With The Pavilion, Third Rail returns to the universe of Craig Wright (Recent Tragic Events ), who tackles metaphysical questions with compassionate humor and bold theatricality.
Set in a dance hall in small-town Minnesota, a twenty-year high school reunion provides the backdrop for Wright’s cosmic distillation of time, choice and irrevocability. When the “Cutest Senior Couple” of 1986 meets on the dance floor, will their flame be rekindled or will their history tear them to pieces?
In this savage, very funny play by John Patrick Shanley (Tony- and Pulitzer-award-winning Doubt, Moonstruck), a familiar story of domestic strife takes a twist that will make audiences gasp. In the hands of Third Rail Repertory Theatre, this promises to be a thrilling and provocative evening of theater. Director Scott Yarbrough has assembled a dynamite quartet of actors: company members Valerie Stevens and Michael O’Connell (both of whom recently received Drammy awards for their work in Third Rail’s first production, Recent Tragic Events) are joined by Damon Kupper (last seen in Artist Rep’s Death of a Salesman) and the venerable Ted Roisum.
Third Rail delivers it with that giddy combination of talent, humor, and professionalism.Portland Mercury
A dizzyingly clever thrill ride from brainy and dark to howlingly funny, this play is not to be missed.Portland Tribune
A deliciously savage comedy… a bristling, fiercely smart production from Third Rail Repertory Theatre.The Oregonian
…hilariously rendered by Third Rail’s cast of pros…Willamette Week
Tommy crashes in a room in his uncle’s house, does odd-jobs here and there, tries get-rich-quick schemes with his buddy, Doc, and keeps his ex-wife and kids at arm’s length. Then one night, he defends a young woman from a violent act, a choice which fills both their lives with unexpected consequences. Mystery lies around every corner and they soon find out the past won’t let go so easily. This play is a joyous, frightening, funny, and ultimately gorgeous meditation on the possibility of redemption. An amazing new work by one of the great writers and poets of the theatre.
We open our season with a play Third Rail has been dying to produce since it was the hit of Portland Center Stage’s 2009 JAW Festival, MIDDLETOWN by Will Eno. The residents of Middletown lead lives that are probably not too different from ours. They wake up, go to work, say hello to their neighbors, fix the plumbing, seek advice on parenting, and try to live lives that are as rewarding as possible. It’s all fairly ordinary. And yet…ordinary doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of this quirky, word-frenzied, refraction of OUR TOWN. MIDDLETOWN is a quizzical fable about life in all its sweetness and pain, joy and wonder, beginnings and endings.