The material here is strong enough to rope in and engage even the most PC Portlandia audience, but many of the performances are not quite yet meeting the bar this play has set, in Artists Rep.’s Pacific Northwest premiere of The Motherf**ker With The Hat.
The Spectravagasm crew is back, with more brashness and off-the-wall humor for Spectravagasm IV: Opiate of The Masses. If you’re not tied down by dogma, or can chuckle at the ridiculousness of your own evangelistic ways, this show is guaranteed to make you laugh til you’re red in the face.
There’s a time and place for totally polished, upscale THEE-A-TAH, with an all professional cast, director and production values that make you lift your chardonnay glass at intermission and go, “Yes, very interesting effort in this season’s offering,” as you discuss the production’s writing in comparison with the works of, say, Edward Albee or Sam Shepherd.
The audience is bound to fall in line with the demented fun here, as the opening night crowd we saw it with did, but one also wonders if the debate hinted at in the theme over who controls the making of our cities isn’t thrown aside in favor of comic mayhem, with characters spouting a series of architectural luminaries and styles, like Van Eyck, Gaudi, Bauhaus and even the infamous Albert Speer, for effect?
The show is the comedy brain child of Wallace Fessler (Banks), along with co-conspirators Joshua Fisher, Scott Rogers and Jimmy Newstetter of ALL CAPS Comedy (seen earlier this week at the Fertile Ground Festival and all here appearing as Banks’ devoted zealots and “success stories”). Fessler as Banks truly looks the motivational part, with close-cropped corporate attire and a never-ending stream of positive platitudes on anything.
We offer up one of the 80s most iconic films “Flash Gordon” presented as only Stage Works Ink can… come see what Director, Steve Coker does with this comedy gold mine and sing along with the talented cast as they sing 12 songs from QUEEN!The show has a live rock band featuring some of Oregon’s finest musicians from The School of Rock! These teens shred, melt faces, and know their Queen!
Review: As Twisted As Your Victorian Knickers Can Get – “Twist Your Dickens” at Portland Center Stage at the Gerding Armory 0
Ah, the faith-neutral, politically sanitized Holiday season is upon us, with it’s traipsing pageant of similarly-themed treacle shows, often with over-worn themes and plots……
I do like good entertainment that the entire family can enjoy. No, really I do. Not everything has to contain George Carlin’s Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television or some form of subtle (or otherwise) sexual innuendo for an evening to be a good theatrical experience for me — see my review of Artists Rep.’s show from last season of Kurt Vonnegut’s “And So It Goes…,”
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