The new territory to colonize is vast. And so is the melodrama. Some fairly histrionic sledding at times in this story of a group of convicts in 18th century Australian penal colony putting on a show. Lots and lots of time devoted to the familiar play within a play setup.
The weekend is coming. And with it, your roster of entertainment possibilities. Which are legion.
Just about the most exciting thing on the spring calendar is finally here: Portland Playhouse takes on Anne Washburn’s MR. BURNS. You’ll travel indoors and out to three different sets for this epic. Opening night is Saturday.
Also jockeying for position on Saturday night is PICA’s 20th anniversary gala: TADADA!. Come for the dinner if you’re feeling flush. But whatever you do, don’t miss the after-party helmed by Pepper Pepper. It’s all happening at The Redd, Ecotrust’s new event space on SE Salmon Street.
And still ANOTHER Saturday night gem is a remount of David Saffert’s Liberace pageant at Curious Comedy.
And for your Sunday night, perhaps you’ve heard of a certain play by Richard Greenberg coming to town? No, you probably haven’t heard of it that way. But you probably have heard that two TV stars from Grimm are in a show at Portland Center Stage. Ah yes. That one. Sunday night is the first preview.
And if you’re the pro active, plan ahead type – next Monday at PCS the Improv All Stars are back.
Thru 5.16 Post5 Theatre – TWELFTH NIGHT by Bill Shakestein
Thru 5.23 CoHo Productions – GROUNDED by George Brant
Thru 5.24 Third Rail Rep – STATIC by Dan Rebellato
Thru 6.14 Portland Center Stage – THE LION by Benjamin Scheuer
Thru 5.31 Triangle Productions – STOREFRONT REVUE: THE BABES ARE BACK
Thru 5.30 Action/Adventure Theatre – HOW TO STOP DYING by Noah Dunham
Thru 5.31 Bag & Baggage – OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Thru 6.20 defunkt theatre – THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY by DC Copeland
5.13 – 6.7 Portland Playhouse – MR. BURNS, A POST ELECTRIC PLAY by Anne Washburn
5.16 PICA – TADADA! Gala Benefit and After-Party
5.16 Curious Comedy – David Saffert’s LIBERACE: A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!
5.17 – 6.21 Portland Center Stage – THREE DAYS OF RAIN by Richard Greenberg
5.18.2015 Portland Center Stage – IMPROV ALL STARS
Coming up next at Bag & Baggage.
Based on John Dennis’s 1704 adaptation of Shakespeare’s THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, the Bag & Baggage adaptation, “The Merry Wives of Windsor, or The Amorous Adventures of The Comical Knight Sir John Falstaff”, is set in a 1950s-era Golden Age of Television situation comedy.
Opens March 8.