So you’re looking to bring a little culture into your own life and the life of your family members. You want to expand your horizons by going to museums, learning about art and seeing live theater, but you don’t want to go crazy. You are not quite ready for that naked photography exhibit or that production of Waiting for Godot. You want to see a play that will let you experience the excitement of live theater but has tried and true ideas that that will offer you comfort.
Fortunately, there are several Christmas plays in town that can ease you in to the live theater experience while giving you a good laugh and a cry in the process. Local theaters will present plays from established classics to new plays and improv for the month of December.
The Miracle Worker
Artist Reparatory Theater
1515 SW Morrison St
No matter what you might have to whine about this holiday season your problems couldn’t possibly as big as Helen Keller’s. Ms. Keller was a deaf and blind woman from the Deep South, who became a writer and political activists with the assistance of her teacher, Ann Sullivan. The Miracle Worker tells the story of Ms. Sullivan’s teaching techniques.
The play was written in 1957 and it has been produced many times as well as made into a television movie. It is the recipient of four Tony Awards.
The show runs Tuesdays through Sundays from December 8 to January 3. At $7:30 p.m. with a matinees at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets to the show are $25 to $48.
2400 NE Broadway
If you’d rather see a new Christmas play you can check out this story of the evolution of a family told over the course of three Christmas dinners from 1985, 1995 and 2015.
The show runs from Friday, December 11 to Sunday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the show are $12.00.
Golden Gurls LIVE! A Holliday Special
|2432 SE 11th Ave,|
There is no bar in town that is quite as entertaining as the Funhouse lodge. In addition to a room filled with clown paintings and a coffee table with a clown head centerpiece, there is also a cabaret in the back that show some of the most unique acts you will ever see in Portland.
This show features four female impersonators taking on the roles of Blanche, Dorothy, Sofia and Rose and reenacting a Christmas episode of The Golden Girls.
After their show is over the lounge will present the original episode.
The show runs Thursdays through Saturdays from December 4 to December 19. Tickets are $24.00 to $30.00.
Portland Center Stage
128 NW Eleventh Avenue
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work as a costumed character, you may want to check out The Santaland Diaries. This popular show tells the story of writer David Sedaris’ most memorable day job as Crumpet the Elf in a Macy’s Santaland, during Christmas in New York. The show was adapted from an essay Mr. Sedaris read on NPR’s Morning Edition and has a cult like following.
Mr. Sedaris is the author of the best seller Me Talk Pretty One Day, about his experiences living in France without the ability to speak French and the essay anthology Naked.
The show runs December 2 to December 27. Show times are evenings from Tuesday to Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Saturday and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets to the show are $25 TO $55.00
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.