by: Courtesy of Miracle Theatre Group, Portland State University student and Mexico native Nelda Reyes (left, with Bibiana Lorenzo) pulls off the title role very well in “Rosalba y los Llaveros.”

Edited by Randall Barton



The production that put Portland's Imago Theatre on the world map gives its hometown another look before going on indefinite hiatus.

While the dazzling, larger-than-life puppet show will continue to trot the globe, Imago co-founders Jerry Mouawad and Carol Triffle will devote time to other projects.

Catch this while you can. And take the kids.

- EB

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, 1:30 p.m. SUNDAY, through April 29, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., 503-231-9581, $16-$27; also available through TicketsWest (503-224-8499), subject to service charges

'Rosalba y los Llaveros'

It's a fair indication of increasing cultural diversity in Portland that Miracle Theatre Group can mount not only a Spanish-language production but fill it with top-flight actors.

Emilio Carballido's brassy comedy wouldn't work without a genuine star in the role of Rosalba, a self-absorbed big city girl who amuses herself by toying recklessly with the lives of relatives in provincial Veracruz.

But Nelda Reyes, a Portland State University grad student who brings an impressive résumé from her native Mexico, is up to the task and supported by terrific performances from Gilberto Martín Del Campo, Bibiana Lorenzo, Jorge Madrid-Enamorado and Roberto Astorga.

It's in Spanish with English subtitles. Daniel Jáquez directs.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, through April 28, Milagro Theatre, 525 S.E. Stark St., 503-236-7253,, $13-$18

'The Retreat From Moscow'

Two kinds of insanity, kept alive over three decades, conspire to destroy a marriage in this riveting production at Artists Repertory Theatre.

The more obvious pathology afflicts Alice (JoAnn Johnson), a middle-age English poet and wife of a university professor. We never really learn what inspired the joyless, controlling behavior she visits upon her husband, Edward (Keith Scales.)

We do know he has submitted to a paralyzing disease of his own, an unwillingness to defend himself or confront the corrosive malaise that has settled in.

There is nothing especially rare about the maladies in question, nor is the path the couple will take particularly surprising. But everything else in this production of William Nicholson's brilliant play is a revelation.

Johnson is superb, yet is nearly matched by Scales and Alex Moggridge, as the couple's young son, Jamie. It's one of the best plays on the Portland stage this season.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, through April 29, Artists Repertory Theatre Mainstage, 1516 S.W. Alder St., 503-241-1278,, $20-$42.50

'The Sisters Rosensweig'

The third production in a season of Wendy Wasserstein works at Profile Theatre shows the playwright at her peak, the astute chronicler of a certain stratum of American culture: women striving for completion and companionship in the high-pressure world of educated, East Coast professionals in the '90s.

But that's also what makes 'Sisters' feel a bit dated now. After fine productions of both 'An American Daughter' and the Pulitzer Prize-winning 'The Heidi Chronicles,' this rather downbeat comedy fall a bit short.

- EB

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

'Other Women'

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. Last weekend.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, April 13 and 14, Theater Theatre, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., 503-274-9309, $12-$16

'Repeat After Me'

Hand2Mouth Theater has proved that innovation in theater can be anything but oblique and inaccessible.

Seen in workshop performances earlier this year, this clever, freewheeling romp lets the audience decide what America's taste in music says about its character.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY-SUNDAY and 8 p.m. Thursday, through April 29, Goldsmith Performance Lab, 20 N.W. Fifth Ave., 503-235-5284,, $10-$15

'The Star-Spangled Girl'

Ferris Wheel Productions continues its run of the Neil

Simon comedy.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 5 p.m. SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Thursday, through April 21, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., 503-823-4322,, $15-$21

'The Long Voyage Home'

Arts Equity Theatre offers four early one-acts by Eugene O'Neill, all with maritime themes.

- EB

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, through April 22, 606 Main St., Vancouver, Wash., 1-360-695-3770,, $8-$24


'The Feminazi'

This fast-paced, one-woman show features Suzanne Willett as the riding crop-toting title character, as well as other characters who offer perspectives on the post-feminist experience.

It's meant for women but said to be safe for men as well.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, April 13-14, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Brunish Hall, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-248-4335,, $15-$26; also available through Ticketmaster (503-790-2787), subject to service charges


Dan Cameron

The senior curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York speaks on contemporary Asian art and Western art.

- Joseph Gallivan

2 p.m. SUNDAY, April 15, Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-226-0973, $10 (does not include museum admission)

Richard Tarnas

Carl Jung wrote, 'Astrology represents the sum of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity.'

During his late phase, when he was theorizing archetypes, synchronicity and the philosophy of history, Jung looked at his patients' charts, but he kept quiet about it.

Research by Richard Tarnas and Stanislav Grof gives new support for Jung's intuition of the value of astrology and of the trans-psychic (or 'psychoid') nature of the archetypes.

In his Friday lecture, 'Cosmos and Psyche: Jungian Archetypes and Astrology,' Tarnas summarizes the evidence, while the Saturday workshop will be devoted to a more in-depth survey of archetypes and astrology.

- JG

Lecture 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, April 13, First United Methodist Church, Sanctuary, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St., 503-223-3080, $12; workshop 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, First United Methodist Church, Fireside Room, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St., 503-223-3080, $85


John Pizzarelli

The jazz guitarist and singer, well-known for his stylish interpretations of the American songbook, joins the Oregon Symphony for three performances.

He'll honor Nat King Cole with his jazzy versions of standards like 'Paper Moon' and 'Route 66.' For authenticity, the concerts will feature performances by Freddy Cole, an accomplished vocalist and Nat's younger brother.

- EB

7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, 3 p.m. SUNDAY and 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 14-16, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353,, $29-$80; also available through Ticketmaster (503-790-2787), subject to service charges


The McDonagh Sisters

Orla McDonagh, director of the piano program at Lewis and Clark College, is the eldest of four siblings, all of whom grew up playing more than one instrument in Dublin, Ireland.

Here she plays with her cellist sister Ailbhe (pronounced 'Alva') featuring Fauré's 'Après un Rêve,' Arvo Pärt's 'Fratres,' Franck's Sonata in A major, 'Hungarian Rhapsody' by David Popper and Debussy's Sonata for cello and piano.

- JG

8 p.m. SATURDAY, Apr. 14, Lewis and Clark College, Evans Auditorium, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, 503-768-7460, free

Nelson Freire

A small amount of tickets remain for a recital by the Brazilian-born pianist, who will perform works by Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin. It's a Portland Piano International event.

- EB

4 p.m. SUNDAY, April 15, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1388, $20-$42, subject to service charges

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