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Opening This Week

House of Cunt presents 21st Century Funhouse
Cunts rule in this dynamic fusion of sketch comedy, performance art, dance, and song. Stark Raving Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Opens Dec 8, runs Fri-Sat 10:30 pm, through Jan 5, $12

El Grincho's El Dorado Escapade
No it's not the Mexican version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas; it's a Tex-Mex holiday hoorah Western that follows the villainous El Grincho and his gang of banditos! The Miracle Theater, 525 SE Stark Street, 236-7253, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, through Dec 16, $12

Money Shot
Two American filmmakers set out to document the story of a mysterious woman that they saw in a Pulitzer-Prize-winning war photograph. Stark Raving Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Opens Fri Dec 7, runs Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, closes Jan 5, $10-$20

Oregon Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker
The most boring ballet ever concocted. Or maybe I've just seen it 500,000 times. Keller Auditorium, SW Third and Clay, 222-5538, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat 2 pm, Sun 1 & 5 pm, through Dec 23, $5.50-$87

Closing This Week

Call In Sick presents Theatre of the Film Noir
Paris... war... fog... criminals... morality... 1944... noir. Raindog Theatre, 8638 N Lombard St, 335-3297, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Dec 8, $8-14

This innovative family classic just keeps comin' back for more. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm, Sun 5:30 pm, through Dec 30, $9-23

A musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's biography of the American working man and woman. American Heritage Theater Project, at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway, 245-3642, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, Suggested Donation of $10

Current Runs

A Christmas Carol
If you don't know the story by now, you must not be Christian. Portland Center Stage, 1111 SW Broadway, 274-6588, Tues-Wed, Sun 7 pm, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, Thurs 12 pm, through Dec 24, $16-44

Christmas With the Crawfords
Nothing says "holiday cheer" like Joan Crawford, the bitchiest woman on planet Earth. Triangle Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 5 pm, through Dec 22, $12-16

Crumbs From the Table of Joy
Memory play about a 1950's African American family who has moved to the North and are trying to find a place for themselves in postwar America. Artists Repertory Theater, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Tues-Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Dec 15, $24-28

* Fen
Caryl Churchill's Fen has the unique achievement of being the only epic one act about onion farming in England. Sowelu's production of it is beautiful, and at times, incomprehensible. The set, which consists of a fan of of cloth lines intended to represent rows of onion plants, is surprisingly effective, and combines with the music and costume design to create a truly haunting tone. The actors are all excellent, but falter--as American actors tend to do--under the presence of horrible English accents. To make matters worse, each cast member plays multiple roles, and yet, each lacks the ability to alter their accent from role to role. Since the costumes don't change much either, this means that some characters get confused with others, which puts a few precious storylines in danger of becoming lost as well. Fortunately, enough remain intact to maintain the majority of this production's potential for power. Sowelu Theater at the Back Door, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 230-2090, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through Dec 15, $7-15

Footlight Frenzy
A desperate PTA group mounts a benefit play to save their kids' school--with calamitous results... Lakewood Theatre Company, 368 S State St, 635-3901, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Dec 9, $18-20

Holiday Story
Cheer, cynicism, depression, consumerism... All the Holiday traditions rolled into one happy bundle of improvisation. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Dec 15, $10

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
The I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change juggernaut rolls on... World Trade Center Auditorium, 121 SW Salmon, 239-5919, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Dec 22, $23-25

Nunsense 'A Men'
The age-old story of men dressed up as nuns. Flying Rhinoceros Theater, 1440 NW Overton Street, 239-5919, Wed-Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 1 pm, through Dec 15, $20-25

The Long Christmas Dinner
Thornton Wilder's classic play uses the device of a perpetual dinner to span 90 years in the life of the Bayard family. Hope Theater, 1807 NE 39th, 2nd floor, 282-2810, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, through Dec 22, $5-7

Jazz pianist Robert Hicks plays Truman Capote in this one-man show about one of the most flamboyant voices ever! Triangle Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 5 pm, through Dec 22, $15-19

Queen of the Universe Productions presents Forgetting the Last Kiss
A one man show exploring the life of Michael McClafferty; his art, his sex life, his memory. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat 10:30 pm, through Dec 15, $8

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