Opening this week

The Physicts
Theatre Vertigo presents The Physicts, which is a story about some actual physicists, who're slightly batty. theatre vertigo at the russell street theatre, 116 N Russell, 306-0870, Opens Friday, runs Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through Dec 1, $10-14

One Week Only

The War of the Worlds
CoHo celebrates one of the greatest Halloween pranks ever, conceived from this recreation of the famous fictitious UFO radio broadcast that terrified a good chunk of the eastern seaboard, and put Orson Welles on the map. CoHo Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 220-2646, Sat 11 pm, $5

Closing This Week

dance + music
A series of live collaborations between choreographers and composers. Playful skirmishing, synchronized teamwork, and open-ended improvisation, are among the diverse approaches to the dance/music relationship. Performance Works NorthWest, 4625 SE 67th Ave, 777-1907, Fri-Sun 8 pm, through Oct 28, $10-12 single, $16-20 series

Current Runs

* Fateful Encounter
Some slugs hit you below the gut, and come from a fist. Other slugs hit you in the gut, and come from a flask. This play'll make ya feel you've just been the recipient of both. It's film noir on stage. It's like an armpit: dark, smelly, and maybe a little bit hairy too. Murder, betrayal, blood, and cap guns. It's all there. Firehouse Theater, 1436 SW Montgomery St, 972-5613, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sat 10:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Nov 3, $10-12

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Seems folks didn't get enough of this overpriced musical the first time around. It's back for one more go at it. World Trade Center Auditorium, 121 SW Salmon, 239-5919, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Dec 22, $23-25

Scary Movie
A tribute to late-night creature features, with two classic "movies" improvised each night. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Nov 3, $10-12

Spinning Into Butter
Coho's first production in their new Northwest Portland home is this explosive new drama by Rebecca Gilman. See review this issue. CoHo Productions , 2257 NW Raleigh, 220-2646, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Nov 24, $13-15

The Tempest
Prospero, Calaban, and the gang take the stage for one more romp through their island in the sky. Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company, 1111 SW Broadway, 288-8400, Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, through Nov 4, $12.50-33.50

Johnny Stallings presents: Show and Tell
The man who once performed King Lear by himself has unveiled a new show featuring art, music, storytelling, and various guest artists. The Drawing Studio, 3614 SE Division, 281-1616, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Nov 3, $5-15

* Profile Theatre Project presents The Homecoming
A somber production of Pinter's contemporary classic, which chronicles a man's return from America to England to visit his bickering, miserable brothers, uncle, and father. The problems begin when the man introduces his demented wife, Teddy (Linda Hayden), to his equally demented clan. The resulting chemical reactions are lewd, depressing, incestuous, and fucked up. Theatre! Theater!, 3430 SE Belmont Ave, 242-0080, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Nov 18, $12-20

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