Opening This Week

Lorca in a Green Dress
The first production in this fall's two-part "Cruz craze." Portland Center Stage will deliver the second Nilo Cruz play in November with their rendition of Anna in the Tropics. The Miracle Theater, 525 SE Stark Street, 236-7253, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Oct 16, $14-17

Tone Clusters
Disjecta and Upstart Theatre present a one-act play by the possibly overrated/possibly brilliant Joyce Carol Oates. The production at the very least will be titillating, as it features 8mm film projections, live video feed, music by locals Jay Clarke and Alex James, and an assortment of other multimedia odds and ends. Disjecta, 116 NE Russell, 335-6979, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sat 2 pm, through Oct 9, $8-10

Uncle Vanya
Imago's non-Frogz productions have been spotty of late. Let's hope they'll rebound with Chekhov's marvelous Uncle Vanya. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th Ave, 221-5857, #3, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri 7 pm, Sat 5 pm, through Oct 16, $20-24

One Week Only

Oliver
The most popular musical ever based on a Charles Dickens novel. Keller Auditorium, SW Third and Clay, 790-ARTS, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat 2 pm, Sun 1 & 6:30 pm, $26.50 - 61.50

Closing This Week

* Iron
Set entirely in a Scottish prison, Rona Munro's Iron centers around Fay (Lorraine Bahr), a woman who killed her husband with a knife and is paying the price with a life sentence. One day, 15 years after the crime, her only daughter, Josie (Sabra Choi), all grown up, comes to visit, and the two begin to tentatively rebuild a long-broken relationship through hour-long conversations in the prison's visiting area. Anthem Theatre, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 238-7680, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Sept 25, $15

Walter Matthau's End of Summer Explosion
A fairly recent addition to the Portland sketch comedy scene, Renob Control presents an evening of fun and hilarity. Renob Control at the Back Door, 4321 SE Hawthorne, Fri-Sat 10 pm, $6

Current Runs

* A Murder of Crows
Set amid the bubbling primordial ooze of superfund America, Mac Wellman's Crows finds a family as its centerpiece, a split nucleus in the nuclear age. TP Back Door Theater, 4321 SE Hawthorne, 993-9062, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through Oct 16, $8-15

Kiss It!
As time goes by, it's clearer that a kiss is no longer just a kiss. Stark Raving Theatre proves this in the premier of Resident Playwright Amy Wheeler's commissioned piece. Wheeler explores the heavily trod trail of sexual identity and gender politics. TP Stark Raving, at the Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Oct 16, $10-18

* The Filmore Hotel
The Dignity Village Players have embarked on a tour of the greater Portland area, performing their original play about the wacky inhabitants of a low-income hotel by the sea. Eliot Hall Chapel at Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock, 801-1267, Wed 8 pm, by donation

The Heiress
Based on Henry James' novel Washington Square. Triangle Productions, Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 5 pm, through Oct 2, $17-23

The Mercy Seat
See review this issue. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Tues-Thurs, Sun 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Oct 24, $15-35

Dance

Pigeon
This new local dance/music improv group presents three Portland performances in three weeks, before they head down to San Fran for some gigs. They have film projections by Eric Ostrowski and model their behavior and mannerisms off flocks of pigeons, aka "rats of the sky." North Star Ballroom, 635 N Killingsworth Court, 240-6088, Fri 8 pm

* A Thousand Little Cities
In the world of Portland dance companies, Bodyvox has the sexiest dancers and the most funding. Their latest endeavor features "whirling tornados, high-flying trolley straps, and miniature acrobats," and is guaranteed to be beautiful, glossy, and fun. PSU Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave, 229-0627, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat 2 pm, $15-30

Lyon Opera Ballet
The French Lyon Opera Ballet is one of the most acclaimed dance companies in the world, with classically trained dancers experimenting with completely modern movement styles and innovations. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SW Broadway & Main, 790-2787, Wed 7:30 pm, $19-43