In addition to abundant community theater currently entertaining audiences across local stages, two provocative shows come to Humboldt this Saturday. In SoHum, catch the Tony award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe and its new satire, 2018 Seeing Red: A Time Traveling Musical, July 21 at 8 p.m. at the Mateel Community Center ($20, $18 advance/members). With so much fodder for political farce these days, the mimes have plenty to pack into this time-traveling tale. The show transports a present day, discouraged Trump voter to 1912 and its booming socialist movement and asks the questions: What will it take to get people to stop voting against their interests? How do we overcome the divide-and-conquer tactics that keep us all down? And isn't it time to get off the swinging pendulum that's left us at our current impasse? Doors at 6:30, Mime Troupe Band plays at 7:30 with curtain at 8 p.m.
And at the Arcata Playhouse on Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m. discover the magical world of Habitats, an all-ages show that combines elements of physical comedy, contemporary dance, circus and shadow puppetry brought to life by Canadian artists, Isabella and Nayana ($15, $12 advance, $10 kids under 12). Described as, "A twist between Fellini and Lewis Carroll," Habitats follows a woman and a mysterious white hare on a journey into the unknown, where imagination and transformation take hold. Habitats is the winner of the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival Mollie Bradley & Joanna Maratta Awards and was nominated "Best Physical Piece" by the SKAMpede Young Company.