Opening This Week

Viva Baile! Danza Tropical
The Miracle's dance group presents South American dance set in the heart of a dense rainforest. The Miracle Theater, 525 SE Stark Street, 236-7253, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through March 30, $15

One Week Only

All Jane No Dick
Three women. No script. No rules... Big Belly, at the Russell Street Theatre, 5340 N Interstate, 233-5798, Fri-Sat 11 pm, $12

Closing This Week

Le Vaudeville Extravaganza
Vaudeville and transformation from three actors trained at the Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre. Zompei Productions, at the Artichoke Backgate Stage, 3130 SE Hawthorne, 1-800-FASTIXX, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through March 23, $10

Waiting for a Train
PLEASE don't skip this because you think it's just for kids. Yes, there is no dialogue, and yes it involves various methods of vaudeville and puppetry. But no, it is not childish at all, and yes, it is incredibly entertaining. Worth seeing if only for Devon Hawks Ludlow's maniacal destruction of a bagel. Echo Theater, 1515 SE 37th, 975-5966, Fri-Sun 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, through March 24, $10-12

Current Runs

Ah, Wilderness!
Eugene O'Neill's comedy about a small Connecticut town, circa 1906. Lakewood Theatre Company , 368 S State St, 635-3901, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through April 14, $18-20

Finding the Sun
An ambitious attempt, but then again, attempting Edward Albee is always ambitious. This late-night production could benefit from more rehearsal time. (Jennifer Long) Call in Sick Productions, at the Russell Street Theater, 116 NE Russell St, 335-3297, Fri-Sat, 10:30 pm, through April 6, $8-10

* For Reasons That Remain Unclear
The first two-thirds of Mart Crowley's play about a once-Catholic man's reunion with the priest who molested him are a seminar on careful character development and natural, yet interesting dialogue. Rarely do scripts have the confidence, and yes, originality, to unfold so quietly and subtly. Crowley's ending---an explosion of preposterous, almost soap-operatic coincidences, and melodramatic screaming/grappling matches---is much less interesting, but what's the old saying? That's right: "It's not the destination that matters, but the journey to it." Triangle Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 5 pm, through March 30, $15-19

Forbidden Broadway
A bunch of Broadway tunes sung Broadway style. World Trade Center Auditorium, 121 SW Salmon, 239-5919, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through April 6, $20-25

Mall America
The very high-quality Coho Theatre presents Peter Sagal's depiction of one woman's struggle to wake from the nightmare of random violence. Stephen Weeks directs. CoHo Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 220-2646, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through April 20, $13-15

* Rashomon
A man lies dead, a woman charges rape, and a notorious bandit gets convicted. This simple sequence of events gets twisted into a web of shaky half-truths, in Akutagawa's classic tale set in 12th century Japan. Point of view is everything as each of the three major characters reveal their version of what really happened. Was it really murder? Was it really rape? Was it something even more fucked up? Theatre Vertigo handles this complicated material with amazing skill. The transitions in point of view and the unstable story details (that is, the details that mysteriously change depending on who is telling them) occur with almost supernatural fluidity. It takes hard work to make theater look this easy. And I saw it opening weekend, which means it's only going to get better. Theatre Vertigo at the Russell Street Theater, 116 N Russell, 306-0870, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through April 6, $10-14

* Shakespeare's R & J
Shakespeare lives for four Catholic schoolboys whose desires crescendo in unison with their interpretation of the bard's classic. The strong male cast energetically questions sexuality, its repression and unfulfilled desires, issues relevant to both Catholicism and Romeo and Juliet. (Jennifer Long) Triangle Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through March 30, $15-19

Some Explicit Polaroids
A passionate activist struggles against a backdrop of conservative government and evolving AIDS crisis. Sowelu Theater at the Back Door, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 230-2090, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through April 20, $7-15

That's Infotainment
Improv that is one-half documentary and one-half fictional scenes inspired by the documentary. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $10

The Portland Subway
An interactive event that is one part improv, one part game, and one part play. Circle of Fire Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 287-0198, Fri-Sat 10:25 pm and 11:15 pm, through March 30, $10

Triple Espresso, A Highly Caffeinated Comedy
Magic and theater mix in this fictitious reunion of the once-promising comedy team, "Maxwell, Butternut, and Bean." Triple Espresso, at the Portland Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, 2nd Floor, 1219 SW Park, Wed-Thurs, Sun 7:30 pm, Fri 7 pm, Sat 5, 8 pm, Sun 3 pm, through April 21, $39-45, includes dessert and coffee