Opening This Week

Forever Plaid
Four dead guys return to earth to fulfill their dreams of singing on the Ed Sullivan Show. Broadway Rose Theatre Company, at the Deb Fennel Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Rd, 620-5262, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Aug 18, $9-18

One Week Only

Double Trouble
Shakesprov presents "The Bardy Bunch," an improvised Shakespearean play based on audience suggestion, and Your Other Left presents their long-form improvisation "Roundabout Utah." ComedySportz Arena, 1963 NW Kearney Street, 236-8888, Sun 7:30 pm, $5

Street Stories: Homeless Hearts and Minds
Staged readings of one-acts with a theme that is clearly implied by this event's title. Readers Theatre Repertory, at the Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave, 295-4997, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $8

Closing This Week

A new dark comedy that treats themes of deceit, greed, and beauty. Quintessence, at the Mago Hunt Theatre, University of Portland, 5000 N Willamette, 943-7287, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Aug 10, $8-10

Current Runs

Double Play
Two acts of spontaneous theater and comedy by an expanded troupe of 16 performers. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Sat 9 pm, through Aug 31, $9

Fellatio Rodriguez and the Daughters of the Revolution
A Reed College-based improv group with a pretty cool name struts its stuff. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri 9 pm, through Aug 16, $7

Greater Tuna
The plethora of characters that exist in this exploration of a small Texas town fail to create a rich tapestry of a unique location. Instead, they adhere to the play's gimmick, which is that the same two actors, Michael Teufel and Darrin Murrell, play all of them. It's supposed to be riotous to see Murrell scream at the audience as a KKK leader then run offstage and reenter as a crazy old lady, but instead it just feels indulgent. JUSTIN SANDERS Triangle Productions, at the Flying Rhinoceros Theatre, 1440 NW Overton, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Aug 31 (extended), $17-23

* Important People
It's easy to get people to laugh at somebody (any grade school punk can do it). It is extremely difficult to get people to laugh with somebody. John Breen is a master of the latter. He seems incapable of indulging in the former. He takes the characters that populate his one-man show seriously; they do not exist to be made fun of, but to be held up and appreciated. Breen masters every nuance and idiosyncrasy of his characters, from the scout leader who gets his troupe lost in the woods to Mother Theresa, and then shares them with the sheer unadulterated joy of a child at his first show-and-tell. There is no cynicism here. No pretension. Just a loving tribute to Breen's personal collection of "important people" who have touched his life. JUSTIN SANDERS Goat Company, at the Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 242-0202, Fri-Sat 10:30 pm, through Aug 17, $10

Over the River and Through the Woods
A New Jersey man's parents set him up with a lady to keep him from moving to Seattle. Sylvia's Class Act Dinner Theater, 5115 NE Sandy Blvd, 288-6828, Thurs-Sat 6:15 pm, Sun 5:15 pm, and 11:30 am, through Aug 24, $28.95-33.95 (includes dinner)

A pioneer woman sews a legacy quilt for her six daughters. Song and dance ensues. Lakewood Theatre Company, 368 S State St, 635-3901, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm & 7 pm, through Aug 18, $20-22

* Spinning Into Butter
Coho put on this excellent play about racial hypocrisy in the academic world last fall, and it was so popular they've brought it back. If you saw it then, see it again, and if you haven't seen it, please do. Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 220-2646, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Aug 17, $13-15

The 3rd Floor: The Musical!
The 3rd Floor takes its "maximum capacity sketch comedy" to the highest level possible: showtunes!! Blue Door Productions, at the Miracle Theater, 525 SE Stark, 258-1681, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through Aug 24, $12

Twelfth Night
The Portland Actors Ensemble presents their annual Shakespeare in the park production. Each week a different park! For instance, this week's park is Laurelhurst Park. Wow! Portland State Park Blocks, 321-0710, Sat-Sun 3 pm, through Sept 2, FREE