Opening This Week

Stupid Kids

The kids in this play try to survive the harsh realities of high school with little more than drugs and Led Zeppelin to sustain them. Hey, that sounds like MY high school experience! You callin' me stupid!? Theater! Theater!, 3430 SE Belmont Ave, 239-5919, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Aug 18, $5-12

One Week Only

Hidden Gems of Chamber Opera
Bel Canto Northwest performs such rarely heard pieces as Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti and Barber's A Hand of Bridge. PSU, Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Avenue, 725-3307, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, $10-16

Big River
Portland Parks and Recreation brings you a musical adaptation of Huckleberry Finn. Mt. Tabor Park, 245-3642, Thurs-Sun 7 pm, free

ScriptFest 2001
Premier readings of contemporary plays. At 9 will be Mark LaPierre's Generic Musical, and at 3 will be William S. Gregory's "God of the Sun. Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 248-5234, Sat 9 am, 3 pm, free

Closing 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

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

Current Runs

* Delusion of Darkness
You don't need to read Naked Lunch to enjoy this mish mash of Burroughs-inspired set pieces. All you really need to do is open your mind to a world in which plot and character development take second stage to mood and lasting images. Director Lisa L. Abbot does much with the Back Door's limited space, utilizing smoke, lights, and jazz to create the sort of seedy underbelly that fans of the beat generation will feel right at home in. I won't describe what happens in this underbelly, as that is somewhat arbitrary. There's a strung out writer, a voluptuous bartender, some crazy hick paramedics, and several other wacky wacks. The rest is up to you... Asylum Theatre, at the back door theater, 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 Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Triangle Productions presents this witty musical tribute to the ups and downs of romantic relationships. World Trade Center Auditorium, 121 SW Salmon, 239-5919, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Aug 10, $23-25

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 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, Thurs-Sat 9 pm, through Aug 18, $10

Night Baseball
A creepy story of a bunch of men who, once a month, meet in order to hunt down and revengefully kill a gang-member. Call in Sick Productions, at Russell St. Theater, 116 NE Russell St, 335-3297., Fri-Sat 10 pm, through Aug 18, $8

* Ladies and Language with Muffie White
Language is revealing of what we mean to say, how we think, and sometimes what we'd rather hide but illuminate anyway. This is worth looking at. Now artist Muffie White looks at instructional images and texts given to young students in 1950-1970s America, to explore authoritarian sources and how gender roles and self image are culturally taught. Reading Frenzy , 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm