The company presents Lisa Kron's "Well" and Anna Deavere Smith's "Let Me Down Easy" in rotating repertory. Both shows feature the same six-person cast. "Well" (May 9-June 15) is about a mother whose undiagnosed allergies lead to wild and confusing swings in energy and ability. "Let Me Down Easy" (May 16-June 16) investigates human resiliency, health care and a tendency in American culture to shy away from mortality. They're both staged at Portland Playhouse, 602 N.E. Prescott St. For more: www.profiletheatre.org.
'Sirens of Coos Bay'
The Broken Planetarium presents the Laura Dunn grunge opera based on Hans Christian Andersen's mermaid tale and transported to 1990s Coos Bay, where a former mermaid navigates a town undone by the spotted owl controversy and the clash of the fishing generation with the male-dominated grunge scene.
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, May 9-11, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 10 p.m. Friday, May 17, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 S.E. Clinton St., www.cstpdx.org, $15-$20
The Portland Ballet
The academy presents "Current/Classic," a mixed repertoire program of contemporary and classical pieces that showcase advanced company dancers — Balanchine's "Serenade," Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake Act II" and Tom Gold's "Festival Russe," as well as "Rip/Tide" by BodyVox's Ashley Roland and Jamey Hampton and "Quinary" by TPB master Jason Davis.
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 10-11, Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., www.theportlandballet.org, starting at $10
'Tomorrow Will Be ...'
Boom Arts and The Team, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based ensemble, present the song-sharing show and "social justice fair" that uses the power of song to imagine a new tomorrow.
7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 10-11, The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., www.boomarts.org, $10-$20
'PAW Patrol Live!'
It's "The Great Pirate Adventure" children's show, which stages at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Friday-Sunday, May 10-12. For more: www.rosequarter.com.
Imago Theatre's Carol Triffle's hilarious and heartbreaking play is "a study in missed connections, conflicting impulses and thwarted desires, and a prismatic exploration of loneliness and what it means to be an outsider — or an artist." It tells of Pebble, the outsider/artist who one day meets a mysterious visitor who helps things unravel through song, dance and pills shared like snacks.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, May 10-25, 2 p.m. May 12, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., www.imagotheatre.com, $10-$20
Music Director George Manahan leads the Portland Opera chorus, orchestra, resident artists and guest soloists in an evening of beautiful music from the likes of Verdi, Bizet and Mozart. General Director Christopher Mattaliano will host the program.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.portlandopera.org, starting at $35
The live magazine, created for stage, screen and a live audience, returns to Portland, and it features writers, illustrators and photographers sharing their stories on stage, accompanied by an original score by the Magik*Magik Orchestra.
7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, May 13-14, Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St., www.popupmagazine.com, $29
The Australian comedian, fresh off her successful "Nanette" tour, is back on the road with her "Douglas" show.
8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, May 15-17, 9 p.m. Saturday, May 18, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com, $42.25-$63.50
'Raising the Standards'
Actors and singers with Northwest Senior Theatre take the stage with their spring show, a review of The Great American Songbook, featuring songs from the 1920s-'50s — "Let's Do It," "I Got Rhythm," "Two Sleepy People," "Never Walk Alone," "Just One of Those Things," etc.
2 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, May 15-18, Alpenrose Dairy Opera House, 6148 S.W. Shattuck Road, www.alpenrose.com, $10