Even in an environment rife with eclectic theater offerings, few venues can match the Jungle Theater's knack for introducing compellingly original works by contemporary artists. One such highlight occurred during its 2006 season with a celebrated production of playwright Doug Wright's I Am My Own Wife. Designed for a single performer, the piece recollects the extraordinary life of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, who survived the terrors of Hitler's Germany and post-WWII communist rule in East Germany, all the while maintaining her transgender identity. Though the 2004 European premier in Stockholm had garnered a slew of awards (including a Tony and Pulitzer), the Jungle's regional debut matched its international reputation thanks largely to a whirlwind performance by Bradley Greenwald in which the actor embodied more than 30 distinct roles. Of course, it didn't hurt that Joel Sass—currently one of the most sought-after directors in the Twin Cities—was at the helm. Those who missed the storied original run, however, now have a second chance as Sass and Greenwald reunite to reprise their earlier collaboration. I Am My Own Wife might not be a new production, but any show this daring deserves an encore.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Nov. 4. Continues through Dec. 18, 2011