Home / Events / Theater / The Sweatermakers

The Sweatermakers

TREE PALMEDO
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through Aug. 30, Friday August 08 | $15-$25
CoHo Theater
2257 NW Raleigh St.
 
On dark, cold days, a cozy sweater can make all the difference. That’s the general conceit behind Portlander Andrew Wardenaar’s new play, The Sweatermakers, which in some ways feels like an exploration of another world entirely. The protagonists, siblings Brin (Jen Rowe) and Henry (JR Wickman), knit sweaters for a mysterious organization that delivers the garments to those who’ve experienced great loss. When they first appear onstage, with wild eyes and ear-to-ear smiles, Brin and Henry don’t seem quite human, and their loud, childish interactions feel oddly cartoonish. Soon, bits of humanity poke through, but it’s hard to identify with characters who snap in an instant from scarfing down cookies to bloodcurdling screams. But then Brin meets the handsome Shaun (Ben Buckley), and this immersively weird world begins to collapse. For long stretches, we forget about the mysterious sweater-delivery system. An all-knowing therapist with hypnotic powers appears and then vanishes. The Sweatermakers becomes a play about loneliness and the lengths to which people will go for human connection. When things get serious, the actors, under Matthew Zrebski's direction, show their range. Rowe’s portrayal turns from funny to tragic. As Henry, Wickman nails both animated and sensitive moments. And from a newscaster to a European train conductor, Sharon Mann brilliantly plays every minor role in the production—a reminder that even the blackest comedies can achieve true levity.

Where: CoHo Theater
Phone: 220-2646
Address: 2257 NW Raleigh St.
Website: http://www.playwrightswest.org/sweatermakers

 
 

CoHo Theater

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

Boredom is the Ultimate Weapon

Saturday, Jul 04, 2015

Boredom is the Ultimate Weapon will be a series of improvised structures constructed from material at hand inside and outside of HQHQ Project Space by Los Angeles artist Don Edler. Each of t ...

The opening will be a summer party on July 3, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. A grill will be available; bring your own protein. Local artist-made cups will be sold for $10 each. Each cup supports HQ Objective and allows for free drinks during the event.
HQHQ Project Space 232 SE Oak St. Portland Web | Map

Tight Rope: New Paintings by Arvie Smith

Saturday, Jul 04, 2015

Tight Rope is a collection of vivid, powerful works linking our troubled past to our equally troubled present. ...

Mark Woolley Gallery @ Pioneer 700 SW 5th Ave., 3rd floor, Pioneer Place Mall Portland Web | Map

Urban Growth Boundary

Saturday, Jul 04, 2015

Upfor presents recent works by three artists who adapt unorthodox mediums to challenge the traditions of landscape and artistic depiction of nature. Mixed media works by Gregory Euclide, Alex Lukas ...

Upfor Gallery 929 NW Flanders St. Portland Web | Map
Also At CoHo Theater
There's no more events in CoHo Theater
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
comments powered by Disqus
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close