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.
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.
Every year, many of the most genuine and interesting nights of Portland theatre are found in the city’s smallest spaces.
On a final perfect August night, moments before the main 2012-13 season kicks off, Shaking The Tree signaled that this tradition is alive and well by opening a terrific, taut 51 minute production (and perhaps something longer?) of Caryl Churchill’s FAR AWAY in their studio on SE Stark. Direction is by Samantha Van Der Merwe.