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Best of The Stage in January Around the Sound

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From Shakespeare to Late Nite Catechism, WWII drama to the Tony Award winning West Side Story… There’s plenty of good theatre in January to get your New Year off to an entertaining good start!

Shakespeare’s Coriolanus
January 4 – 29
Seattle Shakespeare Company
Seattle Center House Stage
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.733.8222
http://www.seattleshakespeare.org

Bred for the battlefield, the triumphant soldier Coriolanus discovers he is out of his depths when elected to the Roman Senate where the politics can be twice as treacherous as warfare. Behind his meteoric rise is his powerful mother who raised him to be a warrior of no equal. Shakespeare makes politics personal in this tragedy by plumbing the depths of emotions between mother and son, pride and patriotism, ego and honor. Tickets available online.

14/48
January 6, 7, 13 and 14
8:00pm and 10:30pm
In The Falls Theatre
ACT Theatre
700 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.292.7676
http://www.acttheatre.org

14/48 is 14 plays created, written, designed, scored, rehearsed and performed in 48 hours. Each weekend, 7 playwrights write 7 plays on a randomly selected theme on Thursday night. 12 hours later, 7 directors each blindly select a play and the required number of actors to cast it. After 10 hours of fevered rehearsal with 7 designers and 7 musicians, the plays premiere that evening. The 8:00pm Friday audience submits themes, one of which is randomly chosen, and the process starts all over again. It all adds up to 14 plays in 48 hours you’ll never see again, but will never forget. Tickets available online.

West Side Story
January 10 – 15
Paramount Theatre
901 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.467.5510
http://www.stgpresents.org

More than fifty years ago, a show about New York City changed musical theatre forever. Now, it’s coming home to make history once again. From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim -a collection of standards that includes ‘Tonight,’ ‘America,’ ‘Maria,’ ‘I Feel Pretty’ and ‘Somewhere’ – is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. And the extraordinary, Tony-winning choreography by Jerome Robbins completely changed the language of Broadway dance. This groundbreaking new production, directed by the legendary Mr. Laurents, will offer a bold new design that builds on the show’s raw power and emotion to create a fresh experience unlike any that came before it. Tickets available online, at the box office or by phone.

How to Write a New Book for the Bible
January 13 – February 5
Seattle Repertory Theatre
155 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.443.2222
http://www.seattlerep.org

Writers are told to write what they know. But as playwright Bill Cain discovers in writing about his own family, sometimes those we are closest to are the biggest mysteries of all. From the writer of Equivocation comes a beautiful new play taken from Cain’s own experiences caring for his dying mother. He asks the questions that speak to the heart of every family: What will never change… and what has to? A Jesuit priest as well as a playwright, Cain brings a fascinating view to this simple, powerful illustration of why the details of our lives and loves matter. Tickets available online or at the box office.

All Through The Night
January 18 – February 12
ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
4711 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
206.938.0339
http://www.artswest.org

Inspired by interviews with German gentile women and set during and after the Third Reich, All Through the Night sweeps through the lives of four German women from their teen years to adulthood during the Holocaust, and the aftermath. The Nazi regime impacts the lives of these women as they struggle over work, religion, marriage, and motherhood. Faced with overwhelmingly difficult choices, the women survive or succumb to Hitler’s reign—and all are changed forever. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Tickets available online.

Late Nite Catechism:’Til Death Do Us Part
January 20 – 29
Theatre on the Square
915 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402
253.591.5894
http://www.broadwaycenter.org

The latest in the sinfully funny series, Sister is now offering lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and Last Rites, including a wacky version of The Newlywed Game. Classroom participation is a must, so bring along your sweetie and your sense of humor for a session with the feistiest couples counselor around. This show is couples therapy from a stand up comic…oops, Catholic nun. Enjoy the lighter side of relationships! Tickets available online.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
January 20 – February 5
Paradise Theatre
9911 Burnham DR NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
253.851.PLAY
http://www.paradisetheatre.org

Based on the 1962 Ken Kesey novel, this play is based off the 2001, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company Broadway revival production, which won the Tony Award for Best Play Revival. Call or go online for tickets.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
January 26 – February 19
Seattle Public Theater at The Bathhouse
7312 W. Greenlake Drive N.
Seattle, WA 98103
206.524.1300
http://www.seattlepublictheater.org

Audiences will laugh (and cry) their way into the New Year with the Tony Award-winning comedy, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, by Tom Stoppard. Zany humor, quicksilver wordplay, gripping tension and a heady swirl of ideas all come together in this story of two nobodies who long to star in their own story. SPT’s revival, directed by Artistic and Education Director Shana Bestock, casts local actresses in traditionally male roles.

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