Opening This Week

* Cloud 9
defunkt presents its production of Caryl Churchill's utterly weird gender-bending comedy about, yes, colonialism... and the 2003-2004 theater season officially begins. The play follows a Victorian family living in colonial Africa in 1880, and features plenty of women playing male characters, and vice versa. defunkt's production features many of the regulars, including Frances Binder, Peter Buonincontro, Ingrid and Rollin Carlson, and of course, James Moore. defunkt theatre, at the Back Door, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 993-9062, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through Oct 11, $8-$15

* Waiting For Godot
The rapidly improving Radiant company brings to you Beckett's seminal work, directed by Amy Gray. Strangely, this play isn't done very much around these parts, even though it's remarkably easy to stage. Therefore, you should see it, if only because you may not have the chance to again for some time. Plus, the twitchily hilarious local comedian Kevin Michael-Moore is playing Estragon, which is sure to be a treat. Radiant Theatre, at Artichoke Music, 5340 N. Interstate, 502-8261, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through Sept 27, $10-$12

One Week Only

* Portland Taiko's Big Bang
Portland Taiko is releasing a new CD, and to celebrate they're throwing a bash. Watching those crazy percussionists run around and wail on their huge drums is quite entrancing. The Newmark Theatre, SW Broadway and Main, 222-5538, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $17.50-$25

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, then know this: The ragtag group of outcasts will sing some of your favorite showtunes! Wilf's Piano Bar, 800 NW 6th Ave, 223-0070, Tues 7:30 pm, $10

Dance

* First Impressions vol. 3
BodyVox presents the third installment in its ongoing, and rarely seen, series of work from some of Portland's best choreographers. This go-around features some cool people like the hilarious Gregg Bielemeier, Imago Theatre's inimitably weird Jerry Maouwad, and BodyVox regulars like Anne Egan and Eric Skinner. Dance fans should not miss this one. BodyVox , 1300 NW Northrup, 224-8499, Fri-Sun 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, Tues-Wed 7:30 pm, $22

Comedy/Improv

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

ComedySportz
ComedySportz's improv juggernaut continues its mighty run with its 536th straight week of fun, fun improv. ComedySportz Arena, 1963 NW Kearney Street, 236-8888, Fri 8 pm, Sat 7 pm & 9 pm, $12, or $10 with a can of food