Opening This Week

A Visit From William Butler Yeats
Wow, how often do we get to see plays by William Butler Yeats? Who knew that Yeats WROTE plays at all? Only the very most literary of literary geekazoids. Portland World Theatre, 5207 SE 80th, 788-3307, Feb 27-28, March 6, 13, 26-27 @ 8 pm, Feb 28, March 6-7, 13, 27 @ 2 pm, $4-7

Ablaze
Continuing its outreach efforts to America's youth, Stark Raving presents a new play written for a cast of high school students by resident playwright Matthew B. Zrebiski. The play follows eight teenagers who jump into a hole in an abandoned high school and get trapped in there for 19 days. Stark Raving Theatre at Lincoln High School, 1600 SW Salmon, 232-7072, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through March 6, $8

Edward II
A very interesting choice for the normally poppy Triangle folks, it's Christopher Marlowe's 14th-Century drama, which was arguably the first English play to deal openly with homosexuality. Triangle Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through March 20, $17-23

One Week Only

* Cabaret Boris & Natasha
It's another evening of cabaret-style entertainment at Performance Works' ongoing series, Cabaret Boris & Natasha. This time see Seattle dancer Corrie Befort, Imago veteran Tim Parsons, and Tina Satter doing a solo piece What Machines Say. Plus, a leaping contest for the audience in honor of Leap Year, and! AND! As ever, more! Performance Works NorthWest, 4625 SE 67th Ave, 777-1907, Sat-Sun 8 pm, $8-12

Clowns Without Borders
The Nomadic Company presents another benefit to raise money to send clown performances to refugee camps and zones of conflict. This time around the target destination is Chiapas, Mexico, with Lithuanian Jewish cowboy Leapin' Louie Lichtenstein, juggler Rhys Thomas, the tap-dancing saxophonist Shoe Horn, and more committing their talents to the cause. Nomadic Theatre Co. at the Echo Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-0557, Sat 7:30 pm, $10-20

Closing This Week

36 Views
A highfalutin' tale of corruption in the Asian art market, inspired by Japanese artist Hokusai's Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji. Portland Center Stage,1111 SW Broadway, 274-6588, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Thurs & Sun 2 pm, through Feb 29, $16-51

Fahrenheit 451
The theatrical adaptation of Bradbury's classic book. Mt. Hood Repertory Theatre Co., at Mt. Hood Community College Theatre, 26000 SE Stark, Gresham, 491-7154, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Feb 29, $12-15

Fox'd
This modern update of Ben Johnson's Volpone places the story of a man who feigns illness to get gifts from his friends in the seedy, greedy land of Hollywood. PSU Theater Dept, at Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, 1620 SW Park Ave, 725-4612, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Feb 28, $4-9.50

* Scapin
Alyssa Ravenwood's Scapin feels a little too pedantic for a play full of fools. The masked players move with whimsy and clownish grace, but the faces are angular and vacant. Radiant Theatre at Disjecta, 116 N. Russell, 502-8261, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sat 2:30 pm, through Feb 28, $10-15

Current Runs

* House of Cunt
Wild Abandon = delicious food and cocktails in quiet, elegant atmosphere. House of Cunt = discomfortingly odd, frequently hilarious, hands-on sketch comedy. Wild Abandon + House of Cunt = ????????!!!?!!?!!!!!!!???? House of Cunt at Wild Abandon, 2411 SE Belmont, 232-4458, Thurs 8:30 pm, Fri 10:30 pm, through Feb 27, $10

Circle
A modern update of Schnitzler's 19th-Century psycho-sexual farce, composed of 10 vignettes set in Starbucks and other trendy locales. Triangle Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Mar 6, $19-23

LOOT
Kevin-Michael Moore is brilliantly bloody and bloody brilliant, and the rest of the cast lend life to Joe Orton's mothball-smelling murder mystery. I couldn't help but notice, though, the girl in the back row, with the giant yellow punker hairdo, falling asleep, her rebellious hair nodding slowly like a setting sun. Some of the jokes in Loot play a lot like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards: they age disgracefully and keep going on and on and on. Oh what a drag it is getting old. TP Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 220-2646, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Mar 6, $18-20

Service
An improvised tar and feathering of service employees, and even better, annoying customers. There better be something about bad tippers. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Mar 13, $10

Two Rooms
Lee Blessing's play about a man trapped in Beirut and the woman in America who loves him. The story is too inherently poignant to be completely ruined, though Blessing tries with sticky symbolism and soap operatic melodrama. Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 SW Montgomery St, 274-1717, Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through March 7, $15-20

Opening This Week

Ballet Flamenco Eva Yerbabuena
The Spanish Eva Yerbabuena is one of the world's most famous flamenco artists. She and her company make their Portland debut with the appropriately titled Eva. Cosponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car!! White Bird, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SW Broadway & Main, 224-4400, Wed 7:30 pm, $18-45

Solo Flamenco Jam
Here's a fun one: the Solo Flamenco Dance Co. presents a good ol' fashioned, rootin' tootin' flamenco jam session, also known as "juerga." Drink coffee, sit back, shake it. Haven, 3551 SE Division, 236-6890, Sat 8 pm, free

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