Opening This Week

Howard Pinter's Betrayal gets the Imago treatment; the script, an exploration of love and loyalty that's told in reverse chronological order, presents interesting challenges for the deft ensemble. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th, 221-5857, ex 3, Opens Fri, runs Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri 8 pm, Sat 2 pm, 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, $16-26

The Northwest Classical Theatre Company tackles Ibsen's Ghosts, a rousing condemnation of sexual and religious hypocrisy. Shoe Box Theater, 2110 SE 10th, 274-4771, Opens Sat, runs Thurs-Sat 7 pm, Sun 2 pm, $12-18

Brush up on your Euripides at Classic Greek Theatre's production of Orestes, which includes costumes based on styles of the Trojan War era, whatever that means, and music by Sarah Dougher. Reed College , 3203 SE Woodstock, Thurs-Fri noon, Sat-Sun 4 pm, $10-20

Too Much Coffee Man Opera
In what is possibly the first opera ever based on a comic book, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and Adhesive Comics present the trials and tribulations of popular comic book character Too Much Coffee Man—live, and with singing! Brunish Hall, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-4355, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $24.50-30.25

Current Runs

Mary Zimmerman's script is a clever adaptation of Ovid that injects a modern humor and panache into the old myths. ART's gifted ensemble, under the steady-handed direction of Randall Stuart, exercises the restraint needed to make the script work, allowing nary a hint of cheap sentimentalism to mar the production. Taken as a whole, the show—an array of scenes that range from funny to heartbreaking—has a gorgeous, poignant depth to it, resulting in a surprisingly moving production. AH Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder, 241-1278, Tues-Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, 7 pm, $15-40

Ragtime: The Musical
Lakewood presents the Oregon premiere of the dramatic and hard-hitting Ragtime: The Musical. Lakewood Theatre Company, 368 S State, 635-3901, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, $26-28

Reefer Madness
See Review This Issue Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate, 235-1101, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, $22-25

Second-Hand Smoke
defunkt theatre presents the third part in Mac Welman's four-play cycle, The Crowtet. This segment promises to be a comedy about "sincerity and dreams amidst plain old American orneriness," featuring a world much like our own, yet somehow... different. defunkt theatre, at the Back Door, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 481-2960, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $10-15; Thurs "pay what you will"

Maybe I'm Just Like My Mother: An Ode to Cornelia
Lee Kyle of Sissyboy (better known as Splendora) presents a theatrical tribute to his mother. Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 784-7316, Fri-Sat 10:30 pm, $10


Run That By Me Again
The Brody crew improvises the life story of a character, and then examines how that life might change under different circumstances. Hilarity ensues. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th, 224-0688, Sat 8 pm, $7-10

Superego: Believe It or Awesome!
Sketch comedy troupes are a dime a dozen, but Superego's smart, pop culture savvy writing is better than most—and the Fez Ballroom is a great place to grab a drink, sit back, and enjoy the show. Fez, 316 SW 11th, 221-7262, ex. 41, Fri 8 pm , $7 (includes admission to Shut Up and Dance)