Opening This Week

The Madness at Moorgate Prison
A new, original work about a female state witness who must investigate the manic electric chair abuse by the warden of a local prison. Performed entirely by marionettes, which sounds deliciously weird. The Castiron Carousel at Liberty Hall, 311 N. Ivy, 249-8888, Opens Sat, plays Fri 9 pm, Sat 6 & 9 pm, Sun 3 pm, through June 26, $5

Closing This Week

* Old Times
Director James Moore takes a mature risk in staging this intense piece. He has found a lynch pin muse in Ina Strauss, whose Anna proves that silence is menacing and golden. Visiting old friend Kate (Siouxsie Suarez ) and her husband Deeley (Rafael Untalan), Anna becomes the catalyst for a perspective-flawed trip into memory. The three talk over coffee and brandy, mostly about youthful bohemianism. Anna remembers living cheap and reading Yeats, and trades dusty old song lines with Deeley. During an interlude of pop standards Ms. Strauss sings "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." TP defunkt theatre, at the Back Door, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 993-9062, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through June 19, $8-15, half price for people of color

Rhea Shapiro presents an original one-woman show that combines myth, magic, rants, and prayers to depict a transformative life journey. The Disjecta Theater, 116 NE Russell St., 222-4478, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through June 19, $12

Current Runs

10 Naked Men
This show promises just what the title advertises: 10 naked men. Plus: "shocking sex scenes." Sweet! Triangle Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through June 26, $25-30

Death and the Maiden
Death occurs in an unnamed country with a dark history of oppression and torture. Paulina Escobar (Nanette Pettit) was once a political prisoner. She was blindfolded, tortured and raped repeatedly by her captors. The experience has traumatized her for life, and when her politically active husband, Gerardo (Tom Nabham) is visited by the good Dr. Miranda (Darius Pierce), who helped him fix a flat tire earlier in the day, Paulina's awful memories are brought back in a flood. Based entirely on his voice, she becomes convinced the doctor was one of her torturers from years before. She waits until he is asleep, then ties him up and holds him at gunpoint, forcing him, with the reluctant help of her husband, to confess his awful deeds. During his confession scene, Pierce's emotional recall of the torturous events seems sincerely emotional and regretful. Meanwhile, Pettit plays Paulina as a wild-eyed lunatic, which disrupts us from rationally considering her actions as plausible. To her, Dr. Miranda simply is guilty, and based on Pierce's performance, we're inclined to agree. Thus, this production of Death is not the careful study in psychological nuance the play has the potential to be, but a straight-up suspense thriller: will she shoot the guy or won't she? JWS Theatre Vertigo at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 306-0870, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through June 26, $15

Glengarry Glen Ross
See review this issue. Cygnet Theatre, 403 NW 5th, the Magdelyn space, 493-4077, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 5 pm, Wed 7 pm, through June 26, $12-15

Jimmy Blue
See review this issue. Laurelhurst Park, SE Stark & 39th, 235-5284, Fri-Sun 9 pm, through June 27, free

Secret Bridesmaids' Business
An Australian director, Kate Hawkes, teams up with an Australian writer, Elizabeth Coleman, to put on Bridesmaids, a funny play about marriage set in South Vietnam. Just kidding! It's set in AUSTRALIA you big silly! Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 SW Montgomery St, 274-1717, Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, June 20, 27 @ 2 pm, through June 27, $15-20

Stones In His Pockets
Stones in His Pockets looks at the intersection between Yankee and Irish culture, where a Hollywood film production takes over a small, Irish sea village. Charlie (Peter Handy) is a recently unemployed drifter, a stranger in the tiny town. Jake (Andrew Hickman) the affable bullshit artist takes Charlie under his wing as they work as extras on the film set. In addition to their turns as the two main characters, the two young actors take on 15 more characters, weaving through dialects, genders, and nationalities. They have their two main characters down pat, but when they branch out they grow thin and weary. TP Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 220-2646, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through June 26, $18-20

Tales of Canterbury
A new theater company, Ensemble Loupan, presents an adaptation of Chaucer's Tales of Canterbury. The group works with cool-looking masks and a capella vocal scores. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate, 248-0557, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, through June 27th, $12-20

* The New House
The New House, an adaptation of Goldoni's play La Casa Nova, is set in contemporary Venice Beach, an update on Goldoni's Venice, Italy. Anthony (Tim True) is a once-successful hair metal producer whose buttrock glory days were of VH1: Behind the Music proportions. But behold the accountant, Frank (the homegrown genius Tony St. Clair), who arrives with some bad news: Anthony's completely broke. With a 17-year-old daughter set for college, and a 21-year-old trophy wife hurling cash into converting their house into a SoCal Taj Mahal, Anthony faces the greatest crisis of his life. TP Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Sun 2 & 7 pm, Tues-Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through June 27, $15-32