Hit the road with a brilliant teen and her estranged mother as they travel 26 Miles to try and repair their relationship. When a desperate midnight phone call spurs a spontaneous road trip between the pair, the secrets that they've been running from finally come to the surface. Find out why The New York Times called this work from Quiara Alegria Hudes "transforming and restorative" as this road trip arrives at the Artists Repertory Theatre.
Full of big laughs and hummable tunes, Avenue Q is a hilariously original look at life in New York featuring a fantastic cast of people and puppets. The lovable cast of characters, both flesh and felt, includes recent college grad Princeton, who moves to Avenue Q full of hope for the future, Kate (the girl/monster next door), and the colorful collection of neighbors who help Princeton discover his true purpose in life. In its Broadway debut, Avenue Q scored the "Triple Crown" of Tony wins, grabbing honors for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Now this massively popular adult puppet musical will have you laughing, singing and averting your eyes at all the racy felt-on-felt shenanigans when it hits the The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza.
Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek pays moving tribute to her pianist mother -- a survivor of the Holocaust and the London Blitz -- in this hit concert drama directed by Hershey Felder. Golabek, seated onstage at the piano, performs some of the world's most beloved piano music while sharing harrowing true tales of her mother's life. As a young Jewish pianist in 1938 Vienna, Golabek's mother, Lisa Jura, dreamt of a concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall. But when she was swept up in the Kindertransport to London in an attempt to protect her from the Nazi regime, everything about Jura's life was upended -- except her love of music. The Los Angeles Times called The Pianist of Willesden Lane "an arresting, deeply affecting triumph." Catch Golabek, who won the 2015 Outstanding Solo Performance Award from The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle for her performance, when The Pianist of Willesden Lane comes to Gerding Theater at the Armory.
With 30 exhibits displaying more than 2,500 species of underwater life, there's plenty to keep you and your family engaged at the Portland Aquarium. Explore and observe a wide variety of birds, reptiles, and both cold water and tropical fish in settings that mimic their natural habitats. You're encouraged to hand-feed sharks, rays, birds and fish, or to get up-close and personal with many of the reptiles and other animals on exhibit. Touch a stingray, visit a tropical rainforest filled with exotic creatures, marvel at a giant Pacific octopus and much more. Your little ones might just leave with dreams of a career in marine biology.
Neil Simon's Rumors is a first-rate farce packed with broad physical comedy, the great playwright's trademark wit and plenty of high-octane, door-slamming energy. It all starts when three affluent couples arrive at an upper-crust Manhattan anniversary party to discover that their host -- who happens to be the Deputy Mayor of New York -- has accidentally shot himself through the earlobe, while his wife and their staff are missing. Desperate to save the mayor's reputation, the couples go to zany lengths to keep the police and press from finding out the truth. Don't miss this gem of a comedy at the Twilight Theater Company in Portland.