Closing This Week

Blue Night in the Heart of the West
A mess of a play, vaguely about moral corruption in America as it chronicles a Scottish lad getting mixed up with an incestuous Iowa farm family, extremely well acted by its cast. SOWELU THEATER AT THE BACK DOOR THEATER, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 230-2090, Thur-Sat, 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through Dec 16, $7-15

I love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
A musical paean to the joys of romance, now moved to the World Trade Center Auditorium, 121 SW Salmon. TRIANGLE PRODUCTIONS! AT THEATER! THEATRE!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 239-5919, Fri-Sat, through Jan 28, Call for ticket prices

Zanni Sololaa
One-woman show featuring Swedish performer Micaela Gustafsson. OTHER HAND PRODUCTIONS AT THE HOPE THEATER, 1807 NE 39th Ave, 282-7048, Fri, 11 pm, $10-12


Current Runs

A Christmas Carol
Artistic director Chris Coleman directs a cash of Portland regulars in Dickens's tale. PORTLAND CENTER STAGE, 1111 SW Broadway, 274-6588, Almost daily; call for show times, $12-41

A Gay Christmas Carol
The Triangle Theatre's take on Dicken's X-mas ghost story. TRIANGLE PRODUCTIONS! AT THEATER! THEATRE!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 239-5919, Thur-Sat, 7:30 pm, through Dec 23, Call for prices

Ain't Misbehavin'
The musical about the life and songs of jazz musician Fats Waller. ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATER, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Sun 7 pm, Tues-Thurs 7 pm, through Dec 30, $13.50

Always ... Patsy Cline
A two character version of the C/W singer, played by Stephanie Shininger. SYLVIA'S CLASS ACT DINNER THEATER, 5115 NE Sandy Blvd, 288-6828, Wed-Sat, 6:15 pm, Sun, 5:15 pm, through March 17, $26.95

Babes in Toyland
Toys come alive to love and fight each other. MUSICAL THEATER COMPANY, EASTSIDE PERFORMANCE CENTER, 531 SE 14th Ave, 916-6592, Fri , 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun, 1 pm and 5 pm, through Dec 23, Call for prices

Christmas Crisis in Las Cruces
The arrival of a mysterious stranger threatens the holiday harmony of a Mexican village. MIRACLE THEATER GROUP, 525 SE Stark St, 236-7253, Fri-Sat, 8 pm, and Sat-Sun, 2 pm, $10-12

Goblin Market
A musical about the erotic life of two Victorian-era sisters. STARK RAVING THEATER, AT THEATER! THEATRE!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 232-7072, Thur -Sat, 7:30pm, Sun 4 pm, Call for ticket prices

It's Your Wonderful Life
An improvisational holiday celebration. BRODY THEATER, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat, 7 pm, $10

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. 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 Jan 28 , $24.50-$29.50

Tony 'n Tina's Wedding
The interactive comedy about a chaotic wedding ceremony. HEY CITY, AT THE FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH, 1011 SW 12th Ave, 790-2787, Wed-Fri, 7 pm, Sat, 5 and 8:30 pm, Sun 5 pm, through Feb 14, $43.50-65.50

Whatnot
An interactive play featuring mask, puppetry, and dance. OTHER HAND PRODUCTIONS AT THE HOPE THEATER, 1807 NE 39th, 282-7048, Sat, 11 pm, through March 3, $10