Set to what the New York Post called Elton John's "best score yet," and named "Broadway Musical of the Decade" by Time magazine, the explosive Billy Elliot: The Musical, presented by Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, fills the stage with inspiring songs and high-energy dance. Based on the hit film of the same name, this heartwarming show is about a motherless boy in a small, poverty-stricken mining town who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes and fights against social stereotypes to achieve his dream of becoming a dancer. Just try not to cheer along as his talent and ambition become symbols of hope for a town that's enduring more than its fair share of hardship, when Billy Elliot: The Musical takes to the stage of Portland's Newmark Theatre.
Fun Home -- winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical of 2015 -- has been praised as "the best of what Broadway can do" by the Associated Press) and "something of a miracle" by New York Magazine. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home tells the story of Alison at three different ages, alongside her uniquely dysfunctional family -- her mother, brothers and brilliant, volatile father. Intimate, emotional and refreshingly honest, Fun Home captures the experience of seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Get your tickets to the show Newsday calls "a blazingly original heartbreaker and a nonstop treasure of invention" at Portland Center Stage at The Armory.
An Octoroon is Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Obie-winning raucously irreverent riff (think Gone With the Wind meets Looney Tunes) on a 19th-century antebellum melodrama. At a plantation on the brink of foreclosure, a young man takes a fancy to the mixed race daughter of the estate's owner, while an evil swindler schemes to buy the girl for himself, while the slaves try to keep things sane. Billed as "part period satire, part meta-theatrical middle finger," this incendiary adaptation by Jacobs-Jenkins, a recent MacArthur "Genius Grant" winner, was lauded by the The New York Times as "... this decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today." Don't miss An Octoroon when it comes to Portland's Artists Repertory Theatre.
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.
Tigers Be Still -- a ferociously funny play from New Girl writer Kim Rosenstock -- centers around Sherry Wickman, who's recently earned a degree in art therapy, only to find herself moving back in with her family. Unemployed and overwhelmed, Sherry retreats to her childhood bed and remains there until an unexpected employment opportunity gives her a renewed sense of purpose and hope. Tigers Be Still is a sincere and sweet study of post-grad ennui that'll appeal to anyone who's ever stumbled off their own path. The play's comedic take on arrested development hits the stage at Clackamas Repertory Theatre in Oregon City.