Opening This Week

a Kind of Surrender
A man gets lost in his own apartment and a woman, not surprisingly, mocks him. The Engaged Theater, at It's A Beautiful Pizza, 3341 SE Belmont, 788-6670, Thurs-Fri 8 pm, through May 5, $1-$6

A New Brain
PCS's first musical ever, about one man who contemplates his life in the face of a fatal brain disease. Portland Center Stage, 1111 SW Broadway, 274-6588, Opens Fri, Tues-Wed 7 pm, Thurs 12, 8 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7, 2 pm, through Apr 22, $10-$43

Brutality of Fact
Keith Reddin's effort to shed a ray of artistic light on the cause and effect of religious extremism. Theatre Vertigo at the Russell Street Theater, 116 N Russell, 306-0870, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through May 5, $12

Pirates of Penzance
Gilbert and Sullivan's classic tale of pirate love. Musical Theater Company, Eastside Performance Center, 531 SE 14th Avenue, 916-6592, Thurs-Fri 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Apr 22, $16-$28

Riders to the Sea
Catamount interprets John Synge's famous text through physical and vocal actions. Seating is limited, so call for reservations. Catamount Theatre, 1306 NW Hoyt, Suite 307, 231-0839, Fri-Sun 8 pm, through Apr 29, FREE

The Relapse
Sir John Vanbrugh's buoyant, bawdy comic masterpiece. Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, 522-9453, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Apr 14, $1-$5

Two by Four
An evening of thematic improv from Brody veterans, Tom Johnson, Brian Kameoka, Kerry Leek, and Kate Poland. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Apr 28, $8

One Week Only

The House of Cunt
A little variety show brought to you by this aptly named performance troupe. The House of Cunt, 4844 NE 29th Kennedy, 490-2868, Thurs 9:30 pm, $5

Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player
One-man show starring Australian pianist and actor, David Scheel. Lakewood Theatre Company at Lakewood Theater for the Arts, 368 S State St, 635-3901, Tues 8 pm, $13-$15

The Very Witching Time of Night
An evening of stories and music about ghosts and the afterlife designed to enrich the experience of those interested in A.R.T.'s current mainstage play, The Weir. Artists Repertory Theater, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Mon 7 pm, $5

The Northwest Playwrights Guild presents April Foolery
A festival of new short plays from Northwest playwrights. NWPG, at the Miracle Theatre, 525 SE Stark St, 768-5561, Sun 2, 7 pm, $10

PIPfest presents Changing Faces, A Tribute to Blacks in American Theater
Performance artist, Lorraine Johnson-Coleman, celebrates the cultural contributions of African-Americans through drama, humor, poetry, and narrative. North Portland Branch of Multnomah County Library, 512 N Killingsworth, 280-2600, Thurs 7 pm, $5

Closing This Week

Moving Signatures
Experimental dance pieces by up-and-coming choreographers. Oregon Ballet Theatre, at PSU's Lincoln Hall, SW Broadway and Market, 227-0977, Thur-Fri, 7:30 pm, through Apr 6, $17

Viva Baile! Noches de Cuba
A celebration of Cuban music and dance. Miracle Theater Group, 525 SE Stark St., 236-7253, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Apr 7, $10-$12

Current Runs

Arsenic and Old Lace
High entertainment with two old women who like to MURDER MEN!! Lakewood Theatre Company at Lakewood Theater for the Arts, 368 S State St, 635-3901, Thur-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Apr 8, $17-$19

No Can Do
The always-innovative Imago serves up a new piece that contains, among other things, an actress who can't remember her lines and Sophocles. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Apr 14, $14-$18

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 pm, $2-$3

The Life And Death of So-And-So
A struggling playwright receives help on his new play from Job, the guy in the Bible. Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Fri-Sat, 10:30 pm, through Apr 14, $7

* The Weir
Conor McPherson's masterpiece about ghost stories in an Irish pub. Artists Repertory Theater, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Tues-Thurs, 7 pm, Fri-Sat, 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Apr 29, $22-$26