by Miryam Gordon -
SGN A&E Writer
It's chilly outside, but there is plenty to warm up with inside Seattle theaters. There's holiday viewing but also a lot of laughs to be had. Several theaters are reprising productions that bring people back again and again. There are shorts fests and new plays and comedy sketches. A month stuffed with something for everyone!
A Christmas Carol, ACT Theatre, 11/27-12/30
This is the 40th year of this 90-minute holiday tradition by Charles Dickens, adapted by Gregory A. Falls. This year, Kurt Beattie plays Ebenezer Scrooge in alternating performances with Charles Leggett.
A Christmas Twist, Burien Actors Theatre, 11/27-12/20
Toss Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist into a high-spirited blender with plenty of pop culture and an absurd cast of characters that includes Little Orphan Annie. The result is a humorous parody of Christmas stories about the poor versus the rich that spreads the spirit of the season.
Emma, Book-It Repertory, 12/2-1/3
(Based on the book by Jane Austen) Emma Woodhouse lives with her father and doesn't think she will ever need to marry. She thinks she's a very good matchmaker, but finds herself both failing at matchmaking and falling in love, surprisingly, with family friend, George Knightly. First presented by Book-It Repertory in 2009, Rachel Atkins' adaptation shows us that we need to question our assumptions, sometimes.
Ham for the Holidays: Who's Afraid of Virginia Ham?, Tongueinchic Productions (at ACT Theatre), 12/3-20
Merry. Mirthful. Mad. Seattle comedians Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt (aka Dos Fallopia) return to ACT with their wackadoodle, gender-bending holiday sketch series. Platt and Koch take you on a holiday outing including: The Colonel and Shenille, Three's Custody, a '70s sitcom set in prison, Presidential Family Feud, featuring relatives of political candidates, the tiny Sequim Gay Men's Chorus, and The Spudds merging Dr. Seuss with 'Dynasty,' for 'How the Bitch Stole Christmas!' Guaranteed to knock your socks off the fireplace!
Wonderful Life, ArtsWest, 12/3-27
Andrew Lee Creech stars in a solo show encapsulating the entire town of Bedford Falls!
Expressing Willie, Phoenix Theatre, 12/4-20
Rachel Crothers wrote this play in 1924 about a man who becomes obscenely wealthy in Long Island, NY. With newfound money and an increased ego, Willie Smith finds himself involved with free thinkers and all that accompanies sordid wealth - until his former unsophisticated girlfriend arrives and pits Midwestern values against the idle rich. By the time Willie realizes he has been a self-centered fool, it may be too late.
She Loves Me, Seattle Musical Theatre, 12/4-20
From the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof comes the perfect holiday confection, She Loves Me. As a parfumerie in Budapest readies for the Christmas rush, a store clerk and a salesgirl argue, but are unaware that they are anonymous penpals!
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, Renton Civic Theatre, 12/4-19
SnowGlobed, Playing in Progress (at West of Lenin), 12/4-19
Writers are invited to create short pieces that are 'holiday inspired.' This year, playwrights span centuries and styles, visiting a Christmas tree forest, a holiday-infused divorce court, a depraved orphanage, a puppet show blood bath, and a very [very] White Kwanzaa.
For Christmas, Playing in Progress (at West of Lenin), 12/4-20
A new play by Nick Edwards will transform West of Lenin into Jesus' studio apartment. 15 audience members (per performance) will bear witness. Jesus Christ has returned to earth and is moving into his not so new studio apartment. Not even the Son of God can move a couch on his own, so his friend Santa Claus comes over to help him. In a fast paced, funny night we get a private peek into a friendship that is fighting to survive their battling backstories.
Holiday of Errors, Sound Theatre Company (at 12th Avenue Arts), 12/4-20
In the sly spirit of Black Adder and Shakespeare in Love, Holiday of Errors is a jolly, irreverent send-up that mashes Twelfth Night, Richard III, and A Christmas Carol with historical inaccuracies and slanderous fabrications into an Elizabethan pudding that serves everyone! Things look grim for Will Shakespeare on Christmas Eve, 1593. An urgent invitation from Queen Elizabeth to perform at Whitehall Palace for Twelfth Night is a golden ticket to solvency and royal patronage but Will's quill has been limp! Christopher Marlowe's ghost inspires him to begin a new play featuring ghostly visitors who attempt to save the soul of their murderer, Richard III...with song and dance. (A 2013 Gypsy Rose Lee Award-nominee)
Ruth and the Sea, Pacific Play Company (at Annex), 12/3-19
Ruth, a feisty mid-western grandmother, has her Christmas party plans interrupted with news that she probably won't live to see the coming spring. Preferring madcap adventure over chemo, she grabs all the hard liquor, drains her bank account and convinces her re-hab skipping dope fiend grandson to embark on a cross country trek to find the shore-side contentment of her youth, one last time.
Tall Tales of the Unnatural Frontier, Pacific Play Company (at Annex), 12/4-18
Shorts fest with the theme of a shadowy slice of dark Americana, exploring a time when the country's founding ideals were still waiting for their time to truly flower. Here are a few of the extremely tall tales that seared their way into our nation's collective subconscious memory, whispered around the dying campfire of an elusive moment in history.
Hung By the Chimney, The Pulp Vixens (at Theatre Off Jackson), 12/3-19
For the first time in ten years, The Pulp Vixens return with a film noir classic in the tradition of Bogey & Bacall - if Bogey wore a skirt and Bacall was a monkey. Can lonely but loveable private eye Molly O'Malley unmask the Big Lady before she puts the finishing touches on her evil plot or will the wild monkey chase end with Molly dead and her good name forever tarnished?
Christmastown: A Holiday Noir, Seattle Public Theater, 12/4-24
Nick Holiday, a washed-up detective in Christmastown, works to track down 'Big Red' for a client who will stop at nothing to uncover unsavory secrets. Imitating detective hits of the 1940s, the Wayne Rawley play is packed with film-noir slang, stereotypes, and plot twists.
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