Your weekend: Two contemporary plays, a musical, and top flight comedy from THE ACES

It may be gorgeous outside NOW – but that won’t last. So when the rain descends, remember there are a bunch of new shows hitting the airwaves this weekend.

First, there’s these new baubles to dangle in front of you:

Portland Center Stage – THE LAST FIVE YEARS by Jason Robert Brown
Portland Playhouse – AFTER THE REVOLUTION by Amy Herzog
Coho Productions – MAPLE & VINE by Jordan Harrison

And then in the already-open-but-unmissable category:

The Aces at IFCC


50 words: SLINGSHOT by Bad Reputation Productions

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.

Slingshot returns to Portland Center Stage with BRINK OF EXTINCTION on Nov 15 & 16

See this show.

Or else I’ll shut down the federal government and create economic chaos. And then I’ll defund-

Cut. Wait, sorry. Wrong script. Not that one. Doubt it would work here anyway.

But unless you’re a Republican from Texas who has lost his mind (true, small things do get lost more easily), you’re probably not going to miss this show.

Because you know, and I know, and John Breen knows (in his heart of hearts – in between kick boxing), that Slingshot is not something you miss. So don’t.

What is it, you ask?

What’s with all the questions?

It’s simply a very live evening of live people doing live entertainment. Being live. All live.

You saw ROADHOUSE: THE PLAY. Some of you are still living it. This is the same crew. There’s The Aces, made up of comedy wizards Michael Fetters and Shelley McLendon.

And then there’s the main event: Bryan Coffee and BRINK OF EXTINCTION.

So be there.

Or I’ll gerrymander US voting districts so angry white people all live together in an echo chamber with no feedback loop and keep sending wingnuts to Congress who-

Cut. Stop the music. Not that one. Sorry.

But I’ve gotten so used to it…


Two nights only at Portland Center Stage

November 15 & 16, 2013
8:00 pm
$15 presale/ $20 door

Things are looking up.
Things are looking up.

The Aces are Going Places

The Aces (Shelley McLendon and Michael Fetters) are going places.

They’re also Going Places. As in, their new show of the same name is coming April 12-27 to the soon-to-go-bye-bye beloved SE venue Theater! Theatre!

What can you expect from these two talents? A lot. McLendon and Fetters are at the peak of their powers lately. They’ra all dressed up with plenty of places to go – and at the center of a white hot (hence the look below) upsurge all over town right now in the broad comedy / improv / storytelling world. These shows are more exciting than going 90 with no helmet on down the wrong side of the road at night with no lights on.

And considerably safer.

So get the white pants on, polish the teeth, and come watch The Aces burn it down to the ground.

Speaking of the comedy / improv / storytelling juggernaut, look for an interview here tomorrow with McLendon, when she’ll fill us in on Bad Reputation Productions. And then next week check back for an interview with another lady moving and shaking it in Portland’s entertainment world, B. Frayn Masters, the force behind Back Fence PDX.

Until then, keep hold of the handle bars and watch the road…

How do you know the show is going to be good?  Just look at that image.  Allez!
How do you know the show is going to be good? Just look at that image. Allez! photo © 2013 andy batt –

50 words: Slingshot – The Aces at Portland Center Stage

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.

Michael Fetters and Shelley McLendon.  Photo: Andy Batt.
Michael Fetters and Shelley McLendon. Photo: Andy Batt.