Lonesome by the scruff of the hill | THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD at Artists Rep is but a glimmer of this Irish masterpiece

THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD by John Millington Synge at Artists Repertory Theatre

The force, musicality, and revolutionary poetry of Synge’s eternal creation do not shine through in this unevenly directed, slow-paced production. Meaning lost. In a play where language is a transformative elixir, characters rarely become adequately possessed. Effect is old-fashioned instead of cutting edge. But Geisslinger is a marvel.

Thru June 22

Despite several implausible storylines, Guirgis’s over-hyped “ethnic” play at Artists Rep contains nugget of gold

No theatre company in America gets more mileage out of bad language and drug use than New York’s LAByrinth. But stripped of the “street poetry” (who knew there were so many poets roaming downtown Portland!), Jackie’s quest for the good rings true. John San Nicolas gives a tremendous, nuanced performance.

3-stars

Thru March 30

ART announces 2014-15 season

Intimate Apparel
by Lynn Nottage
Sept 9 – Oct 5

Exiles
by Carlos Lacamara
Sept 30 – Oct 26

Blithe Spirit
by Noël Coward
Nov 25 – Dec 21

Tribes
by Nina Raine
Feb 3 – Mar 1

The Invisible Hand
by Ayad Akhtar
Mar 10 – Apr 5

The Price
by Arthur Miller
Mar 31 – Apr 26

4000 Miles
by Amy Herzog
Apr 28 – May 24

The Liar
by David Ives, adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille
May 26 – June 21