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February 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

5 places to take your theater-loving date

Connor Toms as Victor Frankenstein in Book-It Repertory Theatre's production of "Frankenstein./Chris Bennion photo

Connor Toms as Victor Frankenstein in Book-It Repertory Theatre’s production of “Frankenstein./Chris Bennion photo

You know Seattle’s a great theater town. You know a show is a great way to impress/entertain/stimulate conversation with/ a date — whether you’re new friends or long-marrieds. Let us help point you in the right direction with some info about shows running right now. (We’ve thrown a family show in the mix, too.)

1 'Venus in Fur'

Through Sunday, March 9, Seattle Repertory Theatre;  $12-$63 (206-443-2222 or seattlerep.org).

Seattle Rep is staging David Ives’ two-actor piece, about an actress auditioning for a playwright’s production based on an erotic novel. It’s definitely adults-only, and definitely worth a look. Steam is a-risin’.

2 'Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus'

Through Sunday, March 9. Book-It Repertory Theatre at the Center Theatre, Seattle Center; $23-$38 (206-216-0833 or book-it.org).

Book-It’s specialty is adapting gripping, worthy stories for the stage, so Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” seems fertile ground. Engaging local actor Connor Toms is Victor Frankenstein (insert “it’s pronounced Fronken-STEEN” joke here) and the suitably imposing Jim Hamerlinck portrays VF’s stitched-together creation.

3 'Odysseo'

Through Sunday, March 16, Marymoor Park, Redmond; tickets start at $34.50 (866-999-8111 or cavalia.net).

Fans of “Cavalia,” the horse/human extravaganza that has visited the Seattle area before, will surely find lots to like in “Odysseo.” Along with the Arabian, Andalusian and other beautiful horses, there are dozens of riders, acrobats, musicians and performers of all kinds. There’s also a big white tent, real sand dunes and a huge lake.

4 'Pinocchio'

Through Sunday, March 9, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Center; $25-$36 (206-441-3322 or sct.org).

The Seattle Children’s Theatre is staging what Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson calls a delightful retelling of the story of a puppet who yearns to be a real boy. The road to boyhood is not always smooth, but the humor sprinkled along the way helps keep the tale enjoyable for kids 5-8.

5 'The Consul'

A Seattle Opera production, through Friday, March 7, McCaw Hall, Seattle; tickets start at $25 (206-389-7676 or seattleopera.org).

Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera was a blockbuster in its time, but has rarely been seen since the 1950s. Seattle Opera is staging an exciting version of it for the first time, under the direction of Peter Kazaras. Seattle Opera general director Speight Jenkins reminds patrons that its message is still timely: “In many countries of the world people are desperate to get visas to leave,” he told The Seattle Times. “Those who fight for freedom of expression, whether political, sexual or for any other reason, often find themselves persecuted and forbidden to leave.”

Comments | More in List, The week ahead | Topics: Book-It, Odysseo, Pinocchio

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