Opening This Week

Agnes of God

An exploration of the conflict between religion and science. Echo Theater, 1515 SE 37th, 230-1978, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Aug 5

Much Ado About Nothing
Shakespeare-In-The-Parks presents their 32nd annual summer production. Laurelhurst Park, SE 39th and Stark, Sat-Sun 3 pm, through Sept 3, free

One Week Only

* Sic et Non
Cranked up punk-modern ballet from Laura Kleeman and Dancers. Conduit Studio, 918 SW Yamhill, 4th Floor, 221-5857, Fri-Sat 8:30 pm, $12-13

The Barber of Seville
The Bel Canto Festival presents this extremely popular opera, sung in Italian--the way opera was meant to be sung. Newmark Theater, 1111 SW Broadway, Sat 7:30 pm, $13-21

PIPfest: Dance Like A Man
Jairaj and Ratna, two Bharatnatyam dancers past their prime, square off with their daughter, Lata, in this powerful human drama. Features Carnatic music! Artists Repertory Theater, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Thurs, Sun 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $9-18

PIPfest: Japanese New Wave
Don't miss this one: The Japanese performance group, op.eklekt, will explore Japanese life from the perspective of space aliens. I'm dead serious. PSU, Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Avenue, 725-3307, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $9-$18

Closing This Week

Last 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

Henry V
Quintessence Language and Imagination Theatre, a new company, presents Shakespeare's 29-role classic with only nine actors. It's an extremely difficult play to pull off under such circumstances, and Quintessence only makes it more difficult for themselves by disregarding all technical aspects, including light and sound designs. The focus thus falls on the acting, which is admirable during the comic scenes, but awkward during the dramatic scenes. The production as a whole fails, but there is a lot to admire about this new company, particularly their high energy and incredible guts. Mago Hunt Center, at the University of Portland, 5000 N Willamette Blvd, 943-7287, Thurs-Sun 7:30 pm, through July 28, $8-10

The Dyke and the Porn Star
Part four of Triangle's Summer Pride Series, in which the lesbian, Chance, falls for the porn star of her dreams. Triangle Productions! at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 239-5919, Thur-Sat 8 pm, through July 28, $17-19

Current Runs

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

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

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 in suggested by the audience. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Sat 9 pm, through Sept 1, $8

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

Running From The Rain
Yet another American Heritage Theater Project event: an afternoon of student-written and performed music and improv centered around the theme of fear. Washington Park's Amphitheater, 245-3642, Sat 4 pm, through Aug 4, free

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

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, Thurs-Fri 7:30 pm, through July 28, $5-$10