Home / Events / Theater / A Noble Failure

A Noble Failure

MITCH LILLIE
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays through Feb. 3., Saturday January 19 | $22.25-$41.25.
Winningstad Theatre
1111 SW Broadway
 
“Something is wrong with our public schools. But it may not be what we’ve been told.” So reads the program cover for Third Rail Repertory Theatre’s world premiere of A Noble Failure, written by Susan Mach and directed by Philip Cuomo. Those lines prime audiences for a fierce political showdown, perhaps a frazzled veteran teacher like Rosalyn (Jacklyn Maddux) going on long tirades about the Youth and the System. That’s not, however, entirely the case. Yes, there are political elements. Young teacher Darren (John San Nicolas), fresh out of Dartmouth, has students with abnormally high test results, while Rosalyn has to fight with a hardheaded lawyer to keep her job because her students’ scores are low. Her rapport, though, with troubled student Ivan (Rolland Walsh) is strong. Principal Spencer (Bruce Burkhartsmeier) is helpless to aid Rosalyn, his power sapped by Barbara (Maureen Porter), a metrics-obsessed “teacher coach” sent by the district to boost state exam scores. Barbara, and those darn tests, quickly become the villains in A Noble Failure. Dropouts are now “non-completers,” teachers are “teammates” and testing is “assessing” for Barbara. Heartless lines pour out of her, like “Poverty poverty, blah blah blah,” and Porter’s deadpan delivery of both jargon and criticism are among the production’s many hilarious moments. Other gags are surprisingly scatological. After a PowerPoint mistakenly reads, “Assess, Asses again,” Darren comments, “Maybe your ass-istant should rectal-fy her error.” But when does the laughter stop? For those looking for a rallying cry, A Noble Failure falls a bit short. But as a comedy, the hallway humor of high school is a welcome distraction from the despair.

Where: Winningstad Theatre
Phone: 248-4335
Address: 1111 SW Broadway
Website: thirdrailrep.org

 
 
Other events in Theater

A-WOL Dance Collective

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014

Picture a tree-surrounded clearing in Forest Park, except in West Linn, and in the middle, dancers dressed like wood nymphs are suspended in the air, illuminated by theater lights as they perform a ...

8:30 pm Thursday-Friday, Aug. 14-15 and Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 21-24. | $12-$33
Mary S. Young Park 19900 Willamette Drive, West Linn Web | Map

Bath Night

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014
Enter the world of Bath Night and you’ll find a Miss America stage mom, a '90s pop Pandora station that keeps interrupting a torture session and a poker-illiterate James Bond. This 90-minute ...
8 pm Thursdays-Saturdays through Aug. 30 | $17-$20
Shaking the Tree Studio 1407 SE Stark St. Web | Map

Emo Philips

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014
There were many killer moments at last May’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival. But none quite compared to a one-liner—not even a complete sentence, in fact—from comedian Emo Philips. On the Doug ...
8 pm Saturday, Aug. 23 | $20
Bossanova Ballroom 722 E Burnside St. Web | Map
Also At Winningstad Theatre

Ganesh Rajagopalan, Dafnis Prieto, Osam Ezzeldin

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014

[CARNATIC JAZZ] In this multicultural, multimedia extravaganza, the Indian violin virtuoso Ganesh Rajagopalan, recently named artistic adviser by the Rasika organization tha ...

7 pm Saturday, Aug. 23. | $22-$34.
Winningstad Theatre 1111 SW Broadway Web | Map

Jayanthi Raman

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014
The Indian dance choreographer is a guest performer for this concert, Maya: Illusion, that mixes Indian rāgas and jazz. Raman dances a new piece inspired by the Hindu goddess Shakti, th ...
7 pm Saturday, Aug. 23 | $24-$36
Winningstad Theatre 1111 SW Broadway Web | Map
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
comments powered by Disqus
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close