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Opening This Week

No Exit
The brand new Third Eye Theatre makes a bold debut with Sartre's ever-angsty No Exit. Milk & Honey Studio, 2512 SE Gladstone, 224-8499, Opens Fri, runs Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm (no show Sunday Oct 1), $15

Current Runs

Betrayal
H. Pinter's Betrayal gets the Imago treatment; the script, an exploration of love and loyalty that's told in reverse chronological order, presents interesting challenges for the deft ensemble. Imago Theater, 17 SE 8th, 221-5857, ex 3, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri 8 pm, Sat 2 pm, 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, $16-26

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

Ghosts
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

Maybe I'm Just Like My Mother: An Ode to Cornelia
Lee Kyle of Sissyboy (better known as Splendora) presents a theatrical tribute to his mother. Back Door Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne, 784-7316, Fri-Sat 10:30 pm, $10

Metamorphoses
Mary Zimmerman's script is a clever adaptation of Ovid that injects a modern humor and panache into the old myths. ART's gifted ensemble, under the steady-handed direction of Randall Stuart, exercises the restraint needed to make the script work, allowing nary a hint of cheap sentimentalism to mar the production. Taken as a whole, the show—an array of scenes that range from funny to heartbreaking—has a gorgeous, poignant depth to it, resulting in a surprisingly moving production. AH Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 SW Alder, 241-1278, Tues-Thurs 7 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, 7 pm, $15-40

Orestes
Brush up on your Euripides at Classic Greek Theatre's production of Orestes, which includes costumes based on styles of the Trojan War era, whatever that means, and music by Sarah Dougher. Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock, Thurs-Fri noon, Sat-Sun 4 pm, through Sun, $10-20

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, Sun 2 pm, $22-25

Run That By Me Again
The Brody crew improvises the life story of a character, and then examines how that life might change under different circumstances. Hilarity ensues. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th, 224-0688, Sat 8 pm, $7-10

The Road to Xibalba
This world premiere by Miracle's resident playwright follows several Mayan-Americans as they attempt to reconnect with the beliefs of their ancestors. The Miracle Theatre, 525 SE Stark, 236-7253, Thurs 7:30 pm, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, $15-20

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