What's Next at NT Live
Third Rail Repertory Theatre is proud to present National Theatre Live in Portland.
NT Live is a season of plays captured live in high definition from London’s acclaimed National Theatre and rebroadcast in Portland.
Join us for our next acclaimed production:
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Sam Mendes; starring Simon Russell Beale
Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy.
An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him. His favorite, Cordelia, says nothing. Lear’s world descends into chaos.
The London Times raved that "Simon Russell Beale proves once again why he is one of our great actors.’
Don’t miss your chance to experience this electrifying production in the comfort of the World Trade Center Theater in Portland
May 17 @ 2:00 p.m. and & 7:00 p.m. and May 18 @ 2:00 p.m.
The Forecast is Romance: Midsummer Charms at CoHo
" . . . an almost ridiculously charming piece of theater," says the Willamette Week
Helena has a high-paying job with benefits, a taste for good wine, and a no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners attitude. Bob has a low-paying job that could get him killed, a taste for dark stout, and the world's most forgettable nickname.
Helena and Bob. Oil and Water. Fire and Ice.
Could a rainy weekend of poor decisions, drunken seductions, crashed weddings, Japanese bondage failures, and mob run-ins put a song in their hearts and bring these two lovebirds together? Midsummer (a play with songs) is a smart, bouncy, surprising, joyous, and song-filled comedy about fighting tooth and nail to not fall in love.
Midsummer has charmed the critics. Here's some of what they had to say about this musical romp::
This romantic romp from playwright David Greig and songwriter Gordon McIntyre is a straight play peppered with duets, meaning it's not a musical per se. What it is, though, is an almost ridiculously charming piece of theater . . . Much of the charm in this Third Rail Repertory production comes courtesy of the leads. Local favorite Isaac Lamb makes Bob much more than simply a lovable loser . . . And Cristi Miles is perfect as the hard-working, hard-drinking yet vulnerable Helena . . . Philip Cuomo's direction makes the most of every moment . . . Cuomo is obviously in his element, and the pacing, particularly during Bob and Helena's debauchery-filled weekend, is exceptionally fluid . . . Midsummer is, without a doubt, a love story. But it's also a rumination on aging, death and how the choices we make shape our fate, for good or ill. So go ahead -- make the right choice. Go to this show." -- Deborah Kennedy, Willamette Week
". . . this two-hander and love story currently being offered by Third Rail Repertory Theatre has its own kind of charm -- one that is at times edgy and contemporary, but ultimately tender and sweet . . . with Isaac Lamb and Cristi Miles, two of Portland's most talented and likable performers, playing Bob and Helena, it's easy to be delightfully beguiled. Director Cuomo draws appealing and smoothly seamless performances from both actors, who have to narrate and comment on the action as well as play the scenes. -- Richard Wattenberg, The Oregonian
A two-actor play is very dependent on its cast, who are onstage nonstop for nearly two hours, and director Philip Cuomo has chosen well. Isaac Lamb, a Third Rail mainstay, is funny, wretched, sexy, smart, and wild, showing off a complete range of feelings while keeping his character's grin firmly planted, even at the play's saddest moments. Cristi Miles is every bit his match, making Helena a modern woman with a professional career yet no idea what to do with her personal life. -- Patrick Brassell, BroadwayWorld.com
Tickets are sure to fly out the door! Get yours now by calling 503-235-1101.
Performances run through April 19th at the CoHo Theatre, 2257 NW Raleigh Street in Portland. Click the link below for more information.
Photos by Owen Carey