Home / Events / Theater / Mother Teresa is Dead

Mother Teresa is Dead

REBECCA JACOBSON
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 pm Saturdays-Sundays through April 14., Friday April 12 | $23-$32.
Portland Playhouse
602 NE Prescott St.
 
Trembling and anxious, young mother Jane (Nikki Weaver) tells middle-aged expat Frances (Gretchen Corbett) that she doesn’t remember coming to India. But she knew she needed to help someone, or do something simple, and that’s what compelled her to leave England, unannounced, to pursue charity work in Madras. Jane, though, isn’t well. Is it a mental health crisis? A crisis of conscience? After hoping to aid others, Jane ends up in need of help when she’s found alone and wailing in a public square. Helen Edmundson’s Mother Teresa Is Dead picks up as Jane’s husband, Mark (Chris Harder), arrives from England to retrieve his wife, and the unfolding drama pulses with fraught emotion but occasionally slips into flat characterization. Slick, British-educated aid worker Srinivas (Luke Bartholomew) is a cad who’s suave enough to sound well-meaning; Mark espouses racist and paternalistic views without fully realizing it; Frances and Jane are oft-hysterical women subject to masculine manipulations. Edmundson’s play is thorny, and it frustrates in places where it should unsettle. But, as ever from Portland Playhouse, the production is deeply felt: The performers bring vulnerability and nuance to roles that can feel one-dimensional, and Isaac Lamb’s taut direction imbues the action with palpable emotional suspense.

Where: Portland Playhouse
Phone: 488-5822
Address: 602 NE Prescott St.
Website: https://app.ticketturtle.com/index.php?show=30093

 
 
Other events in Theater

Antony & Cleopatra

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014
Antony and Cleopatra is the summer blockbuster of Shakespeare plays, with sweeping battle scenes, star-crossed romance and an epic three-hour runtime. It’s great for the stage, but doesn’t ...
7 pm most Thursdays-Saturdays through July 26. For full schedule, visit portlandactors.com | Free

Betty Merken: Gravity and Whispers

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014
Seattle-based painter and printmaker Betty Merken has a gift for abstract compositions that counterpose geometric and organic forms. The perfection of her geometries serves as a potent foil for the i ...
Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st Ave. Web | Map

Cannibals & Cannonballs: Living in The Late Now

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014

CoHo ends its summer series of solo performances with Leo Daedalus' "avant-variety talk show," an intellectually anarchic blend of interviews, music and comedy. 

7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, July 24-26 | $15
CoHo Theater 2257 NW Raleigh St. Portland Web | Map
Also At Portland Playhouse
There's no more events in Portland Playhouse
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
comments powered by Disqus
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close