Opening This Week

A new company, Look Away Productions, presents Oscar Wilde's seldom-done dark comedy, an eroticized Biblical interpretation that didn't see the light of day until well after his death. The Miracle Theatre , 525 SE Stark Street, 715-0960, Thur-Sun 8 pm, through Aug 7, $10-15

One Week Only

Akira Kasai's "Butoh of the Future" Workshop
Here's a rare and valuable opportunity to study the role of Japan's ultra-intense art form, Butoh, in a changing world. Akira Kasai is one of the world's most renowned Butoh dancers, and also performed at the last TBA Fest. PSU's Peter Stott Center , 724 SW Harrison, Rm. 207, 725-5288, 2:15-5:20 pm, July 26-30, $150

Sowelu Theatre and the local consortium Creative Enterprise present an evening with Iranian-American actress Afsaneh Boutorabi, who will be performing the amazing Wallace Shawn's Fever. Back Door Theatre , 4319 SE Hawthorne, 230-2090, Sun 7 pm, $8-15

Closing This Week

The Last Days of the Day to Day King
Local performer Anis Mojgani begins his description of this one-man show as follows: "I've made a machine that kills the sun." If we had a nickel for every time we heard THAT... Couch Gallery , 328 NW Broadway, #117, 538-4661, Fri-Sat 8:30 pm, through July 23, $2

Current Runs

A Light in the Dark
We support one-man endeavors as much as the next anonymous theater calendar writer, but we're a teeny bit worried about this original work by Ezra LeBank: The proceeds benefit the Metropolitan Community Church of Portland, and the show's content appears to have a life-after-death thing going on. Papa don't preach. Back Door , 4321 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 287-8737, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Aug 7, $10-15

Faust. Us. (Version 2.0)
Stark Raving Theatre presents a remount of its modern update of Goethe's classic, with a remixed script and new music. Coho Theatre , 2257 NW Raleigh, 232-7072, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, through Aug 6, $10-20

Footloose: The Musical
We saw the touring Broadway production of this movie-to-stage adaptation, and it was TERRIBLE! And now it's being performed by a cast comprised mostly of children...? We're shivering with fear. Northwest Children's Theater , 1819 NW Everett St, 222-4480, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Aug 7, $14-18

Much Ado About Nothing
The reliable Quintessence company is back for another go-around with Shakespeare's old standard about pretty much exactly what the title implies. Mago Hunt Center, at the University of Portland , 5000 N Willamette Blvd, 943-7287, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Aug 7, $10-15

The Rocky Horror Show
This Wade McCollum-helmed vehicle has been extended all the way through August 20, which we guess means it's popular or something. Triangle Productions , Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 224-8499, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, extended through Aug 20, $30-35

Tao Soup
Scott Kelman steps up to the directorial plate again after what feels like years of doing nothing but providing free experimental theater workshops to the community. For Tao Soup, he's utilized a process called "kelmanworks" to create a piece of "serendipitous events and entertainment." Brooklyn Bay , 1825 SE Franklin, Bay K, 777-5879, Fri-Sat 8 pm, through Aug 6, $10-14

Support The Portland Mercury


Portland Flamenco Festival
The Portland Flamenco Festival has been hopping this week, with workshops and classes every day. It culminates tonight in a big ol' performance by some world-renowned dancers. Newmark Theater, Portland Center for the Performing Arts , SW Broadway & Main, 224-4400, Sat 7:30 pm, $16-25


Summer In Brodavia
The Brody presents its usual summertime fare: a weekly evening of generally good improv with veterans Tom Johnson, Brad Fortier, Marilyn Divine, and more. Brody Theater , 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Sat 9 pm, through Sept 3, $6-9

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