THE ZIGGURAT THEATRE ENSEMBLE | Freshly relocated from Los Angeles, Ziggurat will present Aquitania, a show with dance and music billed as "Alice in Wonderland meets Magritte," in which a shy librarian is taken to another land to encounter a bowler-hatted villain, magic cake, and French jazz-singing sirens.

AS FANTASTIC AS FICTION | The story of Anton Mesmer, who in 1777 famously and to great public scandal claimed to have used "animal magnetism" to make a blind pianist see. With cameos by contemporaries such as Mozart and Benjamin Franklin, Snowlion's Mesmerized conjures Mesmer's world in the idiom of, of all things, musical theater.

DR. FAUSTUS LIGHTS THE LIGHTS | Another innovation that haunts the Portland Theater Collective's offering is this 1938 opera by the audaciously experimental writer Gertrude Stein. Tess Van Horn directs Stein's updating of the old archetype, in which Faustus has sold his soul to the devil for a particular type of knowledge and power: that of electric lights.

WEEPING AND BLUBBERING | Anyone who's ever contemplated revisiting Moby Dick (and hasn't everyone?) might want to take on its bounding main before venturing; the Lorem Ipsum production is billed as Melville meets Mamet. I know I will be hastening through the salty pages.

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