6 stage performances, something for whole family

The Phoenix Theatre Company comedy, “Bright Ideas,” which opens Friday night, sounds like a skit on “Portlandia”: A couple bent on securing the “right” preschool for their 3-year-old will seemingly stop at nothing to make sure little Mac gets in, including whipping up a batch of poisonous pesto for a dinner party with other hopeful parents.

“Bright Ideas” continues through Nov. 10 at the Phoenix Theatre. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings with Sunday matinees.

Tickets are $15.50 to $18.20 and available at the box office by calling 206-533-2000 or at brownpapertickets.com.

The Phoenix Theatre is at the Firdale Shopping Center, 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds.

“Making God Laugh” opens Friday night and continues Saturday and Sunday at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo.

The heart-warming comedy, written by Sean Grennan and directed by Jonathan Reis at Curtain Call Theatre Bothell, follows a family of five gathering at holidays through the years, as they deal with the usual complaints, squabbles and life changes large and small.

The title is drawn from a Woody Allen quote, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $12 to $15. For tickets and information go to www.cctbothell.org.

The Rosehill Community Center is at 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo.

The Seattle Shakespeare Company takes the Bard on a little time travel when it opens “Much Ado About Nothing” on Wednesday at the Center Theater at Seattle Center.

Instead of the 1590s the play is set in the 1950s and the backdrop is the Italian Riviera.

Beatrice and Benedick may be meant for each other, but neither of them will admit it, sniping and snubbing each other, until they find a common cause: uniting a pair of young lovers.

Original music for “Much Ado” is by Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra’s Michael Brockman. A water-filled lagoon on stage completes the sunny Riviera setting,

“Much Ado About Nothing” opens with previews Wednesday and Thursday and evening and matinee performances continuing Wednesdays through Saturdays and selected Sundays through Nov. 17.

Tickets are $25 to $48 and may purchased at www.seattleshakespeare.org, or by calling 206-733-8222 and at the box office.

The Center Theatre is at 305 Harrison St., Seattle.

Seattle Opera’s “The Daughter of the Regiment” opens Saturday at McCaw Hall.

The Donizetti opera is a light-hearted affair in which an orphaned girl, Marie, adopted by the regiment and growing up a tomboy, is claimed by her aunt, who whisks her away, determined to turn her into a proper young lady.

Meanwhile a young lad, Tonio, has fallen in love with her and joins the regiment to seek her hand in marriage.

“The Daughter of the Regiment” continues through Nov. 2. It’s in French with English subtitles.

Tickets prices start at $25 and go up to $177 for premium seats. They are available online at seattleopera.org; by calling 800-426-1619; and at the box office, McCaw Hall, 1020 John St., Seattle.

The Seattle Opera provides opportunities for reduced tickets with its rush program for students and seniors and some standing-room-only spots.

This Sunday’s matinee is Family Day. Students 18 and under are admitted for $15 with an adult paying full price.

Up to four student tickets may be purchased with one adult ticket. Special activities before and the show are planned.

The Seattle Repertory Theatre opens a new play, “Bo-Nita,” Friday night at the Leo K. Theatre. It continues Tuesdays through Sundays through Nov. 17.

“Bo-Nita” is the story of a resourceful 13-year-old and her equally tenacious single mother determined to keep the pair together.

The play has mature themes. Call 206-443-2222 for more information.

Tickets are $12 to $50 and may be purchased online at www.seattlerep.org.

The Leo K. Theatre, Seattle Rep’s second stage, is at 155 Mercer St., Seattle.

Great Caesar’s ghost!* If you remember that you’re way too old for “The Ghost of Kaddywompas!” playing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theatre in Snohomish.

It’s Episode 6 of the The Kaddywompas Radio Show with the Kaddywompass players, the Wompas Band and special guest Richard Flynn.

Halloween songs, stories and ghostly sightings are the bill of fare. Kids who come in costume may win a prize.

Tickets are $15 or four for the price of three.

The Tim Noah Thumbnail Theatre is at 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish.

* Editor-in-chief Perry White of “Superman” fame always shouted “great Caeser’s ghost” when he wasn’t shouting, “Don’t call me chief.”

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