And suddenly, there it is – the magic of theatre. With passion and craft, Nordin, Wallenfels and Gregory create something new. In the tiny CoHo space, result is near perfect. Flecks of dell’arte to be savored. And always the music, which can unlock and recall the child’s imagination like nothing else.
Often in Portland theatre, the most passionate and authentic shows are created by the smallest companies in the smallest spaces. Over the years, more than a few season highlights have been the result of motivated artists making their own opportunities in this way. Free from the large house imperative to fill seats or slots, the small scale project-driven approach mounts a show only when a compelling concept appears.
Well, it looks like another one has appeared.
Brandon Woolley is going to produce and direct THE GOD GAME by Suzanne Bradbeer in the new Shaking The Tree space in February. The cast is a Portland dream team: Leif Norby, Laura Faye Smith and Kelsey Tyler. The play is an Ashland New Plays Festival winner and sounds like a topical and bracing ride.
So get out the new year’s calendar and find some room.
Some serious talent on stage. Chantal DeGroat is one to watch. As is John San Nicolas. At times the ham industrial complex is cranked a tiny bit high. Comedy and improv are not in the PCS wheelhouse. Still quite an enjoyable if light, unambitious night – which aims mainly to fill seats.
Masterful. A living, breathing theater for the ages. Another knockout from PETE and an early defining production of new 2014-15 season. Classic under the radar, small space Portland theatre that c/should be headlining TBA:14. Outstanding ensemble and fresh translation give Chekhov’s characters clear trajectories. Immersive staging utterly transforms new Reed studio. Unmissable.
THE THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov at Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble
In a new translation by Stepan Simek
Directed by Stepan Simek
Performed at Reed College Diver Studio
Take a one day intensive Chekhov workshop with translator and director Stepan Simek on August 10.