I hate how these things creep up on me.

Sometimes I am distracted from the theater by drama of mine own (Parental Visit! Boyfriend’s Job Search! Massive Attack of the Blues! Netflicks delivers Battestar Galactica Season 3!)

I always get my act back together, eventually. Like right now, I’ve just poked my head back out into the cultured world, and realized that there are a bunch of plays I want to see, and this weekend is my last chance. Assuming I’m not alone in this predicament, here is a list of worthwhile shows that are wrapping up their stage runs this weekend. Go check one out!

American Buffalo at the trusty Third Rail Rep.

Before he raised four-letter words to an art form—and before the film version of Glengarry Glen Ross made him the irascible darling of the theater world—playwright David Mamet composed this dense, dialogue-heavy study of a heist gone wrong. First staged in 1975, it was only Mamet’s fourth play, but it contained the sturdy framework of what was to come: bawdy, brazen language; gallows humor; and men plotting, scheming, and struggling to break free from the soulless grind their lives had become.

King Lear at Mt. Hood Community College.

Veteran voice actor Sam Mowry from Willamette Radio Theatre tackles the title role in this, one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.

You Can’t Take it With You at Portland Actors Conservatory

(someone, perhaps, might have mentioned this to Lear) Future in-laws clash as the conservative, money-motivated Kirby clan and the free-spirited, highly eccentric Vanderhof-Sycamore family are forced to rub elbows. Things go downhill from there in this Pulitzer Prize winning comedy from George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

Entre Villa y Una Mujer Desnuda at Milagro Theater

Gina and Adrian have a relationship that’s primarily physical—and that’s good enough for Adrian. But when Gina seeks commitment elsewhere, her neglected lover summons all his inner resources, including the spirit of Pancho Villa, to win her back.

Go forth! See shows!