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Plenty to entertain Mom today in Seattle’s theaters

If brunch and a bouquet seem a bit flat, consider taking Mom out to the theater today. A number of shows playing this afternoon will spark some lively family discussions at dinner afterward. Times listed below are for today’s (May 11) performances.

Break out of the ordinary play structure with this collection of very short tales from Seattle's playwrights.
One-Minute Play Festival, photo used with permission of Dominic D'Andrea

A Room With A View
5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Avenue
1:30 p.m.
A sprightly musical adaptation of the comedic novel of manners and love, the oversized Edwardian hats alone will charm any Mother fond of Downton Abbey. The second act “Splash” with nude males frolicking amid the flowers will tickle her funny bone too. Today is the last performance, so call ahead to check seat availability.

One Minute Play Festival
ACT, 700 Union Street
2:00 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The One-Minute Play Festival offers several dozen nibbles of local playwrights in this very short short-form theater. Ticket sales also support ACT’s Central Heating Lab, which provides a home of new works and fosters local artists year-round. Also playing today at ACT is the comedy musical “Little Shop of Horrors” (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.), a show sure to please geeky Moms.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St
2 p.m.
For fans of "Mad Men," this shocker shows the darker side of that alcoholic era where women still measured their success by their husband’s career triumphs. A quartet of Seattle’s finest give Albee’s bitter battles a nice twist of comedy in this cocktail of martial discontent.

King Lear
Seattle Shakespeare Company
Performed at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center
2 p.m and 7:30 p.m.
Think “Woolf” is a bit much for Mom? How about the Bard’s examination of ungrateful children and mad parents? Dan Kremer leads the ensemble as King Lear with the ever reliable Todd Jefferson Moore accompanying him as his Fool. This production recently had its run extended through May 17.

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