Opening This Week

Featuring Loretta and Risk Everything
Two new one-acts from George Walker set in a seedy motel. Stark Raving Theater, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 232-7072, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 4 pm, through June 16, $8-$17

Pinter on Pinter on Pinter
An actor playing Harold Pinter provides commentary for the performance of two of Pinter's early one-acts, The Collection, and Night School. Cygnet Productions, 116 NE Russell St, 295-3555, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through June 23, $12-$15

Sexual Perversity in Chicago
Highlights of this glorious David Mamet script include sex and fire. Asylum Theatre, at the Russell Street Theatre, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 775-4324, Fri-Sat 10:30, through June 23, $8

Side Man
A family drama in the world of 1950s jazz, when musicians put their gigs ahead of their wives and children. Artists Repertory Theater, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Tues-Thurs 7 pm, Sun 2 pm, through July 1, $15-$26

One Week Only

Trance Territory, by the Wally Cardona Quartet
The Cardona Quartet combines graceful choreography with their own techno-driven tribal ritual to present the phenomenon known as Trance. PICA at the Newmark Theater, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, SW Broadway & Main, 242-1419, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $13-$16

Sharita Productions presents Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin meets belly dancing in this jiggly update of the American jazz masterpiece. Scottish Rite Ballroom, 709 SW Morrison, 224-8499, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $9-$15

Current Runs

defunkt theater presents The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador
Rich pricks talk cricket over a fancy dinner in political violence-torn El Salvador. Raindog Theatre, 8638 N Lombard St, 938-1482, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through June 9, $6-$15

Due to popular demand, Imago has extended the run of this show, so don't miss your chance to see frogs, worms, cowboys, giant paper bags, and 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 July 29, $9-$18

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

La Cage aux Folles
It's the stage version of the movie, The Birdcage. but with more singing and dancing, and with less Nathan Lane and Robin Williams. Musical Theater Company, Eastside Performance Center, 531 SE 14th Avenue, 916-6592, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through June 3, $20-$35

Mr. Bundy
Parents and daughter face the revelation that their elderly neighbor is a convicted child molester. Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, opens May 18, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through June 9, $7-$15

Passion and Madness
OTBP brings to life one-acts by two very witty limeys: Stoppard's Albert's Bridge, and Greenberg's Author's Voice. Outside the Box Productions, at It's a Beautiful Pizza, 3341 SE Belmont St, 232-9435, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through June 23, $10-$12

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. Communication falls by the wayside in this extremely low-budget, all-female production of Ionesco's famous, one-act play. The script, which is surreal enough on a textual level, is made more so by the time slot for this show (11:30 pm) and the in-your-face set, which merges with the seats to make a lucid half-set/half-audience monster. Alarm clocks ring periodically throughout, often times from beneath an unsuspecting viewer's chair. Jack Oakes Theater, 2820 NE Sandy Blvd, 238-9692, Fri-Sat 11:30 pm, through June 2, $10