Opening This Week

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
If the Broadway Rose Theatre Company really wanted to succeed in business without trying, they would charge more than $19--say $48--for this trite musical from the Stone Ages. Broadway Rose Theatre Company, at the Deb Fennel Auditorium, 9000 SW Durham Rd, 620-5262, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through July 13, $19

One Week Only

Dick Sakuraki
Internment camp survivor Sakuraki will give a presentation and question/answer session in support of Triangle's upcoming touring show, Son of Light. Triangle Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Tues 7 pm, free

The Wau Wau Sisters w/ Jollyship the Whiz-Bang: Pyrate Puppet Rock opera
What could be better than a puppet show? How about a PIRATE puppet show courtesy of Jollyship the Whiz-Bang, who wish to entertain you with "maritime melodrama... by the scurviest puppets to ever pull into port." And as if that weren't enough, the Wau Wau Sisters are going to do a TRAPEZE act in the middle of Disjecta. YARR! Disjecta, 116 NE Russell, 335-6979, Thurs 9 pm, $8

Current Runs

* Frogz
Frogz is as fun and innovative as it ever was, though it could benefit from some fresh writing... A new work, "Rabbits," is possibly the best skit 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 July 20 (extended), $14-$24

* Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Triangle's initial production of this ubiquitous transgender glam musical was so popular they've brought it back, with a significant price increase. It's a good show, but yowza is $30 a lot of money. That's like five or six burritos easy; seven depending on where you go. Triangle Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Wed, Fri, Sat 8 pm, $30

* Mamma Mia!
20 classic ABBA songs congeal in this ridiculous, yet unstoppably catchy musical about a young girl about to be married. Broadway in Portland, at Keller Auditorium, SW Third and Clay, 224-4400, Thurs-Sun, Tues-Wed 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, $34.50-$76.50

* Spiderheaddog
As we all know from Saturday Night Live, in sketch comedy, there are gems and there are floppers. Expect no less from the Third Floor comedy troupe's latest round up of sketches, Spiderheaddog. Borrowing heavily from television, the Third Floor has put together a lengthy and compelling set of skits, even if none of them are very original. To augment their zany physical comedy, the Third Floor relies heavily on voiceover and video. Both devices aid the show significantly, the voiceovers speaking to the characters or speaking for them, creating the amusing effect of the "paging Mr. Herman, Mr. Herman, you have a telephone call at the front desk" scene in Pee Wee's Big Adventure. The Third Floor's brand of sketch comedy capitalizes on that Seinfeld-ian "isn't it funny when" or "don't you hate it when" brand of humor, which almost always works. When they make fun of cheesy WB shows, it's funny; when they make fun of post-game sports interviews, it's on point; when they mock cheesy horror flicks, it's pretty damn smart. One warning however: if you're not a television watcher, this show will be for the most part, irrelevant. I can't imagine getting the jokes if you didn't know where they were coming from. And another warning: if you're not prepared for a dense, two-hour, fast-paced, yelling, running, jumping, musical, comedic, video extravaganza--schedule your tickets for a lazy Saturday. Otherwise, you'll end up like I did by the end: with my teeth ground down to nubs. KS The 3rd Floor, at the Miracle Theatre, 525 SE Stark, 258-1681, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through July 19, $12

Woodland Teratology (A Bigfoot Opera)
British dudes Bruce Conkle and Michael Szpakowski have put together an online opera, and though this reviewer has yet to hear it, it's online and it's about Bigfoot. You can rest assured I will be checking it out shortly. Online,, All day every day, free