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Seattle Spotlight: February 2010

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Becky Gulsvig and company in Legally Blonde
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Seattle is turning pink with 5th Avenue Theatre's production of Legally Blonde: The Musical (February 23-March 14). Inspired by the movie, this recent Broadway hit follows Elle Woods to Harvard as she tries to reunite with her boyfriend and finds out she's not just a ditzy blonde. Seattle Musical Theatre gets you acquainted with Bobby and his friends in Stephen Sondheim's Company (February 12-28). SecondStory Repertory opens the vault of a lonely hearts club with She Loves Me (February 12-March 6), the heart-warming musical that preceded the movie, You've Got Mail.

Seattle Repertory Theatre showcases cutthroat real estate deals in David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross (February 5-28). Sam Shepard's Fool for Love is presented by Stone Soup Theatre (February 18-March 14), starring Annie Lareau as May and Anders Bolang as Eddie, and directed by Charlotte Tiencken. Book-It Repertory world premieres The River Why by David James Duncan (February 9-March 7), in which young Gus leaves his quirky, fishing-obsessed family to go on a journey of self discovery.

Artattack Theatre tries to determine if size matters with Neil LaBute's Fat Pig (February 11-March 7) wherein traditionally handsome Tom falls for plus-sized Helen, a bright, funny, sexy woman, and is pressured to explain his new relationship to his perplexed friends. Balagan Theatre lures Trout Stanley by Claudia Dey (February 5-27), in which a mysterious drifter worms his way into the home of the Ducharme twins, Sugar and Grace, and violates their strange marriage.

The romantic musical comedy, I Love You Because, hooks up at Centerstage (February 5-21). Eclectic Theater Company presents Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey, the genre-changing, musical-inspired, tragicomedy about a girl whose struggle for freedom only pulls her back into her family's vicious cycle (February 11-March 6).

Scary doings are at Open Circle Theater as they mount The Woman in Black, (February 12-March 6) adapted by Stephen Mallatratt. Our American Theater Company presents one of its periodic, professional staged readings, this time of Arthur Miller's All My Sons (February 1-2) about two families ripped apart by bad business decisions. Driftwood Theatre reveals the mysteries of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia (February 5-21).

The love story between the famous British author C. S. Lewis and American poet, Joy Gresham is the focus of Shadowlands (February 19-27), at The Attic Theatre. Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, is explored by Theatre9/12, demonstrating what happens when people try to hang on to a lifestyle that doesn't exist any longer (February 19-March 14).

For kids, there's a special presentation of Norse mythology, with aerial rope work, silk work, and stage combat, presented by Seattle Children's Theatre. In the Northern Lands: Norse Myths (February 12-March 14) includes epic stories of compassion loyalty and bravery.

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