Opening This Week

Christmas Crisis in Las Cruces

The arrival of a mysterious stranger threatens the holiday harmony of a Mexican village. MIRACLE THEATER GROUP, 525 SE Stark St, 236-7253, Fri-Sat, 8 pm, and Sat-Sun, 2 pm, $10-12

Goblin Market
A musical about the erotic life of two Victorian era sisters. STARK RAVING THEATER, AT THEATER! THEATRE!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 232-7072, Thur -Sat, 7:30pm, Sun 4 pm, Call for ticket prices

* It's a Wonderful Life
BRODY THEATER, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat 8 pm, ends Dec 23, $10

Closing This Week

I love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
A musical paean to the joys of romance, now moved to the World Trade Center Auditorium, 121 SW Salmon. TRIANGLE PRODUCTIONS! AT THEATER! THEATRE!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 239-5919, Fri-Sat, through Dec 10, Call for ticket prices

Tales of Antiquity
An evening of unusual short dramatic sketches and speeches, by Sam Wallin. 23 PRODUCTIONS AT THE BACK DOOR THEATER, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Fri-Sat, 10:30 pm, through Dec 9, $7

Current Runs

1941 Christmas from Home
A parody of radio and holiday sentiments. TAPESTRY THEATRE COMPANY AT THE LITTLE THEATER, PCC-SYLVANIA, 12000 SW 49th Ave, 452-0818, Fri-Sat, 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, $6-12

A Gay Christmas Carol
The Triangle Theatre's take on Dicken's X-mas ghost story. TRIANGLE PRODUCTIONS! AT THEATER! THEATRE!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 239-5919, Thur-Sat, 7:30 pm, through Dec 23, Call for prices

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, through Dec 30, $13.50

Always ... Patsy Cline
A two character version of the CW singer, played by Stephanie Shininger. SYLVIA'S CLASS ACT DINNER THEATER, 5115 NE Sandy Blvd, 288-6828, Wed-Sat, 6:15 pm, Sun, 5:15 pm, ends March 17, $26.95

Yet another production of the popular musical. LAKEWOOD THEATRE COMPANY AT LAKEWOOD THEATER FOR THE ARTS, 368 S State St., 635-3901, Thur-Sat 8 pm Sun 7 pm, through Dec 17, $18-20

Babes in Toyland
Toys come alive to love and fight each other. MUSICAL THEATER COMPANY, EASTSIDE PERFORMANCE CENTER, 531 SE 14th Avenue, 916-6592, Fri , 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun, 1 pm and 5 pm, ends Dec 23, Call for prices

Blue Night in the Heart of the West
A mess of a play, vaguely about moral corruption in America as it chronicles a Scottish lad getting mixed up with an incestuous Iowa farm family, extremely well ac ted by its cast. SOWELU THEATER AT THE BACK DOOR THEATER, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 230-2090, Thur-Sat, 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through Dec 16, $7-15

* 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

Guys and Dolls
The musical about Damon Runyon's band of New York criminal eccentrics. AMERICAN HERITAGE THEATER PROJECT, AT THE MULTNOMAH ARTS CENTER, 7688 SW Capitol Highway, 245-3642, Fri-Sat, 8 pm, Sun, 2 pm, Call for prices

King Lear
Johnny Stallings one man version of the Shjakespeare play. STARK STREET THEATER, 2857 SE Stark St., 281-1616, Fri-Sat, 8 pm, $6-15

Late Nite Catechism
A Chicago nun conducts an adult education class in the catechism, where she calls on "students" (the audience) to answer questions and sometimes "reprimands," them in a semi-scary nunly fashion. CLOUD 9 PRODUCTIONS AT THE MAIN STREET THEATER, 904 SW Main St, 790-2787, Thur-Fri 8 pm, Sat 2 and 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Jan 28 , $24.50-$29.50

Old Times
Harold Pinter's play about two men and a woman discussing their pasts. PAULA PRODUCTIONS, AT THE JACK OAKES THEATER, 232 NE Lincoln St, 640-9393, Thurs-Sat, 8 pm, through Dec 10, $8

* The Imaginary Invalid
Imago's take on Moliere's play about doctors and hypochondria is fresh, modern, and funny. IMAGO THEATER, 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Thurs, 7:30, Fri-Sat, 8 pm, through Dec 16, $16-18

Tony 'n Tina's Wedding
The interactive comedy about a chaotic wedding ceremony. HEY CITY, AT THE FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH, 1011 SW 12th Ave, 790-2787, Wed-Fri, 7 pm, Sat, 5 and 8:30 pm, Sun 5 pm, through Feb 14, $43.50-65.50

An interactive play featuring mask, puppetry, and dance. OTHER HAND PRODUCTIONS AT THE HOPE THEATER, 1807 NE 39th, 282-7048, Sat, 11 pm, ends March 3, $10

Zanni Sololaa
One woman show featuring Swedish performer Micaela Gustafsson. OTHER HAND PRODUCTIONS AT THE HOPE THEATER, 1807 NE 39th, 282-7048, Fri, 11 pm, $10-12