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by: Courtesy of Houston Grand Opera/George Hixon, Mezzo-soprano Angela Niederloh sings with the Portland Baroque Orchestra this weekend at the First Baptist Church and Reed College.

THEATER

'Annie'

Little Orphan Annie is the ward of super-rich Daddy Warbucks, whom the evil Miss Hannigan at the orphanage wants to extort. Annie goes off looking for her biological folks, which is asking for trouble.

Look out for the capable 12-year-old Marissa O'Donnell as Annie, and also scene-stealer Anastasia Korbal, 6, who plays the youngest orphan, Molly. Cute kids, catchy tunes, lots of pining.

- Joseph Gallivan

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, also 2 p.m. SATURDAY and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. SUNDAY, Feb. 23-25, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-241-1802, $23- $68; also available through Ticketmaster (503-790-2787), subject to service charges

'Romeo and Juliet'

Director John Monteverde called on goth and techno elements to make this production of the Shakespeare classic catnip for the youngsters. The Blue Monkey/Portland Actors Ensemble collaboration ends this weekend.

- Eric Bartels

7 p.m. FRIDAY, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, Feb. 23-25, West End Theater, 1220 S.W. Taylor St., 503-777-4506, www.bluemonkeytheater.org, $10-$20

'Private Lives'

Integrity Productions dusts off Noel Coward's comedy of manners, then inspects it from all kinds of new angles. Kerry E. Sorci directs.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 4 p.m. SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Thursday, through March 18, Theater Theatre, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., 503-286-3456, $12-$15

'Hedda Gabler'

In the Ibsen classic, a woman fears she has married at the expense of her freedom. Jon Robin Baitz's adaptation gets a two-week run at Portland State University.

- EB

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, through March 3, PSU, Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., 503-725-3307, $3.50-$8.50

'Flashbacks'

Last chance to catch this lively musical comedy about women and the issues they face in the back half of their lives. Allen Nause, artistic director of Artists Repertory Theatre, directs; Dan Murphy of Broadway Rose handles the choreography.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, Feb. 23-25, Portland Metro Performing Arts Center, 9933 S.E. Pine St., 503-775-8017, www.flashbacksthemusical.com, $20-$24

'The Skriker'

The new and youthful CoToP Theater launches itself with English playwright Caryl Churchill's dark fantasy of two sisters pursued by a ghostly shape-shifter.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY-SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, through March 10, Theater Theatre, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., 503-312-4372, $10-$15

'Vanya'

In tackling Tom Wood's recent adaptation of the Chekhov classic, which moves the action from Czarist Russia to the Canadian heartland of the 1920s, Artists Repertory Theatre assembled a truckload of star power, including Oscar winner William Hurt and several local Drammy winners.

Vanya (Allen Nause) is an embittered farmer driven to distraction by an arrogant, freeloading former brother-in-law and his young trophy wife. Astroff (Hurt) is a country doctor whose love for the land can't cure his loneliness.

Hurt, making his second appearance at ART in three seasons, is masterly as Astroff, and Nause and others in the cast are good, too. But the venerated playwright wasn't kidding when he explained that he wrote so that the rest of us might 'see how bad and dreary your lives are.'

There is much to like here, but the play is at times a veritable derby of despair, one that takes a toll like the deliberate, punishing rhythms of northern farm life itself.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. SUNDAY, 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday through March 4 (no performance March 3), Artists Repertory Theatre Main Stage, 1516 S.W. Alder St., 503-241-1278, $24-$64

'Chateau Joyeux'

CoHo Productions offers Portland playwright William S. Gregory's world premiere about a cultured Parisian who rediscovers herself in the provinces following World War II.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, Feb. 23-24, CoHo Theater, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., 503-220-2646, www.cohoproductions.org, $20-$23

MUSICAL THEATER

'Grease'

If you ever wondered what those kids from Rydell High would look like 30 years on, here's a chance to find out.

Corey Brunish and triple threat Oregonian columnist Margie Boulé star in Stumptown Stages' older, more experienced take on the musical classic.

- EB

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through March 24, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., 503-381-8686, info @stumptown stages.org, $22-$25

MUSIC

Marian Inspirations

Two audience favorites, local mezzo-soprano Angela Niederloh and Canadian countertenor Matthew White, join Portland Baroque Orchestra for a program of 18th-century Italian music inspired by the Virgin Mary.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, Feb. 23-24, First Baptist Church, 909 S.W. 11th Ave.; 3 p.m. SUNDAY, Feb. 25, Reed College, Kaul Auditorium, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-222-6000, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , $15-$39

BOOKS

'A Message to Garcia'

Subtitled 'Elbert Hubbard and the Power of Print' this book tells the story of American philosopher and writer Elbert Hubbard's inspirational 1899 essay 'A Message to Garcia.' Never heard of it? A hundred years ago Hubbard was hot stuff.

Portland collector and author Jack Walsdorf has loaned his personal materials to show how the power of print used to affect society.

- JG

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, noon to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, through March 18; Multnomah County Central Library, Collins Gallery, 801 S.W. 10th Ave., third floor, 503-988-5402, free

STORYTELLING

Facets of Africa

Local performers relate colorful legends and share personal experiences reflecting the diversity of African and African-American life.

Open discussions follow the all-ages events, which take place Tuesdays and Saturdays in February, honoring Black History Month.

- EB

2 p.m. SATURDAY and 10 a.m. Tuesday, through Feb. 27, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., 503-823-4322, $5-$10