Home / Events / Theater / The Caretaker

The Caretaker

REBECCA JACOBSON
7 pm Thursdays, 8 pm Fridays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through March 23., Sunday March 16 | $17-$25.
Imago Theatre
17 SE 8th Ave.
 
In Harold Pinter’s 1960 masterpiece, all three characters experience some sort of cognitive plight—mental illness, self-delusion, general remove from reality. The play scarcely has a plot: A tramp stays at a fetid London flat—evocatively rendered here with water-stained walls, piles of paper and a discarded shopping cart—and interacts with two brothers in ways alternately mundane and bizarre. Younger brother Mick (Jeffrey Jason Gilpin) is a neon-hued maniac clad in orange and lavender, his hair a slicked-back, bleach-blond helmet. He darts about the stage like a razor, his moods and motives shifting like quicksilver. As the dark-haired, lumbering Aston, meanwhile, Jacob Coleman moves as if in slow-motion. But the real star of this Imago production is a near-unrecognizable Allen Nause, a twitchy, stuttering lump buried under dirty rags. Nause imbues the character with underlying sadness and wicked humor, whether he’s modeling a ridiculous-looking burgundy smoking jacket or insisting on matching laces for the shoes he’s been gifted. Davies might be a foul-mouthed, racist ingrate, but in Nause’s hands, he’s profoundly human. Swiveling from scabrously comic to deeply haunting, this production solves no mysteries and heals no wounds. Which is probably the way Pinter would have wanted it—if he ever would have said as much.

Where: Imago Theatre
Phone: 231-3959
Address: 17 SE 8th Ave.
Website: http://www.imagotheatre.com

 
 
Other events in Theater

Anna Fidler: A Dream Within a Dream

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
For Halloween, you couldn’t ask for a more seasonally appropriate art show than Anna Fidler’s A Dream Within a Dream. The title is lifted from an Edgar Allan Poe poem, and the subject matte ...
Charles A. Hartman 134 NW 8th Ave. Map

Anthropometry: Science and Design in the Contemporary Art Experience

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
Artist and writer Jeff Jahn scores another curatorial hit with the thoughtful and spatially invigorating three-person show Anthropometry. By far the most eye-catching piece in the endearin ...
Kathrin Cawein Gallery at Pacific University 2043 College Way Forest Grove Map

Bennet Norrbo: Nice & Naughty

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
Beloved Portland artist Bennet Norrbo died last year at 83. A year later, his friend and artistic executor, gallerist Marilyn Murdoch, is mounting an affectionate retrospective of his work, spanning m ...
Murdoch Collections 2219 NW Raleigh St. Portland Web | Map
Also At Imago Theatre

The Homecoming

Friday, Oct 24, 2014
Harold Pinter never revealed what his plays were about. Indeed, the British dramatist would probably have chafed at the mere suggestion that his plays were “about” anything. For Pinter, the stage ...
8 pm Fridays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Nov. 9. No shows Halloween weekend | $21-$27
Imago Theatre 17 SE 8th Ave. Web | Map

The Homecoming

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014
Harold Pinter never revealed what his plays were about. Indeed, the British dramatist would probably have chafed at the mere suggestion that his plays were “about” anything. For Pinter, the stage ...
8 pm Fridays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Nov. 9. No shows Halloween weekend | $21-$27
Imago Theatre 17 SE 8th Ave. Web | Map

The Homecoming

Sunday, Oct 26, 2014
Harold Pinter never revealed what his plays were about. Indeed, the British dramatist would probably have chafed at the mere suggestion that his plays were “about” anything. For Pinter, the stage ...
8 pm Fridays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Nov. 9. No shows Halloween weekend | $21-$27
Imago Theatre 17 SE 8th Ave. Web | Map
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
comments powered by Disqus
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close