Opening This Week

Into the Woods
Stephen Sondheim's uneven but often hilarious and twisted musical adaptation of your favorite children's tales. Little Theater at PCC-Sylvania campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave, 977-4363, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, ends Mar 17, $5-$6

Joined At the Head
A lonely woman author resists friendship with her former high school sweetheart and his wife. Magdelyn Theatre Company, 8430 SW 54th Ave, 708-8554, Thurs 7 pm, Fri & Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, ends March 30, $12-$1

Rise, Descend, Rise
Rebecca David's one-woman show. See preview. Performance Works NorthWest, 4625 SE 67th Ave, 777-1907, March 10, 11, 24, 25, Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, $5-$10

One Week Only

Big Belly
Sneak preview of this brand-new improv company. Big Belly Productions, 4122 NE Sandy, 380-3516, Sat 9 pm, $10

James Canfield Signatures
OBT artistic director James Canfield kicks off the spring season with three of his own ballets. Oregon Ballet Theatre, 818 SE 6th Ave, 222-5538, March 8-10, 7:30 pm, $5-$80

Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad
For those of you who know who Arthur Kopit is, this is the play that put him on the map. Clackamas Community College, 19600 S Molalla Ave, 491-6075, Thurs-Sat 8-10, 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm, $4-$7

Closing This Week

* Rhesus Pieces, or You got your Jellyfish in my Monkey!
Don't be deterred by the lame title--The Brody Theater is always fun. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri & Sat 8 pm, ends March 10, $8

* The Toad Prince
Puppets! A traditional Chinese folk tale performed by expert puppeteers. Tears of Joy Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-0557, Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 11 am, Sun 2,4 pm, $9-$13

Current Runs

Nancy Keystone's multimedia attack on Sophocles' classic tale of the unburied dead. Portland Center Stage, 1111 SW Broadway, 274-6588, Tue-Wed 7 pm, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, ends March 17, $15-$4

* Kiss of the Spider Woman
Don't miss this loving production of Manuel Puig's beautifully written exploration of the lives of two imprisoned men. Miracle Theater Group, 525 SE Stark St, 236-7253, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, closes March 17, Thurs $12, Fri & Sat - $15

Open Movement Jam
Join other Portland dancers for an evening of improvised jamming. Performance Works NorthWest, 4625 SE 67th Ave, 777-1907, Sun 6-8, $2-$3

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll
A collection of hyper-aggressive vignettes by local actor David Seitz. Mesmerizing and hilarious. Stark Raving Theater, 3430 SE Belmont St, 232-7072, Fri & Sat 10:30 pm, $13-$14

The Revenger's Tragedy
A quote from the press release: "Vendice and her brother stand over the prostrate Duke, with a sword through his tongue, forcing him to watch the adultery/incest of his wife and his bastard son." Sounds good to me! Stark Raving Theater, 3430 SE Belmont St, 232-7072, Thurs-Sat, 7:30 pm, Sun 4 pm, ends Mar 24, $13.50-$17

The Subject Was Roses
Frank Gilroy's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a nuclear family with real problems festering beneath its placid facade. Jack Oakes Theater, 2820 NE Sandy Blvd, 238-9692, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, ends Mar 31, $10

The Trial
The journey of K, a banker who wakes up one morning to find he's been arrested for a crime he knows nothing about. Cygnet Productions, 116 NE Russell St, 230-8827, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, ends March 25, $12-$15