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February and March bring new theater to Portland

It’s always good to be the first one to discover something. Nothing impresses people more than that friend who discovers that new, out of the way restaurant or the band that is just on the verge of fame. The hipsters have developed a whole culture around unearthing the underappreciated, and marketing companies have developed many campaigns designed to help the hipsters stumble across those little known products.

Discovering a new play not only demonstrates your sophistication, but your intellect as well. February and March bring the opportunity for Portlanders to discover several new plays with subjects that range from the fascinating life of a well-known sex expert, to the way ambition changes people, to the best way to spend $1000 in cash.

From now until Sunday, February, 28th Triangle Productions presents Becoming Dr. Ruth: an unexpected journey at The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza The play details the life of the famous psychotherapist and radio talk show host Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Becoming Dr. Ruth

Dr. Ruth not only fled the Nazi’s as a young girl, but became a sniper and a scout in the Haganah after her parents were killed in the Holocaust in 1941. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Paris. After coming to America she earned her Ed.D from Columbia University. She began doing her radio advice show Sexually Speaking, in the 1980’s.

Although the show had a two month run in New York at The Westside Theater in 2013, The Triangle Productions show marks its West Coast premiere. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Friday’s and Saturday’s and at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket prices start at $15.00.

If you want to see a world premiere, you may want to check out The God Game which runs from now until Saturday, March 7 at the Shaking the Tree Studio.

The God Game

Laura Faye Smith as Lisa in “The God Game”

In spite of the fact that Christ espoused a largely socialist philosophy, for many years, the Republican Party has been closely associated with conservative Christianity. Suzanne Bradbeer’s play tells the story of Tom, a Republican senator with a Christian wife, who is visited by his old friend Matt, who is the campaign manager of the Republican nominee for president. Matt says that Tom is the party’s choice to run for vice president.

When Matt suggests that Tom references God in his campaign speeches, Tom confesses that he is an agnostic who leans towards atheism. The play deals with the importance of honesty and the human propensity to compromise values for power.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays; tickets are $22.00.

Portland is a city known not only for its weirdness, but its ethos. From Wednesday, February 18 to Sunday, February 22, The Portland Playhouse will present the Sojourn Theater’s world premiere of How to End Poverty In 90 Minutes.

How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes

“How To End Poverty In 90 Minutes” includes Bobby Bermea, Hannah Treuhaft and members of the Acting Apprentice company

According to the theaters website the show is part theater piece, part lecture and part interactive experience. Each night the audience will get to decide how to spend the $1000 in ticket revenues that sits on the stage, in cash. The proceeds are intended to be used for causes in Multnomah County.

In true Portlandian fashion, the production describes itself as “an experiment in dialogue, in collective decision-making, in shared responsibility, and in the potential for art to help us make our world a better place. “

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and starts at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20.00 in cash, but you may be able to walk away with more, depending on what the audience decides.

 

Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive Contributor

Eliza Gale - PortlandMetroLive.com ContributorEliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.