There's a lot to see on Portland stages this weekend. You can check out our arts calendar for the full lineup, but there are some highlights:
Since you most likely failed to get Book of Mormon tickets (those were pre-sold like crazy, and once tickets were available to the general public they sold out almost immediately), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is your next bet for a fun, irreverent musical. It's an "emo rock musical" about the founding of the democratic party, which casts Andrew Jackson as a tight-pansted rock star prone to statements like "I'm gonna fucking shit all over you guys with my brand of maverick, egalitarian democracy!." It's a very funny show with some catchy songs, though Portland Playhouse's production doesn't fully trust the audience to catch what is clearly pointed satire, and the balance of humor and historical hand-wringing feels off. (To anyone who's seen it: Was that too-earnest acoustic guitar song at the end in the original musical? THAT was unearned.)
There are only a couple weekends left to catch Lost Boys: Live!, starring my boss Wm. Steven Humphrey along with the crew who brought you Roadhouse: The Play. I haven't seen it yet, because I am a terrible employee, but everything I've heard has been very positive, including our review.
You might remember Fall of the House from a few years back—it was a popular, long-running serialized show about a handful of Portlanders who shared a house. (HIPSTER SOAP OPERA. There, I said it.) Fall of the Band is the same idea, but about a band! The company—Action/Adventure, with whom I have considerable conflicts-of-interest, BTW—has enlisted a handful of local musicians to contribute to the music-heavy show, including Ryan Sollee of the Builders and the Butchers. We previewed it here.
The Miracle Theatre's annual Day of the Dead show has some strong performances. After getting a bit of space from Raiz, I realized that my response to it was definitely colored by the fact that "theater-as-ritual" really isn't my bag; if it's yours, you'll like this.
CoHo's got a great little show called Body Awareness, which is about feminism, love, Asperger's, objectification... but funny!
In the "shows we haven't seen" category Body of an American is still running at Portland Center Stage ; Artists Rep is running August Wilson's Seven Guitars; Vertigo's got Tony Kushner's adaptation of Mother Courage; Oregon Children's Theater is diving into politics with Duck for President... and there's more listings right over here.
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