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
In the West Coast premiere of this stunning new comedy by Craig Wright (writer on HBO’s Six Feet Under), Recent Tragic Events places the enormity of world tragedy in context – a dazzling, delirious context of uncanny blind dates, drinking games, and Joyce Carol Oates. Craig Wright frames 9/11 in a splendidly cracked rear view mirror, becoming a catalyst for examination of who or what is running our lives.
Do we really have a choice, or are we mere puppets espousing freedom?