Fall Arts Preview 2013: Theater

Actors are doing double duty this season, playing characters pretending to be something they aren’t

Having nothing better to do on Mount Olympus, the Greek muse Clio descends to 1980s Venice Beach in the form of an Australian roller girl to help a struggling artist open a roller disco. (Like you do.) A surprise hit on Broadway, Xanadu skates into Issaquah’s Village Theatre, promising high camp and big laughs. 9/12–10/20. Times and prices vary. villagetheatre.org

El Año En Que Naci (The Year I Was Born) has young Chileans born during the Pinochet dictatorship reenacting events in their fathers’ lives using photographs, letters, clothes and other personal artifacts. Video projections, audiotapes and live rock music amp up this powerful exploration of personal and political history by Argentine writer/director Lola Arias. 9/19–9/22. 8 p.m. $25. On the Boards. ontheboards.org

British playwright Alan Ayckbourn directs the American premiere of his play Sugar Daddies, a dark comedy in which a female student falls under the sway of a suspicious, rich old man—in a relationship rife with deceit, self-deception and mutual fantasy. The impressive local cast includes Anne Allgood, Emily Chisholm and Sean G. Griffin. 10/4–11/3. Times and prices vary. ACT. acttheatre.org

A world-premiere one-woman play by Seattle’s Elizabeth Heffron, Bo-Nita is both a harrowing and funny coming-of-age story about a girl whose troubled home life forces her to act much older and wiser than her 13 years. This tour de force role, played by local actress Hannah Mootz, comprises seven characters with varying accents, often in spirited conversation. 10/18–11/17. Times and prices vary. Seattle Repertory Theatre. seattlerep.com

Seattle’s Balagan Theatre and STG Presents are teaming up to produce the musical Carrie (based on Stephen King’s book) in which a troubled teenager who can make knives fly across a room pretends to be a girl who can go to prom without coming home covered in pig’s blood. 10/11–10/26. Times and prices vary. The Moore. balagantheatre.org

Goddess Isabella Rossellini presents highlights from her strange and wondrous Green Porno short film series, in which she uses low-budget costumes to hilariously (yet informatively!) act out the sexual habits of marine life and insects. Who knew earthworms were such sexy sadomasochists? 11/4. 8 p.m. Prices vary. The Moore Theatre. stgpresents.org


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