Opening This Week

Break, Then Open
Newcomer Jessica Wallenfels presents a theater/dance piece based on the writings of Joseph Campbell, and featuring the influences of Anne Bogart, Commedia D'ell Arte, and Afro-Brazilian martial arts. Tribe Theatre , 403 NW 5th, 227-3976, Fri-Sat 10:30 pm, through April 30, $10

Sordid Lives
A comedy about a Texas family, replete with dysfunctional daughters, a two-timing husband, and, sure enough, a "cross-dressing Tammy Wynette wanna-be." Triangle Productions , Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Opens Fri, runs Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through May 7, $17-19

One Week Only

Bruce Orr of the Mudeye Puppet Company presents the fourth installment of PuppetGanza, his very cool puppet cabaret that provides edifying entertainment for adults and kids. Today catch alums from the amazing Bread and Puppet Theatre company, clown troupe Nomadic Theatre, and more. Nocturnal , 1800 E Burnside, 239-5900, Sat 3 pm, $7 adults, $5 kids

Closing This Week

No Exit
Last chance to see this remounting of Imago's legendary production of Sartre's postmodern classic. Imago Theater , 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Tues-Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sat 1:30 pm, Sun 7 pm, through April 9, $18-24

Patti LuPone
Broadway junkies will know this one-time star of Evita and Les Miserables, among many other shows. She's touring her "critically acclaimed theatrical concert" Matters of the Heart. Keller Auditorium , SW Third and Clay, 790-ARTS, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat 2 pm, Sun 1 & 6:30 pm, $10-46

The Adventures of Barrio Grrrl! Installment 12: Lulu's Golden Shoes
Miracle's latest is about a young girl who fancies herself a sort of ghetto superhero and fantasizes about the hooker who lives next door. All good things. The Miracle Theatre , 525 SE Stark Street, 236-7253, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, $14-17

Current Runs

Humble Boy
Humble Boy
is a sharp, metaphysical comedy of manners. Call it a soap opera for the Sunday crossword puzzle set. Set in England, it revolves around Felix, a middle-aged theoretical physicist, and his mother, Flora. The script provides some brilliantly subtle, catty dialogue, and the cast would do well to avoid overacting and let the text speak for itself. AH Artists Repertory Theatre , 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Tues-Thurs, Sun 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through May 1, $15-35

The Vespiary
Stark Raving's latest is a Texas blood curdler with missing husbands, preachers, and a demon child that seeks revenge. Cool... Stark Raving, at the Coho Theatre , 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through April 30, $10-18


First Impressions, Vol. 4
BodyVox presents the fourth installment in its ongoing, and rarely seen, series of work from some of Portland's best choreographers. This go-around features works from Minh Tran, Eric Skinner, and Jamey Hampton, plus a "hilarious new zombie flick" called Dawn of the Dance, PLUS the BodyVox dancers are HOT. BodyVox , 1300 NW Northrup, 229-0627, April 13-17, 22-23 @ 7:30 pm, April 15 @ 10 pm, April 17 @ 2 pm, $25