Opening This Week

Do Jump for the Holidays
It's not going to make you any smarter, but nothing beats Do Jump! for local acrobatics, aerial dance, physical comedy, and other forms of general clowning around. Echo Theater, 1515 SE 37th, 231-1232, 7:30 pm Nov 17-19, 25-26, Dec 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 20-23, $15-24

Dog Opera
2Boards Productions presents Constance Congdon's play about lifelong friends, a gay man and a straight woman, trying to find love in New York City. THEATER! THEATRE!, 3430 SE Belmont, 232-5375, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Dec 18, $10

Closing This Week

Nixon's Nixon
Coho's neatly timed Nixon's Nixon speculates about a beleaguered administration, envisioning the conversation between Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger the night before Nixon's resignation. In a performance that seems calculated to show a different side of Nixon, Duffy Epstein overshoots and misses Nixon entirely. Epstein's unwillingness to simply do a Nixon impression is understandable, particularly given the script's thematic emphasis on the performance aspect of politics. But while forgoing the glower is one thing, a complete reinvention of the character is another. Epstein's Nixon seems histrionic and weak, rather than, as script and historical circumstance require, a strong man coming unhinged as his reputation and political legacy collapse. The resulting figure is impossible to reconcile with Nixon's weighty persona, and too insubstantial, unfortunately, to carry the production. AH Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $19-22

Romeo and Juliet
The ever-spunky NW Classical Theatre Company presents a stripped down rendition of the Shakespeare standard. Shoe Box Theater, 2110 SE 10th, 274-4771, Fri-Sat 7 pm, Sun 2 pm, $12-18

Current Runs

Alice In Bed
Integrity Productions' rendition of Susan Sontag's Alice In Bed centers, literally, on Alice James, the younger sister of Henry and William James. Alice occupies a large bed in the middle of the stage, bedridden by what appears to be a case of crippling depression. She refuses to get out of bed, instead dwelling in a complicated inner world that's depicted via disjointed monologues and fanciful visitations from imaginary friends. We're meant to see her from the inside and out: as a stifled female intellectual; as a spoiled, upper-class invalid; as an imaginative, creative force with a yearning for freedom and experience. Unfortunately, as Alice, Kim Bogus fails to deliver a sufficiently complex character. While her performance is certainly charismatic, it's also unconvincing—her forthright, middle-American delivery is difficult to reconcile with the perceptive, high-strung woman of the script, evoking no trace of the East Coast upper class to which the James' belonged. AH Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 286-3456, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through Dec 11, $5-15

Urinetown
A new local musical theater company, Stumptown Stages, presents a production of the fairly entertaining Broadway hit, Urinetown. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate, 381-8686, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Dec 18, $25

Dance

An Evening of Flamenco and Ballads
Sowelu presents performances of Lorca's epic Romance Sonambulo, paired with sexy flamenco dancer Juliet Cardinal, and sexy guitarist Stan Olmsted. Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 230-2090, 8 pm Nov 25-26, Dec 1-3, 4 pm Nov 27, $10-15

Comedy/Improv

Puppetz Vs. People
No, we don't know why they spell it "puppetz," but we do know that watching a team of humans square off against a team of puppets in a cutthroat improv battle is a fun thing to do over Thanksgiving weekend. ComedySportz Arena, 1963 NW Kearney, 914-7673, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $8

The Bi-Polar Express
The never-boring sketch comedy team 3rd Floor is back with a brand new show, cleverly titled, and all about "boredom, depression & misery... just in time for the holidays." The Miracle Theatre, 525 SE Stark, 258-1681, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Dec 17, $10

Antiques Improv Show
The Brody Theater standard returns, in which a duo of "appraisers" do improvised riffs on objects brought in by the audience, while the rest of the cast enacts stories exploring their history and significance. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Dec 3, $10