Home / Events / Theater / Licking Batteries

Licking Batteries

REBECCA JACOBSON
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Aug. 31., Friday August 30 | $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

Bryan Schutmaat: Grays the Mountain Sends

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014
It’s easy to romanticize small-town life and bucolic mountains if you’re an overworked, under-natured city dweller. But photographer Bryan Schutmaat captures something less romantic, more complex ...

Chris Speed Trio, Blue Cranes

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014
[JAZZ] The saxophonist of choice for prominent New York new jazz bandleaders like John Zorn, Uri Caine, Tim Berne, Dave Douglas and John Hollenbeck, Brooklyn-based Seattle native Chris Speed also lead ...
8 pm Wednesday, April 16. | $12 advance, $15 day of show.
Mississippi Studios 3939 N Mississippi Ave. Portland Web | Map

Eva Lake: Anonymous Women

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014
Eva Lake is a gifted abstract artist whose pattern-based oil paintings follow in the lineage of Op Art. But she’s also accomplished in collage work. Viewers may remember her Targets series, w ...
Augen DeSoto 716 NW Davis St. Web | Map
Also At CoHo Theater

Midsummer

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014
Spring is often referred to as the season of love. But for Bob and Helena, two unlikely lovers in Edinburgh, the solstice is when the magic happens. Midsummer is modestly subtitled “a play wi ...
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through April 19. | $20-$27.
CoHo Theater 2257 NW Raleigh St. Portland Web | Map

Midsummer

Friday, Apr 18, 2014
Spring is often referred to as the season of love. But for Bob and Helena, two unlikely lovers in Edinburgh, the solstice is when the magic happens. Midsummer is modestly subtitled “a play wi ...
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through April 19. | $20-$27.
CoHo Theater 2257 NW Raleigh St. Portland Web | Map

Midsummer

Saturday, Apr 19, 2014
Spring is often referred to as the season of love. But for Bob and Helena, two unlikely lovers in Edinburgh, the solstice is when the magic happens. Midsummer is modestly subtitled “a play wi ...
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through April 19. | $20-$27.
CoHo Theater 2257 NW Raleigh St. Portland Web | Map
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
comments powered by Disqus
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close