Articles about Season 9


What’s Coming Up at Third Rail Rep

The night is alive…with pirates!
The Night Alive

The third show of our 9th Season is Conor McPherson’s moving, humorous, deeply introspective glance at how we define our place in the twisted mess that is life, The Night Alive.  Opening February 20th and starring company members (and Portland theatre stalwarts) Damon Kupper, Mike O’Connell, and Rolland Walsh, this beautiful, stirring play about compassion, love and who we choose to share our lives with, is sure to please. Get your tickets now before they’re gone!

NT Live Treasure Island

Our next National Theatre Live production, Treasure Island, also appears on the horizon…land ho! Get your tickets for our March 14th showings of this family-friendly production spectacular at the World Trade Center Theatre by clicking here!


The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam

Last year Third Rail made a splash at the holidays with our record-setting production of NOISES OFF, which many consider the funniest play written in the past 25 years. This year we’re at it again with perhaps the funniest American play of the past 25 years: Charles Ludlam’s quick change romp, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP. Two actors play all the roles in this hilarious send up of Victorian melodrama, farce, 50’s horror movies, Wuthering Heights, and Hitchcock’s Rebecca. With elaborate quick changes performed in mere seconds, wildly absurd characters, and an absolute distaste for anything serious, IRMA VEP should be the perfect gut-busting escape from all that holiday noise!

Staring Isaac Lamb and Leif Norby.


7 Reasons to See Middletown This Weekend

  1. 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
  2. It’s funny as hell and you will laugh your ass off.
  3. 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

  4. It’s sad and tender and you will be moved.
  5. It stars core company members of Third Rail Rep, so you know it’s gotta be good.
  6. It’s all about humanity and being human, so you can relate. (You are human, right?)
  7. It’s the last weekend of the run, and you’ll be so sad if you miss this show.

Don’t Miss Middletown by Will Eno

CLOSES OCTOBER 19th!

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


Middletown Vaults to the Top of Third Rail’s Ninth Season

Will Eno's "delicate, moving and wry" play begins on September 26 at the Winningstad

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.

  • Middletown by Will Eno
  • Middletown by Will Eno

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.