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by: ©2007 OWEN CAREY, In “Bad Dates” Carol Halstead shows that singles may not get the romance but they’ll certainly earn the shoes — lots of shoes.

Edited by Randall Barton

THEATER

'Bad Dates'

Theresa Rebeck's fast-paced 2003 comedy takes a lighthearted look at a single mom's attempt to jump back into the dating game.

A one-woman show, the play stars Carol Halstead and is directed by Timothy Near, both imported by Portland Center Stage from the San Jose Repertory Theatre.

- Eric Bartels

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. SUNDAY, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, noon and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, through June 10 (additional performances later in run), Gerding Theater Studio, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., 503-445-3700, www.pcs.org, $16.50-$41.50

'Frogz'

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

'Address Unknown'

Local heavyweights Tobias Andersen and Michael Mendelson star as friends threatened by the rise of the Nazi Party in 1932 Germany.

It's adapted from a novel written by Portland author Kathrine Kressmann Taylor in 1938. Mary McDonald-Lewis directs for Readers Theatre Repertory.

- Eric Bartels

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. SUNDAY, 11 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, through April 29, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 S.W. Broadway, Dolores Winningstad Theatre, 503-248-4335, www.addressunknown.info, $16.50-$23.50; 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 not only mount 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.

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, www.milagro.org, $13-$18

'The Retreat From Moscow'

Two kinds of insanity destroy a marriage in this riveting production at Artists Repertory Theatre.

Alice (JoAnn Johnson), a middle-age English poet and wife of a university professor, wears down her husband, Edward (Keith Scales), with her joyless, controlling behavior; he is unwilling to confront the corrosive malaise that has settled in.

There is nothing especially rare about the maladies in question, 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. 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, www.artistsrep.org, $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.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, April 20-21, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. SUNDAY, April 22, Theater Theatre, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., 503-242-0080, $10-$28

'Repeat After Me'

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

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 Thursday, through April 29, Goldsmith Performance Lab, 20 N.W. Fifth Ave., 503-235-5284, www.hand2mouththeatre.org, $10-$15

'The Star-Spangled Girl'

Ferris Wheel Productions continues its run of the Neil Simon comedy.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, April 20-21, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., 503-823-4322, www.ferriswheelproductions.com, $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, April 20-21, 606 Main St., Vancouver, Wash., 1-360-695-3770, www.artsequity.org, $8-$24

VARIETY

'Miz Kitty's Parlour'

Hostess Lisa Marsicek wraps up another season of this popular vaudeville-style review, having successfully relocated to the 300-seat Mission Theater.

The roster of performers includes the mysterious Dim Sum Puppet Opera, belly dancer Razia and the Bellingham-based Gallus Brothers, whose presentation of ragtime blues incorporates juggling as well as playing one another's instruments.

- EB

7 p.m. SATURDAY, April 21, Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., 503-223-4527, www.mizkittysparlour.com, $12

MUSIC

Quartet San Francisco

Expect everything from Mozart to Mancini when Friends of Chamber Music hosts this adventurous foursome as part of its Not So Classic Series.

The quartet received two Grammy nominations for its latest recording, a CD of tango music called 'Látigo.'

- EB

3 p.m. SUNDAY, April 22, Reed College, Kaul Auditorium, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-224-9842, www.focm.org, $30-$35; also available through Ticketmaster (503-224-4400), subject to service charges