Opening This Week

Dora's Box
Tabuki Theater peers through the cracks of the soccer mom experience. Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 784-7316, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $15

Insight Out examines the relationship between art and responsibility by way of the ever-fascinating Leni Riefenstahl, who made propaganda films for the Nazi Party. The Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Sat 8:30 pm, $15 (Thurs sliding scale)

The Pavilion
Top-notch company Third Rail Repertory kicks off their new season with a play about a high school reunion in small town Minnesota. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate, 235-1101, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, $15-24

The Tempest
Get your old school on with the Northwest Classical Theatre Company's production of Mr. Shakespeare's The Tempest. Shoe Box Theater, 2110 SE 10th, 274-4771, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Sat 7 pm, Sun 2 pm, $12-18

Current Runs

An American Daughter
Profile Theatre tackles Wendy Wesser­man's Pulitzer Prize-winning script about a woman who finds herself on the receiving end of unwelcome media attention after she is nominated to be Surgeon General of the U.S. Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, $10-28

Miss Witherspoon
Integrity Productions brings you a quirky metaphysical comedy from playwright Christopher Durang. Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm, $15 (sliding scale Thurs)

The Catacombs Project
Hand2Mouth and Fever Theater team up with various performance, video, and visual artists to present a living installation in the Portland Catacombs, populated by ghosts from Portland's sordid past. Portland Art Center, 32 NW 5th, 236-3322, Thurs-Sun, plus Oct 30-31; performances running continuously from 8 pm-11pm, $10-20

Theatre du Grand Guignol
The Tragedies have undergone a seasonal mutation, turning from a talented sketch comedy troupe into a "monstrous theater company" that combines comedy, horror, and eroticism in the style of French guignol shows. The Little Church, 5138 NE 23rd, Thurs-Sat 8 pm, $15-20

West Side Story
The inaugural season of Portland Center Stage's fancy new Gerding Theater kicks off with the ever-popular West Side Story. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th, Tues-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, 7:30 pm, $18.50-55.50

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The Four Temperaments
After dancers from the Oregon Ballet Theatre acted out Warren G's "Regulate" at the Mercury's talent show last week, the OBT has unprecedented levels of street cred. Check out their fall program, featuring the OBT orchestra. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, 222-5538, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, $10-105

White Bird Presents MOMIX
Widely acclaimed dancer-illusionists MOMIX combine dance, mime, and theater in a program, "Opus Cactus," that's inspired by the plants and animals of the Southwest. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 248-4335, Wed 7:30 pm, $19-43