Opening This Week

Harold and Game Piece
An evening of improv divided into two parts. Of the two, Game Piece sounds more intriguing, with the rules for the improv depending on whatever board game in suggested by the audience. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Sat 9 pm, through Sept 1, $8

I Ought To Be In Pictures
Neil Simon's poignant look at a has-been Hollywood screenwriter whose long-lost teenage daughter reenters his life. Sylvia's Class Act Dinner Theater, 5115 NE Sandy Blvd, 288-6828, Thur-Sat 6:15 pm, Sun 5:15 pm, through Aug 25, $31.95

Saturday Night Fever
Beware the Hollywood film-turned-Broadway-Musical! Beware, I say! Keller Auditorium, SW Third and Clay, 790-ARTS, Tues-Sun 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, through July 15, $24-$65

The Dyke and the Porn Star
Part four of Triangle's Summer Pride Series, in which the lesbian, Chance, falls for the porn star of her dreams. Triangle Productions! at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 239-5919, Thur-Sat 8 pm, through July 28, $17-$19

One Week Only

PIPfest's Opening Gala Benefit
PIPfest kicks itself off with a show featuring performing artists Gregg Bielemeier, Mary Oslund, Obo Addy, and many more. PSU, Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Avenue, Sat 8 pm, $20-$35

* Sabor Latino Dance Company
Cuban dance ranging from cha-cha to Latin funk. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, 281-4215, Sat 8 pm, $15 at the door

Closing This Week

Fuddy Meers
PAC extends its run of this show about an amnesiac, Claire, who encounters a demented thug with a hand puppet, a claustrophobic lady cop, and other wacky wacks. Portland Actors Conservatory, at the Firehouse Theater, 1436 SW Montgomery St, 274-1717, Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, $13-$17

* I Am Not Now Who I Might Have Been
Director Michael Rohd has melded a series of interviews he conducted with convicts, judges, general citizens, and others who are affected by justice into a script that feels a lot like the community outreach projects that used to blaze through my elementary school. Themes are hardly subtle-"Racism is bad;" "Law enforcement is corrupt;" "Where's the justice in this town?"- and the dialogue is, at best, not cheesy. The scenes that focus on character rather than issues work the best. The one with two kids having a dialogue about life in juvenile hall, and the one where inmates and visitors enter and exit a correctional facility, are both particularly strong. All in all, the acting is outstanding and Rohd uses his courtroom space so innovatively that the evening manages to be continuously gripping, despite its issue-over-character structure. Sojourn Theatre, at the Gus Solomon Courthouse, The Solomon Building, 6th floor, (971) 544-0464, Fri-Sun 8 pm, through July 8, $10

Side Man
A 1950s jazz musician puts his gigs ahead of his wife and kid. Artists Repertory Theater, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Tues-Thurs 7 pm, Sun 2 pm, through July 8, $15-$26

The Really BIG Dance Company presents: The Pirate Show!
Avast ye scurvy landlubbers! Ye might find gold at this hodge podge of mermaids, sword fights, and sea hags! Arr! Winningstad Theater, 1111 SW Broadway, 224-TIXX, Thurs, Sun 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through July 7, $12-$15

Current Runs

Due to popular demand, Imago has extended the run of this show, so don't miss your chance to see frogs, worms, cowboys, giant paper bags, and crazy cats. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm, Sun 5:30 pm, through July 29, $9-$18

Naked Boys Singing
Part two of Triangle's Summer Pride Series. Sing, naked boys, sing! Triangle Productions! at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 239-5919, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through July 21, $23-$25

Open Movement Jam
Join other Portland dancers for an evening of improvised jamming. Performance Works Northwest, 4625 SE 67th Ave, 777-1907, Sun 6-8 pm, $2-$3

* Win/Lose/Draw
Magdelyn extends this series of one-acts centered around middle-aged women for two more weekends. The extension implies that it's good, that people like it, and that you will most likely like it, too. Magdelyn Theatre Company, 7600 N Hereford, 708-8554, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through July 14, $12-$14