When you think of Portland’s theater scene, after the big guys, you think initimate — a funky venue and excellent peformance. That is exactly what I found at Portland Playhouse, presenting “Dying City” by Christopher Shinn.
The company’s stated mission is to be provocative, so I knew we were in for an evening of thinking, not of chuckling. The array of seats on either side of the stage, I counted sofas, movie seats, chairs and pews. Then the play started. Whoosh — right into excellent theater. I don’t know how Wade McCollum managed to transform into two diametrically opposed twins. Cristi Miles made her character so real I thought I knew her.
The audience members’ ages covered various decades, which was cool. The Weaver brothers (Brian, the director, and Michael, the founder) are so charming you are happy to be there.
See this play for an authentic Portland theater experience. Tickets are around $20. You have until December 12. www.portlandplayhouse.org