Opening This Week

The Glass Menagerie
Tennessee Williams' autobiographical play about his domineering mother, his dead-end job, and his mentally disabled sister. Jack Oakes Theater, 2820 NE Sandy Blvd, 238-9692, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through June 30, $10

One Week Only

Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida
If you loved The Lion King (and who didn't?) you won't want to miss this wily duo's latest piece of overpriced Disney cheese. Keller Auditorium, SW Third and Clay, 241-1407, Thurs-Sun 7:30 pm, Thurs, Sat-Sun 2 pm, $25-$65

321 DOG YEARS: Doing Time @
Seattle actor/playwright, Mike Daisey, presents his one-man show about life as a former employee. Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 253-7501, Sun-Tues 8 pm, $15

Big Belly
Portland's newest improv company presents a sneak preview of their upcoming fall season. Big Belly Productions, 4122 NE Sandy, 233-5798, Sat 9 pm, $10

Closing This Week

La Cage aux Folles
It's the stage version of the movie The Birdcage, but with more singing and dancing, and with less Nathan Lane and Robin Williams. Musical Theater Company, Eastside Performance Center, 531 SE 14th Avenue, 916-6592, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through June 3, $20-$35

Steel Magnolias
I never saw the movie, but I heard it's pretty good. Julia Roberts. Dolly Parton. Yowza. Clackamas Community College, 19600 S Molalla Ave, 491-6075, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm, $4-$7

The Bald Soprano
An all-female cast leads the way for this Ionesco one-act about miscommunication and relationships. Jack Oakes Theater, 2820 NE Sandy Blvd, 238-9692, Fri-Sat 11:30 pm, through June 2, $10

Current Runs

defunkt theater presents The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador
Rich pricks talk cricket over a fancy dinner in politically violent-torn El Salvador. Raindog Theatre, 8638 N Lombard St, 938-1482, Thurs-Sat, 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through June 9, $6-$15

Featuring Loretta and Risk Everything
Two new one-acts set in a seedy motel from that master seedy motel craftsman, George Walker. Stark Raving Theater, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 232-7072, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 4 pm, through June 16, $8-$17

Due to popular demand, Imago has extended the run of this show, so don't miss your chance to see frogs, worms, cowboys, giant paper bags, and crazy cats. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm, Sun 5:30 pm, through July 29, $9-$18

Generic Hospital
Improvisation in the tradition of soap opera and nighttime drama. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through June 16, $8

Mr. Bundy
Parents and daughter face the revelation that their elderly neighbor is a convicted child molester. Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through June 9, $7-$15

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

Pinter on Pinter on Pinter
An actor playing Harold Pinter provides commentary for the performance of two of the real Pinter's early one-acts, The Collection, and Night School. Cygnet Productions, 116 NE Russell St, 295-3555, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through June 23, $12-$15

Sexual Perversity in Chicago
Highlights of this glorious David Mamet play include sex and fire. Asylum Theatre, at back door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 775-4324, Fri-Sat 10:30 through June 23, $8

Side Man
A 1950s jazz musician puts his gigs ahead of this wife and kid. Artists Repertory Theater, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Opens Fri, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Tues-Thurs 7 pm, Sun 2 pm, through July 1, $15-$26

Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
It's by Stephen Sondheim and it's about a murderous barber, so it just has to be at least decent. Lakewood Theatre Company at Lakewood Theater for the Arts, 368 S State St, 635-3901, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, opens Apr 27, through June 10, $19-$21