Home / Events / Theater / Licking Batteries

Licking Batteries

REBECCA JACOBSON
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Aug. 31., Thursday August 29 | $25; Thursdays "pay what you will."
CoHo Theater
2257 NW Raleigh St.
 
An electric current runs through Portland playwright Ellen Margolis’ new work, Licking Batteries. With fireflies, lightning storms, static electricity and an arcane contraption of tangled wires and a lemon, the production looks for sparks everywhere—and, ultimately, in too many places. The play, joltingly directed by Ryan Reilly, revolves around Lucy (Rachel Rosenfeld), a girl grappling to unravel the mysteries of electricity in hopes of better understanding her mother, Louise, who’s undergone electroshock therapy as treatment for mental illness. Louise’s memories are fuzzy, her thoughts confused, her body weak. Is electricity to blame? Or could it be Louise’s savior? Blending realism and fantasy, Licking Batteries zaps between flashbacks, dreamlike sequences and several tiresome scenes that require actor David Knell to affect overblown foreign accents. The most compelling moments occur when characters collide in uncomfortable situations, as in a positively combustible lab scene with Lucy, her boyfriend and her father. But scenes that stretch for emotional profundity come up short, hampered by hackneyed dialogue (“Do you ever feel you’ve been wandering in the pitch black for years?”) and thematic overextension. Characters’ exchanges hint at issues of anxiety, despair, loss and mania, but the story’s wiring is tenuous, and the mysteries surrounding electricity so opaque that they frustrate more than they intrigue. With a cast that’s uneven though good-natured, this production never manages to hold a steady charge.

Where: CoHo Theater
Phone: 715-1114
Address: 2257 NW Raleigh St.
Website: http://www.cohoproductions.org/

 
 

CoHo Theater

2257 NW Raleigh St.
Portland, OR
97210
 
Other events in Theater

Lyric Truth: Paintings, Drawings and Embroideries by Rosemarie Beck

Monday, Mar 30, 2015
If you were an “important” New York painter in the late 1940s and 1950s, you dutifully pledged allegiance to Abstract Expressionism and trafficked in dollops, drizzles, smears and drips. Not so fo ...
Broadway Lobby Gallery at P.S.U. Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave. Portland Map

Hell or Highwater

Monday, Mar 30, 2015

Curtis Cook hosts a monthly standup showcase featuring a consistently good lineup of comedians.

9 pm every last Monday | Free
The High Water Mark 6800 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Map

History Pub

Monday, Mar 30, 2015
Hipsters may like to think of themselves as the originators of Portland cool, but they're several decades too late. The Oregon Historical Society, in collaboration with the Oregon Black Pioneers, will ...
7 pm | Free
McMenamins Kennedy School 5736 NE 33rd Ave. Portland Web | Map
Also At CoHo Theater
There's no more events in CoHo Theater
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
comments powered by Disqus
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close