Opening This Week
* The Visit Sojourn Theatre, long-renowned for its innovative process and stylish, moving productions, presents Friedrich Durrenmatt's The Visit, one of the greatest plays ever written. Mashall High School , 3905 SE 91st, (971) 544-0464, Wed-Sat 8 pm, through Mar 19, $5-25
One Week Only
* Extra Medium This monthly evening of local standup comedy, digital video, and music continues with "kare-jokee" and "substance abuse jokes." Nice! Jasmine Tree , 401 SW Harrison St, 223-7956, Tues 8:30 pm, $3

The Vagina Monologues The mighty reign of this flaccid, overrated "play" continues with a performance benefiting cool groups like the Portland Women's Crisis Line, the Birthingway College of Midwifery, and the International Vday Fund. Hollywood Theatre , 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 493-1128, Fri-Sat 7 pm, $12

Closing This Week
The Killing Game Ionesco's fascinating disease fantasy offers not just a high body count, but also timely observations on mass hysteria, elitism, fear, and government control. Unfortunately, the defunkt company's Killing Game loses its effectiveness after about 20 minutes, right when the play becomes engrossing. It feels like a talented troupe of actors doing an action-packed side project when, in fact, they're really invested in talky Albee plays like A Delicate Balance. WG Back Door Theatre , 4319 SE Hawthorne, 993-9062, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through Feb 26, $8-15

The True History of Coca-Cola in Mexico See review this issue. The Miracle Theatre , 525 SE Stark Street, 236-7253, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $17

Current Runs
Death of a Salesman R.I.P. Arthur Miller. This production starring Allen Nause has been extended, giving Miller mourners plenty of time to climb aboard the tragedy train. Artists Repertory Theatre , 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Tues-Thurs, Sun 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Feb 27 (EXTENDED: Mar 2-3, 6 @ 7 pm, Mar 4-5 @ 8 pm, Mar 6 @ 2 pm), $15-35

Picnic Today's revivals of Picnic are either faithful readings or ironic reinterpretations of William Inge's 1950s play. Choosing the more traditional path--as PAC has with their current production--is often more difficult. Inge's work is dated at times, but the play's theme of small-town restlessness isn't. PAC's Picnic isn't dull--it's a good, traditional rendition of a classic. But it also never successfully conveys the necessary passion and repression. Notable among the cast are Maureen Porter as a husband/hungry schoolteacher and Jane Hamilton in the less showy role of the next door neighbor. WG Portland Actors Conservatory , 1436 SW Montgomery St, 274-1717, Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Mar 6, $15-20

My Fair Lady The rain in Spain and all that jazz. Portland Center Stage , 1111 SW Broadway, 274-6588, Tues-Wed, Sun 7 pm, Thurs 12 pm, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm, through Mar 12, $15-55

* Recent Tragic Events Written by Six Feet Under scribe Craig Wright, Recent Tragic Events occurs on 9/12/01, in the apartment of Waverly, who readies herself in her Minneapolis apartment for, of all things, a blind date. Her TV blares carnage from the streets of downtown New York, and her mother calls with frantic updates regarding the search for her twin sister, a NYC resident. But Waverly is committed to seeing this date through, if only for the distraction value. Put on by the brand new all-star theater company Third Rail Repertory, which juggles Wright's blend of realistic dialogue and surrealistic tricks with masterful nonchalance. JWS Coho Theatre , 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Mar 12, $21

Superego: Let It Burn The Superego sketch comedy group presents another evening of humorous hits, followed by a dance party with DJ Gregarious. The Fez Ballroom , 316 SW 11th, 221-7262, Fri 9 pm, through Mar 11, $7

* Bad Dates Theater! Theatre!'s current one-woman show starring local siren Daria O'Neill has been compared to Sex and the City, what with her protagonist Haley's obsession with expensive shoes and tales of dating horrors. Catering to the same crowd as the television show, Bad Dates is less self-indulgent, but also not as laugh-out-loud funny. Still, you go to this show to see Daria. Charming and adorable as ever, she makes the production work. Watching her try on countless outfits and compare herself to Mildred Pierce for 90 minutes is rather enjoyable. Besides, can you name another local television hostess you'd rather watch prepare for a date? WG Triangle Productions , Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 239-5919, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 5 pm, through Mar 5, $19-23