closing this week

Three Plays, Five Lives
Three Plays has allegedly been in the works for two years, and it shows. Love it or hate it (and many people will hate it), it is impossible to not be impressed by its exquisite layers of detail. Three ramps, strikingly white against the Liminal Space's dark, vast walls, provide a brilliantly simple platform for a merciless, exhilarating blend of movement and text experimentation. What it all adds up to is... challenging, to say the least, not to mention brilliant. JWS Liminal Space, 403 NW 5th, 890-2993, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through May 17, $6-$12

current runs

Caught in the Net
More British farce from Triangle by Ray Cooney. This one's about a cab driver trying to keep the respective children of his two wives from finding out about each other. Ahh, dragging your kids into your polygamous lifestyle... does it get any funnier than that? Triangle Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Fri 8 pm, Sun 5 pm, through May 25, $23

Frogz is as fun and innovative as it ever was, though it could benefit from some fresh writing. The ability of its cast to imitate frogs, crocodiles, cats, penguins, and even accordions is unparalleled, but the stories and situations these characters occupy are surprisingly mundane. Penguins play musical chairs, frogs hop around a bit and catch a fly, crocs wander through the aisles and look menacing. It's titillating, but not affecting. A new work, "Rabbits," is possibly the best of the lot, featuring movement skill as sophisticated as any of the other acts, and a clever, witty story to bring it all to the next level. JWS Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm, Sun 5:30 pm, through June 1, $14-$24

Portland's Underground Showbiz Society, Y'All!
With acts like the Mysterious Actor Players and Rachel Parenta, this night is bound to at least not be boring. Plus, its name spells a pretty nifty acronym. Obsidian Gallery, 420 SW Washington, 6th Floor, 249-3742, Sun 7 pm, through May 25, $3

Run For Your Wife
A hilarious tale by Ray Cooney of a hardworking cab driver trying to keep his two wives from finding out about each other. Triangle Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs 7:30 pm, Sat 8 pm, through May 24, $23

Spirits of the Ordinary
An adaptation of Kathleen Alcala's novel, which explores a Jewish Mexican's quest for a gold mine that haunts his dreams. The Miracle Theater, 525 SE Stark Street, 236-7253, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through May 31, $13

Three Tall Women
Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning riff on an elderly woman looking back on her turbulent past. The Profile Theatre Project at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 242-0080, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through May 25, $12-$25

Touch draws on the classic rational scientist-in-irrational-love motif-and yet it escapes the predictable clichés by wholeheartedly and convincingly devoting itself to the process the protagonist, Kyle, undergoes, from ecstatic love, to a grief that shuts out the world, to the cold comfort found in strangers. Touch captures its audience through the old-fashioned art of storytelling--one or two people recreating the way things happened, giving their own version of events. AS Artists Repertory Theatre, at the IFCC, 5340 N Interstate, 241-1278, Thurs, Sun 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Jun 1, $22


Do Jump! 25
Do Jump! celebrates 25 years of "jumpin' around all dance-like" with new and recent works, old works, and a lobby installation. Do Jump! at the Echo Theatre, 1515 SE 37th, 224-8499, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 3 pm, $26-$28

Mark Morris Dance Group
Sometimes called "the Mozart of Modern Dance," Morris is a choreographer extraordinaire. White Bird, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SW Broadway & Main, 224-4400, Wed 7:30 pm, $18-$39

The Flying Bokhara Belly Dance Spectacular
Beer, wine, pizza, and the sexiest torso-shaking this side of the Nile. Mississippi Rising Ballroom, 833 N. Shaver, 240-1997, Fri 8 pm, $12