Opening This Week

ART splashes gleefully into their new season with Mary Zimmerman's hip, pop-culture adaptation of Ovid—and they've turned their mainstage into a giant swimming pool for the occasion. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder, 241-1278, Opens Fri, runs Tues-Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, 7 pm, $15-40

Murder at the Howard Johnson's
La Bodega Productions presents this comedy about infidelity, revenge, and HoJos. Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, Fri-Sat 10:30 pm, $10

Reefer Madness
Stumptown Stages presents the Emmy-winning Reefer Madness, a musical based on the infamous propaganda film about the evils of smokin' the reefer. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate, 235-1101, $22-25, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm

One Week Only

The Kelley and Jason Show
The eternally funny married duo Kelley and Jason are back with a brand new variety show, featuring live sketches, video—and HILARITY! Video/performance revue Hello! Video opens. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, Thurs 8 pm, $5

Current Runs

Looking for Olivia
The third show in La Bodega's four-show, four-month blitzkrieg of Portland theater, Looking for Olivia suffers from just one problem: the cheesy script, about a screenwriter who falls in love with his beautiful neighbor. No matter what stops the cast and crew pull out, they are still fundamentally limited by the writing. However, Paul Angelo and Summer Dawn Arnett make the best of their situation: The two have enough chemistry to make scenes between them almost fun to watch, especially during the dialogue-free make-out scenes. AH Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, $12-15

Support The Portland Mercury

Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maquire, Wicked goes behind-the-scenes of The Wizard of Oz, telling the tale of two witches (one good, one bad) who met during sorcery school. Among the many treats promised by this production are flying monkeys, a giant dragon, and two hundred pounds of dry ice. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, 222-5538, Tues-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 1 pm, 6:30 pm; 2 pm show on Thurs Sep 7, $35-74


Next Best Thing: Autumnal Anniversary Party
Next Best Thing kicks off their second season (and celebrates the Brody Theater's 10th anniversary) with a special night of long-form improv. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th, 224-0688, Sat 9 pm, $7-10

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