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Last chance

This is the last weekend to see Capital Playhouse’s thumping musical “Ain’t Misbehavin.’“ The Tony Award-winning musical chronicles the music, the time and the life of one Mr. Thomas Waller, who would go down in history as Fats. The show has his hit works “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,’” “Mean to Me,” and “The Joint is Jumpin.’” This is the first local production featuring a complete cast of African American performers and features Marlette Buchanan, Marisa Kennedy, Geoffery Simmons, Antonia Darlene and Troy Scarborough, a New York actor who last appeared in Olympia in the national tour of “The Full Monty” in the role of Horse. — Steve Dunkelberger

[Capital Playhouse, through Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $21-$31, 612 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, 360.943.2744]


Sister Spit

Sister Spit all-girl spoken word road show visits Jake’s on 4th Friday. If you’re envisioning a bunch of gray-haired professors reading Dickinson and Shakespeare in low, expressionless tones, drooling, you’ve got it wrong. Whew!  This tour features five, 20-something queer female writers.  Expect musical, rhythmic monologues about issues such as class, race, gender and sexuality. — Suzy Stump

[Jake’s on 4th, Friday, April 6, 7 p.m., $8, 311 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, 360.956.3247]


Surf’s up

Dude, like if you are willing to accept Bobble Tiki’s rather blinkered notion of American history — there’s the pre-Gidget era, when surfing was individualistic and pure, and the post-Gidget era, when a large part of paradise was lost to the masses — you will probably embrace T.J. Barrack and Wes Brown’s “Peel: The Peru Project” — documentary of the surfing craze in Peru — with the passion of a true believer. If not, you might see the surf flick as another engaging sermon delivered by slightly crazed missionaries.  Dude, there’s totally live acoustic music and raffle prizes, too.— Bobble Tiki

[Capitol Theater, Friday, April 6, 8 p.m., $10-$15, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia, 360.754.5378]


“Crazy Jane”

There’s nothing quite like Tacoma in the spring, except maybe a Japanese noh theater in Tacoma in the spring. Studying noh chant and dance since the disco days, San Francisco-based Theatre Nohgaku founding member David Crandall has created “Crazy Jane,” a dance drama that integrates a poetic English script with the chants, movement and music of noh theater.  And he’d be crazy not to expose it to the South Sound.  So he is. — SS

[Minnaert Center, Friday, April 6, 8 p.m., $10-$20, South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Rd. S.W., Olympia, 360.596.5501]

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