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.
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