One Week Only

Sweet Charity
Molly Ringwald (THAT Molly Ringwald), live, in the flesh, singing and dancing, in the role of Charity Hope Valentine, a dance hall hostess lookin' for love in all the wrong places. Oh Molly, will you ever learn? Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, 222-5538, Thurs-Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 2 pm, 7:30 pm, Sun 1 pm, 6:30 pm, $23-68

Closing This Week

The Northwest Classical Theatre Company tackles Ibsen's Ghosts, a rousing condemnation of sexual and religious hypocrisy. Shoe Box Theater, 2110 SE 10th, 274-4771, Thurs-Sat 7 pm, Sun 2 pm, $12-18

Reefer Madness
If you've seen the 1936 anti-pot film Reefer Madness!, then you're familiar with the over-the-top blend of hysteria and misinformation that characterizes the movie. The musical version does the film one better, keeping the public service announcement format while upping the cheese factor by introducing some spirited song-and-dance numbers to the mix. The Stumptown Stages cast does a great job with the material; spotty sound and lighting do an unfortunate disservice to an otherwise entertaining production. AH Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate, 235-1101, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $22-25

Too Much Coffee Man Opera
In what is possibly the first opera ever based on a comic book, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and Adhesive Comics present the trials and tribulations of popular comic book character Too Much Coffee Man—live, and with singing! Hoppers, 11119 SE Division, 256-9521, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $24.50-30.25

Current Runs

No Exit
The brand new Third Eye Theatre makes a bold debut with Sartre's ever-angstful No Exit. Milk & Honey Studio, 2512 SE Gladstone, 224-8499, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm , $15

Second-Hand Smoke
defunkt's new show is split into three acts: The first has an intellectual (Ben Plont) quarreling, then dancing with, two obsequious men; the second features two girls (Danika Stochosky and Yolanda Suarez) engaging in a contest to see who can annoy the audience the most (it's a tie, but they both get As for effort); the third consists of a wheelchair-bound magician (Tom Moorman) shouting at someone who's either his assistant, wife, daughter, or none of the above (Frances Binder). If anyone tells you that there's anything interesting, coherent, or remotely meaningful in Second-Hand Smoke—and this includes playwright Mac Wellman and director James Moore—they're lying. ERIK HENRIKSEN defunkt theatre, at the Back Door, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 481-2960, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $10-15; Thurs "pay what you will"

The Northwest Children's theater tackles Roald Dahl's creepiest story (well, creepiest kids story, anyway): a brave boy lands himself in the middle of a witch convention, and must defeat the witches before all the children of the world are turned into mice. Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center, 1819 NW Everett, Fri 7 pm, Sat 2 pm, 7 pm, Sun 2 pm, $16-20

Opening This Week

The Liberators
With the vast amounts of experience and funny-ness possessed by members of the Liberators, it is physically and comedically impossible that this show will be anything other than absolutely freaking hilarious. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 288-3895, Sat 7 pm, $10