Things To Do: Paula Poundstone, an Irish festival and a Drag Queen Christmas

A scene from Straight White Men. Photo by Noli French, photos by French

“Straight White Men”
7:30pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 5:00pm Sunday. Until December 11th. Mad Horse Theater Company, 24 Mosher St., South Portland, pay what you can, reservations required.
Identity and privilege are hilariously and captivatingly deconstructed in the Mad Horse production of Straight White Men. Written in 2014 by experimental playwright Young Jean Lee, it made it to Broadway in 2018. Widow Ed and his three grown sons gather to celebrate Christmas. Two of the three sons have successful careers, while one has moved back home. From male bonding rituals to dance moves and heavy thinking, “Straight White Men” turns everything on its head and challenges it.

Paula Poundstein. Photo by Shannon Greer

Paula Poundstein
8 p.m. Friday. Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield, $70.
She’s been cracking witty jokes and making smart observations with her hilarious talk for decades, and also jumped into the podcast world a few years ago. Paula Poundstone is also a long-time panelist on National Public Radio’s quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Here’s your chance to see them live in the intimate space of the Stone Mountain Arts Center. Make dinner reservations and get ready for Poundstone to rip your stomach.

The Napper Tandies. Photo by Angela Smith

The best of all Irish in Maine
6 p.m. Saturday. Maine Irish Heritage Centre, 34 Gray St., Portland, $60 with unlimited beer tasting, $20 show only, $100 VIP with 5pm entry and swag bag.
The Maine Irish Heritage Center is pulling out all the stops for its fall fundraiser. Best of All Things Irish in Maine is a night of live music from The Napper Tandies, Joe Markley and Bitter Brew, but that’s not all. It’s also a craft beer festival with unlimited pours of Irish Maine beers including beers from Footbridge Brewery, Gritty McDuff’s and Allagash Brewing. Between sips, vote for your favorite. There will also be plenty of food to delve into at the historic site of the former St. Dominic’s Church in Portland, built in 1892 by, you guessed it, Irish immigrants. Ironclad Eats, Lucky Lou’s, Mainely Meatballs and Cheese the Day Food Trucks will be there.

Trinity The Tuck will host A Drag Queen Christmas at Portland’s State Theater. Photo courtesy of Mugged Media Inc.

A Drag Queen Christmas
8 p.m. Sunday. State Theater, 609 Congress St., Portland, $36.50 to $76.50, $151.50 for VIP Meet & Greet.
Make your holiday season an absolute pleasure in a good way. A Drag Queen Christmas features a (fishnet) stocking full of queens performing seasonal favorites on a fabulous Christmas-themed set. As you can imagine, the outfits will be as fabulous as the musical numbers, and there will be a slide full of sass that will keep you laughing the whole time. Queen Trinity The Tuck hosts the sassy, ​​satirical and sensational evening.

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