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The Goonies Excited rumors swirled last month: Had the former Late Night Theatre gang really squatted down at Student Union for a one-night-only run-through of Fast Times at Ridgemont High? Had the cast of old reliables really been rounded out, figuratively, with heavy hitters such as Rusty Sneary and, literally, by that local burlesque performer who filled in as "Phoebe Cates' Boobs"? Here's a mother-trucking 10-4 to all of that good news, as well as a head's up on this month's Truffle Shuffle follow-up, the second in what former Late Night-er Corrie Van Ausdal promises will be an ongoing series of "staged readings" of favorite films. Expect a concert-style show indebted to Late Night's full productions more in spirit than in performance. "What the audience sees is a bunch of serious-looking people with black music stands and select costume pieces bringing a favorite plot to life," Van Ausdal explains. "Oh, and David Keihl pulls soundtrack songs and is awesome at plopping them down just right, which really brings it to life." 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 10, at Student Union, 1317 Union. (Alan Scherstuhl)

A Marvelous Party A full-on, piano-stomping revue featuring the blazing stars of 2 Pianos, 4 Hands and celebrating the songs and wit of Noel Coward, this premiere production from the Kansas City Repertory Theatre would have to make several thousand mistakes to fail to live up to its title. Digging deep into Coward's 400-song catalog, this party promises crisp dances, dry joke songs, sparkling innuendo and a clutch of wistful ballads such as "I'll Follow My Heart" and "Mad About the Boy." Expect craft, bite and a nostalgic ken for an age of sharp after-dinner talk that probably never really existed. Through March 23 at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, 4949 Cherry, 816-135-2700. (Alan Scherstuhl)

Sing Out, Sister! A Celebration of Women in Broadway and Pop Music Because the title comes so close to saying it all, maybe the folks at Quality Hill Playhouse should go the Fiona Apple route and just cram it with everything they've got, calling this show Another Tasteful, Sometimes Exciting Cabaret-style Revue, in a Soon-to-be-Expanded Theater That's Currently So Intimate You'll Hear the Gurgling Details of Every Cough and Sputter, This Time Featuring "God Bless the Child" and "Natural Woman" and Other Highlights of the X-Chromosomed Strain of the American Songbook, Hosted and Arranged by That Plucky J. Kent Barnhart and Sung With Distinction by Alison Walla, Julie Taylor and the Fantastic LeShea Wright. Through March 30 at Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W. 10th St., 816-421-1700. (Alan Scherstuhl)

2008 Women's Playwriting Festival For 13 years now, the local goodniks at Potluck Productions have staged this annual collection of new, short work by and about women. Last year's selections ran the gamut from wistful comedy to serious drama to satiric sci-fi. This year, titles of local interest include The Usual, by Kansas City's Janet Conner, and Little Girl Tenant by Columbia's Carolyn Trout. The concerns of the playwrights, though, are by no means Midwestern alone: Ann Wuehler's Cinnamon Rainbow twists a home-invasion scenario into a comedy of the sexes, and Rosemary Toohey's The Body Washer examines, from three perspectives, the killing of an Iraqi woman at a U.S.-controlled checkpoint. Through March 16 at Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central, 816-523-5038. (Alan Scherstuhl)

Up in the Air Last year, when Karen Errington headlined at Bar Natasha, the dazzling singer and comedienne got touchingly autobiographical, playing out a fantasy about a waitress whose big dreams are matched only by her bigger voice. This week, Bar Natasha gifts us with another no-cover, single-night chance to catch one of Kansas City's musical theater greats cutting loose on her own: Errington, who last month brought down the house in Musical Theatre Heritage's Bernstein's Broadway, takes on what she calls "standards, show tunes and stuff I just wanted to sing." 8 p.m., Monday, March 10, at Bar Natasha, 1911 Main, 816-472-5300. (Alan Scherstuhl)

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