South of the border: EYES FOR CONSUELA is an odd, highly poetic vision

EYES FOR CONSUELA by Sam Shepard at Profile Theatre

Not one of Shepard’s best works. The two main characters strangely at odds tonally and seem to be in two different plays: one dark, serious, threatening; the other closer to sitcom humor and gesture. This alternating and unresolved tension makes it hard for audience to understand which genre we’re in.

3-stars

Thru February 2

50 words: THE ROAD TO MECCA by Athol Fugard at Profile Theatre

A very strong debut from new Artistic Director Adriana Baer. Intriguing in-the-round configuration never before seen at Profile (I believe) turns space into an entirely new venue. All three cast excellent, Amanda Soden particularly powerful. The play is long in parts and sometimes could cut faster to the dramatic quick.

Amanda Soden as Elsa and Eileen DeSandre as Miss Helen.  Photo: Jamie Bosworth.
Amanda Soden as Elsa and Eileen DeSandre as Miss Helen. Photo: Jamie Bosworth.

THE ROAD TO MECCA by Athol Fugard opens Saturday at Profile Theatre

Next up in Profile’s Athol Fugard season is THE ROAD TO MECCA, the first show directed by new Artistic Director Adriana Baer.

Featuring David Bodin, Eileen DeSandre, and Amanda Soden.

Meanwhile, attentive Profile audience members who have been trained to expect a fabulous panel discussion with any living playwright Profile features in their season cannot help wondering:

Is Portland due for a spring visit by this great English language playwright?

Stay tuned…

Eileen DeSandre as Miss Helen.  Photo: Jamie Bosworth.
Eileen DeSandre as Miss Helen. Photo: Jamie Bosworth.