Blow trumpets | Ye olde weekend picks

Here comes the weekend. And with it some theatre picks for you.

Portland Center Stage – CYRANO by Edmond Rostand

Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks called the 2011 Folger Theatre premiere of this slimmed down, swashbuckled up adaptation a “polyunsaturated wheel of cheese”. But hey, even vegan Portlanders have been known to enjoy dairy now and then. With luck, the all star, all Northwest cast can elevate the experience above just another men in tights romp.

Shaking The Tree – SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER by Tennessee Williams

It’s the first Shaking The Tree production in their new much expanded space in SE. Whether or not you know and love Tennessee Williams, you won’t be disappointed with this strongly executed and staffed story of a Spanish holiday gone wrong.

Artists Repertory Theatre – THE PRICE by Arthur Miller

One of the most notable shows of the 2014-15 Portland theatre season has burst on stage over at Artists Rep. There’s a strong cast giving fierce life to this Arthur Miller zinger, directed by Adriana Baer.

Portland Actors Conservatory – REALLY REALLY by Paul Downs Colaizzo

This recent play went down well at MCC in New York and it’s worth a look over at the PAC. All is not milk and honey on the college campus of this dark story. But you will get a great tutorial in how to manage voicemail.

Boom Arts – A CHANCE ENCOUNTER by Mohammad Al-Attar

Three nights only, it’s your next chance to catch the latest from Boom Arts. The war in Syria is the subject. Make sure you stay for one of the talkbacks.