Opening This Week

Dance + Music
A series of live collaborations between choreographers and composers. Playful skirmishing, synchronized teamwork, and open-ended improvisation are among the diverse approaches to the dance/music relationship. Performance Works NorthWest, 4625 SE 67th Ave, 777-1907, Fri-Sun 8 pm, through Oct 28, $10-12 single, $16-20 series

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Seems folks didn't get enough of this overpriced musical the first time around. It's back for one more go at it. World Trade Center Auditorium, 121 SW Salmon, 239-5919, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Dec 22, $23-25

Scary Movie
A tribute to late-night creature features, with two classic "movies" improvised each night. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Nov 3, $10-12

Spinning Into Butter
Coho's first production in their new Northwest Portland home is this explosive new drama by Rebecca Gilman. CoHo Productions, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Nov 24, $13-15

One Week Only

Do Jump!
"Doors perform!" screams the press release for this extremely physical dance troupe. Ha! I'd like to see that! Echo Theater, 1515 SE 37th, 203-3305, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, $13-18

Closing This Week

* Gypsy
Gypsy is worth seeing for beautiful Kate Shindle's performance alone. Her transformation from the neglected, nerdy daughter of lunatic show-biz mom, Momma Rose (Susannah Mars) to the sexy and elegant stripper, Gypsy Rose Lee, is a sight to behold. Plus, Gypsy has some of the best showtunes, ever. If you are not one of the 80-90 percent of humans who despise showtunes, you will glean tremendous pleasure from hearing them. Portland Center Stage, 1111 SW Broadway, 274-6588, Thurs 12 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm and 7 pm, through Oct 21, $12-44

No, No Nanette
There's nothing better than a scandalous summer weekend of love affairs, broken marriages, and blackmail, brought to vivid life through showtunes! The Musical Theatre Company, 531 SE 14th Avenue, 916-6592, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Oct 21, $16-30

Serenade/Lady Lucille and the Count
One of these dances is about Dracula. Oregon Ballet Theatre, 818 SE 6th, 222-5538, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, $5-80

The Man Who Came to Dinner
A play amongst the romantic. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7600 N Hereford Ave, 285-6577, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Oct 20, $6-8

Current Runs

* Fateful Encounter
Some slugs hit you below the gut and come from a fist. Other slugs hit you in the gut, and come from a flask. This play'll make ya feel you've just been the recipient of both. It's film noir on stage. It's like an armpit: dark, smelly, and maybe a little bit hairy too. Murder, betrayal, blood, and cap guns. It's all there. Maybe it's too long in some parts. Maybe some of the actors seem greener than a drunk man's skid marks. But there's a lotta love in this play. There's a lotta love. Firehouse Theater, 1436 SW Montgomery St, 972-5613, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sat 10:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Nov 3, $10-12

The Tempest
Prospero, Calaban, and the gang take the stage for one more romp through their island in the sky. Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company, 1111 SW Broadway, 288-8400, Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, through Nov 4, $12.50-33.50

Johnny Stallings presents: Show and Tell
The man who once performed King Lear by himself has unveiled a new show featuring art, music, storytelling, and various guest artists. The Drawing Studio, 3614 SE Division, 281-1616, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Nov 3, $5-15

Profile Theatre Project presents The Homecoming
Harold Pinter's twisted and hilarious play about a flirtatious wife who squares off with her husband's all-male dysfunctional family. Theatre! Theater!, 3430 SE Belmont Ave, 239-5919, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Nov 18, $12-20