Since I was 5 years old I’ve been convinced that I was born in the wrong decade. Growing up on a steady diet of syndicated programming from the Golden Age of Television, I was convinced that values, fashions, and attitude of post-war America (or at least the post-war America depicted in so many amazing shows of the era) were for me. Simpler times. Happier times.
Tick Tick Boom, a Triangle Productions presentation at the Sanctuary 1785 NE Sandy, through September 27, is an autobiographical musical by Jonathon Larson. It is set in 1990. It takes place in the days leading up to Mr. Larson’s thirtieth birthday. The tick tick is the clock in his head that reminds him that he is now older than his father was when he was born, that many others, including Napoleon, had accomplished great things before they were 30, that his great plans had not come to fruition, that his life was tick tick ticking away with his dreams unrealized.
Luckily we have the Broadway Rose Production Company. They are dedicated to shortening the gap. Their mission statement: “To create unparalleled musical theater experiences that invigorate audiences and enrich our communities.” In fulfilling that mandate since 1992 they have tackled a great number of Broadway Musicals: From A Day in Hollywood a Night in the Ukraine to The Whole Wide World; from Oklahoma to Les Miserables. We should be thankful they are now doing The Music Man
At times it was just like seeing that last song in Grease with all the kids dancing and singing through the audience….just….two of them were zombies. At other times, it was a little Beetlejuice complete with teen angst. It was thoroughly entertaining the entire time for me. The audience was more engaged at around age 9 and up, I’d say.
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.
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!
The Sanctuary is a good place to see a play. It is the chapel of what was the big Salvation Army building at 18th and Sandy. The seating is on church pews. This is an opportunity to see this rarely mounted Tony winner that is also as timely now as when the book first came out almost forty years ago.
Skirts were short in the Twenties. In this production they are even shorter, and in some cases nonexistent. There are very few costume changes. This is not about costumes. Most of the scenery is one chair and a couple of ladders. This is not about scenery. Most of the story is carried by the songs. It is not about dialogue; although there is some. What it is about is dancing and singing….and SEX!
MPAA is extremely proud to have been chosen as the first community theatre company to produce Les Miserables! MPAA has brought together a cast of 84 of the most talented local performers; each representing multiple communities in the Portland/Vancouver areas.
triangle productions! is excited to open its 24th season with the Oregon premiere of this seven-time Tony Award winning musical based on Manuel Puig’s novel of the same name, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. Book by Terrance McNally, Music by John Kander and Fred Ebb (Cabaret and Chicago).