Opening This Week

The always fun Portland Actors Ensemble presents Othello starring Paul Susi as Othello, and Jason Maniccia as Iago. Lovejoy Fountain Park , 4th & SW Lincoln, 467-6573, Fri-Sat, through July 9, FREE

Closing This Week

Boy Gets Girl
Rebecca Gilman's play opens with a blind date. Tony (David Burnett, excellent) and Theresa (Laura Faye-Smith) drink and talk, and at first all seems well, until Tony starts making plans for them to see the Yankees, then tries to kiss her after having known her for 10 minutes. When on the next date he starts referring to them as a "couple," Theresa quickly gives him the big Blow-Off. What happens next is standard stalker material: phone calls from Tony start to pour in, then threatening letters, and then the police tell Theresa to get the hell out of her apartment. But oddly, outside of one other menacing appearance in Theresa's office in the first act, we never see Tony in person again. Rather than showing us his actions, Gilman tells them, a proven method for sapping a play's potential tension. JWS Coho Theatre , 2257 NW Raleigh, 220-2646, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $21

The Resurrectory
Liminal's The Resurrectory is a perfectly balanced array of live performance (both musical and theatrical), visual art, and video work from Jim Blashfield. In the Inquest, actors reconstruct murder scenes through a series of eerie, fluid movement sequences; in the Operating Theater, where the fresh cadavers are dissected and lectured about by poet David Abel as a ghostly orchestra provides background music on what appear to be electronic saxophones; and the Collections, records keeper Alex Reagan documents the crimes via tape recorder and keeps archives of photographic evidence. You can sit in any of these areas indefinitely and constantly find fresh things to observe. JWS Portland Art Center , 2045 SE Belmont, 239-5481, Thurs-Sat 8-10 pm, $6-10 pay-what-you-can

Current Runs

A Lie of the Mind
Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind opens on a darkened stage, with a phone call between two brothers: Jake (Todd Van Voris) needs help from Frankie (Tom Moorman) after beating his wife so badly that he thinks he's killed her. It turns out his wife, Beth (Julie Starbird), is not actually dead--but Jake's beating has left her brain-damaged. Both Beth and Jake return to their childhood homes, Beth to recover from her injuries, and Jake to brood over the murder he believes he has committed. Enter some pretty disturbed parents and three well-intentioned siblings, and you have a framework within which to explore love's endlessly fucked up permutations. AH Theatre Vertigo at Theater! Theatre! , 3430 SE Belmont, 306-0870, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through July 2, $13-15, Thursdays pay-what-you-can

Stefanie Sertich directs this latest production from the Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon, a leather 'n' chains modern update of Sophocles' Electra that sets his war torn play in 1998 Croatia. West End Theater , 1220 SW Taylor, 258-9313, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through June 26, $10-15

Fourteen Hundred Thousand & Mud
Pairing the high falutin' braininess of Sam Shepard's surreal bookshelf-as-metaphor drama Fourteen Hundred Thousand with Mud, Maria Irene Fornes' visceral tale of redneck desperation, was an inspired decision, but defunkt's execution doesn't quite do the concept justice. AH Back Door Theatre , 4319 SE Hawthorne, 481-2960, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, through June 25, $8-15

Take Me Out
The gay baseball player in Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out, Darren Lemming (Dennis Mosley), isn't just any gay baseball player, he's the BEST gay baseball player; a young, brash, future Hall of Famer who announces his sexuality to the world without a trace of doubt or shame. To make this heavy-handed homosexual element complete, Take Me Out calls for many nude shower scenes, which director M. Burke Walker eagerly employs. These moments are obviously intended to show the awkwardness that would occur when a bunch of naked alpha-males suddenly find a naked homo in their midst, but, in a serious flub, Greenberg begins the play with Lemming already out of the closet, and so the audience never gets to see what it was like when everything was nice and hetero and okay. Deprived of the should-have-been fascinating before-and-after comparison, the ubiquitous naked men feel superfluous--shock value tacked on to truss up an already trussed-up situation. JWS Artists Repertory Theatre , 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, Tues-Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through July 3, $15-35

The Rocky Horror Show
Before The Rocky Horror Picture Show was a cult film classic, it was a cult play classic by Richard O'Brien. Frankly, we're pretty tired of the whole Rocky Horror deal, but this thing has Wade McCollum as Frank-n-furter, so we'll stay positive. Triangle Productions , Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 224-8499, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through July 9, $30-35


The Great Brody Free-For-All
It's a big ol' end-of-the-season improv party with plenty of hilarious Brody veterans throwing down to the tune of half-price tickets. Brody Theater , 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $5