‘Taking Steps’ tells a zany story of a house purchase gone awry

  • Thu Apr 1st, 2010 3:07pm
  • Life

By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer

“Taking Steps”: In the Phoenix Theatre’s press material for this new show, the kicker line is that “sometimes buying a dream house comes with a little baggage.”

It’s a hint of what might be a central theme of “Taking Steps,” a comic ride of mistaken identifies, misunderstandings and dysfunctional relationships that captures the zaniness of British farce in a storyline that spans just one night.

“Taking Steps” opens at 8 tonight at the Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds. Shows are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 2.

Tickets are $18 and $15. Call 206-533-2000 or go to phoenixtheatreedmonds.com.

“Dreamgirls”: In life, sometimes “all you got to do is dream.”

“Dreamgirls” tells the story of an up-and-coming, 1960s singing girl group with Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson and Effie White as The Dreamettes. The ambitious agent Curtis Taylor Jr. discovers them and lands them a job as backup singers for the soul and rock ‘n’ roll star James “Thunder” Early.

When the beautiful Deena emerges as the star of the group rather than the full-voiced Effie, the girls come to a crossroads.

“Dreamgirls” won six Tony Awards and was adapted into a motion picture.

“Dreamgirls” opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Shows are at various times through April 11.

Tickets range from $27 to $70. Call 877-784-4849 or go to tickets.com, stgpresents.org or BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

“Three Sisters”: Ghost Light Theatricals’ Family Values season concludes with Brian Friel’s modern adaptation of the Anton Chekhov classic.

The three sisters, Olga, Masha and Irina, long to be in Moscow as they face the doldrums of life in a provincial Russian town.

“Three Sisters” runs at 7:30 tonight and Saturday continuing at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through April 17 with one 2 p.m. show April 18 at The Ballard Underground, 2220 NW Market, Seattle.

Tickets are $15 and $12 and are available at the door or at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/93723.

“Vagina Monologues”: There are lots of fives in Stone Soup’s version of the “Vagina Monologues”: five new monologues. Five multi-ethnic, gender-diverse women in two casts. And it’s been five years since the last five-month run at Stone Soup, which sold out.

This is, in fact, Stone Soup’s 10th Anniversary Edition of Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues,” a celebration of female sexuality.

The five never-before-published monologues are directed by Tyrone Brown and include material based on interviews with the Comfort Women of 1940s Japan.

The production runs with a preview at 8 p.m. Thursday at Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way N., Seattle. Shows are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees April 11, 18 and 25.

Preview tickets are $10; general admission is $16 to 20; $13 for those under 30. Call 800-838-3006 or 206-633-1883 or go to www.brownpapertickets.com or