Shelby, played by Laura McFarlane, explains her decision to have a baby to her mother, M’Lynn, played by Marli Bartness, in Red Curtain’s production of “Steel Magnolias,” opening Sept. 6 in Marysville. (Layton Gaskins)

Shelby, played by Laura McFarlane, explains her decision to have a baby to her mother, M’Lynn, played by Marli Bartness, in Red Curtain’s production of “Steel Magnolias,” opening Sept. 6 in Marysville. (Layton Gaskins)

Theater, dance and comedy shows around Snohomish County


Village Theatre: Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave.; 425-257-8600 or The musical“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” set for Oct. 25 to Nov. 17, follows an eclectic group of middle schoolers as they fight for the title of regional spelling bee champ – and all the glory that comes with it. Tickets are $70 general, $65 senior and $55 youth.

Edmonds Driftwood Players: Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds; or 425-774-9600. “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” will be staged Sept. 13-29. When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Tickets are $28 general, $25 student, senior, military.

Phoenix Theatre: 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds. Call 206-533-2000 or go to A recently married man tells a tiny lie to cover an innocent, but embarrassing, indiscretion in “Ladies Man,” showing Sept. 27 to Oct. 20. From that single untruth tumbles a cascade of deceptions, misunderstandings and mistaken identities. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors, students, military.

Sleepless Play Fest: Edmonds’ own 24-hour play festival is back at the Phoenix Theatre. At 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6, you’re invited to watch the actor-selection process. The playwrights work through the night and submit their finished scripts the next morning. The actors and directors then rehearse for a 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7. This year’s theme is BAD DOG: Pranks, Tricks, and One-Ups. Tickets are $20. Call 206-533-2000 or go to

Red Curtain: The Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave., Suite J, Marysville (in the Goodwill shopping center, behind the Everett Community College cosmetology school); 360-322-7402; “Steel Magnolias,” showing Sept. 6-22, inspired the 1989 movie starring Julia Roberts. Truvy’s Hair Salon is the gathering place for six Southern women as they share love and laughter, life and death, and celebrate the special bond of friendship. Tickets are $20 general, $17 seniors, students, military.


“Black Beauty”: Mukilteo’s own Keagan Estes stars in Seattle Children’s Theatre’s production. Shows are Sept. 26-Oct. 27. Based on the beloved children’s book by Anna Sewell, the play tells the life story of a beautiful horse, from his days as carefree colt, and as a workhorse in the busy streets of London, before his graceful retirement in a country pasture. Call 206-441-3322 or go to


Everett Comedy Night: Emory’s on Silver Lake, 11830 19th Ave. SE, Everett, hosts a second-Sunday monthly comedy night. Tickets are $10. All ages. The evening begins at 8:30 p.m. and features touring and local comedians. Duane Goad headlines on Sept. 8. To reserve a table, call 425-337-7772. Find Everett Comedy Night on Facebook for more information.

Comedy Garage: A weekly comedy showcase and open mic held Mondays at Tony V’s Garage, 1716 Hewitt Ave., Everett. Features regional comedians working out their longer sets and local amateurs trying new material. No cover. All ages. Sign up at 7:15 p.m.; show is at 8:30 p.m. On Sept. 9, Dan Hurwitz headlines. Find Comedy Garage on Facebook for more information.

Chuckles on the Pilchuck: Collector’s Choice Restaurant, 215 Cypress Ave., Snohomish, hosts a third-Tuesday monthly comedy show. No cover. Must be at least 21. The show starts at 8 p.m. and showcases the talents of Northwest comedians. Celebrate the show’s two-year anniversary on Sept. 17 with headliner Monica Nevi. Find Chuckles on the Pilchuck on Facebook for more information.

Garrison Keillor: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Keillor regales audiences with classic folk and love songs, poetry recitation from memory, light-hearted banter, observational comedy and, yes, perhaps even the latest “News from Lake Wobegon.” Tickets are $30-$50. More at

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