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"Closer" opens this weekend

Steve Dunkelberger’s picks of the week

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Encore! Theater will be staging a new work, “Metaphasia” as its indoor season musical through Nov. 18. This coming-of-age musical centered on Angie Anderson weaves adventure with upbeat, original tunes and colorful costumes as it takes a radical new look at “Twelve Dancing Princesses” and the likes of “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” and the wizardry of some dude named Harry Potter.    

[Encore! Theater, through Nov 18, $6-$15, 6615 38th Ave., Gig Harbor,]


Prodigal Sun Productions is staging the romantic tale of “Closer” starting this weekend. This is a tender, personal story of four people trying to make “love” work for them as they struggle with the human heart and all the complexities that go along with it. The performance contains partial nudity and explicit language.

[The Midnight Sun Performance Space, through Nov. 17, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, $7-$15, 113 N. Columbia St., Olympia, 360.556.3245,]

“the velveteen rabbit”

One of the most touching books ever is now taking to the stage as Olympia Family Theater stages “The Velveteen Rabbit.”

[South Puget Sound Community College’s black box theater, Nov. 2 to 18, 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, $8-$15, 2011 Mottman Road S.W., Olympia,]

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