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October 2, 2013 at 12:49 PM

5 exciting stage shows in Seattle (plus 2 for Halloween)

Rain and leaves are falling, and productions new and familiar are landing on the stages at local theater companies. Plenty of choices, for all ages; here’s a selection:

“Broke-ology,” now at Seattle Public Theater through Oct. 20. Valerie Curtis-Newton directs Nathan Louis Jackson’s seriocomic play about a pair of African-American brothers at odds over how to care for their widowed father. A joint production with the Hansberry Project.

Corey Spruill, left, and Tyler Trerise in "Broke-ology." / Paul Bestock photo

Corey Spruill, left, and Tyler Trerise in “Broke-ology.” / Paul Bestock photo

(www.seattlepublictheater.org)

“Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical,” at Seattle Children’s Theatre through Nov. 3. Peppy Pippi, the  super-strong, striped-stockinged heroine, strides out of the pages of the popular children’s books in this tuner. (www.sct.org)

“The Wizard of Oz,” at the Paramount, Oct. 9-13. The colorful touring musical gets even more shine, thanks to new music from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. (www.stgpresents.org)

“Sugar Daddies,” previews Oct. 4-9, continues Oct. 10-Nov. 3, at ACT Theatre. The prolific and lauded playwright Alan Ayckbourn (70-plus scripts, people) came to town to direct the U.S. premiere of his dark comedy about a naive young woman and the mysterious elderly man who enters her life. (www.acttheatre.org)

“The Servant of Two Masters,” through Oct. 20, Seattle Reptertory Theatre. An 18th-century sidesplitter about a hungry servant picks up some modern references and a comedy virtuoso (Steven Epp, in the lead) on its way to the 21st century. (www.www.seattlerep.org).

P.S. Looking for some scary? There’s “Cannibal! The Musical,” (possibly the best-named production EVER) Oct. 4-26, Market Theatre, www.unexpectedproductions.org from the mind of Trey Parker; and “Carrie: the Musical,” Balagan’s production at the Moore Theatre Oct. 10-26, www.stgpresents.org from the mind of well, you know, Stephen King.

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