Opening This Week

Chocolate Confessions
Local actress and playwright, Joan Freed, revives her one-woman musical about a chocolate shop owner named Coco Bliss and her slew of whacky customers. Chocolate Confessions, at the Portland Art Museum, North Wing, 226-0973, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Nov 23, $19-$22

La Chunga
In northern Peru, "Chunga" is a word used to describe a hard woman at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder. Thus the play is about a woman named La Chunga, who owns a seedy bar at the bottom of said ladder. The Miracle Theater, 525 SE Stark Street, 236-7253, Opens Fri, runs Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Oct 19, $13-$15

One Week Only

Set the Stage
A fund-raising shindig for Profile Theatre Project that will feature successful actors, Brooks Ash manskas and Susannah Mars, singing musical numbers. Governor Hotel, 611 SW 10th, Fri 6 pm, $75

New Rave
Stark Raving's annual series of staged readings by local playwrights' original works in progress kicks off with WITCH! a play about academia by local writer, Sandra de Helen. Stark Raving, at the CoHo Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Sun 2 pm, free

Vaudeville Revusical and Novelty Show
This new series of monthly vaudeville shows is hosted by Lisa Marsicek (Miz Kitty) and kicks off with appearances by Jamie Stillway and Brad Angus, amongst others. Miz Kitty's Parlour, at Artichoke Music Backstage Gate, 3130 SE Hawthorne, 232-8845, Sat 8 pm, $10

Three one-time Texas cheerleaders meet for a reunion in New York. Paula Productions, at Jack Oakes Theater, 2820 NE Sandy Blvd., 775-3881, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through Sept 21, $10

Current Runs

Dangerous Stages
A drama company, the Human Theatre Project, tries to adapt Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, to the stage and in the process, pursues their deepest, darkest sexual agendas. Vanity Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 230-9303, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Sept 28, $10

Fuddy Meers
Comedy involving memory loss and a limping, lisping, half-deaf, half-blind man in a ski mask who kidnaps people. Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 SW Montgomery St, 274-1717, Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Oct 20, $13-20

Greater Tuna
This is comedy that scrapes the bottom of the barrel for laughs, and if that weren't enough, it's been extended again! There is no God! JUSTIN SANDERS Triangle Productions, at the Flying Rhinoceros Theatre, 1440 NW Overton, 239-5919, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Sept 28 (extended), $17-23

The plot of David Todd's brand new play centers around Duane, a prodigal son who returns after a decade to his childhood home, only to find a janitor named Killer at the door instead of his parents. Stark Raving, at the CoHo Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Oct 5, $10-20

Three improvised monologues based on true stories interweave with three fictional improvised monologues. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Oct 5, $10

Night of the Iguana
A clergyman-turned-tour-guide finds himself on the coast of Mexico, emeshed in relationships with three very different women: a spinster, a sensualist, and a teenager. Tennessee Williams at his steamiest! Artists Repertory Theater, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-9807, Tues-Thurs, Sun 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Oct 20, $15-30

The Late Summer Replacement Special
Cunt cunt cunt cunt cunt! God it's liberating! God bless House of Cunt for bringing that wonderful word to the masses. House of Cunt, at Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Fri-Sat 10:30 pm, through Oct 5, $12

The Seven Deadly Sins
Staging an epic Brechtian opera in a sleazy meat-market dance club is a great idea on paper that actually translates to real life. Liminal's Sins is simply unlike anything Portland's theater scene has seen. The story is simple: two girls set out across the country to make money for their impoverished family and along the way encounter the seven deadly sins in a variety of disturbing and promiscuous ways. But it is Liminal's interpretation of these events that rivet the innocent viewer. JUSTIN SANDERS Liminal, 341 SW 10th, 890-2993, Thurs-Sat 8:30 pm, Thurs 10:30 pm, through Sept 28, $16 (includes one alcoholic beverage)

Poodle Farm: CityBoy Born in a CountryBoy's Body See Review This Issue. Conduit Studio, 918 SW Yamhill, 4th Floor, 221-5857, Fri-Sun 8 pm, through Sept 22, $15

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence
New works by Brown and his acclaimed African-American dance company. White Bird, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave, 725-3307, Thur-Sat 8 pm, $12-24

Divinity Bash/nine lives
Alien abductions, bizarre love triangles, and invisible blue dogs are the meat and potatoes of this phantasmagoric take on urban economics. Call in Sick Productions, at the Russell Street Theater, 116 NE Russell St, 445-7425, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through Oct 19, $12