Arts & Culture

Best of Seattle Theatre in September

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September is a great month for theatre in Seattle! With fall in the air, on a day when you’d rather be indoors, check out these fantastic performances!

Bonsoir Liliane
September 1 – January 29
Teatro Zin Zanni
222 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.802.0015
http://www.dreams.zinzanni.org

Teatro ZinZanni is excited to announce the debut of their original production, Bonsoir Liliane! directed by Broadway legend and nine-time Tony Award winner, Tommy Tune.

A Lie of the Mind
September 8 – October 1
ACT Theatre
Bullitt Cabaret Space
700 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.292.7676
http://www.acttheatre.org

Sam Shepard’s haunting and timeless drama of two divided families in the American West. Music and acting by some of Seattle’s top performers. Not for children under age 16.

September Skies
September 8 – October 1
Old Duck Studio
1214 10th Avenue
Seattle, WA
206.679.3271
electictheatercompany.org

A new play written and directed by Seattle’s Jim Moran. September Skies is a drama about two acquaintances who re-schedule their flights aboard one of the hijacked 9/11 planes.

Border Songs
September 14 – October 9
Book-It Repertory Theatre
Seattle Center House
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.216.0833
http://www.book-it.org

Jim Lynch’s second novel explores division-between the natural world and everyday human experience, between communities, and individuals. It’s also a hopeful vision of the commonalities we can discover if we look at things just a little differently, the way Brandon Vanderkool-a 6’8″ dyslexic, bird watcher who joins the Border Patrol-does. Lynch’s masterful use of metaphor unlocks these divisions and commonalities and offers an extraordinary potential for a dramatic re-telling in the Book-It Style™. Border Songs is a 2010 Washington State Book Award-winner.

Take Me America
September 14 – November 20
Village Theatre
303 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
425.392.2202 or
425.257.8600
http://www.villagetheatre.org

Take Me America is a gripping new musical about those who seek asylum in the United States, and the people who bear the responsibility of determining their fate.

Mary Stuart
September 15 – October 9
ACT Theatre
700 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.292.7676
http://www.acttheatre.org

Mary Stuart examines power, passion and politics in the lives of two famous royal cousins. Amidst espionage, attempted assassinations, and prison breaks, a tragic crisis confronts both Mary and Elizabeth with impossibly difficult decisions.

Bye Bye Birdie
September 16 – October 2
Paradise Theatre
9911 Burnham Dr NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
253.851.7529
http://www.paradisetheatre.org

Set in the 1950s, this musical satire is about a rock ‘n roll singer who is about to be drafted into the US Army.

Late Nite Catechism
September 23 – October 9
Knutzen Family Theatre
3200 Southwest Dash Point Road
Federal Way, WA 98023
253.835.2020

Picture Loretta Young meets Carol Burnett, says Centerstage, who’ll be performing the toungue-in-cheek catechism class and stand-up routine. Everything the nuns taught you in Catholic school will come back in this hilarious comedy.

An Ideal Husband
September 23 – October 22
Taproot Theatre
204 N 85th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
206.781.9707
http://www.taproottheatre.org

Dandies and diamonds swirl in and out of this comedic classic by Oscar Wilde. Sir Chiltern appears to be the ideal husband, until a choice from early in his career comes back to haunt him. Can he be restored to his adoring wife or will the truth be everyone’s undoing? This smart satire sparkles with wit and romance.

Humor Abuse
September 30 – October 23
Seattle Repertory Theatre
155 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.443.2222
http://www.seattlerep.org

While other kids dreamed of running away to join the circus, Lorenzo Pisoni was dreaming about running away from it. Pisoni spent his early years learning pratfalls, popping out of a trunk, and mastering juggling with his father’s Pickle Family Circus. For ages 10 and up.

Saving Aimee
5th Avenue Theatre
1308 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
206.625.1900
http://www.5thavenue.org

Before Bakker, before Swaggart, before Robertson, there was Aimee Semple McPherson, the first media superstar evangelist. Her spectacular fall from grace is a real-life story tangled with scandalous love affairs and a tabloid-frenzied trial. A new musical, with book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman.

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