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No, No, Nannette
2/20-3/15 •
A swinging, tap-dancing musical comedy about one girl’s pilgrimage to Atlantic City for a few kicks before heading down the aisle. Features timeless musical numbers “Tea for Two” and “Want to Be Happy.” Times and prices vary. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard; 509.325.2507.

The Belle of Amherst
2/26-3/14 •
Based on the life of America’s greatest woman poet, Emily Dickinson, this acclaimed play explores various stages of her experience, from age 15 until she died a virtual recluse. Ellen Crawford returns to Interplayers’ stage to perform, reenacting Dickinson’s life through excerpts of her poetry and playing multiple roles, including the poet’s father, teacher and friends. Dates and times vary. $10-$21. Spokane Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard; 509.455.PLAY.

9 Parts of Desire
3/6
• The title comes from a Shi’a Muslin proverb which states “God created sexual desire in ten parts; then he gave nine parts to women and one to men.” Based on a series of interviews conducted by Heather Raffo, the play forces us to contemplate the realities of life in a war-torn country where gruesome acts of inhumanity have become the norm. Set against the backdrop of the aftermath of the Gulf War, U.S. invasion of Iraq and fall of Saddam Hussein, the piece weaves together nine different voices: Eight Iraqi and one American. Each struggles to attain her own definition of liberation, peace and home. While their professions differ greatly (from painter to mourner, wife to student, beggar to doctor), the ultimate impact of their testimony is the same: A vivid understanding of what it means to be a woman in Iraq, enduring unimaginable savagery and yet maintaining a belief in love and the possibility of finding peace. Co-sponsored by WSU Diversity committee and EWU Women’s Studies Center. 6:30 p.m. Free. 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Phase I, Room 122; 509.359.7554; Email montoyazamora@wsu.edu; http://www.ewu.edu

Ain’t Misbehavin’
3/19-3/22 •
Starring 2003 American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis, 2003 American Idol contestant and star of RENT on Broadway. The outrageously prodigious comic and musical soul of 1930’s Harlem is showcased in this rollicking, swinging, finger-snapping revue. Dates and times vary. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.; 509.325.SEAT; www.ticketswest.com

Defending the Caveman
3/20-3/21 •
A hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate, Caveman has both sexes roaring with laughter and recognition. Affectionate nudging between audience members occurs during the performance as they recognize themselves in the stories being told on stage. 8 p.m. $35. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague; 509.325.SEAT; www.ticketswest.com

Waiting for Godot
3/27-3/28 •
This acclaimed classic tragicomedy presents Beckett’s seminal exploration of the futility of humankind’s hope. Times vary. $14-$21. Spokane Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St.; 509.455.PLAY.
Blue Door Theatre
3/7-3/28 •
Improvisational theatre every Saturday night in the Garland District. Audience suggestions inspire the performance. 8 p.m. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland; 509.747.7045.

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