Opening & Current Runs

 

Antiques Improv Show
The latest variation in the Brody's improv hijack focuses this time around on attributing stories from old objects. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own objects with the reward of an admission discount. A thinly veiled scheme to decorate the Brody? The Merc wants to know. BRODY THEATER, 1904 NW 27 Ave, 224-0688, Fridays,10:30 pm, $6

The Bard
Gut-splitting or worthy of tomato-throwing? The greatest thing about improv is, you never know what you'll get. Come see eight improvisors turn a suggestion into tunes. BRODY THEATER, 1904 NW 27 Ave, 224-0688, Saturdays, 10:30 pm, through July 1, $6

Betsy's in the Kitchen
Betsy's in the Kitchen is a dizzyingly complicated improvisation, with eight cast members spinning off a three-act play. BRODY THEATER, 1904 NW 27 Ave, 224-0688, Fridays, 8 pm, through June 30, $8

Curse of the Starving Class
Sam Shepard, a staple of Portland theater for decades, is a good standby resource for companies in a holding pattern, seeking grants, or simply exploring Shepard's masculine, neo-Western world. This time around Lani Miller, Tom Moorman, and Lindsay Thomas take the boards under the direction of Matt Russell. PAULA PRODUCTIONS AT THE JACK OAKES THEATER, 2820 NE Sandy Blvd, 238-9692, Thur-Sat, 8 pm, through June 24, $10

The Elephant
Life after Hiroshima, specifically in and around a hospital set up after the blast, as chronicled by playwright Betsuyaku Minoru in a play from 1962, and enacted by MaryJo AbiNader, Phil Duong, and Brian Kameoka, under the direction of Lisa Abbott. BRIDGE CITY PRODUCTIONS AT THE IFCC, 5340 N Interstate Ave, 788-8357, Fri-Sat, 8 pm, Sun, 2 pm, through June 24, $8-12

* Endgame
Theater doesn't get much more absurd, or depressing, then in the hands of Samuel Beckett. In this final production from the Other Side theater, director Sean Doran and his cast are faithful to Beckett's intentions, and while the play seems nothing more than a fit of post-apocalyptic malingering, it is actually quite funny. BACKDOOR THEATER, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 938-1482, Thurs-Sat, 8 pm through June 25, $5-7.50

An Evening with Alan Ball
Four one-acts by the sitcom writer turned Academy Award winning screenwriter for American Beauty. CALL IN SICK PRODUCTIONS, AT THE RUSSELL STREET THEATER, 116 NE Russell St, 232-4382, Fri-Sat, 10:30 pm, through July 1, $8

Eyes Right
Three different intertwined stories emerge and blend as performers improvise among themselves and-yikes-with audience members. BRODY THEATER, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fridays, 8 pm, through June, $8

* Frogs, Lizards, Orbs and Slinkys
Penguins playing musical chairs, two-faced crocodiles and paper bags on stage? Well, if it's good enough for New York City, we suppose it's good enough for us. Hometown artists-made-good, Imago Theater brings Frogs, Lizards, Orbs and Slinkys home to Portland after a smash run in NYC, and we couldn't be more pleased. If you're looking for fun, fresh performance, this is definitely the production to see. IMAGO THEATER, 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Fri 7:30, Sat 1:30 & 7:30, Sun 1:30 & 5:30, extended through June 25, $16 adults, $13 students/seniors, $9 kids

Late Nite Catechism
A popular, recent trend in local theater supposedly is interactive plays. Here again is one said to be the most popular, about a parochial school nun. CLOUD 9 PRODUCTIONS AT THE MAIN STREET THEATER, 904 SW Main St, 790-2787, Thur-Fri, 8 pm, Sat, 2 and 8 pm, Sun, 7 pm, through July 31, $24.50 to $29.50

* Lion in the Streets
Canadian playwright Judith Thompson's play about a little girl who comes back and haunts her old neighborhood might sound a lot like the movie The Sixth Sense, but it's a little more intellectually ambitious, particularly when the cast of seven play 29 different characters. THEATER VERTIGO AT THE RUSSELL STREET THEATER, 116 North Russell, Thurs-Sat, 8 pm, though July 1, $10-12

The Marriage-Go-Round
Staged reading of the play by Leslie Stevens. IRVING STREET PLAYERS, AT FIRST IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1816 NW Irving, Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm, through June 24, $3

The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told
We love playwright Paul Rudnick in his guise as Libby Waxman Gelmer in Premiere magazine. But will we still love him in the clutches of Don. L Horn, when the artistic director of Triangle Productions! brings to the stage Rudnick's campy take on theology? TRIANGLE PRODUCTIONS! AT THEATER! THEATER!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 239-5919, Thurs-Sat, 8 pm, through June 24, $15-$17

No Mercy
Portland standby Ted Roisum joins Jean Miller and Scott Coopwood in director Jane Unger's production of Constance Congdon's play. PROFILE THEATER PROJECT AT THE STARK RAVING THEATER, 3430 SE Belmont St, 242-0080, Thur-Sat, 8 pm Sun, 2 pm, through June 25, Call for ticket prices (see review this issue)

Saltimbanco
It costs a lot to put on a circus; it's not easy, and somebody has to pay for it. That person is you, if you want to enjoy contortionists, high wire acts, and other mundanities of the big top tricked up as high class performance art. Extended. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AT THE GRAND CHAPITEAU, Under the Marquam Bridge, 800-678-5440, Fri, 8 pm, Sat 4 pm and 8 pm, Sun 1 pm and 5 pm, Tues-Thurs, 8 pm, $27-$150

Sugar
One of several musicals derived from the films of the great Billy Wilder, this one from Some Like it Hot, which, as we all remember, is about two jazz musicians on the run after witnessing the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. The Sugar of the title is the Marilyn Monroe part, played here by Lindsay Michelet, under the direction of Greg Tamblyn. LAKEWOOD THEATER COMPANY AT LAKEWOOD THEATER FOR THE ARTS, 368 S State St, 635-3901, Thur-Sat, 8 pm, Sun, 7 pm, through June 24, $20

Wit
Director Allen Nause mounts this play by Margaret Edson about a professor coping with cancer, starring Vanna O'Brien and JoAnn Johnson. ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATER, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Thur, 7 pm, Fri-Sat, 8 pm, Sun, 2 pm Through June 25, $15-25

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
The late, anodyne Peanuts creator receives the inevitable homage from this dinner theater combo. SYLVIA'S CLASS ACT DINNER THEATER, 5115 NE Sandy Blvd, 288-6828, Thu-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 7 pm. , $21.95-$31.95