In the theatre world we have, a handful of franchised shows from New York play regional theatres struggling for relevance. As the lights go down on that mass produced version of BAD DATES, VENUS IN FUR, etc., you could be anywhere. Welcome to Olive Garden.
In the theatre world we need, instead of taking up the assignment as conveyor belts in a creaky colonial system, companies instead create their own authentic new work – stuff you can find nowhere else. They engage with their community. They make place and time specific art. Their shows then travel the OPPOSITE direction – from the hinterlands toward larger cultural centers, where audience members feel they have sampled something original. Something authentic. Welcome to Higgins, Pok Pok, Lincoln.
On that note, the noise in the underground laboratory of one of Portland’s unique theatre groups has been steadily increasing, and smoke and sparks have been seen shooting out of taped over windows late at night. That’s because they’re working on a new show in there. One that has never been seen. And in a few short weeks – just in time for Christmas – you will have a chance to behold the new. Bonus: it’s at one of the coolest venues in town.
That’s right – the next show from Liminal is coming down the tracks.