Opening This Week

I Am My Own Wife
PCS inaugurates their intimate Studio theater with this one-man show in which Wade McCollum plays a German transvestite—and 34 other characters. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th, Opens Fri, runs Tues-Sun 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, $16.50-$59.50

The Maids
Two Sissyboy vets present Jean Genet's dark, fractured play about two maids who conspire to kill their madame. Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 784-7316, Thurs-Sat, 8 pm, $10-12

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

Closing This Week

La Carpa Calavera: El Dia De Los Muertos Festival
The Miracle Theater celebrates the Day of the Dead with a vaudeville style performance that takes a "satirical look at issues of immigration and assimilation." The Miracle Theatre, 525 SE Stark, 236-7253, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, $15-18

The Tempest
Get your old school on with the Northwest Classical Theatre Company's production of Mr. Shakespeare's The Tempest. Shoe Box Theater, 2110 SE 10th, 274-4771, Thurs-Sat 7 pm, Sun 2 pm, $12-18

Current Runs

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 miss the fiendishly talented Askman this time around. Main Street Theatre, 606 Main Street, (360) 695-3770, Fri-Sun 7:30 pm, $8-24

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

Support The Portland Mercury

The Pavilion
Third Rail Repertory's Pavilion is set at a high school reunion, where two former lovers see each other for the first time in 20 years. Peter (Michael O'Connell) left Kari (Valerie Stevens) after graduation, and he hasn't felt happy or fulfilled since. He has pinpointed leaving her as the moment that his life went off track, and he hopes to remedy things at the reunion. Pavilion is a great show. Well written, well conceived, and well executed. You won't find many nights at the theater more satisfying than this one. AH Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate, 235-1101, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, $15-24

Mr. Marmalade
Mr. Marmalade is a perfect selection for the ART's Second Stage, and I have to assume that director Jon Kretzu had fun with this one: The ensemble is brilliant, the set and light design folks deliver a cracked-out visual aesthetic, and most of all, the script is freaking awesome. Lucy (Laura Faye Smith) is a four-year-old girl trapped in an abusive relationship with her imaginary friend. "Mr. Marmalade" (Tim True) lies, breaks play dates, and blows coke off the playroom table. It's a trip. Psychologically disturbing, malicious, hilarious... Marmalade is damn good stuff, and Kretzu does right by the script. AH Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder, 241-1278, Tues-Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, 7 pm, $15-40

SLAY Film Fest
In person at the Clinton St. Theater 10/29 & 10/30