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ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATRE
ART's season opens with the company's first-ever stab at Tennessee Williams. 'The Night of the Iguana' runs through Oct. 20. The world premiere of 'Honey in the Horn,' adapted from the 1934 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the settlement of Oregon, runs Nov. 10 through Dec. 22. The company's Second Stage season, produced at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, includes Neil LaBute's 'The Shape of Things,' running Oct. 9 to Nov. 17.
1516 S.W. Alder St.; IFCC, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., 503-241-1278
BROADWAY IN PORTLAND
The latest amalgamation of dance, theater and funky beats to take hold of Broadway is 'Blast!' More than 50 brass, percussion and visual performers storm the stage in the one-of-a-kind show when it hits town Oct. 1 through Oct. 6. Up next is the Dr. Seuss-inspired romp, 'Seussical the Musical,' starring Cathy Rigby as The Cat in the Hat, Nov. 12 through Nov. 17.
Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-241-1407
Imago returns with a full season of shows after a year and a half spent
refining the company's signature piece, 'Frogz.' Things kick off with Eugene Ionesco's 'Exit the King,' which runs
Oct. 3 to Nov. 3. Imago co-artistic directors Jerry Mouawad and Carol Triffle star in the absurdist tragicomedy of a dying king and his bewildered court. In
December the company debuts 'Biglittlethings,' a mask-theater creation in the spirit of 'Frogz,' with new creatures and special effects. The show runs Dec. 4 through Dec. 29 and features Imago's newly created dance company.
17 S.E. Eighth Ave., 503-231-9581
Lightbox Studio has been making a name for itself for the
past two years with stark and physically challenging works and award-winning set designs. This fall's schedule begins with 'Casina' by Plautus, a Roman comedic playwright from antiquity. The fast-paced farce runs Oct. 4 to Oct. 27. 'Someone Who'll Watch Over Me,' Frank McGuinness' drama inspired by the Beirut, Lebanon, hostage crisis, will be offered Nov. 29 through Dec. 22.
1306 N.W. Hoyt St., 503-231-0839
Daniel Jaquez directed last year's well-received 'Icarus.' He returns to direct Miracle's season opener, 'La Chunga,' a mystery steeped in magical realism that runs from Sept. 20 to Oct. 19. The company's annual 'Festival de Dia de los Muertos' offers two riffs on the Day of the Dead. 'El Diablo Can't Dance,' which runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 10, takes a comic approach to the topic. A staged reading of the darker 'La Barca sin Pescador' takes place Nov. 5, 6 and 9.
425 S.E. Sixth Ave., 503-236-7253
PORTLAND CENTER STAGE
Portland Center Stage brings a big-band, swing-dancing sensibility to 'Much Ado About Nothing,' running Sept. 24 through Oct. 20. The Bard is followed with Sam Shepard's 'True West' from Oct. 29 to Nov. 17. The company puts a Latino spin on Shepard's raucous tale of sparring brothers. December brings the pairing of David Sedaris' 'The Santaland Diaries' with Truman Capote's autobiographical tale 'A Christmas Memory.' The double bill runs Dec. 3 to Dec. 23.
Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-274-6588
STARK RAVING THEATRE
Lost souls and a search for answers take center stage in Stark Raving's new season. 'Killsville,' which runs through Oct. 5, is the darkly comic story of a man who returns to his hometown. 'Darkstep and Dawning,' from Dec. 13 through Jan. 4, is a flashback-fueled drama of lost love. The performance group that presented last year's popular '21st Century Funhouse' returns for the late night slot with 'The Late Summer Replacement Special,' an interactive variety show that runs through Oct. 5.
2257 N.W. Raleigh St., 503-232-7072
The off-Broadway relationship romp 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change,' which had a popular run last year, plays through Oct. 19. 'Angry Housewives' plays Nov. 8 through Nov. 30.
Theater Theatre, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., 503-239-5919