Opening This Week

Humble Boy
ART presents Charlotte Jones' acclaimed play about "broken vows, failed hopes, black holes, and bumble bees." Sounds like a real lifter-upper. Artists Repertory Theatre , 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Opens Fri, runs Tues-Thurs, Sun 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through May 1, $15-35

O Lovely Glowworm
is supposedly the play New York playwright Glen Berger always dreamed of writing--and it's about a stuffed goat who looks out on the world from his perch on a trash heap in rural 1918 Ireland. And that's just awesome. Portland Center Stage , 1111 SW Broadway, 274-6588, Opens Fri, runs Tues-Wed, Sun 7 pm, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through April 24, $15-55

Street Scene
"America" and "famous opera" aren't generally compatible terms, but they certainly apply to Kurt Weill's Street Scene, a classic drama about the immigrant experience in New York City. This production kicks off the Portland Opera company's 40th season. Keller Auditorium , SW Third and Clay, 790-ARTS, March 26, 31 & April 2 @ 7:30 pm, $35-127

One Week Only

the 24-hour plays
Four writer/directors and their casts have exactly 24 hours to create four one-acts that are then performed for rabid crowds. It's fun like watching people run across hot coals is fun-scary, fascinating, hilarious, and more than a little discomforting. Tribe Theatre , 403 NW 5th, 227-3976, Sat 7 pm, $10-12

Closing This Week

The Facts of Life
is subtitled The Best Little Whorehouse in Peekskill and takes the form of a special episode on the popular '80 TV show, in which Mrs. Garrett is forced to leave Eastland and her girls will do anything to raise money for her to stay. And we do mean anything.. wink... nudge. Theater! Theatre! , 3430 SE Belmont, 224-TIXX, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, $20

Current Runs

The Adventures of Barrio Grrrl! Installment 12: Lulu's Golden Shoes
Miracle's latest is about a young girl who fancies herself a sort of ghetto superhero and fantasizes about the hooker who lives next door. All good things. The Miracle Theatre , 525 SE Stark Street, 236-7253, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through April 9, $14-17

A Devil Inside
The convoluted plot of David Lindsay-Abaire's dark comedy goes something like this: Gene's mother charges him with the unwelcome task of avenging his father's murder 14 years before--and to do so, Gene must find out who was responsible. His quest involves a homicidal Russian literature professor, a pretty girl with an Anna Karenina complex, an earnest handyman who has hallucinatory conversations with a devil that lives in his eye, and a mountain climber who can't stop eating because she has "consumption." AH Theater! Theatre! , 3430 SE Belmont, 306-0870, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Apr 2, $15

No Exit
Imago's legendary production of Sartre's postmodern classic returns, with its innovative, centrally suspended set fully intact. The actors must move in perfect unity to counterbalance the stage and keep it from tipping them into the void. Pretty fucking cool. Imago Theater , 17 SE 8th Ave, 231-9581, Tues-Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sat 1:30 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Apr 9, $18-24

Vince has a bone to pick. Intelligent and manipulative despite his scruffy façade, he induces a confession from Jon of a rape he committed against Amy, a girl that Vince once dated. Eventually it comes out that Vince has not only been taping the conversation, but has also invited Amy, who just so happens to live nearby, to come hang out. JWS Back Door Theatre , 4319 SE Hawthorne, 757-8077, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through April 2, $10


Doug Stanhope, Lonnie Bruhn, & DJ Jim Goad
Never heard of this Stanhope fellow, but we're nuts about Lonnie Bruhn, a local standup comic with mild cerebral palsy, who turns his general ire regarding the world in general into dirty, twisted, and hilarious rants. He's opening, so come early or you'll miss him. Dante's , 1 SW 3rd Ave, 226-6630, Fri 9 pm, $10-12

Bill Maher
Maher is the most hilarious comic/misogynist in America. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall , SW Broadway & Main, 224-4400, Sat 8 pm, $35-$45

Hiphop-Funk-African Dance Workshop
Not a lot of ambiguity here: if you dig funk, hiphop, and African dance you'll dig this workshop with rad local icon Kumari and her partner this time around, Bay Area choreographer/photographer Traci Bartlow. PSU's Peter Stott Center , 724 SW Harrison, rm. 207, 910-4566, Sat 1:30 - 4:30 pm, $40

Tappers Delight
If tonight's performance by Savion Glover (See preview this issue) isn't enough tap for your clap-clap, then stop on by this post-event, late-night tap jam, at which the band Klezmocracy throws down the grooves and you throw down the moves. Aaron Wheeler-Kay hosts. Echo Theater , 1515 SE 37th Ave, 513-9505, Tues 10:30 pm, $5-15