Among the highlights this week: "Noises Off"; Twisted Christmas Live! and Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz.
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Previews today: In lieu of a Christmas spectacle, Seattle Rep is mounting Michael Frayn’s nimble onstage/backstage, free-for-all farce about a troupe of British players whose personal entanglements and foibles turn a grade-C sex comedy into a riotous debacle. Richard Seyd (who has staged the play several times in California) directs a cast of adroit Seattle farceurs including Mark Anders, Lori Larsen and Bhama Roget. Previews today, opens Wednesday and runs through Jan. 15 at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center, $10-$46 (206-443-2222 or www.seattlerep.org).
Misha Berson, theater critic
Twisted Christmas Live!
Thursday: Bob Rivers, the deejay from KZOK-FM known for his hilarious song parodies, presents his annual holiday show of comedy and music at 7 p.m. at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Comedian Richard Jeni is this year’s special guest; $25 (206-628-0888, www.ticketmaster.com or www.hob.com; information, 206-467-5510, www.themoore.com, www.kzok.com).
Patrick MacDonald, music critic
Seattle Symphony’s “Messiah”
Thursday-Sunday: Gerard Schwarz leads the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chorale in the Handel masterpiece, with four promising soloists (Ying Huang, Charlotte Hellekant, Karl Dent and James Maddalena). 7:30 p.m. Thursday, repeated at 8 p.m. Friday, 1 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, all in Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $16-$55 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Melinda Bargreen, classical music critic
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
Friday: The man who has the hottest hip-hop single on the charts right now, “Lovers and Friends,” featuring Usher and Ludacris, as well as a second current hit, “What U Gon’ Do,” appears with his band, the Eastside Boyz, at 8 p.m. Friday at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $35 (206-628-0888, www.ticketmaster.com or www.hob.com; information, 206-467-5510, www.themoore.com).
Ongoing: Portland Art Museum is featuring “Childe Hassam: Impressionist in the West,” a show featuring 60 landscapes, portraits and still lifes that the American painter made while traveling through Oregon, Washington and Idaho in 1904 and 1908. The show continues through March 6 at 1219 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, $6-10 (503 226-2811 or www.portlandartmuseum.org).
Sheila Farr, visual arts critic
Sacred Music by Duke Ellington
Saturday: The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra rings in the season with its annual concert of sacred music by Duke Ellington. This year, the concert focuses on Duke’s choral work, sung by the Oregon Repertory Singers, plus vocalists James Caddell and Nichol Eskridge. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle, $26 (206-547-6763 or www.srjo.org ).
Paul de Barros, jazz critic