Opening This Week

Many Hats presents an original work about a high school girl who finds out that she's black. Also, there are puppets. 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, Opens Tues, runs Tues-Sun 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, $16.50-59.50

Current Runs

If you missed Taylor Askman's virtuostic 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, (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, 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

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

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. p. Boy at the Back Door, 4319 SE Hawthorne, (971) 506-9291, Thurs-Sat, 8 pm, $10-12


As part of the Brody's tenth anniversary celebration, tickets are half the regular price for this evening of long-form improv based on audience suggestion. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th, 224-0688, Sat 8 pm, $5