Opening This Week

Boy Gets Girl
One of the more anticipated shows of this fading 2004-2005 season, CoHo presents Rebecca Gilman's thriller about a blind date turned stalker, starring the excellent Laura Faye Smith. The last Gilman play CoHo put on, Spinning Into Butter, also featured Smith, and remains one of the best theatrical productions this town has ever seen. Coho Theatre , 2257 NW Raleigh, 220-2646, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through June 18, $19-21

Live at the Rose Garden
Despite its dubious title, the prolific Insight Out company's new work has an intriguing premise: the life and times of three sisters who are rock 'n' roll stars. Milk & Honey Studio , 2512 SE Gladstone, 234-0973, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Fri 8 pm, Sat 8:30 & 10:30 pm, through May 28, $5-15

The Abduction From The Seraglio
The cap on Portland Opera's season is Mozart's energetic work about the kidnapping of a Spaniard's lady by a Turkish Pasha. Keller Auditorium , SW Third and Clay, 790-ARTS, May 14, 17, 19, 21 @ 7:30 pm, $35-127

The Foreigner
The late Larry Shue's comedy about a man who pretends he can't speak English and winds up in a face-off with the Ku Klux Klan, has become a theatrical standard as commonly produced as any Noel Coward or Neil Simon cheese-fest. But Shue's play has something going for it that those hacks don't: it's really fucking weird. West End Theater , 1220 SW Taylor, 228-7465, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 3 pm, through May 29, $10-15

One Week Only

Andrew Ox
House of Cunt regular Andrew Ox just got into the Groundlings, the L.A. comedy troupe that has trained legends like Phil Hartman and Will Ferrell. This means things are going to start happening for him, and fast--so see him now before you have to pay $10 and sit through the fucking 2wenty to watch him on a Regal big screen. He's gonna host a talent show tonight, screen short films, and bring in guest stars to perform song 'n' dance numbers. If you go only one night, make it Saturday, when Ox will auction off items from his incredibly bizarre collection of clothes, records, and other novelties. Acme , 1305 SE 8th, 230-9020, Fri 8 pm, Sat 9 pm, $5-10

Closing This Week

Fuente Ovejuna
Fuente Ovejuna
takes place in a small Spanish town ruled by the nefarious Comendador Fernan Gomez (Michael Mendelson). The townspeople attempt to endure Gomez's heavy-fisted bullying, but when he rapes the mayor's daughter, Laurencia (Amaya Villazan), it proves the last straw for the harried villagers. Pushed to their breaking point, the townspeople rise up and overthrow his brutal regime. AH The Miracle Theatre , 525 SE Stark, 236-7253, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $14-17

Current Runs

Christopher is a young black man diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, temporarily institutionalized for doing something indelicate and unspecified with an orange. Is Christopher crazy, or just responding to the fucked up world he lives in? The outstanding performances in Blue/Orange highlight and deepen these ambiguities. AH Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center , 5340 N. Interstate, 241-1278, Tues-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 & 7 pm, through May 29, $15-35

The Resurrectory
Liminal's new event--its last before artistic director Bryan Markovitz blows town for at least a couple years--is an ever-changing display of choreography, film projection, and ephemera based on a series of gruesome murders and black market cadaver dealings that happened in Scotland circa the 19th century. Portland Art Center , 2045 SE Belmont, 239-5481, Thurs-Sat 8-10 pm, through June 18, $6-10 pay-what-you-can


Crimson Cabaret and Les Enfants d'Icare
The aerial dance company Pendulum is transforming a space at the French American International School into a 1930s Parisian cabaret, replete with red drapes, tables, music, dancing, and skits. As always, Pendulum has utilized the music of the mellifluous Sasha Lazard, who will perform live at the Friday night special gala. Les Enfants d'Icare plays only at the matinee shows, a multicultural smattering of works from the dancers in Pendulum's youth program. French American International School , 8500 NW Johnson, 1-800-992-TIXX, Fri 9 pm, Sat 8:30 pm, Sat-Sun 5 pm, $12-75

Support The Portland Mercury

Masters & Moderns
The Oregon Ballet Theatre closes its season with an eclectic smattering of works: a world premiere from Yuri Possokhov, a work from artistic director Christopher Stowell, and the return of Paul Taylor's Company B, set to the music of the Andrews Sisters. Newmark Theater, Portland Center for the Performing Arts , SW Broadway & Main, 222-5538, May 13-14, 20-21, 26-28 @ 7:30 pm, May 15, 22 @ 2 pm, $17-90


The 3rd Floor Picture Show
To raise money for an upcoming trip to Sketchfest in NYC, the 3rd Floor presents an evening of their slowly accumulated video shorts, which aren't nearly as funny as their live sketch comedy, but are still kind of funny. The 3rd Floor, at the Miracle Theatre , 525 SE Stark, 258-1681, Fri-Sat 11 pm, $6

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