One Week Only

* The Famous Mysterious Actor Show-11-Year Anniversary
If this strange, masked, squeaky-voiced character has been around for 11 years, I'll eat my left shoe, though that's beside the point. The point is to have an excuse to come party with one of Portland's funniest, most endearing entertainment phenomenons. On this special night The Famous Mysterious Actor welcomes to his show Jen Lane of Barfly, Clyde Lewis, Miss Mona Superhero, a Klingon, and tons more. Don't miss it. Ash St. , 225 SW Ash St., 226-0430, Fri 9 pm

Closing This Week

Flip Side--A Musical Revue
The world premiere of a new musical to raise money for Esther's Pantry, a nonprofit that provides food and services for people with AIDS. Flip Side is a gender-bending tale that uses traditional Broadway show tunes to portray a skewed look on modern relationships. All the cast members will be cross-dressin' and the tunes will be classics like "Cell Block Tango" from Chicago, and Stephen Sondheim's "Being Alive." The Miracle Theater, 525 SE Stark Street, 236-2529, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sat 2 pm, through Aug 28, $12-19

The Scandalous Adventures of Sir Toby Trollope
A new theater company is putting on this historical comedy by Ron House and Alan Shearman. It bills itself as "a professional-style community theatre dedicated to producing affordable, family oriented entertainment, providing professional theatrical experiences for students, and creating scholarships, cultural events, and pride for our community and its surrounding areas." The name of this company? La Resistance Theatre. What exactly are they resisting? Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 318-6775, Thurs-Sat, through Aug 28, $10

Wonder of the World
David Lindsay-Abaire's satire about a repressed math teacher who leaves her husband to embark on a road trip to Niagara Falls. Magdelyn Theatre Company, 403 NW 5th, (971) 544-1736, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Aug 29, $15

Current Runs

Love's Labor Lost
This is the park at which I saw LAST year's Shakespeare in the Park production, A Midsummer Night's Dream. I really can't remember how I wound up at Gabriel Park, but it's way out in the middle of buttfuck Suburbia. It's composed largely of manufactured-looking grass, with very few trees to protect you from the hot sun. And, perhaps because of the location, there were TONS of families, screaming kids, and barking dogs in attendance. So: for the one or two of you who still intend to go to this weekend's performance after reading this listing, (and for that matter, the one or two of you who intend to go see this production, period), bring sunscreen and blinders. And definitely (and this should go without saying) slip in plenty of booze. Gabriel Park, SW 45th & Vermont, 467-6573, Sat-Sun 3 pm, through Sept 6, free


* Summer In Brodavia
Just a good, reliable evening of hilarious improv, featuring excellent Brody standards like Brad Fortier, Tom Johnson, and Kerry Leek. The performance is billed as a double feature of long form improv, with half the cast performing a standard form called "Harold," and the other half performing a super secret NEW format that was developed deep inside the Brody's basement improv laboratory. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Sat 9 pm, through Sept 4, $10


* OBT Exposed!
Like ballet but don't have money to pay for tickets once Oregon Ballet Theatre's season starts up in October? Get a partial, FREE fix now, at this fun, relaxing, annual outdoor rehearsal session. The OBT will set up a tented stage amidst the lovely Park Blocks for you to watch hot dancers in leotards practice their upcoming shows. It's not exactly Swan Lake, but it's bits and pieces. South Park Blocks, SW Park & Salmon, 227-0977, Mon Aug 30 - Fri Sept 3 @ 11 am - 4 pm; Sat Sept 4 @ 10 am - 3 pm, free

* Benefit for Theory 1:dance
Cofounder of the Water St. Project and longtime Portland dance staple Tracy Broyles presents a fundraiser for her new dance company, the extremely hip-titled Theory 1:dance. Upcoming works by the company will be previewed, along with performances by Mike Barber, Christine Calfas, Dawn Joella Jackson, and Kristin Johansen. Then it'll be time to shake your own groove thing to the spins of DJ Eliazar. Gallery 500, 420 SW Washington, Suite 500, 223-3951, Thurs, doors open @ 7:30 pm, $15-25

Support The Portland Mercury

SLAY Film Fest
In person at the Clinton St. Theater 10/29 & 10/30