Opening This Week

Masters and Moderns
The final installment in new OBT artistic director Christopher Stowell's debut season features the world premiere of Julia Adam's il nodo, the American premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's There Where She Loved, and the OBT premiere of Frederick Ashton's Facade, and George Balanchine's Duo Concertant. Oregon Ballet, at Keller Auditorium, SW 3rd & Clay, 222-5538, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, through May 22, $10-85

One Week Only

* Holy Goats!
This month's edition of the rotating dance/improv hodgepodge (with bagels!) features "pigeon movement" from Kathleen Keogh, Kestrel Gates, David Rafn, and Nat D. Newburger. Performance Works NorthWest, 4625 SE 67th Ave, 777-1907, Sun 2 pm, $7

Love in Boxes
A new theater company presents the West Coast premiere of the exceedingly well named Slashtiper Coleman's one-man musical comedy Love in Boxes, about a young art boy lookin' for love in all the wrong places... lookin' for love. Cultural Expressions Theater, 5339 SE Foster, www.about-vision.com, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, $10-13

Medea
One of the weirder theatrical events this season involves the AIP's design department giving two different modern versions of Medea. In the first (Thursday), Medea's husband tries to trade her in for his boss's daughter. In the second (Friday) some literary critics decide to take their craft a bit too seriously. That's what the press release reads; our hands are tied. Art Institute of Portland, at the Electric Company, 2512 SE Gladstone, 228-6528, Thurs-Fri 7:30 pm, $5

The Spring New Play Festival
The Haven Project is a great thing: a nonprofit that encourages area youth to write plays by producing those plays with really talented actors. On Thursday see some of the recent batch, performed by PSU students. On Friday and Saturday see staged readings of new plays by actual PSU students. Lincoln Hall Studio Theater, 1620 SW Park Ave, 725-4612, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, FREE

Closing This Week

* Disappeared
Disappeared spins a familiar story: A woman meets a man in a bar, goes home with him, and the next day she has--yup--disappeared. JWS The Electric Company, 2512 SE Gladstone, Suite 200, 232-5955, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through May 8, $12-15

* Gint
An elaborate staged reading of Romulus Linney's modern update of Ibsen's Peer Gynt. The Profile Theatre Project at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 242-0080, Tues-Wed 7 pm, $10

Landscape With Stick Figures
A new addition to the increasingly popular theatrical genre known as "docudrama," this play by Steven Alan McGaw features over 30 roles, and is a meditation on violence in schools. Stark Raving, at the Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through May 8, $10-18

Current Runs

Fully Committed
All restaurant employees take note: Fully Committed is an allegedly hilarious one-man skewering of the awful customers that make your lives so miserable. Portland Center Stage, 1111 SW Broadway, 274-6588, Tues-Wed, Sun 7 pm, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, Thurs 12 pm, through May 30, $16-51

The See-Saw Project
These clowns do really cool acrobatics and sophisticated physical comedy, and the result is a show that has both slapstick and character development, a rare combination. Nomadic Theatre Co. at Disjecta, 116 NE Russell St., 358-3441, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through May 16, $10

Comedy/Improv

* Paul Krassner
The acclaimed fringe comic Krassner has taken acid with Groucho Marx, worked at Hustler alongside Larry Flint, and edited Lenny Bruce's autobiography. He is, needless to say, far to the Left. Old Church, 1422 SW 11 Ave, 224-8499, Sat 8 pm, $15-18