On stage

• A new Shakespeare play? Hardly seems plausible. See for yourself at 8 p.m. Monday, when the Acorn Shakespeare Ensemble continues the company’s 2010-11 season with another edition of the troupe’s “Sonnet and Soliloquies” series at the Wine Bar on Wharf Street in Portland.

Monday’s pre-election edition will feature four selections from “Double Falsehood,” a play recently determined by scholars to be the remnants of the lost play “The History of Cardenio” written by Shakespeare and John Fletcher. Acorn has created a much-abridged, narrated version of the play that includes the pieces the company feels are the most Shakespearean. Joining this piece on the schedule are scenes from “Hamlet,” “Measure for Measure” and “Othello,” along with speeches from a number of other plays in the canon.

The actors are having a blast with “Double Falsehood,” said Laura Graham.

“It’s very exciting to be able to approach a delicious piece of Shakespeare’s verse without any preconceptions about the characters or the situation,” she said in an e-mail. “With a well-known character, such as Juliet or Lady Macbeth, the actors and audience tend to bring expectations of who this character is and how she should act. This means the actor has to labor to move beyond those preconceptions to bring truth to the performance. But with the ‘Double Falsehood’ script, we can approach it with freshness and be open to every possibility.”

Admission is a suggested donation of $8. For information, call 854-0065 or visit www.naked shakespeare.org.

Portland Ovations presents two events this week at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the Grammy Award-winning classical combo Kronos Quartet performs “Music Without Borders,” a showcase for their worldly repertoire, with music from Ethiopia, India and Palestine. Tickets cost $36 and $42.

On Friday, Portland Ovations presents the traveling musical “Forbidden Broadway,” also at Merrill. It’s in town for one show only, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $38, $46 and $54.

For tickets and information about either show, visit PortTix at www.porttix.com or call 842-0800.

On view

• The Portland Museum of Art just opened “False Documents and Other Illusions,” the second in the museum’s Circa series that focuses on contemporary Maine art. The show is up through Jan. 2.

The exhibition will showcase 32 works offering a spectrum of approaches to illusion by 13 contemporary artists. It runs in conjunction with “John Haberle: American Master of Illusion,” an exhibition of traditional 19th-century trompe l’oeil paintings on view through Dec. 12.

“False Documents & Other Illusions” includes work from Susan Collis, Marti Cormand, Carly Glovinski, Carl Haase, Duncan Hewitt, Nina Katchadourian, Angela Lorenz, Vik Muniz, Ken Solomon, Molly Springfield, Mary Temple, Steve Wolfe and the Yes Men (and Friends).