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Corrido Calavera

MITCH LILLIE
7:30 pm Thursdays, 8 pm Fridays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Nov. 10., Sunday November 10 | $15-$26.
Miracle Theatre
525 SE Stark St.
 
As the 18th installment in Milagro Theatre’s annual Day of the Dead series, the original production Corrido Calavera must live up to a long history of outrageous and poignant theater. Chilling, though, this isn’t. As the lights fade in, four skeletons whispering and pushing around two coffins is about as scary as Corrido Calavera gets. The coffins open, bearing a confused Manuel (Enrique E. Andrade) and Amanda (Tricia Castañeda-Gonzales), who demand answers. “The two of you have passed on to the other side,” the leader of the skeletons explains to the couple, but Amanda is in disbelief. “You mean we’re in Mexico?” It’s the first of many near-perfect one-liners, which, though much denser in act one, ensure that Corrido Calavera is one of the funniest plays to hit Portland this season. If the laughs tend to be early in the performance, the message hits home in the finale. Manuel and Amanda, who struggled in their marriage while still alive, must battle the ominous and omnipresent D. Inc.—and its CEO/mascot, Muerte Mouse, dressed and acting like an Adbusters parody of Mickey. The ending is wholesome and happy—isn’t it always in D. films?—but the skeletons, especially the Southern drawling Mariel Sierra and the bombastic Nelda Reyes, make you laugh till you’re dead.

Where: Miracle Theatre
Phone: 236-7253
Address: 525 SE Stark St.
Website: milagro.org

 
 

Miracle Theatre

525 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR
97214
 
This prolific Latino community organization stages Spanish, English and bilingual plays.
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