Opening This Week

Might be worth braving exorbitant ticket prices and Lake Oswego for this one: a suspense/adult comedy thriller starring awesome actors Susan Jonsson, Scott Parker, Amelia Zirin-Brown, and Theatre Vertigo's rugged stallion Ben Plont. Lakewood Theatre Company , 368 S State St, 635-3901, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through April 18, $22-24

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Flashy PCS artistic director Chris Coleman directs Tennessee Williams' play about an uppity southern birthday party, where the subtext runs deeper than the rivers of booze flowing down Brick's gullet. Portland Center Stage, 1111 SW Broadway, 274-6588, Opens Fri, runs Tues-Wed, Sun 7 pm, Thurs 12 pm, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through April 4 , $16-51

One Week Only

* Batsheva Dance Company
Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, the leader of this bizarre company, is known for ambiguous yet exhilarating, often dreamlike movement sequences. Supposedly, he tells his dancers they must be impassioned, focused... and insane. White Bird, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SW Broadway & Main, 224-4400, Tues 7:30 pm, $18-39

Catastrophic Conversations With Mr. X
A theatrical endeavor cobbled together from the abstract journals of crazy New York theater man Richard Foreman, and put on by stage veterans of Reed College. Should be a wee bit trippy. Catastrophic Productions at the Back Door, 4321 SE Hawthorne, 539-5021, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $8-10

* Holy Goats!
This month's edition of the rotating dance/improv hodgepodge (with bagels!) features performance artist/musician Heide Goertzen, dancer Kathleen Keogh, and electronic sound artist Bryan Eubanks. Performance Works NorthWest, 4625 SE 67th Ave, 777-1907, Sun 2 pm, $7

The Constitution Project
According to the press info, Catherine Egan's latest theatrical dabble "follows Money (Tim Parsons) and Power (Joan Findlay) as they join forces against the Constitution (Catherine Egan)... The evening concludes with an expanded version of Last Supper featuring Wanda, Mom, and the BBQ Judge/Judge." We kind of want to go just to see what the Hell they're talking about. Eggshell at Performance Works Northwest, 4625 SE 67th, 281-1066, Fri-Sun 8 pm, $12

Vaudeville Revusical and Novelty Show
More monthly Miz Kitty hoo-hah. The vaudeville,etc. show is music heavy this time around, but there are a few theatrics/shtick, including the Humble Divas, a queer musical comedy duo, and belly dance from Nemra Khan. Miz Kitty's Parlour, at Artichoke Music Backstage Gate, 3130 SE Hawthorne, 232-8845, Sat 8 pm, $12

Current Runs

A Visit From William Butler Yeats
Yeats, God love him, was one of the greatest poets ever, but these four one-acts stink. JWS Portland World Theatre, 5207 SE 80th, 788-3307, March 13, 26-27 @ 8 pm, March 13, 27 @ 2 pm, $4-7

* Edward II
Triangle director Andres Alcala doesn't need to take a revisionist slant or inject contemporary adaptation into Edward II--all of the full-frontal lust, homophobia, and political violence is right there in the original script. Alcala, along with production designer Don Horn, have made the play into a stripped-down, teeth-grinding head rush, a play that's less about passion than it is about cruel hatred. TP Triangle Productions, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through March 20, $17-23

* The 3rd Floor's Dollar Days
The 3rd Floor offers its usual stellar lineup of hilarious performers doing sketch comedy, with two intriguing new additions: Deanna Wells (good all-around actor) and crazy, hot radio personality Daria O'Neill (YOWZA!). The 3rd Floor, at the Miracle Theatre, 525 SE Stark, 258-1681, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through March 27, $11