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A weekend of side-splitting theater
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A weekend of side-splitting theater

by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Sex In Seattle
Richard Hugo House
Through October 17

Pork to the Future
Odd Duck Studio
Through October 3


If you haven't yet seen Seattle's longest-running episodic theatre piece, Sex In Seattle, you should definitely make your way over to Richard Hugo House this weekend for either the 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. show. And don't worry if you haven't seen the other 16 episodes that came before, as there's a short catching-up montage at the beginning of the play that'll get everyone up to speed on who's who, who's doing who, who it's been done to, and the like.

This particular episode brings back Elizabeth (Kathy Hsieh), Jenna (May Nguyen), Tess (Leilani Berinobis), and Chloe (Gigi Jhong), as well as their torrid and mixed-up love lives and equally mixed-up lovers, and has everyone pour their hearts out with the help of an angel (Nicholas Schell) and God (Toni Rose). No lie, or rather no more lying to each other, even "little white lies." Just heartfelt feelings and, believe me, this is so funny I had tears streaming from my eyes at one point watching this show.

Yes, some questions from the last episode do get dealt with, sort of. And, yes, the show ends just in time to get you salivating for the next show, set to kick off September 2010 - I know, a whole year to wait, but you can be sure of one thing: we all will be there again, and so should you. And you should see the current episode now. For information on tickets and times, call 206-323-9443, or go to www.sexinseattle.org.

Now, if you really want to split your sides laughing (I swear, I nearly did, too!), you'll want to be in the audience watching the newest Pork Filled Players show, Pork to the Future, which uses the '80s as a springboard for some of the funniest skits I've ever seen.

My favorites were the skits "The Mating Habits Of The Asian Male," and "Parking On Capitol Hill" (complete with re-written words to popular '80s hits like "Didn't We Almost Have It All"). Those and the "zombie family" skits nearly had me falling out of my seat I laughed so hard, and, yes, tears streamed copiously at this show's antics, too.

The show is being done in a tiny theatre - Odd Duck Studio, located at 1214 10th Ave., near E. Union St. - and last weekend, I was one of only about six people who showed up, which is a great shame as this group is really, really funny. The pieces are all timeless and well-acted and, trust me, you will pee your pants from laughing so hard, especially if you were young in the '80s. Nothing is sacred - not Reaganomics, GI Joe commercials, or those horrid '80s fashions from movies like Flashdance. Just go and enjoy. You won't be sorry you did. For more information, go to www.porkfilled.com, or the Facebook site Pork Filled Phans.

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