Opening This Week

Big River, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The American Heritage Theater Project and Portland Parks and Recreation have once again collaborated to bring this timeless musical classic to your favorite parks. Washington Park's Rose Garden Amphitheater, 245-3642, Thurs-Sun 7 pm, through Aug 5, free

Delusion of Darkness
Warning: This new, beat-generation inspired dark comedy contains sex, drugs, violence, nudity, gunshots, aliens, and Catholic jokes. Asylum Theatre, at the Russell Street Theatre, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 777-2771, Fri-Sat 10:30 pm, through Aug 18, $10

The Baptism
Beat playwright Amiri Baraka's unflinching portrayal of a boy who seeks Baptism at a Baptist church, and winds up being put on trial for his life. Russell Street Theater, 116 NE Russell, 306-0870, opens Fri, Thurs-Sat 9 pm, through Aug 18, $10

One Week Only

Party in the Plaza
PSU sponsors a day of events to celebrate the arrival of the Portland Streetcar, including Chinese Lion Dance, and opera favorites from the folks at Bel Canto Northwest Vocal Institute. Call for details. PSU Urban Center, 1715 SW 5th, 725-3105, Sat 10 am-8 pm, free

PIPfest: Contempodanza
Mexico City's fresh, free-spirited dance company uses the music of Jaramar to mine the rich veins of ancient and indigenous traditions. PSU, Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Avenue, 725-3307, Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $9-18

PIPfest: Just Say Noh: Classical Japanese Drama
Noh theater is incredibly weird to the average American, but worth seeing for the same reason. Artists Repertory Theater, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Fri 7:30 pm, $3-5

Two Gyrlz, Inc. presents osseus labyrinth
Post-humyn movement based installation theatre of a truly unearthly nature. Sounds worth seeing just to find out what "post-humyn movement based installation theatre" is. Echo Theater, 1515 SE 37th, 256-5654, Sat 9 pm, $10-20

Current Runs

Ernest In Love
A musical based on Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Lakewood Theatre Company at Lakewood Theater for the Arts, 368 S State St, 635-3901, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Aug 19, $18-20

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

Harold and Game Piece
An evening of improv divided into two parts. Of the two, Game Piece sounds more intriguing, with the rules for the improv depending on whatever board game is suggested by the audience. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Sat 9 pm, through Sept 1, $8

Henry V
Quintessence Language and Imagination Theatre, a new company, presents Shakespeare's 29-role classic with only nine actors. See review this issue. Mago Hunt Center, at the University of Portland, 5000 N Willamette Blvd, 943-7287, Opens Fri, Thurs-Sun 7:30 pm, through July 28, $8-10

I Ought To Be In Pictures
Neil Simon's poignant look at a has-been Hollywood screenwriter whose long-lost teenage daughter reenters his life. Sylvia's Class Act Dinner Theater, 5115 NE Sandy Blvd, 288-6828, Thur-Sat 6:15 pm, Sun 5:15 pm, through Aug 25, $31.95

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

The Famous Tuscan Springs
A computer corporation tries to turn the small town of Tuscan Springs, famous for its mineral waters, into a "virtual" spa resort. Jack Oakes Theater, 2820 NE Sandy Blvd, 238-9692, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through Aug 4, $10

Twelfth Night
Shakespeare's classic comedy of mistaken identity, featuring twins gettin' it on! Brought to you by Portland's brand new theater company, Vader Ryderwood Productions. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate Ave, 823-4322, opens Fri, Thurs-Fri 7:30 pm, through July 28, $5-10