Opening This Week

Crossing Delancy
A romantic comedy set in New York City that follows the clash of generational romantic ideals between a young lass and her eighty-year-old grandma. Magdelyn Theatre Company, 403 NW 5th, (971) 544-1736, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Aug 30, $14

* The Child is Father of the Man
The world premiere of the talented Connor Kerns' new play, about a poetry teacher who looks to the ghost of his father and the writings of Yeats for some answers to his problems. Quintessence, at the Mago Hunt Theatre, University of Portland, 5000 N Willamette, 943-7287, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through Aug 16, $12

One Week Only

Jennifer Ackerman
Local musical star turned New York cabaret star Ackerman comes home to share with her old friends her adventures in the Big Apple. She'll sing pieces by Carol King, Stephen Sondheim, and more, but what's REALLY interesting about this show is that it's at Wilf's, that weird restaurant thing by the train station. Who has ever been to that place? Nobody I know, but tonight seems as good a night as any to change that fact. Wilf's Piano Bar, 800 NW 6th Ave, 223-0070, Tues 7:30 pm, $10

Closing This Week

* Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Last chance to catch Triangle's pretty cool production of this ubiquitous transgender glam musical before they put it to rest, then revive it again next summer with another price increase. Triangle Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Wed, Fri, Sat 8 pm, $30

Current Runs

* A Delicate Balance
"But this is the THEATER section. You can't list a FILM!" I know, I know, but relax... Balance is part of an NWFC series featuring films BASED ON theater. Katherine Hepburn stars in the screen adaptation of probably Albee's most indulgent play. I watched an entire stage production of it one time and thought my eyes were going to start bleeding. You will either think it's brilliant, or loathe it with every fiber of your being. Northwest Film Center, at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, 221-1156, Thurs 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, $7

* Electropuss
This cringe-inducing title is a new play by Christopher Danowski, NOT Trista Baldwin, as was stated last week. Its focus remains a fictitious corporation called the ElectricLand Electric Company. Stark Raving, at the Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Aug 23, $8-&17

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Portland Actors Ensemble's 34th annual Shakespeare in the Park production is probably Shakespeare's most park-friendly play. The park changes weekly, so check www.portlandactors.com for updates. Shakespeare in the Park, at Laurelhurst Park, 321-0710, Sat-Sun 3 pm, through Sept 1, free

As You Like It
Quintessence claims to triple the normal rehearsal process in order to become more intimately familiar with Shakespeare's language. The results are typically fairly significant; whether for the bad or good, Quintessence at least makes bold and unique choices with the text--a rarity in this town. Quintessence, at the Mago Hunt Theatre, University of Portland, 5000 N Willamette, 943-7287, Sat 4 pm, Sun 2 pm, $12

Chicken Soup For the Hole
Last week I accidentally wrote Chicken Soup for the SOUL as the title of this show. My apologies. The Exotic Actors' Guild's dirty sketch comedy, bizarre love triangles, hippie music, and funk dancing are really quite a different thing entirely. Stark Raving, at the Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Fri-Sat 10:30 pm, through Aug 23, $12

Prague-Nosis
The rapidly-improving Theatre Vertigo presents its summer show, a light, silly episode about a fellow named Dick Piston, whose title is "Hotel Detective." Jeff Goode writes, still determined to out-do his classic Poona the Fuckdog from a few years back. Theatre Vertigo at the electric company, 2512 SE Gladstone, 306-0870, Thurs-Sat 9 pm, through Aug 3, $12

Summer in Brodavia
Old Brody veterans mix with new faces garnered from the Brody's improv classes to produce two acts of long form improv. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Sat 9 pm, through Sept 6, $10

Dance

* 2nd Annual Tribal Quest NW
The sultry Caravan crew presents another weekend of nonstop tribal music and bellydance. Each night features a different set of performers at respective venues ranging from the Fez to the Gotham Building Coffee Shop. Saturday night's show at the Hollywood Theatre appears to offer the most bang for your booty-shaking buck, with dancing from the Gypsy Caravan, the Zafira Company, Judy Piazza, and a bunch more acts from all over the country. Call for details!! Caravan Studio, 287-1794, Thurs-Sun, times vary, prices vary

* Summer Intensive Student Showing
For the past month or so, students have worked alongside various dance masters to create new works. Tonight they get to show what they've created. Conduit Studio, 918 SW Yamhill, 4th Floor, 221-5857, Sat ONLY, 8 pm, $3