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Seattle Spotlight: June 2011

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Yussef El Guindi
June warms up with ACT Theatre's world premiere of Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World by Yussef El Guindi (June 17-July 17), in which an Egyptian cab driver falls for a sassy American waitress. It stars Carol Roscoe and Shanga Parker who workshopped the production last summer at the Icicle Creek Festival.

ACT also presents Pinter Fortnightly: The Birthday Party (June 27) with favorite Seattle actors Suzy Hunt, R. Hamilton Wright, Todd Jefferson Moore, and Hana Lass. An ACT co-production is It's in the Cards (June 3-11), featuring Jayne Muirhead and John Engerman in a silly, unforgettable cabaret that draws on oracle traditions from Tarot to palmistry to astrology.

The Familiar-a Ghost Story is told at Eclectic Theatre Company (June 2-18). There's something unsettling under the bed and this world premiere by Rosemary Poole-Carter stars Eleanor Moseley, Jason Pead and Lisa Carswell. Live Girls opens the 12th volume of Quickies (June 3-18) Teenage angst? There's a Quickie for that. Grandkids driving you crazy? Purple dinosaur trapped in cartoon closet hell? There's even a Quickie for that!

New company, Arouet, swims with The Gene Pool by Christi Stewart-Brown (June 3-19), exploring the life of a normal teen boy who wants to lose his virginity and find out from his two moms who his dad is. SecondStory Repertory summers in Maine with On Golden Pond (June 3-25).

Experimental artist Rhonda Soikowski kicks off a national tour of her generated performance art piece Entropy. Redress (June 2-5) including 40 artists and one red dress. Phoenix Theatre hosts a deranged dinner party with The Smell of the Kill by Michelle Lowe (June 3-26), as three unhappy wives debate the pros and cons of widowhood and contemplate a faulty walk-in freezer and their hapless mates.

Pacific Play Company in association with the Seattle Playwrights' Collective presents the world premiere of Snakes and Ladders by Daniel Tarker (June 23-July 9), a satirical look at the housing market, flipping houses and bad deals.

Renton Civic Theater genuflects as Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (June 12-20), delivering a cautionary lecture until several former students turn up. Renton Civic also presents Run For Your Wife by Ray Cooney (June 3-18) where a taxi driver gets away with having two wives in different areas of London because of his irregular working schedule.

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