Poetry Out Loud

Portland’s Apex Theater Moment, new spaces, extensions, poetry winners

Theater has gone bonkers, Gabe Flores has a new space, 'Hamlet' is coming, state Poetry Out Loud finalists

Right now, I’m thinking of the concentration of excellent productions onstage at local theaters as a sort of APEX MOMENT in the history of theater in Portland. It’s gotten to the point where ArtsWatch’s A.L. Adams concludes her review of One Flea Spare at Shaking The Tree Theater by simply saying, “I was gobsmacked. You’ll be floored. Catch it. Please.” (Take a look at Luan Schooler’s dramaturge’s notes for this one on ArtsWatch, too.) If you have even the slightest inclination to enter a theater for a couple hours entertainment and/or enlightenment, this is the time to go. Almost any choice you make is a good one, from The Motherfucker With a Hat at Artists Repertory Theatre to Portland Center Stage’s double bill of A Small Fire and Bo-Nita to Portland Playhouse’s A Light in the Piazza to the one I’ve been raving about, The Caretaker at Imago with Allen Nause (Get your Pinter here!). And I could go on: Marty Hughley just reviewed TWO examples of King Lear playing simultaneously here, surely a record all by itself. I can go on, I will go on! Gidion’s Knot at Third Rail, for example, Tartuffe at Post5, and defunct theatre’s Let a Hundred Flowers Bloomand it would be a grave (ahem) error to miss Zombies in Love at Oregon Children’s Theater (or Bob Hicks’ review of same). Remember what Adams said about One Flea Spare? Right: Catch it. Please.

That’s not all that’s going on, though…

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