Home / Events / Theater / The Big Meal

The Big Meal

PENELOPE BASS
7:30 pm Wednesdays-Sundays, 2 pm Sundays through Oct. 6., Wednesday September 25 | $25-$55.
Artists Repertory Theatre
1515 SW Morrison St.
 
How much time do we spend around the dining-room table? What portion of our lives is measured in meals? Can the entire scope of a life—from first dates and holiday gatherings to engagements and pregnancies and grief—be depicted at the table? With beautiful and deceptive simplicity, Dan LeFranc’s The Big Meal—directed by Dámaso Rodriguez, Artists Rep’s new artistic director, proves it can. As the play begins, the young Sam and Nicole (played at first by Andy Lee-Hillstrom and Britt Harris) meet at the restaurant where she works. From there, five generations of a family navigate life’s joys and dramas as if in a time-lapse photograph, launching ahead weeks or years but always coming back together at the table. Artists Rep veterans Vana O’Brien and Allen Nause (who served as the company’s artistic director for more than 20 years) anchor the eight-member cast masterfully. The actors play family members of a range of ages, gliding between roles with expertly adapted mannerisms. As a young Nicole, Harris is neurotic and angry, while middle-aged Nicole (played by a delightful Val Landrum) develops a sharp-tongued wit and perpetually clutches a glass of wine. The character of Sam remains naive and good-humored but gains a noticeable weariness. The transitions are aided with deft effects—a shift of light or clatter of dishes signifying that months or years have passed. When O’Brien, playing a now-elderly Nicole, wonders aloud and mostly to herself “Where does the time go?” it is with a heartbreaking poignancy. Everyone we know and love will pass through our lives, often too quickly, and we ourselves will one day finish our last meal and leave the table.

Where: Artists Repertory Theatre
Phone: 241-1278
Address: 1515 SW Morrison St.
Website: http://www.artistsrep.org/onstage/2013---2014-season/the-big-meal.aspx

 
 
Other events in Theater

Bird No Bird

Friday, Mar 27, 2015
Portland poets Rob Schlegel (January Machine) and Emily Kendal Frey (Sorrow Arrow) have invited a select group of fellow poets to read a collection of "pro-bird" and "anti-bird" poems to ...
5-7 pm | Free
Glyph Cafe & Arts Space 804 NW Couch St Portland Map

Dark Ecologies

Friday, Mar 27, 2015
The first thing you see when you walk into Bullseye’s three-artist show, Dark Ecologies, is Carolyn Hopkins’ beautiful and disturbing sculpture, Cascade. It depicts a strung-up dog w ...
Bullseye Projects 300 NW 13th Ave. Web | Map

Durang Durang

Friday, Mar 27, 2015

Post5 Theatre collection of six one-act plays by absurdist playwright Christopher Durang, touches on grave issues but doesn’t go deep. Instead, Durang glosses over anything too se ...

7:30 pm Fridays-Sundays through March 28 | $15-$20
Post5 Theatre 1666 SE Lambert St. Portland Web | Map
Also At Artists Repertory Theatre

The Invisible Hand

Friday, Mar 27, 2015

Allen Nause, former artistic director of Artists Rep, has been wanting to direct Ayad Akhtar’s political thriller—the plot encompasses Islamic terrorism and the global investment market—for s ...

7:30 pm Wednesdays-Sundays and 2 pm Sundays through April 5 | $25-$49
Artists Repertory Theatre 1515 SW Morrison St. Web | Map

The Invisible Hand

Friday, Mar 27, 2015

Three years of scheduling conflicts and international visa snafus delayed director Allen Nause’s dream of staging Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar’s political thriller in which an American "fu ...

7:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday 2 pm Sunday | $25 and up
Artists Repertory Theatre 1515 SW Morrison St. Web | Map

The Invisible Hand

Saturday, Mar 28, 2015

Allen Nause, former artistic director of Artists Rep, has been wanting to direct Ayad Akhtar’s political thriller—the plot encompasses Islamic terrorism and the global investment market—for s ...

7:30 pm Wednesdays-Sundays and 2 pm Sundays through April 5 | $25-$49
Artists Repertory Theatre 1515 SW Morrison St. Web | Map
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
comments powered by Disqus
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close