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Astor Street Opry Company
129 W Bond St
3rd Annual New Works Festival
Four entries from the New Works competition will be performed in February.
New Works Winners
Lobster Man – one-act play
Radding vs. Glazeris - one-act play
The Echo of His Face – monologue
Captive – monologue
The festival opens with a champagne celebration at the Playhouse on February 2 and runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm with one Sunday matinee at 2pm on February 12. Call for ticket prices.
The Mad Adventures of Mr. Toad
Based on Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows and adapted by Vera Morris with music and lyrics by Scott Deturk. This is a delightful, upbeat version of Kenneth Grahame's ever-popular Wind in the Willows. Opening on March 2 and running every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm with Sunday matinees at 2pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for 12 years and under.
April 12-May 5
The Real Lewis and Clark Story (or How the Finns Discovered Astoria)
An original, family friendly performance, right out of the pages of history, comes alive through re-enactment, song, dance and bad jokes. Two Finnish boys from the old country, "Minnesota," save the day and settle the city they name Astoria. Opening on April 12 and running every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm with Sunday matinees at 2pm. Tickets are $8-$15.
1203 Commercial St
A Company of Wayward Saints
A commedia dell' arte group wanders by mistake into the eye of an allegory. They are humanity, wayward saints all, who are far from home and without means. A nobleman may be their salvation if they can put on a good show for him. It is a fine mosaic of life redeemed by humor and human understanding. Show begins at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 3pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15 to $25.
108 N. Hemlock Street
The Gin Game
At an old folks home, senior citizen Weller Martin meets fellow resident, Fonsia Dorsey and teaches her the game of Gin Rummy, a charity that wins him no end of grief. A delightful blend of poignancy and wildly comic turns, the Pulitzer Prize winning story offers many surprises. Selected dates and times. Tickets are $8-$20.
March 16-April 22
How the Other Half Lives
In this comedy, two couples are visible to the audience but not to each other. That the characters cross so blithely into each other's spaces is an apt metaphor for the double-dealings brought on by illicit affairs. Telephone calls are made to the wrong wife or husband; idiotic conversations or hang-ups abound. When the hapless Featherstones are invited to dinner, strategic ploys step up another notch. Selected dates and times. Tickets are $8-$20.
Butterflies are Free
In his first home away from an over-protective mother, a young blind man strives to adjust to lonely independence. When the freethinking girl-next-door befriends him, Don's tender nature and uncommon perceptions unfold. Selected dates and times. Tickets are $8-$20.
3536 Highway 101
The Supporting Cast
Ellen, the wife of a successful author, has written a book about friends who are spouses of celebrities and what it is like to be married to Somebody Famous. She has invited the friends to her house on the beach at Malibu to let them read advance copies and to break the news to them gently that they are depicted warts and all. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $8-$12.
Whales of August
It is a sensitive and gently humorous study of two widowed sisters moving into the twilight of their lives. There the richness of past memories and the fading promise of the future come into dubious battle. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $8-$12.
Porthole Players, Ltd.
Newport Performing Arts Center
777 W Olive Street
Set in New York, Company follows five married, once married, or soon to be married couples and their mutual friend Bobby, a 35-year-old bachelor who has been unable to connect in a long-term relationship. The relationships are presented so that we see the less than ideal aspects of commitment. However, Bobby learns that while relationships aren't perfect, they are a necessary part of being alive. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Admission is $16 for adults and $14 for senior and students.
Red Octopus Theatre Company
Newport Performing Arts Center
777 W Olive Street
The Woman Who Fell From The Sky
An Iroquois creation story, the story is told with narration, action, poetry and music. Puppetry, mask work and elemental designs further the story's telling and capture this mythic world. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and one Thursday at 7pm with two Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and children.
A hilarious satire of Hollywood, a culture as corrupt as the society it claims to reflect. Selected dates and times. Tickets are $13 for general admission and $11 for students and seniors.
Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA)
12th and Ivy
January 20-February 4
Set in England in the early 1900s, The Mousetrap tells the tale of a group of strangers that are stranded together in a bed and breakfast during a massive snowstorm. One guest is murdered and everyone is a suspect. Written by Agatha Christie. Selected dates and times. Tickets are $9-$12.
Wait Until Dark
Set in Greenwich Village, 1966, this is a great psychological thriller with a twist: the audience knows exactly what's happening but gets to watch the heroine try to figure it out on her own. Selected dates and times. Tickets are $9-$12.
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