by Miryam Gordon -
SGN A&E Writer
October theater openings bring us biting religious comedy, a Thai superstar in a world premiere, a couple of cutting edge immersive theatrical experiences, and more.
The Addams Family, Burien Actors Theatre, 10/2-11/1
This is the musical version and the wonderfully macabre Addams family is put to the test when Wednesday, the ultimate princess of darkness, grows up and falls for a 'normal' young man from a respectable family. When the boyfriend and his parents come to dinner, they plunge the Addams family into a night that is sure to change the family forever.
Bad Jews, Seattle Public Theater, 10/2-25
Bad Jews is a biting comedy about family, faith, and contemporary Jewish identity in America. The night after their grandfather's funeral, cousins engage in an explosive verbal (and sometimes physical) battle. Daphna is a 'real Jew' who is volatile, self-assured, and unbending. Liam is a secular and entitled young man, who has his shiksa (non-Jewish) girlfriend, Melody, in tow. When Liam stakes his claim to their grandfather's chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl ensues.
Listening Glass, Seattle Immersive Theatre, 10/1-30 (at a warehouse at 2724 6th Ave S)
Jamie Bennett was the dishwasher on duty the night Jon Wurtz was killed. He was right there when it happened. So why is he lying about what he saw? Is he an unreliable witness, or a cold-blooded killer? Immerse yourself in a working homicide department. The performance starts the moment you set foot in the space, and is limited to a maximum of seventeen participants per night.
Waterfall, The 5th Avenue Theatre, 10/1-25
This world premiere musical stars an actual Thai pop 'superstar,' Bie Sukrit Wisetkaew, as Noppon. Based on the contemporary Thai novel Behind the Painting, this tempestuous romance is set in 1930s Thailand and Japan as the monarchy crumbles with Japan on the brink of war. In this turbulent time, a young Thai student and the American wife of a Thai diplomat fall into forbidden love whose dangers parallel the shifting world around them. Co-produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre and Pasadena Playhouse.
Winter Bird, Eclectic Theater, 10/1-25 (Equity Member Project)
A Gothic fantasy about a librarian and a sub-arctic vampire. A world premiere by local playwright Stephen Delos Treacy.
Elephant & Piggie's 'We Are In A Play!', Seattle Children Theatre, 10/8-11/29
When Gerald and Piggie get together, anything is possible. These two pals and their devotion to each other through ups and downs will remind you of how good it feels to put friends first. Bring your 'bestus' friend and share the laughter. Recommended for families with children ages 4+.
Molly Sweeney, KTO Productions, 10/8-24 (at Theater4, Seattle Center Armory)
Brian Friel's 1994 drama tells the story of Molly, blind since early infancy, who describes her world before and after an operation to restore some of her sight.
One Slight Hitch, Phoenix Theatre, 10/9-11/1
This wedding day romantic comedy, written by comedian Lewis Black, takes place at the Coleman's house - where Delia Coleman has planned the perfect wedding day for her daughter. The doorbell rings and 'one slight hitch' brings about romantic confusions.
Mr. Burns, a post electric play, ACT Theatre, 10/16-11/15
Hailed by the New York Times as one of the Top Ten Plays of 2013, this imaginative dark comedy takes place nearly one hundred years in the post-apocalyptic future. Survivors must begin again and bond over the greatest common cultural icon, the popular 'Cape Feare' episode of 'The Simpsons.'
My Mañana Comes, ArtsWest, 10/22-11/15
Just beyond the elegant dining room of an Upper East Side restaurant, four busboys angle for shifts, pray for tips, and cling to dreams of life beyond their dingy back-of-house grind. Expertly juggling delicate entrees, fussy customers and beer-swilling line cooks, the young men face off with management and each other. As tensions reach a boiling point, how far will each of them go to see his own mañana come?
My Dear Miss Chancellor, Annex Theatre, 10/23-11/14
First loves, vindictive exes, lavish balls, all the latest fashions-and secret fencing clubs! Janet Chancellor comes to London, giddily anticipating a season of dancing and parlor visits. But once she meets Hazel McGovern, she discovers a world of women living just under the covers of polite society...women who drink, duel, and call each other sweetheart. A world premiere by Caitlin Gilman.
Buyer & Cellar, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 10/23-11/22
An actor's life is never easy. One day you're the Mayor of Disney's Toontown, the next you're the resident shopkeeper for Barbra Streisand's basement mall. Turns out it's lonely at the top (and the bottom) of the Hollywood food chain. This comedy takes an insider's look at fame and friendship and pushes it to the limit.
Little Shop of Horrors, SecondStory Repertory Theatre, 10/23-11/15
Brad Walker stars as Seymour Krelborn in everyone's favorite boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story. Seymour works in a struggling flower shop where a blood-thirsty plant from another world eagerly awaits its next victim. Enjoy a night of bloody good fun with doo-wop inspired songs like 'Skid Row,' 'Somewhere That's Green,' 'Feed Me' and 'Suddenly, Seymour.'
Water by the Spoonful, Theatre22, 10/23-11/14 (at West of Lenin)
This Pulitzer Prize winning play weaves together the stories of Iraq war veteran Elliot, desperately trying to move forward with his life at home, his cousin Yaz, whose love for music has led her from poverty into the faculty of a prestigious university but questions the cost of this, Odessa, the motherly moderator of an online support group for recovering addicts struggling to stay sober, and three other lost souls who make up a fascinating community whose lives intersect in surprising and deeply moving ways. Written by acclaimed and Tony-nominated Quiara Alegría Hudes.
Welcome to My Secret Lair, Theater Schmeater, 10/23-31
An online serial dating mad scientist brings a number of women to his secret mountain laboratory but finds little satisfaction in romance. Workshop world premiere by local playwright Courtney Kessler.
Mother Courage and Her Children, Seattle Shakespeare Company, 10/27-11/22
Blending elements of vaudeville, soapbox, and alehouse, Bertolt Brecht's powerhouse anti-war play features one tough-as-nails matriarch. Anna Fierling, a sly and artful entrepreneur known as Mother Courage, strives to keep her family and her business held together while war rages all around her - a war that she profits from. Shot through with satire and peppered with music and song this is an epic theatrical experience about resilience in the face of bitter struggle.
CODENAME: KANSAS, Witch Hunter!, Copious Love Productions, 10/29-11/21 (at 12th Avenue Arts)
In the post-apocalypse, a war rages between the last human survivors and the malformed techno-mancing Witches. Witch Hunters are the elite warriors highly trained in analog combat, out to kill these super-powered enemies living by the codes embedded into their Codename. Transported into the far future (the post-post-apocalypse) by a pair of time traveling red combat boots, Kansas is sent on a mission to recover the sentient A.I. program called OZ to restore balance between four witches who seek to overrule the last human settlement. Join Copious Love in partnership with the Academy of Interactive Entertainment Seattle Campus (AIE) in a fully immersive audiovisual experience, using a set made entirely of digital projection.
Festen, New Century Theatre Company, 10/29-11/22 (at 12th Avenue Arts)
At a family-run hotel, friends and family have gathered to celebrate patriarch Helge's 60th birthday. Dark secrets revealed during the course of the evening expose the false cheeriness of the family as Helge's adult son Christian struggles to set himself free from his past. This family drama is adapted by David Eldridge from the Danish film The Celebration.
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