"The Consul": A premiere at Seattle Opera, presenting Menotti's Pulitzer Prize-winning work Feb. 22 through March 7 at McCaw Hall. A devoted wife and mother clashes with the bureaucracy of a nameless police state while trying to obtain an exit visa for her persecuted family. Menotti's nail-biting narrative is buoyed by a melodic score. Tickets are $94 and up, with a limited number of seats are available for $25. Purchase tickets online at seattleopera.org or call 206-389-7676. McCaw Hall is at 321 Mercer St., Seattle Center.
"Beyond Therapy": Phoenix Theatre of Edmonds presents this off-Broadway hit 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 2, at the group's Firdale Village theater, 9673 Firdale Ave. The theme of the show, directed by Eric Lewis, is that laughter is perhaps the best therapy. Players include David Bailey, Jasmine Joshua, Michael McFadden, Melanie Calderwood, Austin Gregory and Dan Jacoby. Tickets are $18.50 or $15.50. Go to phoenixtheatreedmonds.com or call 206-533-2000.
"Steel Magnolias": The Edmonds Driftwood Players present the contemporary classic play, directed by Paul Fouhy; 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 14 through March 2; Wade James Theater, 950 Main St., Edmonds. The cast includes Anne Arnhold, Laura Crouch, Cindy Giese French, Molly Hall, Sarah Karnes and Rebecca O'Neil. Tickets are $25 general, and $22 for juniors (under age 18), seniors (over age 60) and military, and are available at www.driftwoodplayers.com or by calling 425-774-9600.
"Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench": Everett Reunion Theatre Group stages this poignant comedy at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays from Feb. 14 through March 2 at the Music Hall Playhouse, Everett Mall, 1402 Everett Mall Way. Tickets, $13 or $10, are available by calling 425-268-2187 or through Brown Paper Tickets, brownpapertickets.com. The cast includes Bonnie Ronan, Jay Wesley Cochran, Janette Reilley, Janine Snavely, Bob Henry, Vicky Lynn Maxey, Kathleen Reynolds, Michael Goodwill, Alicia Jones, Richard Morris and Dizzle Morrison.
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts: The Tony-award winning musical "City of Angels" is staged through Feb. 22 at the center, 565 Camano Ave., Langley. Set in the glamorous seductive Hollywood of 1948, the show is an homage to the film noir genre of motion pictures. Tickets are available by calling the WICA ticket office at 360-221-8268. Ticket prices are $22.50 general, $18.50 seniors and $15.50 for youth.
"Spamalot": The 5th Avenue Theatre presents the Monty Python Broadway musical, riffing off King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, through March 2. Ticket prices start at $29 and may be purchased at www.5thavenue.org or call the box office at 206-625-1900. The 5th Avenue Theatre is at 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle.
"Pinocchio": Seattle Children Theatre; through March 9; 201 Thomas St., Seattle Center. Recommended for ages 6 and older, and will appeal to younger audiences with its funny, adventurous fantasy, while moral dilemmas, deceptive tricks and humorous puns will engage older viewers.Tickets run $25 to $36. Call 206-441-3322 or go to www.sct.org.
"Mr. Pim Passes By": The Taproot Theatre Company will perform a 1919 comedy about a conventional English household that is rattled by a shocking announcement through March 1 at 204 N. 85th St., Seattle. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday; tickets range from $15 to $40 at 206-781-9707 and www.taproottheatre.org.
"Venus in Fur": Directed by Shana Cooper, Seattle Repertory Theatre stages this play for mature audiences through March 9. Playwright Thomas Novachek is at a loss. There are simply no actresses talented enough to play his leading lady. Then in walks Vanda, a mysterious siren with the uncanny ability to inhabit his character. All bets are off when the audition quickly escalates into a seductive power play. Ticket information is available at www.seattlerep.org/Buy/Tickets/Production/4226.
"The Foreigner": All Charlie wanted was a little peace and quiet. So when he arrives at a fishing lodge in Georgia, it seems harmless enough to masquerade as a foreigner who can't speak English. He soon realizes, however, that people will say the most extraordinary things when they think no one can understand them. Village Theatre's production of "The Foreigner" runs through March 2 in Issaquah before opening at Everett Performing Arts Theatre on March 7. For information and tickets, go to villagetheatre.org/everett/The-Foreigner.php.
Mark Morris Dance Group: "New Love Song Waltzes;" 8 p.m. Feb. 14, 15, 2 p.m. Feb. 16; Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; ticket information at 877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org.
"The Lion King": Tickets are on sale now for the March 12 through April 6 performances at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., in Seattle. Tickets are $22 to $135 at stgpresents.org. Call 206-682-1414 for more information. Other upcoming Paramount shows include: "Once," based on the movie about the Dublin street musicians, May 27 to June 8; "Book of Mormon," July 22 to Aug. 10; Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," Oct. 21 to 26; "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Dec. 2 to 7; "Dirty Dancing," Jan. 20 to Feb. 1, 2015; "Cinderella," Feb. 25 to March 1, 2015; "Phantom of the Opera," April 30 to May 10, 2015; "Wicked," July 9 to Aug. 2; and "Pippin," Aug. 18 to 23, 2015.
Shakespeare Northwest: The organization is soliciting directorial proposals for a Shakespeare comedy to round out the 2014 Skagit River Shakespeare Festival, performed at Rexville Blackrock Amphitheatre, located between Conway and La Conner. The annual festival includes two main stage shows. One-page proposals provide a vision statement and concepts for set design, staging dynamics and costumes, taking into account the outdoor performance venue with limited artificial lighting. Include a resume. Multiple proposals welcome. For more information, go to www.shakesnw.org or call 360-941-5744.
Driftwood Players fifth annual Festival of Shorts: The contest theme this year is "transitions." Short plays of 15 minutes or less will be staged in July at the theater in Edmonds. Playrights are invited submit their work. The deadline to submit a play is March 15. More information is available at www.driftwoodplayers.com.
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