Opening This Week

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare's greatest acid trip, presented, fittingly, by college students. Little Theater at Portland Community College-Sylvania campus, 12000 SW 49th Avenue, 977-4363, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, through May 19, $5-$6

Do Jump! Extremely Physical Theater
Energetic fusion of comedy, circus, and dance. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 224-8499, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 3 pm, through May 19, $17-$27

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 Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador
Salvadorian elitists talk cricket over a fancy dinner as their country crumbles around them. defunkt theatre, 8638 N Lombard St, 938-1482, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through June 9, $6-$15

One Week Only

The Dance Cartel Presents: 2001 Choreographer's Showcase
New works by Robin Anderson, Kim Elliot, and Elizabeth Ward, among others. Echo Theater, 1515 SE 37th, 231-1232, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, $5-$12

Puppets vs. People: The Rematch
It's gang warfare at the ol' Comedysportz Arena when Puppets Shere Kahn, Tabaqui, and Baba Yaga take on various humans in a bloody street fight. Don't forget your raincoats! Tears of Joy Theatre, at the Winningstand Theater, 1963 NW Kearney, 236-8888, Sat 4 pm, $10 ($9 w/can of food)

Closing This Week

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

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, Opens Fri, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, through May 12, $10-$12

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 7:30 pm, $7-$17

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 Day's 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

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

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, opens Apr 27, through June 10, $19-$21

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

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

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

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