Edited by Randall Barton
Euripides' story of murder and revenge in the wake of the Trojan War moves indoors after a run in the open air at Reed College.
Strong performances, innovative music and choreography by Sarah Dougher and Andrea Harmon, and Keith Scales' imaginative direction make for a compelling history lesson and solid entertainment.
- Eric Bartels
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 4 p.m. SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Thursday, through Oct. 15, West End Theatre, 1220 S.W. Taylor St., 1-800-838-3006, $10-$20
The new Third Eye Theatre goes straight to hell for its inaugural production, Sartre's claustrophobic character study of four damaged souls who take their outsize egos with them into the afterlife.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 7 p.m. SUNDAY, through Oct. 22, Milk and Honey Community Studio, 2512 S.E. Gladstone St., #205, 503-970-8874, $15
In Harold Pinter's 1978 drama, the English playwright gives us Emma, who for years cheated on her husband, Donald, with his best friend, Jerry. He illustrates this via a chronology that presents the beginning, the height and the end of the affair in reverse.
Imago Artistic Director Jerry Mouawad loves that kind of stuff, and this production is knife-sharp. As director, Mouawad and his team give the actors stark, well-lit spaces to work in, and they do what is asked of them with both icy precision and élan.
8 p.m. FRIDAY, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. SATURDAY, 7 p.m. SUNDAY, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, through Oct. 15, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., 503-231-9581, $16-$26; also available through TicketsWest (503-224-8499), subject to service charges
The best thing about Mary Zimmerman's Tony-winning adaptation of Ovid's 2,000-year-old story cycle 'Metamorphoses' is not that she nudges the writer's work so cleverly into the modern age. It's that she makes plain the power of ancient tales.
Her modernizing touches inject just the right degree of levity into the airspace around Ovid's fables, letting them remind us that most of the guidance we'll ever need has been with us for the longest time.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. SUNDAY, 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, through Oct. 15, Artists Repertory Theatre main stage, 1516 S.W. Alder St., 503-241-1278, $20-$40
'The Road to Xibalbá'
Miracle Theatre's fresh offerings of Latino-oriented art and culture always arrive wrapped in eager anticipation, but this world premiere by playwright Joann Farías showed up a little undercooked.
The story poses some interesting questions about the power of myth, but the Miracle MainStage production, despite colorful sets, lights and costumes, looks like a work in progress.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, through Oct. 14, Miracle Theatre, 525 S.E. Stark St., 503-236-7253, $17-$20
Author, lesbian and mother Dawn Menken completes a two-weekend run of her one-woman show on life, death and the mysteries of parenting.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, Oct. 6-7, Performance Works NorthWest, 4625 S.E. 67th Ave., 503-777-1907, $15
'Reefer Madness! The Musical'
In two previous Stumptown Stages' productions, founder Kirk Mouser has demonstrated a knack for assembling a committed, confident cast of actors who can power past an individual weakness or two.
The winning gusto shows up in this zany stage version of the stern, 1936 propaganda film.
Taut and energetic, the cast breezes through this bright, goofy romp, firing up Stumptown's second season. Final weekend.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, Oct. 6-7, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., 503-381-8686, $22-$25
At some point, amid a feast of musical delights, this superb Canadian chamber quartet will launch into an achingly beautiful rendition of the Carlo Donida classic 'Al di Lá.' When it happens, get out a handkerchief. Quick.
3 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 8, Reed College, Kaul Auditorium, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-224-9842, $27-$37
Music Population Orchestra
Norwegian composer Brede Rorstad, who works at Weiden and Kennedy, untethers his strange and wonderful musical vision, a sort of giant, experimental chamber music ensemble.
8 p.m. FRIDAY, Oct. 6, Apotheke, 1314 N.W. Glisan St., 503-544-7367, free
The Canadian pedal harp virtuoso, who has released three albums of solo harp music, offers a performance as part of his current West Coast tour.
2 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 8, First Congregational Church, 1220 N.E. 68th St., Vancouver, Wash., donation suggested
The Slovenian improv troupe joins forces with the performers of the local company Brody Theater.
8 p.m. FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY, Oct. 6-8, Brody Theater, 1904 N.W. 27th Ave., 503-224-0688, $8-$12
'The Poetry Show'
The multitalented Johnny Stallings would like every last Portlander to read at least one poem a week. He plays host to an open recital that began last Sunday, 50 years after the publication of Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl.' Themes will change from week to week.
7 p.m. SUNDAY, through Nov. 26, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St., 503-347-6869, $7
Miles Cleveland Goodwin
Pacific Northwest College of Art student Miles Cleveland Goodwin is a fine draftsman who paints surreal scenes in oils.
Having spent his youth in the Navy -he's 26 - he seems to know that being a struggling artist is not as hard as others claim. According to his rep, Mark Woolley, he'll paint over a perfect-looking painting if he's not happy with it, just to save on canvases. Bonus points for having a Southern accent.
- Joseph Gallivan
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. FRIDAY, SATURDAY, and Tuesday- Thursday, through Oct. 31, Mark Woolley Gallery, 120 N.W. Ninth Ave., Suite 210, 503-224-5475
Carl de Keyzer
These photos of the inside of Siberian prison camps by Belgian photographer Carl de Keyzer will make your teeth chatter. Carhartt won't cut it.
Noon to 5 p.m. FRIDAY-SUNDAY and Tuesday-Thursday, Blue Sky Gallery, 1231 N.W. Hoyt St., No. 101, 503-225-0210
A scoop: photos from the inside of the Black Panther movement taken by Eve Crane, the only Caucasian allowed into the black activists' inner circle. Whitey's on the moon, all right.
2 p.m. to 8 p.m. FRIDAY, noon to 8 p.m. SATURDAY, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, through Oct. 28, Rake Art Gallery, 325 N.W. Sixth Ave. ,503-750-0754
24-Hour Comics Day
Local illustrator David Chelsea is one of several preregistered comic book artists/graphic memoirists and novelists who will try and create a 24-page comic in 24 hours, fueled by snacks and caffeinated beverages.
If you're never too old for comics, you're never too old for an all-nighter.
9 a.m. SATURDAY to 9 a.m. SUNDAY, Oct 7-8, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Charles Voorhies Fine Art Library, 1241 N.W. Johnson St., 503-226-4391, free
Jacques Flechemuller, Brad Adkins
Animal paintings by Frenchman Jacques Flechemuller vary from engrossing to daft. Local conceptual artist/sculptor/hoodie Brad Adkins gets a proper show at last. Look for one called 'Black Boyfriend.' Shocking!
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. FRIDAY, SATURDAY, and Tuesday-Thursday, through Oct. 28, PDX Contemporary Art, 925 N.W. Flanders St., 503-222-0063, www.pdxcontemporaryart.com
Michael Van Buskirk
What's a retired eye surgeon to do? Van Buskirk (father of Weekend Life Editor Audrey Van Buskirk) takes photos with pinhole and Minox subminiature cameras as he explores the relationship between the eye and the subject.
By appointment, Union Station, Gallery Obscura, 800 N.W. Sixth Ave., Suite 252, 503-242-3653, www.galleryobscura.com
Local photography auction
A monthlong silent auction of prints donated by photographers from The Oregonian, the Portland Tribune, Pro Photo Supply and Blue Moon Camera are being sold to benefit Gresham Outlook snapper Carole Archer, who has esophageal cancer. Friends, indeed.
5 p.m. to 2 a.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 5 p.m. to midnight Tuesday-Thursday, minors allowed till 9 p.m., Apotheke, 1314 N.W. 13th Ave., 503-754-2252
Interesting figurative carvings from both the cold part of Alaska and the soggy part.
10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. FRIDAY, SATURDAY, and Tuesday-Thursday, through Oct. 31, Quintana Galleries, 120 N.W. Ninth Ave., 503-223-1729