A favorite on "America's Got Talent" and a YouTube sensation, the comedian with a severe stutter has won hearts with his charming wit and genuine vulnerability.
8 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 8-9, Helium Comedy Club, 1510 S.E. Ninth Ave., www.portland.heliumcomedy.com, $17-$30
'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'
Triangle Productions stages John Cameron Mitchell's hit punk rock musical, a Broadway phenomenon that involves transgenderism, freedom and the Berlin Wall, for the first time in 12 years. Dale Johannes plays Hansel, Hedwig and Tommy Gnosis. It's directed by Donald Horn and co-directed by Corey Brunish.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, June 7-30, The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 N.E. Sandy Blvd., www.trianglepro.org, $40
The comedian, actor and writer brings his tales of love, life and funny relationship matters to Portland. Comedy Central once named him as one of the "Top 100 Comedians of All Time."
8 p.m. Friday, June 8, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., www.aladdin-theater.com, $35
A new co-production by Portland Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago takes on the famed work by 19th century composer Charles Gounod. It features production designer John Frame's work, which includes deeply evocative sets and costumes, sculpture, 3D projections and a live video feed. Opera director Christopher Mattaliano had seen Frame's work at the Portland Art Museum in 2012. "'Faust' is the quintessential 'deal with the devil' story," in exchange for youth, Mattaliano says. Tenor Jonathan Boyd stars in the title role.
7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, June 14 and 16, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 10, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.portlandopera.org, starting at $35
The Portland Ballet puts on a concert with its preprofessional Career Track dancers and talented alumni who dance in companies around the country, including Lauren Lane and Michael McGonegal (St. Louis Ballet, and engaged to be married), Caroline MacDonald (Nevada Ballet Theatre, Cirque du Soleil choreography veteran) and Michelle Davis (TPB faculty).
7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10, The Portland Ballet Studio Theatre, 6250 S.W. Capitol Highway, www.theportlandballet.org, starting at $10
Stumptown Stages presents Katie Harman Ebner, Julianne Johnson, Kirk Mouser and Douglas Webster in staging the Leonard Bernstein show about a community experiencing a collective crisis of faith, which includes text from the liturgy of the Roman Mass and additional text by Stephen Schwartz and Bernstein. It would've been Bernstein's 100th birthday this year. It's directed by Jon Kretzu.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, Marylhurst University St. Anne Chapel, 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, www.stumptownstages.org, $26-$45
The comedian and his biting humor come to Portland on his "Adam Carolla: Not Taco Bell Material" tour.
7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, June 9, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie, www.aladdin-theater.com, $39.50-$49.50