Opening This Week

Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry cat, Ugly must find his way home in this British musical. Washington Park's Rose Garden Amphitheater, 245-3642, Thurs-Sun 6:30 pm, through Aug 4, By donation

* Important People
The very funny and talented John Breen presents a one-man that explores such important historical figures as Willis Carrier, the inventor of the air conditioner, and Lucky Luciano, the organizer of organized crime. Goat Company, at the Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 242-0202, Fri-Sat 10:30 pm, through Aug 17, $10

One Week Only

Auggie Smith
One of Portland's best stand-up comedians gets his rant on. Harvey's Comedy Club, 436 NW 6th, 241-0338, Thurs-Fri 8 pm, Fri 10 pm, Sat 6:30 & 9 pm, $10-12

Broken Homes
Theatrical investigation of a squalid New York adult home, where mentally ill residents wander the halls in ripped, urine-stained clothing. Disjecta, 116 NE Russell, 957-9516, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 10 pm, $10

Closing This Week

Contortionists, high wire acts, and other mundanities of the big top tricked up as high class performance art. Extended. Cirque du Soleil at the Grand Chapiteau, Under the Marquam Bridge, 800-678-5440, Tues-Wed, Sat 8 pm, Thurs-Fri 5 pm & 9 pm, Sat 4 pm, through July 21st, $31.50-65

Graduation Showcase
Graduates celebrate graduating with the performances of monologues. Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 SW Montgomery St, 274-1717, Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $13

Greater Tuna
A sprawling, meandering mess the moves around the small town of Tuna, Texas, showing one quirky character after another. Triangle Productions, at the Flying Rhinoceros Theatre, 1440 NW Overton, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through July 20, $17-$23

* Head-Crazy Brain Girl
Tony St. Clair is drolly diabolical as Dr. Soapstone, a mad scientist who gets his wife decapitated in an accident involving a reanimated corpse. Blue Door Productions, at the Miracle Theater, 525 SE Stark, 258-1681, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through July 13, $10

Keith Goodman & Dance Gatherer In Concert
Goodman and Co. will be presenting four works, of which two, Marooned In Innocence and Tempo, are brand spanking new. Conduit Studio, 918 SW Yamhill, 4th Floor, 221-5857, Fri-Sun 8:30 pm, through July 21, $10-14

Current Runs

Double Play
Two acts of spontaneous theater and comedy by an expanded troupe of 16 performers. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Sat 9 pm, through Aug 31, $9

Flaming Idiots
Two postal workers hire a hit man to kill somebody in their restaurant and put iton the map. Broadway Rose Theatre Company, at the Deb Fennel Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Rd, 620-5262, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Aug 4, $9-18

* Hedwig and the Angry Inch
At it's core, Hedwig, is a full-on rock n' roll show with an incredibly charismatic lead singer. For this reason, it even touches those soulless drones who tend to hate showtunes. With its concert-within-a-play structure and its ultra-hip David Bowie glam style roots, Hedwig is a musical for people who love AND hate musicals. JUSTIN SANDERS Triangle Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through July 13, $22-28

Inherit the Wind
The definition of "the courtroom drama," based on the Scopes Monkey trial of the 1920s. Mt. Hood Repertory Theatre Co., at Mt. Hood Community College Theatre, 257th & SE Stark, 491-5950, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through July 28, Call for details

Six In the Hole, The Punk Rock Prison Story of SHIN
Andy Buzan's sketch comedy group, Slide County, presents their latest twisted romp. Blue Door Productions, at the Miracle Theater, 525 SE Stark, 258-1681, Fri-Sat 11 pm, through July 20, $8

* Spinning Into Butter
Coho put on this excellent play about racial hypocrisy in the academic world last fall, and it was so popular they've brought it back. Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 220-2646, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Aug 17, $13-$15

The Phantom of the Opera
Its characters are cardboard, its music is cloyingly sweet, but for some reason it's the most sucessful musical of all time. Keller Auditorium, SW Third and Clay, 241-1802, Wed, Fri-Sun 7:30 pm, Thurs 1 pm & 6:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, through July 28, $17-69