A scene from “Straight White Men.”  Photo by Noli French, French’s Fotos

‘Straight White Men’
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 11. Mad Horse Theatre Company, 24 Mosher St., South Portland, pay what you can, reservations required. madhorse.com
Identity and privilege are deconstructed in hilarious and compelling fashion in the Mad Horse production of “Straight White Men.” It was penned in 2014 by experimental playwright Young Jean Lee and made it all the way to Broadway in 2018. Widow Ed and his three adult sons gather to celebrate Christmas. Two out of the three sons have successful careers, while one has moved back home. From male bonding rituals to dance moves and heavy thinking, all is upended and questioned during “Straight White Men.”

Paula Poundstone. Photo by Shannon Greer

Paula Poundstone
8 p.m. Friday. Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield, $70. stonemountainartscenter.com
She’s been cracking witty jokes and making clever observations  with her hilarious delivery for decades and also jumped into the podcast world a few years ago. Paula Poundstone is also a longtime panelist on the National Public Radio quiz show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”  Here’s a chance to see her live in the intimate space of Stone Mountain Arts Center. Make a dinner reservation and be prepared to have Poundstone bust your gut.

The Napper Tandies. Photo by Angela Smith

Best of All Things Irish in Maine
6 p.m. Saturday. Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, $60 with unlimited beer tasting, $20 show only, $100 VIP with 5 p.m. entry and swag bag. maineirish.com
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 Maine-made Irish beers, including ones from Footbridge Brewery, Gritty McDuff’s and Allagash Brewing. Between sips, you’ll vote for your favorite. There will also be plenty of food to dig into at the historic Portland location of the former St. Dominic’s Church, built in 1892 by, you guessed it, Irish immigrants. Ironclad Eats, Lucky Lou’s, Mainely Meatballs and Cheese the Day food trucks will be on site.

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

A Drag Queen Christmas
8 p.m. Sunday. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $36.50 to $76.50, $151.50 for VIP meet & greet. statetheatreportland.com
Make your holiday season an absolute drag, 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 sleigh full of sass to keep you laughing all the way. Queen Trinity The Tuck plays host to the saucy, satirical and sensational evening.

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