Home / Events / Theater / Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park

REBECCA JACOBSON
7:30 pm Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 pm Sundays and select Saturdays, noon Thursdays through May 5., Tuesday April 23 | $39-$65.
Gerding Theater
128 NW 11th Ave.
 
Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park—the first work to win the triple crown of the Pulitzer, Tony and Britain’s Olivier—is one of the most produced plays among regional companies. I haven’t seen the play elsewhere, but I’m sure Portland Center Stage’s bracing production could contend with the best of them: Norris’ script is acerbic, smart and frequently uproarious, and the cast, under director Chris Coleman, is superb. All told, makes for a full-throttle experience that claws at our conceptions about race, prejudice and social propriety. The play’s title comes from Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 work A Raisin in the Sun, in which a black family prepares to move into a fictional, predominantly white Chicago neighborhood called Clybourne Park. Norris’ play also begins in 1959, but it centers instead on the white couple that have just sold their house. But ditzy Bev (the sparkling Sharonlee McLean) and brooding Russ (a tense and reactive Sal Viscuso) don’t know the new family is black, so community representative Karl (Gavin Hoffman, balancing dweebiness with impertinence) attempts to halt the sale. The second act skips forward 50 years. In those intervening years, white flight has transformed the neighborhood’s demographics, and now a white couple hopes to move into the gentrifying area. This parallel structure is more than clever conceit. It’s a riveting dramatic framework that highlights the stubborn intractability of race issues in America, as well as our desperate fumbles to discuss them in a meaningful—or even intelligible—way. In the first act, we see the barefaced racism of Karl contrasted with the well-meaning condescension of Bev. A half century later, the characters are no more articulate, no less hamstrung by euphemisms and equivocations. “Half my friends are black!” yelps one character. It’s as corrosive as it is cathartic.

Where: Gerding Theater
Phone: 445-3700
Address: 128 NW 11th Ave.
Website: http://www.pcs.org/clybourne/

 
 
Other events in Theater

Bill Frisell: Guitar in the Space Age!

Friday, Jan 30, 2015

[ROOTS JAZZ] Jazz guitar legend Bill Frisell has lent his bespectacled virtuosity by way of an ethereal Telecaster to many important musicians, from Elvis Costello a ...

8 pm Friday, Jan. 30. | $35. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.
Aladdin Theater 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. Portland Web | Map

Brian Doyle

Friday, Jan 30, 2015
Portland author and essayist Brian Doyle (Mink River, The Plover) delves into his Catholic upbringing for his newest work A Book of Uncommon Prayer. Uncommon indeed, for Doyle's c ...
7:30 pm | Free
Powell's City of Books 1005 W Burnside St. Portland Web | Map

Constructs

Friday, Jan 30, 2015
Constructs is curator Rachel Adams’ inspired solution to the quandary of how to fill Disjecta’s massive exhibition space. This clean, elegant show is a kind of “etude on the wall,” a se ...
Disjecta 8371 N Interstate Ave. Portland Web | Map
Also At Gerding Theater

Threesome

Friday, Jan 30, 2015

In a stab at healing their troubled relationship, an Egyptian-American couple invites a stranger into the sheets for a threesome. The sexy times don't go quite as planned, and things quickly move f ...

7:30 pm Tuesdays-Sundays (excluding Feb. 8, 22 and 24 and March 3 and 8); 2 pm select Saturdays-Sundays; noon select Thursdays. Through March 8 | $20-$55
Gerding Theater 128 NW 11th Ave. Web | Map

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Friday, Jan 30, 2015
Christopher Durang has likened his latest play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, to Chekhov put through a comic blender. It’s a comparison that puts me in mind of those Will It Blend?< ...
7:30 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays; 2 pm select Saturdays and Sundays; noon select Thursdays. Through Feb. 8 | $20-$69
Gerding Theater 128 NW 11th Ave. Web | Map

Threesome

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015

In a stab at healing their troubled relationship, an Egyptian-American couple invites a stranger into the sheets for a threesome. The sexy times don't go quite as planned, and things quickly move f ...

7:30 pm Tuesdays-Sundays (excluding Feb. 8, 22 and 24 and March 3 and 8); 2 pm select Saturdays-Sundays; noon select Thursdays. Through March 8 | $20-$55
Gerding Theater 128 NW 11th Ave. Web | Map
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
comments powered by Disqus
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close