Opening This Week

Generic Hospital
Improvisation in the tradition of soap opera and nighttime drama. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through June 16, $8

The Bald Soprano
An all-female cast leads the way for this Ionesco one-act about middle-class couples battling their fears. Jack Oakes Theater, 2820 NE Sandy Blvd, 238-9692, Fri-Sat 11:30 pm, through June 2, $10

PSU Opera Theater presents Mozart's The Magic Flute
The old standard about the dashing young prince, Tamino. PSU Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave, Fri-Sat, Tues 7:30 pm, through May 12, $7-$17

The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador
A provocative, edgy play by the fantastic playwright Charles Mee. Raindog Theatre, 8638 N Lombard St, 735-1946, through June 9, Thurs-Sun 8 pm, $6-$15

One Week Only

And She Arrives Late
New dance pieces centered around the theme of time by Dawn Joella Jackson and Dancers. North Star Ballroom, 635 N Killingsworth Court, 282-6887, Thurs-Sun 8 pm, $12-$14

Closing 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-Sat 8 pm, through May 5, $1-$6

Brutality of Fact
Disturbingly entertaining family drama that attempts 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

Head-Crazy Brain Girl
An epic tale of a nazi vixen, a plucky schoolgirl, and Captain Nemo. The Gunhappy Theatrical Ensemble, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 258-1681, Fri-Sat 11 pm, through May 5, $7

The Ride Down Mount Morgan
Two women, unaware of each other's existence and equally unaware that they are married to the same man, head to the hospital to visit him after he is almost killed in a car crash. Profile Theater Project, at Theater! Theater!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 242-0080, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through May 6, $12-$15

Current Runs

Frogs, worms, cowboys, giant paper bags, crazy cats. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm, Sun 5:30 pm, through May 27, $9-$18

King Lear
Probably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy. Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company, 1111 SW Broadway, 288-8400, Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through May 20, $10-$30

Long Days Journey Into Night
Eugene O'Neill's depressingly compelling study of a family stricken by alcoholism. Jack Oakes Theater, 2820 NE Sandy Blvd, 238-9692, Thurs-Fri 7 pm, through May 19, $10

Objects for the Emancipated Consumer
A 360 degree interactive multimedia spy drama. Liminal, Top floor of the The Dekum Building, 519 SW Third, 229-3979, Thurs-Fri 8 pm, through May 19, $8-$15

References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot
Gabriela's reality is the moon's music, coyote voices from the desert, and vampires. Miracle Theater Group, 525 SE Stark St, 236-7253, Opens Fri, runs Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through May 19, $12-$16

Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
It's by Stephen Sondheim and it's about a murderous barber, so it just has to be at least decent. Lakewood Theatre Company at Lakewood Theater for the Arts, 368 S State St, 635-3901, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through June 10, $19-$21

The Gimmick
Dael Orlandersmith's searing one-woman show about life in Harlem. Portland Center Stage, 1111 SW Broadway, 274-6588, Wed-Sun 8 pm, through May 19, $10-$17

Tongue of a Bird
A search-and-rescue pilot searches for her abducted daughter. Theatre Imagine, at the IFCC, 5340 N Interstate Ave, 780-1886, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, through May 12, $10-$12

Veronica's Position
It's actually not a porno, but a sex farce. Unfortunately, there is a difference. Triangle Productions! at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 239-5919, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through May 19, $17-$19

When Pigs Fly
A musical grab bag of song, dance, and running gags, with a dash of vaudeville. Triangle Productions, at the World Trade Center Auditorium, 121 SW Salmon, 239-5919, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through May 19, $23-$25