Home / Events / Theater / Midsummer

Midsummer

DEBORAH KENNEDY
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through April 19., Friday April 04 | $20-$27.
CoHo Theater
2257 NW Raleigh St.
 
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 with songs,” and strictly speaking, that description holds up. This romantic romp from David Greig and Gordon McIntyre is a straight play peppered with duets, meaning it’s not a musical per se. What it is, though, is an almost ridiculously charming piece of theater. Much of the charm in this Third Rail production comes courtesy of the leads. Local favorite Isaac Lamb makes Bob much more than a lovable loser. Sure, he’s a “piss artist” who sells pink convertibles to shady characters and has lengthy conversations with his penis. And, yes, it’s true that among his fellow petty criminals he’s referred to as “Medium Bob” because he has no defining features. But in Lamb’s expert hands, Bob is a hero of romance. Or of romantic comedy, anyway. And Cristi Miles is perfect as the hard-working, hard-drinking yet vulnerable Helena. She and Lamb have palpable chemistry, both when they’re in bed, having drunken sex with a stuffed Elmo watching, and in quieter moments, many of which are set to song. Interestingly, the whip-smart script doesn’t dictate which actor delivers which line. That creative freedom could make Midsummer either a director’s dearest dream or worst nightmare, but Philip Cuomo is obviously in his element, and the pacing, particularly during Bob and Helena’s debauchery-filled weekend, is exceptionally fluid. Midsummer is, without a doubt, a love story. But it’s also a rumination on aging, death and how the choices we make shape our fate, for good or ill—and what a good choice this show is.

Where: CoHo Theater
Phone: 235-1101
Address: 2257 NW Raleigh St.
Website: http://www.thirdrailrep.org/events.php?show=29

 
 

CoHo Theater

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

'Night, Mother

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
Do not enter Coho Theater for ‘Night, Mother expecting to be anything but emotionally wrecked. Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer-winning drama centers on the aging Thelma, content with watching TV f ...
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Nov. 8 | $15-$25
CoHo Theater 2257 NW Raleigh St. Portland Web | Map

Anna Fidler: A Dream Within a Dream

Thursday, Oct 23, 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

Thursday, Oct 23, 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
Also At CoHo Theater

'Night, Mother

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
Do not enter Coho Theater for ‘Night, Mother expecting to be anything but emotionally wrecked. Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer-winning drama centers on the aging Thelma, content with watching TV f ...
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Nov. 8 | $15-$25
CoHo Theater 2257 NW Raleigh St. Portland Web | Map

'Night, Mother

Friday, Oct 24, 2014
Do not enter Coho Theater for ‘Night, Mother expecting to be anything but emotionally wrecked. Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer-winning drama centers on the aging Thelma, content with watching TV f ...
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Nov. 8 | $15-$25
CoHo Theater 2257 NW Raleigh St. Portland Web | Map

'Night, Mother

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014
Do not enter Coho Theater for ‘Night, Mother expecting to be anything but emotionally wrecked. Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer-winning drama centers on the aging Thelma, content with watching TV f ...
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Nov. 8 | $15-$25
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