Opening This Week

Diabolical Experiments
The Brody Theater's evil improv lab goes prime time! Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through June 30, $8

I Am Not Now Who I Might Have Been
The Sojourn Theatre company uses its unique brand of physical storytelling to ask questions about justice. Sojourn Theatre, at the Gus Solomon Courthouse, The Solomon Building, 6th floor, (971) 544-0464, Fri-Sun 8 pm, through July 8, $10

The Really BIG Dance Company presents: The Pirate Show!
Avast ye scurvy landlubbers! Ye might find gold at this hodge podge of mermaids, sword fights, and sea hags! Arr! Winningstad Theater, 1111 SW Broadway, 224-TIXX, Thurs & Sun 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through July 7, $12-15

One Week Only

American Choreographers Showcase: Program B
A creatively-titled dance program featuring new works by Peter Martin and other new, male choreographers. Oregon Ballet Theatre, 818 SE 6th, 222-5538, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, $5-80

The Rodgers & Hammerstein classic that spreads the age-old message that looking beautiful gets you farther in life than hard work and diligence. Portland Opera Company, 1515 SW Morrison, 241-1802, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Thurs, Sat-Sun 2 pm, $20-60

Theresa Mathern & Minh Tran
A duet by two local choreographers as part of ArtExplosion, Portland's Asian American Performing Arts Festival. Parkrose Community Center Theater, 12003 NE Shaver, 224-TIXX, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat 4 pm , $7-10

Closing This Week

Fuddy Meers
Amnesiac Claire encounters a demented thug with a hand puppet, a claustrophobic lady cop, and other wacky wacks. Portland Actors Conservatory, at the Firehouse Theater, 1436 SW Montgomery St, 274-1717, Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, $13-17

Pinter on Pinter on Pinter
An actor playing Harold Pinter provides commentary for the performance of two of the real 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 play include sex and fire. Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 775-4324, Fri-Sat 10:30, through June 23, $8

* Win/Lose/Draw
It's a rare occurrence when the problems of middle-aged women are brought to life with as much humor and poignancy as they are in Chocolate Cake -- the third installment in this evening of three one-acts. The first two plays, which follow two mothers at their daughters' beauty pageant and a social worker trying to deal with a deranged client, range from chuckle-inducing to downright dull. But Cake's story of two misguided bulemics stranded together in a hotel room in Massachusetts puts them both to shame, and makes the evening well worth its price of admission. Magdelyn Theatre Company, 7600 N Hereford, 708-8554, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through June 23, $12-14

Current Runs

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

Naked Boys Singing
Part two of Triangle's Summer Pride Series. Sing, naked boys, sing! Triangle Productions! at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 239-5919, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through July 21, $23-25

Side Man
A 1950s jazz musician puts his gigs ahead of his wife and kid. 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

The Glass Menagerie
Tennessee Williams' autobiographical play about his domineering mother, his dead-end job, and his mentally disabled sister. Jack Oakes Theater, 2820 NE Sandy Blvd, 238-9692, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through June 30, $10

The Use of Rumor and Silence
Linda Austin and dancers physicalize gossip, parody, mis-information, and general rumor-mongering. Performance Works NorthWest, 4625 SE 67th Ave, 777-1907, Thurs-Sat 8:30 pm, through June 30, $8-10