Opening This Week

* Carlotta's Late Nite Wing Ding
One of Seattle's most talented actors, Troy Mink (last seen in Portland in the incredible one-man show The Haint) brings to town his signature late night variety/improv show, featuring a rotating slew of local celebrity guests and performers. Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 220-2646, Fri-Sat 10:30 pm, through June 19, $10 at the door

Death and the Maiden
Ariel Dorfman's intense play about a woman who kidnaps and tortures the man she believes once kidnapped and tortured her. Featuring an all-star cast with Nanette Pettit and Darius Pierce. Theatre Vertigo at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 306 0870, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through June 26, $15

* Program to Investigate the True Condition of Love
Kristina Susan Satter, who has acted in shows at Imago and the NW Classical Theatre Company, presents her first project as writer/director. Program to Investigate is a "one-act musical fantasia" involving office politics, apes, and conga lines-the recipe for successful late-night theater. BONUS! Your ticket stub gets you discounted drinks at My Father's Place around the corner! Happy playgoing, Lushy! The Miracle Theater, 525 SE Stark Street, 236-2529, Fri-Sat 11 pm, through June 12, $6

Rhea Shapiro presents an original one-woman show that combines myth, magic, rants, and prayers to depict a transformative life journey. The Disjecta Theater, 116 NE Russell St., 222-4478, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through June 19, $12

Tales of Canterbury
A new theater company, Ensemble Loupan, presents an adaptation of Chaucer's Tales of Canterbury. The group works with cool-looking masks and acapella vocal scores. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate, 248-0557, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, through June 27th, $12-20

Closing This Week

* Frogz
The latest installment of Frogz with a largely new cast and a new work, "Raccoons," draws to a Portland close before hitting the road for its national tour. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm, Sun 5:30 pm, through June 6, $14-24

The Bald Soprano & The Lesson
Eugene Ionesco is always fun. Tonight two of his plays get put on by a new company, directed by the talented Julie Akers. WillieWorks Productions, at Disjecta, 116 NE Russell, 223-9118, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through June 6, $15

The Good Person of Sezuan
A timeless play/musical about the dangerous fantasy city of Sezuan, as written by Bertolt Brecht, possibly the most influential playwright of the 20th Century; as translated by Tony Kushner, possibly the most influential playwright of this young 21st Century. PSU Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave, 725-3307, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, $3.50-9

* Urinetown
This infamous send-up to musicals follows one of the most extreme and hilarious water shortages in history. It's gone from a tiny New York City fringe play to a nationally touring Broadway production. Not bad for a musical that revolves around piss. See it while it's burnin' hot. Broadway in Portland, at the Keller Auditorium, SW Third and Clay, 790-ARTS, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat 2 pm, Sun 1 & 6:30 pm, $23-63

Current Runs

* Old Times
See review this issue. defunkt theatre, at the Back Door, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 993-9062, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through June 19, $8-15, half price for people of color

Stones In His Pockets
Stones in His Pockets looks at the intersection between Yankee and Irish culture, where a Hollywood film production takes over a small, Irish sea village. Charlie (Peter Handy) is a recently unemployed drifter, a stranger in the tiny town. Jake (Andrew Hickman) the affable bullshit artist takes Charlie under his wing as they work as extras on the film set. For 40 pounds a day, work on the movie set is better than factory work. Charlie and Jake take a long look at the irony of a movie about the plight of the working-class Ireland that itself exploits the working class. Unfortunately, like their fictional counterparts, Handy and Hickman seem overworked. In addition to their turns as the two main characters, the two young actors take on 15 more characters, weaving through dialects, genders, and nationalities. They have their two main characters down pat, but when they branch out they grow thin and weary. TP Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 220-2646, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through June 26, $18-20

* The New House
See review this issue. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Sun 2 & 7 pm, Tues-Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through June 27, $15-32


The Lessons of Jiffy
This is apparently an Irish-step influenced piece by the new dance company SpugMotion that somehow incorporates a stuffed monkey named Jiffy. Conduit Studio, 918 SW Yamhill, 4th Floor, 7

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