Closing This Week

A SUNBEAM • PassinArt at Concordia University

SALTIMBANCO • Cirque du Soleil at the Grand Chapiteau

Opening & Current Runs


The latest variation in the Brody's improv hijinks, this time dedicated to deriving stories from old objects. BRODY THEATER, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fridays, 10:30 pm, $6


The Raindog Playwrights Project plays host to this production under the guidance of artistic director Jonathan Walters. RAINDOG THEATER, 8638 N Lombard St, 287-8561, Thur-Sat 8 pm, $4-10


Betsy's in the Kitchen is a dizzyingly complicated improvisation, with eight cast members spinning off a three act play. BRODY THEATER, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fridays, 8 pm, Through June 30, $8


Sam Shepard, a staple of Portland theater for decades, is a good resource for companies in a holding pattern, seeking grants, or simply exploring Shepard's masculine, neo-Western world. This time around Lani Miller, Tom Moorman, and Lindsay Thomas take the boards under the direction of Matt Russell. PAULA PRODUCTIONS, AT THE JACK OAKES THEATER, 2820 NE Sandy Blvd, 238-9692, Thur-Sat, 8 pm, Through June 24, $10


Theater doesn't get much more absurd, or depressing, than in the hands of Samuel Beckett. In this final production from the Other Side theater, director Sean Doran and his cast are faithful to Beckett's intentions, and while the play seems nothing more than a fit of post-apocalyptic malingering, it is actually quite funny. Beckett is notoriously demanding, and the cast, with Tom Galup as Clov, forms a chamber piece with four instruments that don't work. BACKDOOR THEATER, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 938-1482, Thurs-Sat, 8 pm, Through June 25, $5-7.50


Three different intertwined stories emerge and blend as performers improvise among themselves and-yikes-with audience members. BRODY THEATER, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fridays, 8 pm, Through June, $8


Penguins playing musical chairs, two-faced crocodiles and paper bags on stage? Well, if it's good enough for New York City, we suppose it's good enough for us. Hometown-artists-made-good Imago Theater brings Frogs, Lizards, Orbs and Slinkys home to Portland after a smash run in NYC, and we couldn't be more pleased. If you're looking for fun, fresh performance, this is definitely the production to see. IMAGO THEATER, 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Fri 7:30, Sat 1:30 & 7:30, Sun 1:30 & 5:30, extended through June 25, $16 adults, $13 students/ seniors, $9 kids



Weekly improv jam session featuring students of the Brody Theater and others. BRODY THEATER, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Sundays, 7:30 pm, $5


Canadian playwright Judith Thompson's play about a little girl who comes back and haunts her old neighborhood might sound a lot like the movie The Sixth Sense, but it's a little more intellectually ambitious, particularly when the cast of seven play 29 different characters. THEATRE VERTIGO AT THE RUSSELL STREET THEATER, 116 North Russell, Thurs-Sat, 8 pm, Through July 1, $10-12


We love playwright Paul Rudnick in his guise as Libby Waxman Gelmer in Premiere magazine. But will we still love him in the clutches of Don. L Horn, the artistic director of Triangle Productions! when he brings to the stage Rudnick's campy take on theology? TRIANGLE PRODUCTIONS! AT THEATER! THEATRE!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 239-5919, Thurs-Sat, 8 pm, $15-$17


Portland standby Ted Roisum joins Jean Miller and Scott Coopwood in director Jane Unger's production of Constance Congdon's play. PROFILE THEATER PROJECT, AT THE STARK RAVING THEATER, 3430 SE Belmont St, 242-0080, Thur-Sat, 8pm Sun, 2 pm, Call for ticket prices


Psychotherapy, the theater, wit, infidelity, and mystery are the components of this play by Stephen Dietz. It's the last production of this actors school's season, outside of a graduation show in July. Director Bruce Burkhartsmeier leads a student cast of five aspiring thespians that includes Zero Feeney and Siobhan Charlesworth Caverly. PORTLAND ACTORS CONSERVATORY, 1436 SW Montgomery St, 274-1717, Wed-Thur 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, Through June 18, $17, $15 students and seniors


It costs a lot to put on a circus, it's not easy, and somebody has to pay for it. That person is you, if you want to enjoy contortionists, high wire acts, and other mundanities of the big top tricked up as high class performance art. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AT THE GRAND CHAPITEAU, Under the Marquam Bridge, 800-678-5440, Fri, 8 pm, Sat 4 pm and 8 pm, Sun 1 pm and 5 pm, Tues-Thurs, 8 pm, Through June 11, $27-$150


Leif Norby and Gary Wayne Cash take over the Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis roles in this musical version of Some Like It Hot. And rumor has it, they even wear dresses! 368 S. State St., Thurs-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 7 pm, Through June 24


An family drama by award-winning playwright John Henry Redwood. PASSINART, AT CONCORDIA UNIVERSIT, 2800 NE Holman St, 321-5163, Fri-Sat, 8 pm, through June 10, $15


Director Allen Nause mounts this play by Margaret Edson. ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATER, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Thur, 7 pm, Fri-Sat, 8 pm, Sun, 2 pm, Through June 25, $15-25

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