Home / Events / Theater / Sweet and Sad

Sweet and Sad

REBECCA JACOBSON
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Oct. 20., Thursday October 17 | $20-$43.
Winningstad Theatre
1111 SW Broadway
 
Between each scene in Sweet and Sad, there’s a simple sound effect: a breath. It’s a small sound—a slight inhale, a longer exhale—and easy to miss. It’s also a lovely and poignant touch, a reminder of what sustains us. And it’s a gesture that, just like the play, sneaks up on you in a quiet and astounding way. That breath is the least of reasons to see this affecting Third Rail production, directed by Scott Yarbrough. Following last season’s That Hopey Changey Thing, Sweet and Sad is the second in Richard Nelson’s four-play series about the Apple family. This installment, which is richer and wiser than the first, finds the family on Sept. 11, 2011. They’ve gathered in upstate New York at the home of schoolteacher Barbara, who lives with her sister Marian (Maureen Porter, whose naturalistic and assured performance is so good it hurts) and their uncle, a retired actor with amnesia. Up from Manhattan are Barbara and Marian’s two siblings, a fat-cat lawyer (a very funny and playfully prickly Michael O’Connell) and a writer, who’s brought along her actor boyfriend (Isaac Lamb, perfectly on the edge of the action as the sole outsider). As they eat a late lunch, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks suffuses conversation. But this is at its heart a family drama, and the play beautifully weaves together the political and the personal. Dialogue is intimate and affectionate, but passive-aggressive undercurrents simmer beneath each joke or gibe. Nelson, the playwright, is a master at raising provocative questions without giving any easy answers. How do we distinguish between victims and heroes? How do we compensate for the loss of life? But far from these inconclusive exchanges feeling evasive, the very difficulty of such conversations becomes the play’s subject. Next year’s Apple family gathering can’t come soon enough.

Where: Winningstad Theatre
Phone: 248-4335
Address: 1111 SW Broadway
Website: thirdrailrep.org

 
 
Other events in Theater

New Expressive Works

Sunday, Mar 29, 2015

Each year, Studio2 hosts two different artist residencies, made for contemporary choreographers of diaspora. This spring, four choreographers debut their new work after six months of weekly rehears ...

7:30 pm Friday-Sunday, March 27-29 | $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Studio 2 810 SE Belmont St. Web | Map

Testable Predictions

Sunday, Mar 29, 2015
Husband-and-wife curatorial team Calvin Ross Carl and Ashley Sloan have opened a new gallery in the space that used to be Nisus Gallery, on the east side of the Disjecta complex. Their first show, ...
Carl & Sloan Contemporary 8371 N. Interstate Ave., #1 Portland Web | Map

The Invisible Hand

Sunday, Mar 29, 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
Also At Winningstad Theatre

Schoolhouse Rock Live

Sunday, Mar 29, 2015

Many of us learned the nuances of grammatical English from an animated, talking scroll (albeit with the witty name tag Bill). Oregon Children’s Theater takes audiences back to those simpler days ...

2 and 5 pm Saturdays, 11 am and 2 pm Sundays through April 26 | $15-$28
Winningstad Theatre 1111 SW Broadway Web | Map

Schoolhouse Rock Live

Saturday, Apr 04, 2015

Many of us learned the nuances of grammatical English from an animated, talking scroll (albeit with the witty name tag Bill). Oregon Children’s Theater takes audiences back to those simpler days ...

2 and 5 pm Saturdays, 11 am and 2 pm Sundays through April 26 | $15-$28
Winningstad Theatre 1111 SW Broadway Web | Map

Schoolhouse Rock Live

Sunday, Apr 05, 2015

Many of us learned the nuances of grammatical English from an animated, talking scroll (albeit with the witty name tag Bill). Oregon Children’s Theater takes audiences back to those simpler days ...

2 and 5 pm Saturdays, 11 am and 2 pm Sundays through April 26 | $15-$28
Winningstad Theatre 1111 SW Broadway Web | Map
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
comments powered by Disqus
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close