The gang’s all here for this Bad Reputation Productions holiday onslaught. As seen on TV – only better. Tony Marcellino does yeoman’s service as Santa. Paul Glazier on a tear with ear muffs. John Breen has hair. The narrative wanders, but for a good time where they serve beer, this is it.
Coming soon from Bad Reputation Productions.
It’s the day after Thanksgiving – so what do you do? How about go to the theatre…
RUDOLPH – ON STAGE!
Adapted to the stage by Shelley McLendon
Directed by John Breen
Produced by Bad Reputation Productions
Music by Jonny Newsome
Wm. Stephen Humphrey
Friday and Saturday nights
The CoHo Theater
Nov 29-Dec 21
2 KID FRIENDLY MATINEES : Saturday Dec 14 and 21 2pm (only $15)
$20 presale/ $24 door
If this newish offering from prolific Portland comedy purveyor Bad Reputation Productions is not already high on your must see list, please inscribe it there ASAP. Tightly scripted opening act by The Aces hysterical. Fetters and McLendon are subversively funny. Bryan Coffee’s BRINK OF EXTINCTION highly theatrical, thoughtful, original. Kaboom.
They’re at it again. The same crew that brought you ROAD HOUSE: THE PLAY! and THE LOST BOYS-LIVE! has another film they want to rework especially for you – on stage.
And there’s a Christmas theme.
Who else would do this but Bad Reputation Productions?
Indeed, my liege.
To the theatah.
It’s a bit of an in between moment before the end of season onslaught kicks in. And it is gonna be an onslaught if you look ahead to April.
Also – this weekend every show in town is going to have to go up against the world’s biggest star.
Namely, the great fireball in the sky.
It’s the time of the year when a blast of good weather sends people outside, and the theatre has to be better than ever if the pitch is to come inside instead.
But right now here’s what’s happening in the great indoors.
If you haven’t seen MOTHER TERESA IS DEAD by Helen Edmundson at Portland Playhouse, which is on through 4.14 (just extended a second time), that should be a priority. It’s a rewarding play in a small space with some terrific performances.
Meanwhile, back at the Armory… That rumbling sound you hear is not the Portland streetcar. It’s the heavy machinery of Slingshot being wheeled into place in the Ellen Bye Studio. Come join a galaxy of Portland improv and comedy peeps. Two different shows Friday and Saturday, so go both nights. A mere $15 in advance ($20 door). Tickets
And over at the inventive Post Five Theatre is ARABIAN NIGHTS by Mary Zimmerman directed by Philip Cuomo.
For number 10 in the interview series, we get the latest from Shelley McLendon, CCO (Chief Comedy Officer) of Bad Reputation Productions. McLendon is a member of comedy / improv acts The Aces and The Liberators, among others, and famously brought Roadhouse: The Play! (an adaptation of that Patrick Swayze film you were re-watching again last night) right “to your face”, as she would say.
Or at least all the way to the stage in the Ellen Bye Studio at the Armory.
Which is relatively close to your face.
This weekend on Friday and Saturday nights, the Armory will once again be the site of yet another McLendon vehicle: Slingshot, a night of smartsexy improv.
So be there. And laugh – OR ELSE!!!
And they are damn good (the comedy acts).
Did you catch The Aces in the first Slingshot at PCS, back in January? Michael Fetters and Shelley McLendon were at the top of their game in that show. On view in March will be folks from The Liberators and The Administration, among others.
In this next installment of Slingshot, it’s two nights of improv comedy based on hilarious personal stories told by guest monologists.
The performance on Friday, March 29 will feature guest monologist Christine McKinley from The History Channel’s Decoded. The Saturday, March 30 performance will feature monologists Julie Sabatier, creator and host of the public radio show and podcast Destination DIY; and Loren Hoskins, the voice of “Sharky” on Disney’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates.
That’s right, two different shows, so you must see them both.
And speaking of the exploding world of comedy, improv, and storytelling in Portland – look for an interview with Shelley McLendon, the force behind Bad Reputation Productions, coming up soon.
This you will know: Michael Fetters and Shelley McLendon are killingly funny. And they’re smart. Even when they’re dogs and birds. Or maybe especially then. Several clever storylines here. Favorite: Wild Kingdom style anthropological study (complete with British voiceover) of adolescent American mating rituals at the roller rink. More please.
Coming soon – about a week away – is the first installment of SLINGSHOT, a new comedy series from Bad Reputation Productions.
If you saw ROADHOUSE: THE PLAY! and THE LOST BOYS – LIVE! you’ll know who you’re dealing with.
January 11-12 at 8PM in the studio at PCS. More info here.