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March 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM

3 plays to get in line for in Seattle

Don’t tell us you can’t find anything to do, especially after you’ve read this post. If you’re not up to the theater, we suppose you could go to the movies (“Grand Budapest Hotel,” anyone?), the Seattle Symphony (Bartok, anyone?) or to see some art (Joan Miro, anyone?). But keep in mind, these listed here are noteworthy shows.

1 'Pretty Fire'

Through Saturday, March 22, Isaac Studio Theatre at Taproot Theatre, Seattle; $25,  taproottheatre.org

“From the moment Tracy Michelle Hughes sweeps us into the world of “Pretty Fire” at Taproot Theatre,” writes Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson, “she makes Charlayne Woodard’s enchanting autobiographical solo play very much her own. A robust, savvy performer who last year lent her forceful presence to Intiman Theatre’s mounting of “Trouble in Mind,” Hughes lights up the stage.”

Tracy Michelle Hughes in "Pretty Fire."/Erik Stuhaug

Tracy Michelle Hughes in “Pretty Fire.”/Erik Stuhaug

2 'The Lion King'

Through Sunday, April 6, Paramount Theatre, Seattle; tickets start at $65, www.stgpresents.org

Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as Rafiki,  in "The Lion King."/Joan Marcus

Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as Rafiki, in “The Lion King.”/Joan Marcus

Big and bold and colorful and hummable, Disney’s musical-based-on-an-animated film is still going strong nearly 20 years after it first appeared on Broadway. The songs are exuberant and tender, the lighting effects dazzling, and the performers are impossibly energetic.

3 'The Elephant Man'

Through Saturday, March 22, STAGEright, Inscape Building, Seattle; $10-$15, seattlestageright.org

All kinds of interesting stuff is flowing out of the Inscape Building, a former INS facility that is now bustling with more than 100 tenants  — artists, dancers, actors, thinkers. STAGEright is presenting “The Elephant Man,” the story of John Merrick, there, and Seattle Times reviewer Dusty Somers writes, “There’s a danger for this material to tip into the overwrought or gimmicky, given what an actor must do to portray Merrick, but (Matthew) Gilbert never comes across as less than authentic.”

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