Theater Openings

Altar Boyz

An ironic send-up of the boy band phenomenon. All you need to know is that fans of this hit off-Broadway show call themselves "altarholics." Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broad­way, 790-2787. broadwayacrossamerica.com. $41-51. Tues-Wed 7:30 pm.

The Yellow Boat

Insight Out partners with Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital in telling the true story of an HIV-positive boy who turns to art for solace. The show will also feature works by other hospitalized young artists. Echo Theater, 1515 SE 37th, 493-8070. insightouttheatre.org. $15. Fri, Sat 8 pm and Sun 2 & 7 pm. Through Feb 11.

Current Runs

Escape from Happiness

The reliable folks at Theatre Vertigo present this comedy about an "oddball matriarch who calmly doles out wisdom and band-aids as her family is plunged into mayhem." Written by one of Canada's most prolific playwrights! Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 306-0870. theatrevertigo.org. $15 (Thurs Pay-What-You-Will). Thurs-Sat 8 pm. Through Feb 10.

The Heidi Chronicles

Profile Theater continues their Wendy Wasserstein series with Wasserstein's Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning examination of the changing status of women between 1965 and 1989. Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 242-0080. profiletheater.org. $10-28. Thurs-Sat 8 pm and Sun 2 pm. Through Feb 11.

Number Three

Third Rail Repertory has already gained a reputation as one of the finest theater companies in town. Known for edgy, challenging productions, they're pushing the envelope even further with this world premiere of local playwright Ebbe Roe Smith's Number Three (voted audience favorite at 2005's JAW/West festival). I'm looking forward to this one. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate, 246-3210. thirdrailrep.org. $15-24. Thurs-Sat 8 pm and Sun 2 pm. Through Feb 10.

The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek

defunkt's new show sounds intriguing: About two young people growing up during the Great Depression, the show promises to contain "touches of ghost stories and mystery thrillers" while ultimately telling the story of "what it means to live and relate in an atmosphere of hopelessness." Back Door Theatre, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 481-2960. $10-15. Thurs-Sun 8 pm. Through Feb 10.

Dance

Division of Form

Extreme Dance presents an "eclectic collection of contemporary movement, local musicians, and original music in a living room seating arrangement." Proceeds go toward the company's upcoming trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Fest. Crown Ballroom, 918 SW Yamhill, 887-7994. $18-23. Wed-Thurs 7 pm. Through Jan 25.

Comedy/Improv

Loop: An Original Workplace Comedy

Just in case you don't spend enough time at work/thinking about work/drunkenly telling your friends how much you hate work, Loop is an "original workplace comedy" that invites you to "imagine all of your worst co-worker nightmares come to life" (and then, presumably, to laugh at them). Shoe Box Theatre, 2110 SE 10th, 235-2633. $10-12. Fri 10 pm. Through Feb 9.