Weekend watch: Mr. Burns is back in town, TADADA!, Three Days of Grimm

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.

Mr. Burns is back in town. And he's taken up at Portland Playhouse.
Mr. Burns is back in town. And he’s taken up at Portland Playhouse.

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.

The Redd.  One of the biggest parties of the year is going to be right here in two days.
The Redd. One of the biggest parties of the year is going to be right here in two days.

And still ANOTHER Saturday night gem is a remount of David Saffert’s Liberace pageant at Curious Comedy.

Mr. Fabulous is back.  One night only at Curious Comedy.
Mr. Fabulous is back. One night only 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.

Your options

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

GROUNDED by George Brant at CoHo Productions

Locking on one of the most important and troubling targets in America today: drone warfare. Sharp and spare staging with a fluorescent metallic look. It’s a good story. Lingafelter does not have enough macho, ball busting bravado for a flyer – or the rigid military bearing. Still well worth a ride.

Thru May 23

From Edinburgh 2013, Ben Newman brings HIGH PLAINS: A WESTERN MYTH to CoHo this weekend

In town for the weekend and looking for action? We’ve got you covered.

After a successful run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, newly arrived Portlander Ben Newman brings this one person show by Brian Watkins to CoHo for four nights only, starting Thursday.

Here’s a review from last summer:

“He’s had a few drinks, young drifter Jake explains to us at the start of Brian Watkins’s quietly gripping solo play – but he needs them to recount what he’s about to tell. What begins as bar room recollections about growing up in the prairies of Colorado – why he lives in a town that’s an acronym, how he found his first love – soon moves into darker territory as Jake picks apart his fractured relationship with his unstable brother. A seemingly insignificant prank has profound consequences – and an unsettling retribution.

Watkins’s writing manages to be lucid and disorientating, an ideal combination in a play that hints at the paranormal yet remains enigmatic. His evocation of the brutal yet devoted brotherly relationship is compelling, and his steady control of growing tension is remarkably effective.

Ben Newman as Jake is the show’s real draw: he’s a thoroughly convincing study in uncertainty and guilt, giving a high-definition performance that brings his every stumbling thought to the fore. It’s a slight tale in some ways, but the sheer passion of Newman’s delivery makes its mysterious theme unforgettable.”

By Brian Watkins
Starring Ben Newman
July 17-20
CoHo Theatre
Tickets $15





MAPLE AND VINE at CoHo lets frazzled contemporary characters try on the straight lines and buttoned down certainties of 1950’s life

In this odd but amusing narrative, contemporary characters choose to live life circa 1955. A bit too much exposition explaining the rules of the game. But things get interesting once dramas imported from the present play out under new regime. Sean McGrath shows he can do much more than improv.

Thru May 24


Coho announces submissions date for 2013-14 season is March 15

Coho Productions announced its submission deadline for the 2013-14 season will be March 15.

Now moving into its 18th year, the intimate NW space has a unique co-production model and has served as the launching pad for several successful Portland companies including Third Rail and Profile Theatre.

For artistic teams who want to focus on the artistic product and leave the branding, marketing, and venue details to someone else, the Coho model has a lot to offer. All you have to do is submit your project. If selected, you’ll be one of three main stage shows in Coho’s season.

There will be an open house on February 11 at 6:30PM for interested submitters. More info here.

Full details on this year’s submission process will be available on February 4.