Opening This Week

Dialogues of the Carmelites
The story of Blanche, a young aristocrat who joins a nunnery. Portland Opera, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 241-1802, Sat, Mon, Wed, 7:30 pm, starts at $25, call for details

No Can Do
The always-innovative Imago serves up a new piece that contains, among other things, an actress who can't rememeber her lines and Sophocles. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri, Sat 8 pm, ends Apr 14, $14-$18

The Life And Death of So-And-So
A struggling playwrite receives help on his new play from Job, the guy in the Bible. Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Fri-Sat, 10:30 pm, $7

* The Weir
Conor McPherson's masterpiece about ghost stories in an Irish pub. Artists Repertory Theater, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Tues-Thurs, 7 pm, Fri-Sat, 8 pm Sun 2 pm, Tues-Thurs, Sun, $22, Fri-Sat, $26

One Week Only

ONe-act festival
Student-directed, student written plays. PSU, Lincoln Hall Studio Theater, Rm. 115, 1620 SW Park Avenue, Thurs, noon, Free

Fixed and Confused
A one act, one man play by Bill Bradley: a meditation on being an outcast in the radical world. Red and Black Cafe, 2138 SE Division, 231-3899, $5-20, 8 pm

Spill It!
Works in progress from some of Portland's finest choreographers and dancers. Backdoor Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Sun, 7 pm, $5 donation

Miranda July's Swan Tool
Video, performance, music, and helium combine to tell the story of a woman who buries herself in the backyard. Scottish rite center, 709 SW 15th, 242-1419, Fri-Sat, 8 pm, $13-$16

Closing This Week

Rise, Descend, Rise

Rebecca David's one-woman show interweaves stories of ceramics artist Beatrice Wood with personal accounts of her own life. Performance Works NorthWest, 4625 SE 67th Ave, 777-1907, Mar 10, 11, 24, 25, Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, $5-$10

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll
David Seitz performs Eric Bogosian's one-man show. Stark Raving Theater, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont St., 232-7072, Fri & Sat 10:30 PM, ends Mar 24, $13-$14

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, Thurs-Sat, 7:30 PM, Sun 4 PM, ends Mar 24, $13.50-$17

Current Runs

Arsenic and Old Lace
High entertainment with 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

J.O.C.: Journey of Clown
Clowns walk a fine line between high comedy and utter horror, so tread carefully with this one. Hope Theater, 1807 NE 39th, 282-2810, Fri-Sat, 9 pm, ends Mar 31, $9

Joined At the Head
Lots of crude jokes to be made here, but I'll stick to the truth: a lonely woman author resists friendship with her former high school sweetheart and his wife. Magdelyn Theatre Company, 1111 SW 10th Ave, 708 8554, Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 pm, ends Mar 30, $12-$14

Moving Signatures
Experimental dance pieces by up-and-coming choreographers. Oregon Ballet Theatre, at PSU's Lincoln Hall, SW Broadway and Market, 227-0977, Thurs-Sat, 7:30 pm, Sun, 2 pm, $17

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

* Rhesus Pieces, or You got your Jellyfish in my Monkey!
Due to popular demand, the Brody has extended the run of this inanely titled show for a few more weeks. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri & Sat 8 PM, ends Mar 31, $8

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