Opening This Week

The Beauty Queen of Leenane
It's preview week for director Allen Nause's production of Martin McDonagh's play about the spirited hatred between a mother and daughter in rural Ireland. ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATER, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Sun, 7 pm, Tues-Thurs, 7 pm, $13.50, 241-1ART

Suburban Motel Part 1
Two one-act plays (from a total of six) by George Walker, Criminal Genius and Problem Child, open Stark Raving's fall season. The first play concerns two bumbling hoods; the second one is about a woman trying to get her child back from a foster family. STARK RAVING THEATER, AT THEATER! THEATRE!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 232-7072, Thurs-Sun 7:30, Thurs through Sat 4 pm, Sun, ends Sept 30, $13.50-$17

Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight
A Jewish guy and his girlfriend, a dominatrix, a gun-toting hood, and, possibly, a gay couple, all meet to hash out their romantic problems in this bedroom farce by Oregon playwright Peter Ackerman. TRIANGLE PRODUCTIONS! AT THEATER! THEATRE!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 239-5919, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 5 pm, through Sept 30, $15-$17

Current Runs

* Harold and Game Piece
The Brody Theater improv group carries on with a pair of theatrical pieces generated by audience suggestions. BRODY THEATER, 1904 NW 27 Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat, 9 pm, through Sept 2, $8

Serenading Louie
A romantic comedy: Two suburban couples struggle through the hardships of, well, suburban life as a couple. RUSSELL STREET THEATER, 116 NE Russell, 295-3555, Thurs-Sat Through Sep 2, $10

The Comedy of Errors
The Shakespeare in the Parks program ends its summer production of this early play about mistaken identities in ancient Rome with final performances at Reed College. PORTLAND ACTORS ENSEMBLE, SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS, Reed College, 321-0710, Sat-Mon, 3 pm, ends Sept 4, Free

The Rock Star
The career of a '50s songwriter who has the chance to impress Elvis is chronicled in this original musical conceived by Greg Tamblyn and others. LAKEWOOD THEATER COMPANY AT LAKEWOOD THEATER FOR THE ARTS, 368 S State St, 635-3901, Thur-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through August 31, $20

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Despite the fact that Clark Gesner should be publicly executed for his awful attempts at music and lyric writing, as well as his idiotic assemblage of Charles Schultz's comic strip, the actors at Sylvia's Class Act Dinner Theatre are somehow able to overcome some of these problems and make some nice chicken salad out of chicken shit. Particularly effective are Kelly Hatfield as the loudmouthed Lucy and John Brown as Snoopy. Less easy to overcome is the fact that almost every joke lies in danger of ruination by lack-a-daisical light cues that are so slow, humor has dashed across the street to Taco Bell for a quick chili-cheese chalupa. (Wm. Steven Humphrey) SYLVIA'S CLASS ACT DINNER THEATER, 5115 NE Sandy Blvd, 288-6828, Thu-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Sept 2, $21.95-31.95

Current Runs

Late Nite Catechism
A Chicago nun conducts an adult education class in the catechism, where she calls on "students" (the audience) to answer questions and sometimes "reprimands" them in a semi-scary nunly fashion. It's a cute, mildly entertaining play that is also extremely Cathocentric: it assumes the universality of Catholic concerns. Nonbelievers of all kinds will probably find this show irksome because at the play's center is a mushy acceptance of the religion's bizarre brain teaser form of theology. It's also rather pricey for what you get-a one person show set in a standard classroom. 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 Sept 30, $24.50-$29.50