Opening This Week

The Merry Wives of Windsor
The NW Classical Theatre Company presents their annual outdoor Shakespeare production. Always a pleasant experience, this year you can stretch out in the sun downtown to Windsor, one of Shakespeare's looser comedies starring the inimitable Falstaff. Terry Shrunk Federal Plaza, SW 3rd & Jefferson, 274-4771, Sat 3 pm, through July 17, free

Closing This Week

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) is a one-time political prisoner who believes a friend of her husband's, Dr. Miranda (Darius Pierce), is the same man who raped and tortured her years before. So 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. 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 overly emotional confession, 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, $15

Glengarry Glen Ross
Set in the white-collar shark tank of 1980s real estate brokers, the characters in David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross speak in bullets of terse ranting. In a world where Rule Number One is ABC (Always Be Closing), salesmanship has to be virtuoso and totally manipulative. Cygnet's actors make a good go of it, but the rapid-fire dialogue gets tripped over fairly often, robbing the hard sells of precious momentum. TP Cygnet Theatre, 403 NW 5th, the Magdelyn space, 493-4077, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $12-15

* Jimmy Blue
Jimmy Blue, a work directed by Jonathan Walters and written by Walters and Jack Gibson, is a complete three-dimensional experience; a barrage of images, sounds, and sensations that, aided by the great outdoors, seems to exist everywhere at once. The story follows Jimmy Blue, a disillusioned faith healer who leaves behind his world of freaks and carnies to embark on a literal/spiritual journey that plays like a staged nightmare, with lucid hallucinations bleeding together like water. JWS Wallace Park , NW 25th & Pettygrove, 235-5284, Fri-Sun 9 pm, 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. In addition to their turns as the two main characters, the two young actors take on 15 more characters. 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, $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 Madness at Moorgate Prison
See review this issue. The Castiron Carousel at Liberty Hall, 311 N. Ivy, 249-8888, Fri 9 pm, Sat 6 & 9 pm, $5

* The New House
The New House, an adaptation of Goldoni's play La Casa Nova, is an update on Goldoni's Venice, Italy. Anthony (Tim True) is a once-successful hair metal producer. But behold the accountant, Frank (the homegrown genius Tony St. Clair), who arrives with some bad news: Anthony's completely broke. Good-and-only-getting-better playwright Joseph Fisher, has crafted a play that cleverly combines cynical wit with some real nuggets of life affirmation. 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


* Cabaret Boris & Natasha
It's another evening of cabaret-style entertainment at Performance Works' ongoing series, Cabaret Boris & Natasha. This time catch "seductively schmaltzy dance" by Carla Mann, Patrick Gracewood, and Nat Natburger; and "vigorously competitive dance theatre" by Emily Stone and defunkt's James Moore. And as always, much, much more. Performance Works NorthWest, 4625 SE 67th Ave, 777-1907, Sat-Sun 8 pm, $8-12

Tap Dance Jam and Rhythm Exchange
Here's a rare networking opportunity for tap dancers of all levels. Former Do Jump! member Aaron Wheeler-Kay presents a short intro to basic tap dance principles followed by a tap improv breakdown supported by whatever instruments decide to show up. Echo Theater, 1515 SE 37th Ave, 513-9505, Sat 6-8 pm, $5

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