- ERIC BARTELS
- Portland Tribune - Features
'The Sisters Rosensweig'
Playwright Wendy Wasserstein's works may have been firmly located in post-feminist debate and American Jewish culture, but there was no limit to the reach of her powers of observation and keen wit. The New York Times called her 'reflexively in touch with her times.'
Profile Theatre continues its seasonlong tribute with a story of three American sisters who unite in London and compare notes on life, love and the pursuit of fulfillment.
Jane Unger directs a cast that includes Karla Mason, who was stellar in Wasserstein's 'An American Daughter' earlier this season, and Amanda Soden, who was scarily good in Portland Center Stage's 'Misalliance.'
- Eric Bartels
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Thursday, through April 22, Theater Theatre, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., 503-242-0080, $10-$28
Clowns Without Borders
This evening of physical theater raises money for a program that performs in villages in war-torn and oppressed parts of the world such as Guatemala, Haiti and New Orleans.
They promise 'jugglers with highbrow wit, comic ninjas accompanied by live rock band, acrobats, Wild West performers, tap-dancing saxophone players, and modern clowns.'
Laugh and the world laughs with you.
- Joseph Gallivan
7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, March 23, da Vinci Arts Middle School auditorium, 2508 N.E. Everett St., 503-916-5356, $10-$20 adults, $5-$10 ages 17 and under
This one has adventure written all over it. That is to say, anything created by Imago Theatre co-founder Carol Triffle - as this is - has the potential to land anywhere on the map.
Last season's 'Hit Me in the Stomach' won some admirers; it left others with nothing more than a stomachache.
To catch this premiere, move quickly because there are just six shows.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, through March 31, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., 503-231-9581, $16-$26; also available through TicketsWest (503-224-8499), subject to service charges
Locals who remember 'The Ramblin' Rod Show' will get an extra kick out of the latest effort by the sketch comedy troupe Third Floor, which ends this weekend.
The company riffs on kiddie fare in a way that is anything but appropriate for the little ones.
The shows will be followed by a separate performance by the Cody Rivers Show, out of Bellingham, Wash.
8 p.m. (10 p.m. the Cody Rivers Show), FRIDAY and SATURDAY, March 23-24, Miracle Theater, 525 S.E. Stark St., 503-627-9847, $10 ($16 for both shows)
'Pushing Buttons and Saving Lives'
The comedy collective Fishbowl Catharsis begins a three-week run with 10 sketches based on its unique, if not bizarre, perspective on things.
10:30 p.m. SATURDAY, through April 7, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., 503-823-4322, $6
Eleven actresses tell women's stories through monologue and movement in the West Coast premiere of Jonn Jorgenson's original work.
It's produced in collaboration with the Bluestockings, a year-old Portland collective dedicated to showcasing female talent.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 3 p.m. SUNDAY, 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, through April 7, Theater Theatre, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., 503-274-9309, $12-$16
The Portland Chamber Orchestra teams with Mount Hood Repertory Theatre and the 60 voices of the Pacific Youth Choir to present a two-act adaptation of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' set to the music of Mendelssohn.
The staged reading will be directed by Tobias Andersen. A final dress rehearsal 10 a.m. Saturday will be free to the public and preceded by activities for children.
8 p.m. SATURDAY, March 17, Reed College, Kaul Auditorium, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-771-3250, www.portlandchamberorchestra.org, $20-$25
Keith Scales directs an impressive cast in the Lakewood Theatre production of a time-traveling mystery-romance by award-winning author and playwright Tom Stoppard.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 7 p.m. SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Thursday, through April 7, also 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, and April 1, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, 503-635-3901, $23-$25
'La Fille Mal Gardée'
The Metro Dancers, a Portland-based troupe of professional and pre-professional performers, end a run of the comic 18th-century ballet.
A year away from its 30th anniversary, the company welcomes back alumnus Steven Houser of the Oregon Ballet Theatre. He'll handle the lead role in a production that involves some 50 dancers.
2 p.m. and 8 p.m. SATURDAY, March 24, Portland Metro Performing Arts Center, 9933 S.E. Pine St., 503-408-0604, $10-$18
Marie Schumacher has been offering a second life to lapsed vocalists since 2004, when she created this pop-ready a cappella group.
It will perform as well as invite a singalong at this event, part of the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center's Do North celebration.
3 p.m. SUNDAY, March 25, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., 503-238-5331, free
Robert Moore and the Wildcats
Moore, a transplanted Alabaman, brings his smoky, swinging jazz sound to this afternoon event, the last in a series of performances designed to generate funds for a new grand piano at the Old Church.
4 p.m. SUNDAY, March 25, the Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., 503-222-2031, $12-$15; also available through TicketsWest (503-224-8499), subject to service charges