Opening This Week

The Will Rogers Follies
Musical about Will Rogers' rise from unassuming okie to unparalleled stardom as an actor, newspaper columnist, and radio personality. Broadway Rose Theatre Company, at the Deb Fennel Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Rd, 620-5262, Opens Fri, runs Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through July 14, $9-18

One Week Only

30 Days Notice Performance Series
A new annual series with artists specializing in multimedia, performance, and music. This weekend's faire includes works by Heidi Carlsen, James Moore, and Damali Ayo. Conduit Studio, 918 SW Yamhill, 4th Floor, 221-5857, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $8-10

Closing This Week

* Cupid & Psyche
Stark Raving's modern update of this Greek legend is peppered with flashing lights, cell phones, and witty, sarcastic asides that add a contemporary accessorization to the source material without giving it a relevant immediacy. MARJORIE SKINNER Stark Raving, at the CoHo Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through June 29, $10-20

Hey, Don't Grab Me There!
Crazy late night sketch comedy with one of the silliest titles in recent memory. Stark Raving, at the CoHo Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Fri-Sat 11 pm, through June 29, $12

Hopscotch
There are two problems with the acting in Israel Horovitz's play about reunited ex-lovers. The first is that Ingrid Carlson and Tom Moorman struggle mightily with their characters' Massachusetts-area accents ("pahk the cah in the Hahvahd yahd"). The second is that they have zero sexual tension between them. None. And that's a shame because it's hard to believe that these people ever had any sort of romantic history, let alone any sort of fucked up history that might have stemmed from that romance. Since the play is all about revealing the romantic, and then the fucked up historical details that they share, it faces an uphill struggle from the get-go; from kiss #1. JUSTIN SANDERS Call in Sick Productions, at the Russell Street Theater, 116 NE Russell St, 335-3297, Fri-Sat 10:30 pm, through June 29, $8

Masterpieces
With a convoluted plot involving a preposterous act of murder and a host of weak, underdeveloped female characters and cartoonishly sleazy male characters, Sarah Daniels' play turns what could be an interesting dialogue about pornography, into a base battle of the sexes. JUSTIN SANDERS Theatre Vertigo at the Russell Street Theater, 116 N Russell, 306-0870, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through June 29, $14

Now!
Do Jump's newest show bills itself as an exploration of "the peculiar relationship we humans have to being present in the moment." It's an extremely vague thematic statement, to say the least, and its aura hovers over Now! like a cloud. Now! is an extremely vague collection of acrobatics, dance, and multimedia. Pieces that combine digital video and real-life movement follow trapeze tricks, which follow juggling tricks, which follow dance pieces. Despite Do Jump's claim of an exploration taking place, the reality is that nothing connects these individual moments. They are pure spectacle, which would be fine if they were very original, or even unoriginal, but dazzlingly beautiful to behold. Sadly, they are none of these things. The opening scene, which involves a graceful gymnast climbing along the ceiling, is breathtaking, but anyone who was a kid has seen the juggling and trapeze acts that follow many many times. JUSTIN SANDERS Do Jump! at the Echo Theatre, 1515 SE 37th, 224-8499, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 3 pm, through June 30, $15-22

Out of Nowhere
Like a tornado or a fit of truth, Brody improv stems out of nowhere. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat 9 pm, through June 29, $10

Under Milk Wood
The only known Dylan Thomas script, Under Milk Wood plays like an Irish version of Our Town, presenting the ordinary comings and goings of a village from dawn to dusk. A small and capable ensemble assume a multitude of quaint characters in quick succession, rolling through Dylan's prose in a veritable verse slam. This play showcases Dylan's wit and ability to orchestrate the spoken word, but his provincial characterizations are cliché, and the script, though sometimes startlingly touching, offers no surprises. The actors and directing are top-notch, but Under Milk Wood is more a pet-project for the academic set. ANNA SIMON Ironclad Productions, at the Hollywood Theatre, NE Sandy & 42nd, 275-8352, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through June 29, $10-12

Current Runs

Comedysportz
Improv improv improv... ComedySportz Arena, 1963 NW Kearney Street, 236-8888, Fri 9 pm, Sat 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm, $12. or $10 with can of food

Frogz
Frogz is back for its 573rd Portland run. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Wed-Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 1:30 & 7:30 pm, Sun 1:30 & 5:30 pm, through July 28th, $13-23

* Head-Crazy Brain Girl
See review this issue. Blue Door Productions, at the Miracle Theater, 525 SE Stark, 258-1681, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through July 13, $10

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
A delicious, cross-dressing rock musical. The stage version, if done properly, is actually tighter and more cohesive than the recent film version.Triangle Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through July 13, $22-28

The Laramie Project
Story of the 1998 brutally homophobic murder of Matthew Shepard. Artists Repertory Theater, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-9807, Tues-Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through June 30, $15-28