Opening This Week

The Cold Comedy Concoction
In a frenzy of ambition, Stark Raving commissioned four writers to write four one-act comedies: William S. Gregory, Kelly Bartholomew, Stephen Karam and Todd Pozycki. See all four in one sitting. Coho Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Opens Sat, runs Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Jan 22, $10-18

One Week Only

* The Graduate
See "My! What A Busy Week!" Pg. 15. Keller Auditorium, SW Third and Clay, 790-ARTS, Dec 28 - Jan 1 @ 7:30 pm, Jan 1 @ 2 pm, Jan 2 @ 1 & 5 pm, $15-56

Closing This Week

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
You're either going to see it or you're not. Oregon Ballet, at Keller Auditorium, SW 3rd & Clay, 222-5538, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri 2 pm, $12-92

Mr. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge
The severely twisted Christopher Durang's take on A Christmas Carol, featuring Bob Cratchit's alcoholic, suicidal wife Gladys. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 & 7 pm, $15-35

Triangle presents a musical spoof on the American beauty pageant wherein each contestant is played by a hot hot drag queen. Plus a special appearance by Pepe from Pepe and the Bottled Blondes, as a roller skating Miss Texas. Triangle Productions, Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs 7:30 pm, $17-23

The SantaLand Diaries & A Christmas Memory
Tragically, Steve Wilkerson's mugging, one-man butchering of David Sedaris' decidedly not mugging, brilliantly dry The SantaLand Diaries has become a Christmas tradition at PCS, now back for its third straight year. Portland Center Stage, 1111 SW Broadway, 274-6588, Thurs 8 pm, Fri 4 pm, $15-55

Current Runs

Do Jump!
Get psyched for the insane antics of the holiday season with the insane antics of Do Jump's extremely physical theater. Enjoy aerial dance, acrobatics, live music, comedy, etc. Hooray for the holidays! Echo Theatre, 1515 SE 37th, 231-1232, Thurs, Tues-Wed 7:30 pm, through Jan 2, $20

* A Bright Room Called Day
Liberals who think its tough facing another four years of President Bush have nothing on the liberals that lived in pre-Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Eerily mirroring recent American politics, Theatre Vertigo's production of Tony Kushner's A Bright Room Called Day centers on a flock of Bohemian Berliners, who watch with rising despair as the Weimar Republic-1930s Germany's version of democracy-is slowly infiltrated by the German Right. Their final hope lies with the Left-leaning Social-Democratic and German Communist parties, but just like certain recent liberal presidential campaigns, these groups waste their time trying to satisfy both the Right and the Left... and the Nazis move on in. Kushner's play works too hard down the stretch run to prove how insightful it is, but Theatre Vertigo's stellar ensemble, led by Melody Bridges, Todd Van Voris, and the amazing Julie Starbird, elevates it to a riveting piece of theater. JWS Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 306-0870, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Jan 1, $15

* Biglittlethings
Imago presents yet another version of this eclectic follow-up to FROGZ. It's been in development for three years and features hitchhiking rabbits, caterpillars, insomniac hippos, and everything else imagined in your wildest mushroom fantasies. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Wed-Sat, Mon-Tues 7:30 pm, Sat-Sun 1:30 pm, Sun 5:30 pm, through Jan 2 , $14-24