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When the American Dream is dashed, try making a sandwich! A trio of disparate and desperate 'sandwich artists' find themselves abandoned by their fast-food franchise and left to their own devices in this utterly amusing and ridiculously believable story of making ends "meat and cheese." This post-recession, comedic commentary embraces the humor in misery, the creativity in despair, and the ingenuity of the human spirit as this indomitable group bands together to succeed on their own damned terms.
Twenty years ago Emma walked out on Ulysses in the middle of the night, taking their young son with her. That's given Ulysses two decades to write his magnum opus, perfect his naked cooking techniques, and move into a dingy trailer with a phone-eating dog. But when Emma hears that he's also battling for his life, she returns to hash out the best and worst of their marriage, and the mysterious circumstances of the night she left.
Vicky and Erica are catapulted through 25 years of of love and heartbreak as they navigate an ever-shifting present. Through courtship, children, marriage, divorce and the whisper of mortality, this kaleidoscopic journey is a stunningly honest depiction of the fortitude and courage it takes to fight for love.
Set during a time when the country is divided by conflicting ideologies and convictions following a contentious presidential election, Vogel's sweeping, music-rich story plays out one frigid Christmas Eve on the banks of the Potomac River. Amid the hubbub of holiday preparations, an array of abolitionists and assassins, slaves and freemen, Union and Confederate soldiers, along with President Lincoln and Mary Todd, all pursue their paths to liberation. Propelled by traditional American songs, marches and spirituals — all revitalized for this production by luminary Portland musicians — A Civil War Christmas is a lively reminder for people of all beliefs about humanity's potential for compassion, reconciliation and hope.
Humans love stories, and particularly stories about sex. Local Portland company Dance Naked Productions, known for creating smut positive theater, is proud to present Come Inside, an entire festival of shows that wrestle with sexual themes and erotic explorations. Performers from across the English-speaking world will take the stage to share authentic, imaginative, libidinous stories of sexual exploration and adventure. Listen in on phone sex with Phone Whore, sing along with Shirley Gnome in Real Mature (like an "angel dry-humping a cloud"), get curious about the gender journey in Ze: Queer As Fuck. With 8 different shows to choose from, you might find yourself torn between Bi, Hung, Fit...and Married, or Tales of a Sexual Tomboy. If you've ever tried to talk to a kid about sex, In Search of Cruise Control is a hilarious how-to. Come out for local performers Eleanor O'Brien (GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies), and Kelly Nesbitt (Dr. Tallulah's Cosmic Fuck). Come again and again!
Antigone Project is a collection of short plays written by five of America's top playwrights: Tanya Barfield, Karen Hartman, Chiori Miyagawa, Lynn Nottage and Caridad Svich. Based on the ancient Greek play by Sophocles, the five pieces are a modern retelling that confirms an ancient story can by both contemporary and relevant.
The fairytale concoction of teen angst and devastating loss make for a grisly good time in this crackling new "thrilledy" — a stew of dark comedy, family drama and fantastical carnage. It's 1976 and young Chris is reeling from her mom's illness and recent death. Throw in dad's new girlfriend (mom's ex-nurse!), a few freaky little creatures and the boy next door, and things really get out of hand. Part campy horror show, part revenge tragedy, the highly theatrical Feathers and Teeth delivers a meaty exploration of grief and obsession.
A gypsy prophecy pulls melancholy sandwich-maker Harold and two bewitching sisters through a star-crossed journey of love and connection. Featuring a catchy score and inventive story-telling, this darkly comic rock fable culminates during the northeast blackout of 1965. "The most paradoxical of musicals – hilarious and bittersweet, deeply immersed in tradition but utterly original" (Dallas News), Fly By Night is a tale of finding light in a world filled with darkness.
An all-female, all-star Portland cast leads a gender-bending production of Oscar Wilde's magnificent 19th Century comedy of manners and social status. Lovely Gwendolyn and adorable Cecily don't care who they marry as long as his name is Earnest (so manly and respectable!). Jack and Algernon are utterly smitten and only too happy to ditch their given names to bamboozle their way into the ladies' hearts. Imperious Lady Bracknell is aghast, agog and practically apoplectic, but her efforts to impose propriety prove useless against Cupid's earnest truth. High jinx, bon mots and cucumber sandwiches are served.
Based on the 1994 Disney animated film, The Lion King continues to reign as one of the most popular shows on Broadway and around the world. With a powerful score by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, The Lion King continues to amaze with astounding stage wizardry from visionary director Julie Taymor. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by an enormous company of international performers, whose detailed costumes, carved masks, and intricate makeup will transport you to the gorgeous vistas of the African savanna.
In this tender and inquisitive new drama, a family grapples with the difference between a life lived and a life remembered as 85-year-old Marjorie struggles to keep hold of her memories and identity, gently assisted by an artificial version of her late husband, Walter. An exploration of aging, memory and technology, Marjorie Prime peers into what lies ahead and how our past is rewritten to face today.
Morris has been assigned to investigate rumors of bizarre and terrifying behavior in The Nether, an online virtual realm where technology can realistically simulate all five of our senses. As her investigation takes her deeper and deeper into this mysterious world, she's forced to face truths about herself that she never knew existed. The Nether is a chilling look into an inevitable future, one that asks: can morality and laws be enforced in a world that doesn't actually exist.
The American Dream teeters on the edge of the abyss as immigrants Cindy and Omar face their thwarted dreams and unraveling marriage while Omar's buddy Patrick connives to push them over the edge. In this surprisingly funny dark comedy, trouble erupts one night when bad choices are followed by verrrrry bad choices. The stakes become lethal as these characters manipulate the truth and do anything to justify their desires. The Talented Ones is Artists Rep's first new play development commission for Table|Room|Stage as part of the Oregon Community Foundation's "Creative Heights Initiative."
The star of this hilarious and heart-wrenching new comedy is Trevor, a 200-pound chimp intent on reviving his showbiz career. He worked with Morgan Fairchild, for crying out loud! He lives with his human "mom" — just a regular family, trying to get by in spite of neighbors who simply can't understand. Swinging between reality and fantasy, Trevor takes aim at the nature of humanity and the lies we tell ourselves.
Take a sleigh ride through everything that makes Portland, well, Portland. An audience-favorite, A Very Merry PDX-mas celebrates (and pokes loving fun at) all the quirks of our "ever green" city with beloved holiday pop songs, classic carols, and original offbeat material. Featured songs include "Joy to the 'Burbs," "Carol of the Fans," and "The Re-Gifter's Lament."