Opening This Week

This intriguing dark comedy, produced by the Insight Out Theatre Collective, tracks, in real time, 90 minutes of a prisoner's life in jail. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate, 381-8686, Opens Fri, runs Wed-Sat 8 pm, $5-15

Men on the Verge 2
The Miracle Theatre Group's "Season of Forbidden Knowledge Revealed" presents this sequel to the wildly successful Men on the Verge of a HisPanic Breakdown, which takes a look at the neuroses of a gay Latino artist. The Miracle Theatre, 525 SE Stark, 258-1681, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Thurs 7:30 pm, Sunday 2 pm, $16-20

One Week Only

Fu-Man Choose Your Own Adventure
The Upright Citizens Brigade's touring company drops into town for one, not-to-be-missed night of improv'd sketch comedy. See Destination Fun, on page 15. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th, 224-0688, Sat 8 pm & 10:30 pm, $12-16

PAIN: So Funny It Hurts
Suzanne Willett's one-woman show is described as a "middle class, suburban, college-educated, career-oriented look at life." Only funny. Winningstad Theater, PCPA Building, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-0557, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $21.50-24

Closing This Week

"Manos" The Hands of Fate
Last Rites Productions stages a late-night, abridged version of the 1966 cult horror film "Manos" The Hands of Fate for their inaugural show, using many of the elements that characterize the film (incongruous music, bizarre pacing, inexplicable action) to create a campy, fast-paced show that's infinitely more fun than the original. AH Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 286-3456, Thurs-Sat 10:30 pm, $8-10

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Current Runs

Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights
defunkt theatre brings to life Gertrude Stein's wicked take on the Faust legend, which marries music and poetry with Stein's own unique, challenging voice. Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 481-2960, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $10-15

Far Away
Liminal's production of Caryl Churchill's "dark, quasi-political" Far Away includes a live soundtrack and a set composed entirely of video projections. Goldsmith Building, 10 NW 5th, 233-4420, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $6-10

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