opening this week

Exit the King

A weird Ionesco play done by the equally weird Imago company. Should be... weird. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Nov 3, $15-$24

The Memory of Water

Three sisters--one a neurotic maternal; one a haunted doctor; and one a brat--reunite on the eve of their mother's funeral. Magdelyn Theatre Company, 40 NW 5th, 310-1628, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Fri 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Oct 26, $10-$12

one week only

Inside the Jewel Box; Storefront Theatre Revisited

Storefront Theatre was one of the many artistic achievements of the hippified '60s. Supposedly it was revolutionary, but like most hippified things, burned out. At this event, the burn outs will gather to relive old times through film clips and costume design discussions. U.S. Bank meeting room, Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, 285-8279, Fri noon, FREE

closing this week


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. ANNA SIMON Stark Raving, at the Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Oct 5, $10-$20

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! God bless 'em for their incredible late-night sketch comedy, too! Cunt! House of Cunt, at Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Fri-Sat 10:30 pm, through Oct 5, $12

Current Runs

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 back door Theater, 4321 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 445-7425, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through Oct 19, $12

La Chunga

In northern Peru, "Chunga" is a word used to describe a hard woman at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. This 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, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Oct 19, $13-15

Much Ado About Nothing

After seeing this romantic comedic romp set in post-WWII Texas, I'm convinced Shakespeare had a premonition that iambic pentameter was made for Southern drawls. Director Chris Coleman's vintage swing interpretation is as snappy as the Bard's banter is witty. Lounge lizard renditions of Elizabethan songs, glamorous vintage costumes and some great dancing light up the stage. This is the show to see if you ever thought Shakespeare was boring or if you still want to impress your parents. ANNA SIMON Portland Center Stage, 1111 SW Broadway, 274-6588, Tues-Wed, Sun 7 pm, Thurs 12 pm, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, through Oct 20, $12-47

Night of the Iguana

Tennessee Williams' play tells the story of T. Lawrence Shannon (Tim True), a southern tour guide who carts loads of Americans around Mexico in a bus. This is a script ripe with erotic and dramatic possibility, most of which ART's production manages to lose. The set is lush and tropical, the actors well-costumed, but the chemistry is nonexistent. JUSTIN SANDERS 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