Known best for his role as Monroe in NBC's locally shot Grimm, Silas Weir Mitchell now takes to Portland Center Stage for a starring role in the stirring romantic drama Constellations. The buzzy show follows Roland, a beekeeper who meets physicist Marianne (Dana Green) at a party, sparking a big bang that expands their relationship into infinite possibilities and raises big questions about the difference between choice and destiny. Ben Brantley of The New York Times raved, "Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible -- and so emotionally devastating? Constellations ... may be the most sophisticated date play Broadway has seen." Now, you can see it as well in a bold new production at The Armory.
Witness the most righteous story ever told -- as you've never seen it told before. In this beloved classic, Grammy and Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) uses the Gospel of Matthew and a score featuring every genre from ragtime to rock to rap to retell the story of Jesus and his disciples through a series of charming and hilarious scenes. A timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love, Godspell has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world. It aims to raise your spirit with a Tony-nominated score that features such chart-topping songs as "Day By Day," "Light of the World" and "Turn Back, O Man." Check out with this spectacular production at the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego.
Two wily young bachelors pretend to be nothing but earnest -- while masquerading as guys named Ernest -- as they set out to win their well-dowried ladies' hearts. In this case, however, it's a pair of bachelorettes on the chase in this all-female production of Oscar Wilde's enduring 1895 satire. This witty, sly romp through Victorian society is filled with one-liners and double entendres that still pack a mighty comic punch today, while the single-sex casting provides an exciting new twist. The playwright himself called it "a trivial comedy for serious people," and it's coming to Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland.
In Mary's Wedding, a thunderstorm creates a chance meeting between a young man and woman in 1914, both seeking shelter in the same barn in rural Canada. She's an English immigrant; he's a Canadian about to do his part in World War I as a member of the Cavalry Brigade. As their love story unfolds -- skipping through time in a blur of reality and dreams -- this Portland Center Stage production of Mary's Wedding weaves time, dreams and memory together to remind us that the heart is beautifully resilient.
In this special adaptation of the heartwarming family favorite The Music Man, lovable swindler "Professor" Harold Hill attempts to pull a con on the citizens of River City, Iowa. In order to part the hardworking people with their money, he pretends that he will save the town's youth from the sin and corruption of the pool hall by selling them instruments and helping to organize a boys' band, despite the fact that he secretly knows nothing about music. The "Music Man" manages to turn the bickering school board into a barbershop quartet, win the heart of Marian the Librarian and somehow transform himself into an honest man in the process. This beloved musical, now at the Washburn Performing Arts Center in Washougal with a cast of youth actors ages 8-18, contains several show tune favorites, including "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble," "Till There Was You" and "Goodnight, My Someone."
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.
Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, known by his nickname "Satchmo," was one of the greatest all-around entertainers who ever lived, and in Satchmo at the Waldorf, you'll join him backstage at the Empire Room at what would turn out to be his final performance. As portrayed by Salim Sanchez, Armstrong muses on his childhood, his music, his difficult working relationship with manager Joe Glaser and his conflicts with the new guard, represented by jazz hipster Miles Davis. This one-man show comes to the stage at The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza.
This "raunchy, savvy" (The New York Times) comedy tracks two radical feminists on a killing spree against pro-life conservatives, who also happen to be on a collision course with a slacker screenwriter and his pal Rodney, aka "The Rod," who likes to mansplain issues like rape. Award-winning playwright Sheila Callaghan (TV's Shameless, Casual) was praised for the "sass and sarcasm in [her] high-energy punk writing" by The New Yorker. Defunkt Theatre brings That Pretty Pretty (or the Rape Play) to the stage at Portland's Back Door Theatre.