What happens when a great new play touches down in the world capital of theatre? | THE FERRYMAN at Royal Court goes nuclear

The Ferryman Royal Court
Sure, they’re British. But still. Londoners have lost their minds over Jez Butterworth’s new play, THE FERRYMAN.

Hark! It’s a rock concert, it’s a world cup soccer match, it’s a – play?

If now and then you forgot just how insanely popular theatre can be when a play connects with the audience in a real theatre town, well, we’d understand.

I mean, outside of HAMILTON and a few other shows, how often is it that an old-fashioned theatre play sets a city on fire?  It happens.  But way less frequently than it should.

Too often it’s the opposite end of the spectrum – begging and pleading with people to shell out $8 for a show.  And still they won’t come.  That’s not how it should be.

Well, hello London.  Jez Butterworth’s new play THE FERRYMAN started previews this past Monday at the Royal Court, and it appears we have a Nantucket sleigh ride on our hands.

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THE FERRYMAN by Jez Butterworth opens April 24 at the Royal Court

There are a lot of exciting things in the theatre these days. London’s Royal Court Theatre is one of them.  Jez Butterworth is another.  And a new play by Jez Butterworth at the Royal Court?  It doesn’t get much more exciting than that.  THE FERRYMAN opens April 24.

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SOLD OUT: David Byrne’s latest at Public Theater is already gone

Off the charts demand is a beautiful thing.  That’s the way it should be for theatre – not begging people to come support you, but rather battening down the hatches to control a wait list line that stretches around the block for a sold out show.

At the Public Theater, JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE, an exciting new show from David Byrne, opens next week.

But unless you have a ticket, it’s already gone, gone, GONE.

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Curious Theatre to produce Robert Schenkkan’s BUILDING THE WALL in April 2017

When real world events move fast and furious, it can be hard to get new plays out there that address what’s happening.  It takes a while to write a play.  And many theatres plan their seasons years in advance.

For Denver’s Curious Theatre, the recent elevation of an orangutan-maned lunatic to president was reason enough to move fast and furious.  They’ll be producing BUILDING THE WALL by Robert Schenkkan April 4-19, 2017.

Building the Wall by Robert Schenkkan

Catch you on The Flipside | New improv and sketch comedy show from Shelley McLendon debuts Feb 10 at Siren Theater

It’s mid winter in Portland. Hilarious, right?

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  It’s the period in between July 4 and August 15 known as summer.

But forget about that.  Here comes something to brighten your PNW blue gray mindset right NOW.

The Liberators Portland
Funny people dressed to kill. Photo: Andy Batt.

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Double threat Tracy Letts prepares another world premiere for Steppenwolf

He can act, he can write.  And he has won big awards for both disciplines.  For all we know, the man can also sing and dance and is readying his musical debut.  Any way you look at it, Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Tracy Letts is a force on the American stage and screen.

And he’s got another new play comin’ at you.  Soon.

Running March 30 – May 21, 2017, Letts’s Linda Vista hits the boards at Steppenwolf.

Looking for a destination theatre trip to put some spring in your step?  This promises to be one worth traveling for.

The drama is coming | 2017 season at Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens Feb 24

It’s the New Year, and already that resolution to have less drama in your life is under pressure.

Because opening weekend at Oregon Shakespeare Festival is coming up fast.  And you can’t miss that.  If you’re into theatre and anywhere near Oregon, there is no place else to be the weekend of Feb 24-26.  So ye best plan to attend for a bard load of drama, fun and food.

As always, the season kicks off with four openings over three days.  There are many other unique events over opening weekend that make this a theatre gathering unlike just about anything you’ll ever experience.  Think of it as Broadway under the Siskiyou.  With plentiful outdoor adventure options, it’s hard to think of a more exciting weekend.  Anywhere.

Ski in the morning, consume affogatos in the afternoon, watch Shakespeare at night.  It’s a tough life but someone has to do it.

May as well be you.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2017 season.
Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (2017): Sabina Zuniga Varela (Medea).