Opening This Week

Mamma Mia
This "sunny, funny tale of family and friendship" features music by ABBA, including the timeless and inspirational hits "Dancing Queen" and "Take A Chance On Me." Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, 790-ARTS, Tues-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat 2 pm, Sun 1 pm, 6:30 pm, through Jan 1, $25-70

Closing This Week

Biglittlethings
Much like Frogz and their other repertory works, the good folks at Imago have reworked this original kid-friendly animal/illusion showcase, wisely incorporating the presence of a giant dinosaur who will be wrestled by prehistoric humans. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th, 231-9581, Thurs-Fri 1:30 pm, 7:30 pm, Sun 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm, $16-31

Peter Pan
You know this story, but it's always fun to watch a kid fly around the stage in a green suit. Northwest Cultural Center, 1819 NW Everett, 222-4480, Fri-Sat 7 pm, Sat 2 pm, through Dec 31, $16-20

Current Runs

Superego: In The Name of Awesome
See Review This Issue. Fez, 316 SW 11th, 221-7262, ex. 41, Fri 9 pm, through Jan 14, $7 (includes admission to Shut Up and Dance w/DJ Gregarious)

The Second Annual Cold Comedy Concoction
Stark Raving Theatre's Second Annual Cold Comedy Concoction has a humanitarian goal: to transform wintertime chills into warmth by keeping audiences laughing at four original, cold-themed one acts. On the night I saw the production, though, it was 31 degrees outside, and the half-hearted chuckles elicited by the show were no substitute for gloves and a scarf. The production brings together four actors, four directors, and four playwrights—a combination that highlights both the versatility of the cast and the clunkiness of the scripts. Though there are a few moments of hilarity, most of the material in Comedy falls flat—and the sight of skilled actors struggling to make the best of half-assed material never fails to leave me cold. AH Stark Raving, at the Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, $10-20