Out of the ordinary live shows come to Portland –
So you want to go see some live theater, but you have had your fill of getting all dressed up to see the touring company, of a musical of which you own the album. You could go to a black box theater, but you do not feel like sitting though a political diatribe that will only leave you feeling guilty and depressed. You could see some standup comedy, but you are in no mood for yet another young woman, bravely confessing that she has sex and drinks too often. You want to see something truly different; fortunately, you are in the right town for something different.
There are several shows coming to town that defy the conventions of live theater. There is a play based on a long poem, a night of confessional essay readings and an on stage hidden camera show.
The Rape of Lucrece and A Lover’s Complaint
1666 SE Lambert Street, Portland, OR 97202
Playwright Michael Streeter took two long poems by William Shakespeare and adapted them into a play. The Rape of Lucrece, details a man attacking a woman as if he were conquering a country. A Lover’s Complaint, is about a woman who has been jilted by her lover. The poems are performed in tandem during the show.
If the thought of Shakespeare scares you off, fear not. The play is presented by The Post5 Theater Company, where Shakespeare is always entertaining and accessible.
The show runs from now until August 30, from Thursday to Sunday. Performances start at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday nights and at 8:00 p.m. on every other night. Tickets to the show are $15.00.
Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St
From Lena Dunham getting naked on Girls to a blogger sitting at home in front of his computer repeatedly reliving the one date he had in his life on his WordPress site; telling everyone what you do in bed had become quite a trend. The only thing more popular than erotic confessional literature, is erotic fan fiction. Some of the most popular novels of the genre started out as fan fiction. There may be no genre in literature that is more deserving of a roast. On Sunday, August, 24 several local comedians will take the stage at the Doug Fir Lounge to give the erotic fan fiction trend, a good basting.
The show is hosted by Bryan Cook who calls himself the “tough comedian.” The readings will include sexy stories about Harry Potter and Harriet the Spy. Audience members are encouraged to suggest their own seamy fantasies about their favorite fictional characters.
The event starts at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $10.00 to $12.00.
1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
Ever since Candid Camera hit the airwaves in the late 1940s, hidden camera shows have been a hit with audiences. On Friday, September 25 the stars of truTV’s Impractical Jokers will bring their live stage show to The Portland 5.
The cast is comprised of four childhood buddies and has been a hit with audiences for the last two years. Their television show entails the troupe pulling pranks on one another as well as strangers. Their past hoaxes have included, lobbing snowballs at an agoraphobic cast member while he is on a ski lift, screaming the name of a nonexistent person named Larry in every conceivable public place and inexplicably sniffing a chair in a waiting room of a doctor’s office.
The live show will feature never before seen video pranks, a question and answer session with the audience and fan videos.
The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and ticket prices range from $52.50 to $212.00. Because of the immature nature of some of the pranks, parental discretion is advised and no one under 16 will be admitted.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza 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.