Opening This Week

Kimberly Akimbo
The Portland Actors' Conservatory presents a dark comedy about a teenaged girl who has a rare condition which causes her body to age faster than it should. Cue hilarity and soul-searching. Firehouse Theater, 1436 SW Montgomery, 774-0997, Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $15-25

The Trial
From La Bodega Productions, an adaptation of Kafka's chilling story which finds parallels to our current judicial system. Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 306-0870, Thurs-Sun, 8 pm, $12-15

Closing This Week

Bog of Cats
Marina Carr's script, borrowing from the myth of Medea, taps into some very elemental issues: the dark legacies that pass from parent to child, and the way that unrequited love can warp and twist a person. Unfortunately, even the best efforts of the cast are confounded by two things: the demands of sustaining an accent for two hours, and the heavy-handed direction of Merril Lynn Taylor.AH Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 220-COHO, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, $22

Hamlet
The NW Classical Theatre presents this little play you might have heard of. It's directed by Fred Ward, who, interestingly enough, once directed Hollywood films, including When A Stranger Calls. Shoe Box Theater, 2110 SE 10th, 274-4771, Thurs-Sat 7 pm, Sun 2 pm, $12-18

The Who's Tommy
Radiant Theatre presents the Who's ridiculous musical about disability, celebrity, and pinball. Liberty Hall, 311 N Ivy, 502-8261, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $20, Thurs pay-what-you-can

Current Runs

Silence
Julie Akers directs Moira Buffini's play which is described in the press release thusly: "Amid the chaos of Viking raids and the end of the millennium panic, Silence, the young Lord of Cumbria, is forced to marry a feisty French princess at the behest of the King." Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 784-7316, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $15-18

The Centering
The press release says it best: "This gripping one-man show explores the fragile psyche of Davey, a political prisoner whose damaged past and brutal present blur together as he escapes to the only refuge available: the circus clown within his mind." Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 784-7316, Fri-Sat 11 pm, Sun 7 pm, $7-10

The Lonesome West
The professional super-company, Third Rail Repertory, presents Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West. Third Rail resident director Slayden Scott guides his cast with an even hand; he has a great script and knows not to interfere with it. The British McDonagh, still in his 30s, is a prodigious writer—clever and cruel and loving and dark and terribly sad. Watching this wonderful production of his wonderful play is like slipping into a hot bubble bath. The pain eases, the muscles relax, and a notion floats into the mind on a cloud of blissful relief: "Yes. It can be done in Portland. It really can." JWS Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate, 235-1101, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, $15-20

The Odd Couple (Female Version)
Neil Simon's The Odd Couple—only with chicks, dig it? Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 306-0870, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, $5-15

Theater District
See review this issue. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder, 241-1278, Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, 7 pm, $15-40

Dance

Tao Soup
Scott Kelman and the Drunken Monkeys of Brooklyn Bay explore the Tao via music, movement, and dance. Brooklyn Bay, 1825 SE Franklin, Bay K, 777-5879, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $12-15