- The local critics loves the show:
Real People People Inhabit “Middletown” at Third Rail Rep
On the mysteries of the universe.
Meandering through ‘Middletown’ and life
- It’s funny as hell and you will laugh your ass off.
- It’s better than getting a catalog.
Yeah. You get the mail, it’s a clothes catalog. Maybe you leaf through it, maybe think, ‘Hey, I could buy those pants.’ Then you think, ‘But then it’d just be me in a different pair of pants.’ Then you go out and walk around, and that’s your day, time for bed.Will Eno, Middletown
- It’s sad and tender and you will be moved.
- It stars core company members of Third Rail Rep, so you know it’s gotta be good.
- It’s all about humanity and being human, so you can relate. (You are human, right?)
- It’s the last weekend of the run, and you’ll be so sad if you miss this show.
Performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, this weekend and next!
Go see it and experience it for yourself. You will smile, laugh, and talk back to the play… read morePatrick Brassell
A curious meditation on the shadow dance between the profound and the mundane… read moreMarty Hughley, Arts Watch
This whacky, thoughtful ode to the mystery of existence…is a show not to miss… read moreHolly Johnson, The Oregonian
We kick off our ninth 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 Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Middletown is a quizzical fable about life in all its sweetness and pain, joy and wonder, beginnings and endings.
Featured will be company members Michael O’Connell, Maureen Porter, Damon Kupper, Karen Trumbo, and Bruce Burkhartsmeier, joined by guest artists Amy Newman, Darius Pierce, Diane Kondrat, and Ben Newman. Direction will be by Marcella Crowson.
Performances begin September 24 at the Winningstad Theatre.