Closing This Week

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

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 nor 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. AH Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder, 241-1278, Tues-Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 & 7 pm , $15-40

Mutt
Many Hats' new show, Mutt, is one of the most ambitious productions I've seen in this town. Based loosely on writer/performer Lava Alapai's own experiences as a bi-racial woman, Mutt aims to shake up the way Portlanders talk about race, and to engage multicultural actors and audience members in what is currently a predominantly white theater scene. Not only that, but Many Hats hopes to accomplish all of this via a production that includes '80s-inspired choreography, a girl-on-girl romantic subplot, and a Whoopi Goldberg puppet. Whether they succeed or not is for the audience member to decide—this one is worth seeing, and worth talking about. AH Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate, 235-1101, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $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

Dance

White Bird Presents Compagnie TchéTché
As part of the "Celebration of International Women Choreographers" series, White Bird presents the Portland debut of this all-woman dance troupe from Cote d'Ivoire. This show sounds amazing: "The company's signature style is powerhouse dancing at the edge of physical danger juxtaposed with intense and arresting stillness. Through dance, the company reconfigures notions of 'subservient' African womanhood into an emphatic reclaiming of power and purpose." AH Lincoln Hall, PSU, 1620 SW Park, 725-3307, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $14-25

A Certain Facility of Impasse
Mike Barber and Cydney Wilkes team up to present a work that uses confined space and physical restraint to explore internal and external limitations. Music and sound by Heather Perkins. Disjecta, 230 E Burnside, Fri-Sun 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, $15

Comedy/Improv

Carnivore Christmas Campout
Next Best Thing promises, and I quote, a "meaty serving of holiday laughter." Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th, 224-0688, Fri 10:30 pm, $6-8