Opening This Week

Arsenic and Old Lace
High entertainment involving two old women who like to murder men. Lakewood Theatre Company at Lakewood Theater for the Arts, 368 S State St, 635-3901, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, ends Apr 8, $17-$19

The Revenger's Tragedy
A quote from the press release: "Vendice and her brother stand over the prostrate Duke, with a sword through his tongue, forcing him to watch the adultery/incest of his wife and his bastard son." Sounds good to me! Stark Raving Theater, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 232-7072, Opens Mar 2, runs Thurs-Sat, 7:30 pm, Sun 4 pm, ends Mar 24, $13.50-$17

The Subject Was Roses
Frank Gilroy's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a nuclear family with real problems festering beneath its placid facade. Jack Oakes Theater, 2820 NE Sandy Blvd., 238-9692, Thurs-Sat, 8 pm, ends Mar 31, $10

One Week Only

Eleanor Roosevelt:
Across A Barrier of Fear

A one-woman show starring Jane Van Boskirk, written by Sharon Whitney. Nye Beach Writers' Series, Studio Theatre Performing Arts Center, 777 West Olive, (541) 574-7708, Mar 2, 8 pm, Call 541 574-7708

Holy Goats
Wonderful improvisational dance pieces from various Portland dancers and choreographers. Performance Works NorthWest, 4625 SE 67th Ave, 777-1907, Sun, March 4, 2 pm, $7, includes bagels and coffee

Closing This Week

42nd Street
A big bold musical that chronicles the career of Broadway star, Peggy Sawyer. Musical Theater Company, Eastside Performance Center, 531 SE 14th Ave, 916-6592, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Mar 4, $16-$28

A love story written like a murder mystery from the very, very smart Tom Stoppard. Portland State University's Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Avenue, Thur-Fri 8 pm, Feb 22-Mar 3, $6-$8

The Last Night of Ballyhoo
In 1939, the Freitag family prepares for Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Includes references to Clark Gable and Hitler. Portland Actors Conservatory, at the Firehouse Theater, 1436 SW Montgomery St, 274-1717, Feb 16, 17, 22-25, Mar 1-4, Thurs 7 pm, Fri & Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, $13-$17

Current Runs

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Two men struggle to survive in an Argentinean prison. See review Miracle Theater Group, 525 SE Stark St, 236-7253, Thur-Sat 8 pm, closes Mar 17, Thurs - $12, Fri & Sat - $15

* Rhesus Pieces, or You got your Jellyfish in my Monkey!
Don't be deterred by the lame title--The Brody Theater is always fun. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri & Sat 8 pm, ends Mar 10, $8

Saturday Night Showcase:
Waiting for a Train
Features puppetry, balloon animals, and banana combat. Tears of Joy Theatre, at the Winningstand Theater, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-0557, Feb 24, Mar 3 & 10, 8 pm, $10

* Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll
Although there is enough fast-talk about drugs to make even Scarface blush, Eric Bogosian's play is more about privilege, rabid obsessions and the idea of living life to its fullest. A collection of hyper-aggressive vignettes, local actor David Seitz drops into the lives of 10 different men-a bum, an asshole business executive, a hyped-up street punk-and takes their lives for a wild ride. Mesmerizing and hilarious. Stark Raving Theater, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 232-7072, Fri & Sat 10:30 pm, Feb 23-Mar 24, $13-$14

The Toad Prince
Puppets, puppets, puppets. Tears of Joy Theatre, PCPA, Portland Center for the Performing Arts 1111 SW Broadway, 503 248-0557, Feb 23-Mar 11, call 503-248-0557 for details

The Trial
The journey of K, a banker who wakes up one morning to find he's been arrested for a crime he knows nothing about. Also, his name only contains one letter. Cygnet Productions, 116 NE Russell St, 230-8827, Thur-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, ends Mar 25, $12-$15