The best art for your buck in Portland, for the week of 3.4-10
THURSDAY, MARCH 7TH @ 7:30
Leonard Cohen is Dead
17 SE 8th
Crime is acceptable and dead singers lead the world. Physical, explosive, and with the mania of a Richard Foreman wild universe, Jerry Mouawad's newest original mash-up takes influences from Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, Jean Genet’s Splendid's, and sci-fi horror. (Surprise! This play has nothing to do with the real Leonard Cohen.) Directed by Jerry Mouawad as part of Imago's three-show Next Wave Festival
Why we're excited: Imago's shows are often unconventional, imaginative, and a lot of fun. We have also been LOVING the behind-the-scenes peeks at the crazy set coming together on the theatre's IG. Plus, Imago is right around the corner from Nong's, so dinner is sorted!
AND / OR
FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH / SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH @ 7:30
Tragedy: a Tragedy
by Will Eno
4319 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
This just in: the sun has set. Will it ever rise again? We’re not sure but that won’t stop us from talking about it. A crack team of journalists is on the scene to bring you the story, even if there isn’t one. Will Eno’s hilarious, one-of-a-kind play skewers the never-ending modern news cycle while capturing the underlying human need to apply order to an increasingly absurd world.
Why we're excited: We couldn't believe how funny this show was when we saw it. It's timely without being a bummer, incisive without preaching. And did I mention we laughed the entire time? This theatre is in the back of a coffee shop on Hawthorne, so get a lemon bar or a glass of wine and enjoy the secret, speakeasy vibe and a stellar show with a great cast. BONUS: All shows at Defunkt are pay what you can, not just the Friday performance. Since it's an intimate theatre and shows there do sell out, if tickets sell out for the 8th, shoot for another performance! The show runs through the 16th.