One Week Only

See if you can follow this: AmBushed is an interactive musical suggesting that the reason the liberals got such an ass-kicking on Election Day is top secret. To learn the secret you must attend the musical-described as "a demented game of Clue"--and to attend the musical you must call the number listed below, receive the secret location of the venue (somewhere in the Metro building), and mail in $16 and a self-addressed stamped envelope. We like it all except the envelope part--for $16 they can pay for their own damn postage. Call for the secret location, 288-5181, Fri-Sun 7:30 pm, $16

Miz Kitty's Parlour Vaudeville Revusical & Novelty Show
Miz Kitty tromps on, with tonight's installment featuring, "stuff juggling" and "balloon chain sawing" from the VanillaTown Vaudevillians, "hysterical historical readings" from Jim Davis, and belly-dancing from Delpha. Mississippi Pizza, 3552 N. Mississippi, 288-3231, Sat 8 pm, $12

* Showtunes Night
Bring your props, costumes, and sheet music to this very fun-sounding musical-themed open mic, hosted by Matt Wagner and piano stud Eric Stern. Bold-Sky Cafe and Studios, 3943 N Mississippi, 287-0154, Thurs 9 pm, $10 sug. donation

Terpsichore's Daughters
An out-of-town Bohemian belly-dancing group teams up with Portland's Drag Kings for a "Forbidden Cabaret filled with dancing, comic burlesque, trapeze, contortion, and more." Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, Sun 9 pm, $5

Closing This Week

* Keep Tightly Closed in a Cool Dry Place
Sowelu Theater performs a two-channel ritual in honor of Megan Terry, the godmother of avant garde theater and playwright laureate of the '70s feminist movement. Here, Terry's strange gaze into power and manipulation is performed twice, the first with all female actors and the second with an all male cast. Sowelu Theater at the Back Door, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 230-2090, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $8-15

Max Failian's Fabulous Freak Show
While never especially fascinating, Max Failian's Fabulous Freak Show, "a night of true voyeurism and intrigue," unfortunately never really terrifies either. Director Jillian Johnson has assembled a stylish production, complemented by a live jazz quartet, that effectively conjures a bygone era when it was totally P.C. to point and stare at people with physical deformities. But just as Freak Show seems to be picking up steam, having developed a number of semi-fascinating characters, it craps out at about 45 minutes without ever really going anywhere. JM Tribe Theatre, 403 NW 5th, 227-3976, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $10-12

Current Runs

A Bright Room Called Day
See review this issue. Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 306-0870, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Jan 1, $15

* Biglittlethings
Imago presents yet another version of this eclectic follow-up to FROGZ. It's been in development for three years and features hitchhiking rabbits, caterpillars, insomniac hippos, and everything else imagined in your wildest mushroom fantasies. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm, Sun 5:30 pm, through Jan 2 , $14-24

Mr. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge
The severely twisted Christopher Durang's take on A Christmas Carol, featuring Bob Cratchit's alcoholic, suicidal wife Gladys. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 & 7 pm, Tues-Thurs 7 pm, through Dec 26, $15-35

Triangle presents a musical spoof on the American beauty pageant wherein each contestant is played by a hot hot drag queen. Plus a special appearance by Pepe from Pepe and the Bottled Blondes, as a roller skating Miss Texas. Triangle Productions, Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs 7:30, Fri-Sat 8, Sun 5, through Dec 23 , $17-23


Do Jump!
Get psyched for the insane antics of the holiday season with the insane antics of Do Jump's extremely physical theater. Enjoy aerial dance, acrobatics, live music, comedy, etc. Hooray for the holidays! Echo Theatre, 1515 SE 37th, 231-1232, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 3 pm, through Jan 2, $20

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
You're either going to see it or you're not. Oregon Ballet, at Keller Auditorium, SW 3rd & Clay, 222-5538, Dec 16-18, 20-23 @ 7:30 pm, Dec 18, 24 @ 2 pm, Dec 19 @ 1 & 5 pm, $12-92


* Harvey's Open Mic
The comedy open mics in town just advanced a level with the addition of one at Harvey's, Portland's only true comedy club. There's rules and everything, with amateurs getting three to five minutes and pros getting five to seven minutes. The open mic scene is the purest form of standup; fascinating, painful, and once in a great while, hilarious. Harvey's Comedy Club, 436 NW 6th, 241-0338, Sun 9:30 pm, free

* Antiques Improv Show
Do the holidays right this year with the Brody's wickedly funny send-up to that time-tested mom-magnet Antique Road Show. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $10

* Superego: Team Awesome
Ego Productions presents the closing party for its most recent run of hilarious sketch comedy, followed by a dope '80s dance party with DJ Gregarious. The Fez Ballroom, 316 SW 11th, 221-7262, Thurs 9 pm, $7

* The 3rd Floor's Almost a Holiday Show
The 3rd Floor sketch comedy troupe is touting this new show as "15% holiday sketches and a ton of non-holiday related material." That's fine with us. Call us Scrooges, but any kind of performance--let alone comedy--with a holiday theme has a tough hill to climb. The Miracle Theater, 525 SE Stark Street, 258-1681, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Dec 18, $10