One Week Only

* Live Wire!
Now in its second year, the Live Wire! radio show features stellar improv comedy, house band Klezmocracy, and special guests like tonight's appearances by author and Mercury writer Erin Ergenbright, and notable local curator Gavin Shettler. It's broadcast on OPB, so as part of the studio audience, you might be able to slip in a swear word or two. Aladdin, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 233-1994, Tues 7 pm, $5

Current Runs

Death of a Salesman
This production starring Allen Nause has been extended, giving Arthur Miller junkies plenty of time to climb aboard the tragedy train. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Tues-Thurs, Sun 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Feb 27 (EXTENDED: Mar 2-3, 6 @ 7 pm, Mar 4-5 @ 8 pm, Mar 6 @ 2 pm), $15-35

* Like A Five Wheeled Bicycle
Like a Five Wheeled Bicycle creates a cyclical landscape that revolves around rhythms and relationships rather than narrative. The stage is divided into five realms, each of which represents a different aspect of reality. In one, cast members form a human machine that processes bread; in another, a father brings home loaves of the same bread to his wife and child. The cast of five juggles several roles apiece as they move from realm to realm, enacting interwoven patterns of production and consumption while remaining ignorant of the fundamental interconnectedness that makes each world possible. A hypnotic spectacle ensues, punctuated by frequently witty dialogue and physical comedy that at times borders on slapstick. AH B & O Warehouse, 107 SE Washington, 233-4420, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through Feb 19, $10-15, Thursdays pay what you can

The Killing Game
Ionesco's fascinating disease fantasy offers not just a high body count, but also timely observations on mass hysteria, elitism, fear, and government control. Unfortunately, the defunkt company's Killing Game loses its effectiveness after about 20 minutes, right when the play becomes engrossing. WG Back Door Theatre, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 993-9062, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through Feb 26, $8-15