One Week Only

The Reunion Cabaret
I feel compelled to list this event based almost entirely on a single sentence from its press release: "When you take a hippie, a cowgirl, a cheerleader, and a nerd and put them together, the final grade is Fun+!" If that's not enough to get you out to a show, I don't know what is. Wilf's Piano Bar, 800 NW 6th Ave, 223-0070, Tues 7:30 pm, $10

Closing This Week

Chicken Soup For the Hole
Don't confuse this evening of wacky entertainment for Chicken Soup for the SOUL. It's a show by The Exotic Actors' Guild, whose 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

* ElectroPuss
ElectroPuss resides in a shadowy fantasy world reminiscent of Gotham City, in which everything is run by Electric Land, a power company that takes the Power part very seriously. Electric Land employs the whole town, funds the schools, and keeps its workers subdued with spirit cheers and "donut Tuesdays." Despite the pulp motif, ElectroPuss tries to pack in some heavy themes. Corporate robbery, domestic abuse, disintegration of the family, environmental ruin for profit...it's all incorporated. And like the campy noir soundtrack running through the background, you don't need to take any special note--the ideas are obvious. What's far more enjoyable is watching Electric Land's progressive meltdown, character by character. In a somewhat uneven plot progression the show morphs into a musical--ala Little Shop of Horrors--as the results of a company audit are aired. When the plug on this show is finally pulled the results are pretty hilarious. AS Stark Raving, at the Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Aug 23, $8-&17

Oregon Ghosts
The lack of freshness in all three of these little vignettes (and I do mean "little"; at a whopping 23 bucks per ticket, this show has a running time of... one freaking hour) is a bit shocking. Local playwright Donald Olson has no interest in being creepy, but also zero comic ability. His play doesn't provide ghost stories at all, but characters calling themselves ghosts, telling stories that sound as if they've been lifted from Oregon travel brochures. The spirited performances from Ghost's cast don't even begin to excuse the appalling script, though newcomer Jonas Lerman's catchy musical interludes do liven things up for the duration of his short, precious stage time. JWS Lakewood Theatre Company, at Fir Acres Theatre, Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., 635-3901, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Aug 24, $21-$23

Current Runs

* Crossing Delancey
Warm, heartfelt and unabashedly slow-moving, Magdelyn Theatre Company's production of Susan Sandler's Crossing Delancey is an engrossing treatise on familial love, the sting of loneliness and how sometimes we must reach into the past to jumpstart the future. Magdelyn's intimate space matches the material perfectly; a fable about a young woman named Isabelle who reluctantly allows her grandmother Bubbie to play Cupid. Lovingly directed by Maree Kniest, Crossing Delancey is clean and cynicism-free, making it appropriate for all ages, but ideal for mother-daughter duos. BB Magdelyn Theatre Company, 403 NW 5th, (971) 544-1736, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Aug 30, $14

Dance

OBT Exposed!
Don't make a big production out of this one, but if you're wandering through downtown anyway, it's worth a look-see. Basically, the OBT dancers just rehearse the routines that will become fleshed out during the Fall season. It's a mildly interesting, pleasant activity to have in the background while you read a book or eat a picnic lunch. Oregon Ballet, at the South Park Blocks, SW Park & Salmon, 227-0977, August 24-31, 11 am - 4 pm daily, free

Busted
Intimate modern dance brought to you by Tracy Broyles, Shelly Stephenson, Daniel Hutchinson, Gina Frabotta, Stephanie Lanckton, and Elizabeth Russell. Drink wine, feel sophisticated. Crush Wine Bar, 1412 SE Morrison, 235-8150, Sun 7:30 & 8:30 pm, $5

Comedy/Improv

* Auggie Smith
Chock full of raving, yet relentlessly articulate rants about everything from pop culture to third-world countries, Auggie Smith is one of Portland's finest stand-up comedians. This guy is the real deal. Harvey's Comedy Club, 436 NW 6th, 241-0338, Thurs-Sun 8 pm, $10

ComedySportz
ComedySportz's improv juggernaut continues its mighty run... ComedySportz Arena, 1963 NW Kearney Street, 236-8888, Fri 8 pm, Sat 7 pm & 9 pm, $12, or $10 with a can of food

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