Opening This Week

Ain't Misbehavin'

The musical about the life and songs of jazz musician Fats Waller. ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATER, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Sun 7 pm, Tues-Thurs 7 pm, ends Nov 17, $13.50

Yet another production of the popular, I guess, musical. LAKEWOOD THEATRE COMPANY AT LAKEWOOD THEATER FOR THE ARTS, 368 S State St, 635-3901, ends Dec 17

* Diabolical Experiments
The Brody Theater improv group carries on with a pair of theatrical pieces generated by audience suggestions. BRODY THEATER, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat, 8 pm, through Dec 2, $8

Steel Magnolias
Maggie Theater Company mounts this tale of five Southern ladies and the daughter with the deadly disease. FIREHOUSE THEATER, 1436 SW Montgomery Street, 708-8554, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, ends Dec 9, $12

* The Imaginary Invalid
Imago, with a cast of 12, brings its unique vision to Moliere's play about doctors and hypochondria. IMAGO THEATER, 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Thurs 7:30, Fri-Sat 8 pm, ends Dec 16, $16-18

One Week Only

Verdi's opera based on Shakespeare's play about jealousy. PORTLAND OPERA, Keller Auditorium, SW 3rd & Clay, 241-1802, Nov 4, 6, 8, 11, Call for ticket prices

Closing This Week

* Variations on "Measure for Measure"
Critic and playwright Charles Marowitz's tragedizing of Shakespeare's comedy-in which a virgin must chose between deflowerization or her brother's life-is a taut, tense text on paper, but in Portland the director doesn't quite have the finely honed instruments ( i.e., actors) needed to realize his vision. TYGRES HEART SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, 1111 SW Broadway, 288-8400, Thurs- Sun, ends Nov 5, Call for prices

Current Runs

Dia de los Muertos Festival
Music, dance, puppetry, and singing combine to escort young Juanito, recently deceased, from the land of the living to the land of the dead, in this Day of the Dead celebration. MIRACLE THEATER, 525 SE Stark St, 236-7253, Thur-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Nov 11, $10-12

I love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
A musical paean to the joys of romance. TRIANGLE PRODUCTIONS! AT THEATER! THEATRE!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 239-5919, Fri-Sat, through Nov 10, Call for ticket prices

* Interrupt---Interactive Hypermedia
A complex hybrid of man, machine, technology, performance space, stationary art, and collaboration across art forms. LIMINAL, 2808 NE MLK Jr Blvd #13, 229-3979, Thur-Sat, every 10 minutes from 8-10 pm, through Dec 3, $6-15

Not About Heroes
The story of British poets Sigfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen during World War I. CYGNET PRODUCTIONS, 116 NE Russell St, 230-8827, Thur-Sat, through Nov 18, $12-15

The Cripple of Irishman
Martin McDonagh's cult play about an Irish lad who goes to Hollywood in an effort to join a cast of Robert Flaherty's Man of Aran. PORTLAND CENTER STAGE, 1111 SW Broadway, 274-6588, Almost daily, ends Nov 26, Call for prices, showtimes

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery
Farce in which a woman's club attempts to stage a murder. SYLVIA'S CLASS ACT DINNER THEATER, 5115 NE Sandy Blvd, 288-6828, Thur-Sat, 7 pm, through Nov 18, $31.95

The Folio
An imaginary account of how the plays of Shakespeare-that grab-bag, more or less mythical figure to whom we attribute many virtues, were first brought together and published. COHO PRODUCTIONS AT THE PHOENIX THEATER, 326 NW 21st Ave, 295-3565, Thur-Sat, 8 pm, through Nov 19, $12-14

The Price
Old-fashioned '50s-style middlebrow director Arthur Miller's play is mounted in the first of many presentations from his corpus. PROFILE THEATER PROJECT, AT THE STARK RAVING THEATER, 3430 SE Belmont St, 242-0080, Thur-Sat, 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Nov 19, $12-20

Unidentified Human Remains & the true Nature of Love
Canadian playwright Brad Fraser's drama about gay life, a serial killer, a dominatrix, drugs, and acting careers. TRIANGLE PRODUCTIONS! AT THEATER! THEATRE!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 239-5919, Thur-Sat, Call for prices and show times

* Up in the Air
Unpredictability is the key word with Do Jump's "extremely physical theater." DO JUMP, AT ECHO THEATRE, 1515 SE 37th, 224-8499, Fri-Sun, 7:30, through Nov 12, $13-18

I Do, I Do
50 years in the life of one marriage are chronicled in this musical by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. MUSICAL THEATER COMPANY, EASTSIDE PERFORMANCE CENTER, 531 SE 14th Avenue, 916-6592, through Nov 19, $16-28