One Week Only

* Homo Homecoming
The entertaining drag king troupe DK PDX turns one year old this week, and are celebrating in style, with a full-on queer homecoming dance replete with photo ops, pink taffeta, and music from DJs Yeah Yeah, Astro, Chic Sheik, and Precious. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, Sun 8 pm, $5

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. Susannah (Frances Binder) and Raymond (Ben Plont) are a daughter/father pair bound by a common curiosity, a craving for destruction, and a disregard for the materialist age of civilization. Both actors provide the play with a spooky charm, with Binder as the disarmingly cool poetess and Plont filling the stage with a furious, glacially impressive performance. TP Back Door Theater, 4321 SE Hawthorne , 993-9062, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through Oct 16, $8-15

* Kiss It!
Playwright Amy Wheeler's thoughtful, affectionate characters, in tandem with Director Matt Zrebski's succinct staging, defy Stark Raving's crude penchant for intellectual kink. Zrebski has tapped a vein of adrenaline and lusty hormones with his cast, who combine dorky desperation with sexy exhibition. And while Kiss It! is longer than most productions of Shakespeare, its third act, a mythical sex fable, is worth waiting for. TP Stark Raving, at the Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Oct 16, $10-18

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

Man of La Mancha
See review this issue. Lakewood Theatre Company, 368 S State St, 635-3901, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Oct 17, $25-27

The Mercy Seat
Ben (Leigh J. Guyer) is a Manhattan business-type, a husband, and a father who works in the World Trade Center and is having an affair with his boss, Abby (Karen Trumbo). The dawn of 9/12/01 finds the adulterous couple hiding out in Abby's apartment, quietly shocked and amazingly lucky, saved from the 9/11 bombings the day before by a spontaneous break from work for a quickie blow-job. In the wake of terrible tragedy, Ben has a realization: Since nobody, including his family, knows if they're even alive, he and Abby have the perfect chance to run away to a new life, no strings attached. Neil LaBute's fascinating play poses two great questions: 1) Is it possible to make the self-serving Ben at all sympathetic? And 2) why would an older, sophisticated woman like Abby put up with the ugly antics of this younger male inferior? ART's confused production ignores both issues; it makes no effort to make Ben sympathetic, and, via a hipster, tight-fitting costume design, makes Abby seem younger than him, not older. Unfortunate. JWS 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

Tone Clusters
See review this issue. Disjecta, 116 NE Russell, 335-6979, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through Oct 9, $8-10

Uncle Vanya
Imago presents Chekhov's marvelous play on family and unrequited love. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th Ave, 221-5857, #3, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri 7 pm, Sat 5 pm, through Oct 16, $20-24


* 4 + 1
Performance Works continues its tradition of providing a space for local choreographers to mess around. Tonight see new works from Linda Austin, Anne Furfey, Carla Mann, Crispin Spaeth, and Bridgette Walsh. Performance Works NorthWest, 4625 SE 67th Ave, 777-1907, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $10-12

This new local dance/music improv group presents the third of their three Portland performances 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." Nocturnal, 1800 E Burnside, 239-5900, Fri 8 pm, $5-7