Theatre 

Opening This Week

Hot Buttered Butt
Portland's most beloved sketch comedy troupe, The 3rd Floor, is back with an original holiday spectacular that, since the 3rd Floor is very funny, will probably have very little to do with the holidays (which are not funny at all). The Miracle Theatre, 525 SE Stark, 236-7253, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $10

Pageant
Triangle Productions brings back its interactive spoof on beauty pageants, in which the audience votes on which "girl" will be crowned Miss Glamourese of 2006. Firehouse Theater, 1436 SW Montgomery, 774-0997, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $20-25

Closing This Week

Three Years
Treegoda Productions presents an adaptation of Chekov's short novel. West End Theater, 1220 SW Taylor, 234-0973, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 3 pm, $15

Current Runs

Herringbone
If you missed Taylor Askman's virtuosic performance in Herringbone the first time around, you're in luck: Arts Equity is bringing back the show for another month. Don't let the fiendishly talented Askman pass you by again. Main Street Theatre, 606 Main Street, Vancouver, (360) 695-3770, Fri-Sun 7:30 pm, $8-24

I Am My Own Wife
I Am My Own Wife tells the story of playwright Doug Wright's attempt to write a play about the controversial German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. Wade McCollum plays every role in the show, from the meticulous and kindly Mahlsdorf to the American Wright to the Nazi thugs who tormented Mahlsdorf when she was a boy. It's a testament to McCollum's prodigious talent that each character is clearly defined, each accent distinct, and the narrative momentum never muddled or lost. Throw in deft direction and top notch light and sound, and the result is one hell of a production. AH Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th, Tues-Sun 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, $16.50-$59.50

Inspecting Carol
ART's holiday show is on the cheese-ball side; it features the mishaps of a dysfunctional theater troupe as they try to put on a production of The Christmas Carol. The audience loved it on the night I saw the show, and if you can stomach a lot of self-referential theater jokes, you'll probably love it too. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder, 241-1278, Tues-Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, 7 pm , $15-40

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Brundog bravely adapts Ken Kesey's classic novel about a patient at the Oregon State Mental Hospital, and Don Adler even more bravely plays Randle P. McMurphy, the role made famous by a young Jack Nicholson. Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, $13-16

The Maids
Two Sissyboy vets present Jean Genet's dark, fractured play about two maids who conspire to kill their Madame. Sissyboy at the Back Door, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 971-506-9291, Thurs-Sat, 8 pm, $10-12

This Wonderful Life
Matthew Floyd Miller stars in this humorous homage to the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life, back for a second year after 2005's successful run. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th, Tues-Sun 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, $16.50-59.50

Comedy/Improv

Antiques Improv Show
The crew at the Brody presents an improv'd version of the popular TV show. A team of "experts" appraises items brought in by audience members, and the cast improvises a background story for each object. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th, 224-0688, Sat 8 pm, $7-10

Theatresports
Two teams go head to head in this comedic battle of wits, in an all-improv contest based on audience suggestion. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th, 224-0688, Fri 8 pm, $7-10

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