest parts of human nature have hardly budged an inch since the early 1600s. Take his brilliant, challenging takedown of wealth and friendship -- and their messy intersection -- in Timon of Athens, a richly poetic, seldom-performed satire set in Ancient Greece. When rich and powerful aristocrat Timon's generosity leads to financial ruin, he's quickly and unceremoniously kicked to the curb by his so-called friends (real classy, guys). A deep cut from the Shakespearean oeuvre, Timon of Athens is both venomous and heart-breaking, careening from absurd comedy to savage tragedy unlike any other Shakespeare play. This will be Seattle Shakespeare Company's first production, a rare opportunity to see one of the Bard's best live on stage at Center Theatre.
In Shakespeare's nautical comedy Twelfth Night, Viola is shipwrecked in what essentially becomes a days-long gender-bending drinking party. Lovesick Orsino tries to use Viola, disguised as male Cesario, to woo Lady Olivia. As Viola falls for Orsino, Olivia falls for Viola. Eventually everyone gets married ... because that's how the Bard's comedies end. Get swept away by the light-hearted debauchery of it all at The Ballard Underground in Seattle.
A year after a bitterly contested presidential election, America is divided and racial tensions are high -- but it's not 2017; it's 1969. For Memphis Lee, the owner of a rundown diner in a struggling Pittsburgh neighborhood, the civil rights movement takes a back seat to more immediate problems. His diner has been slated for demolition as part of the city's urban renewal plan, but he has a competing offer from a predatory businessman. Caught between idealism and brutal reality, Memphis struggles to determine the fate of the place where his customers have gathered for decades to share their struggles, hopes and dreams. Now, the Seattle Rep presents Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's humorous and potent portrait of African-American life in the '60s, Two Trains Running. Experience the play Variety called "perfection" at the Bagely Wright Theatre.
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to the study of Donne: aggressively probing, intensely rational. But during the course of her illness -- and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital -- Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience. Enjoy Wit at SecondStory Repertory in Redmond.