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The Short List

STAGE

Damon Wayans

The standup comedian of “In Living Color” and “My Wife and Kids” fame comes to Portland.

8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 30-31, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1, Helium Comedy Club, 1510 S.E. Ninth Ave., www.heliumcomedy.com, $40, $46 reserved

‘Robinson Crusoe

It’s an Action/Adventure Theatre play in four parts adapted from the novel by Daniel Defoe about the poor fellow who makes the best of things stranded on an island. There’ll be clown work, scripted scenes, physical and musical montages and Action/Adventure’s signature improv.

8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, May 29-June 22, Action/Adventure Theatre, 1050 S.E. Clinton St., www.actionadventure.org, $10 online, $15 at door, $35 four-week pass

Lizzie

Portland Center Stage presents the Lizzie Borden story — “Lizzie Borden took an ax, gave her mother 40 whacks” — in a rock ‘n’ roll musical forum, starring four mavens: Mary Kate Morrissey (as Lizzie), Leslie McDonel, Carrie Cimma and Kacie Sheik. Rose Riordan directs, and James Beaton brings the rock score to life. Portland-based Broadway producers Brisa Trinchero and Corey Brunish helped develop the musical.

The nationally acclaimed musical, first produced in New York in 1990, was inspired by the great rock spectacles of the 1970s: including Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, KISS; women rockers such as Grace Slick and Joan Jett; and bands like Heart and Led Zeppelin

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, May 30-June 29, Gerding Theater, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., www.pcs.org, starting at $38

‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Third Rail Repertory will complete the Martin McDonagh trilogy, which included “The Lonesome West” and “A Skull in Connemara.” The latest production centers around the tedious life of a woman (Maureen Folan) taking care of her aging mother (Mag) before opportunity knocks.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, May 30-June 22, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.thirdrailrep.org, $20-$43

Live Wire! Radio

The radio/stage variety show’s 10th season comes to an end with standup comedian Todd Glass, robot expert Daniel H. Wilson (“Robopocalypse”), standup comic Cameron Esposito and author David Kinney (“The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob”) and musical guests Lemolo and EDJ. In the past year, Live Wire! has expanded from 15 to 48 stations across the country and been picked up by Public Radio International. It returns Sept. 9.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.livewireradio.org, $20, $25 day of show, $35 reserved

Homegrown

It’s the latest installment of Polaris Dance Theatre’s Exposed Choreographers Series, with the work of seven choreographers — including artistic director Robert Guitron (“Moot”) and former OBT principal dancer Anne Mueller (“Hello, Hello, Hello”) — set to soundscapes created by Portland-based musicians, composers and playwrights.

7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, June 6-June 15,

Polaris Studio Theatre, 1501 S.W. Taylor St., www.polarisdance.org, $25 adults, $20 students/seniors, $17.50 military/children

MISC.

Pioneer Courthouse Square

An installation of 20,000 flowers, created by Dao Architecture, will be on display May 30 through June 10 at Pioneer Courthouse Square, inspired by the square’s 30th birthday. It’ll include a multicolored interactive maze. Flowers go on sale at 8 a.m. June 11. Also, there’ll be a “1984 Time Capsule Reveal” — revealing the 50 items symbolizing Portland, including clothing, beverages and artwork, planted at the Southeast corner of the square 30 years ago — at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 30. Kerry Tymchuk, Oregon Historical Society executive director, opens the time capsule, with help from first lady of Portland Nancy Hales and Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. After taking public nominations, another time capsule will be placed at the square to remain until 2034. For info: www.thesquarepdx.org.

Oregon Encyclopedia

The OE Literary History Night Series puts on “William Stafford: A Life of Poetry,” featuring outgoing Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen and retired Stafford archivist Paul Merchant telling the story of the late, great Oregonian born 100 years ago.

7 p.m. Monday, June 2, McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St.

MUSIC

World Mandolin Concert

Portland is a hotbed for mandolin, and this show features instructors from the River of the West Mandolin Camp. The show displays the many genres of music into which the mandolin comfortably fits, featuring Chicago’s Don Stiernberg, Portland’s Brian Oberlin (performing solo), Steffen Trekel and Michael Troster from Germany, and the Infamous String Dusters’ Jesse Cobb of New York.

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, The Historic Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., www.brownpapertickets.com, $12, $15 at door