Opening This Week

Fellatio Rodriguez and the Daughters of the Revolution
A Reed College-based improv group with a pretty cool name struts its stuff. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri 9 pm, through Aug 16, $7

The 3rd Floor: The Musical!
The 3rd Floor takes its "maximum capacity sketch comedy" to the highest level possible: showtunes!! Blue Door Productions, at the Miracle Theater, 525 SE Stark, 258-1681, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through Aug 24, $12

The Whipping Hand
The talents of Margery Fairchild, Jeff Brown, Nathaniel Freeman, and Elizabeth Ward combine in this darkly humorous, cabaret-style exploration of history and myth against the landscape of one man's dreaming mind. Disjecta, 116 NE Russell , 781-6499, Thurs-Sun 8 pm (no show Aug 1), through Aug 4, $8-12

One Week Only

Just Add Water
Portland Center Stage's annual playwrights' festival presents new plays by Honour Kane, Amy Wheeler, Steven Drukman, and Steve Murray. Call for details Winningstad Theater, 1111 SW Broadway, 274-6588, Sat-Sun 4 & 8 pm, $7-10 per play, $23 for entire festival

Poona the Fuckdog & The Magnificent Welles
Local company StageDirect films fringe theater on high-quality digital video, then sells the product on the Internet. Here, they screen some of their work. Poona is a hilarious riff on fairy tales, and Welles is a one-man show about Orson Welles struggling in the wake of Citizen Kane. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, Tues-Wed 7 pm, Tues 9:30 pm, Wed 9 pm, $3-6

The Miller's Son
Celtic harper and storyteller, Gwion, spins this yarn about an abandoned boy, a woman in a floating tower, giants, and a lot of other stuff. Laurelthirst, 2958 NE Glisan St, 232-1504, Wed 9 pm, $6

Closing This Week

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

Greater Tuna
A sprawling, meandering mess that moves around the small town of Tuna, Texas, showing one quirky character after another. Sometimes they connect to each other and sometimes they don't, though it hardly matters because they are all infuriating regardless. These characters do not exist to add to the rich tapestry of a unique location, but to add complications to the play's gimmick, which is that they are all played by the same two actors, Michael Teufel and Darrin Murrell. It's supposed to be riotous to see Murrell scream at the audience as a KKK leader then run offstage and reenter as a crazy old lady, but instead it just feels self-congratulatory. JUSTIN SANDERS Triangle Productions, at the Flying Rhinoceros Theatre, 1440 NW Overton, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Aug 10 (extended), $17-23

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

The Phantom of the Opera
Its characters are cardboard, its music is cloyingly sweet, but for some reason it's the most successful musical of all time. For an average of $43, you too can find out why. 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

Current Runs

* Hedwig and the Angry Inch
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. If you think that because you saw the movie you are excused, think again, because Hedwig and her band rock way harder live and in person than they do in the artsy fartsy film version. JUSTIN SANDERS Triangle Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through Aug 3, $22-28

Important People
The very funny and talented John Breen presents a one-man show 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

* 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. If you saw it then, see it again, and if you haven't seen it, please do. Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 220-2646, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Aug 17, $13-15

A new dark comedy that treats themes of deceit, greed, and beauty. Quintessence, at the Mago Hunt Theatre, University of Portland, 5000 N Willamette, 943-7287, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Aug 10, $8-10