Clackamas Repertory Theatre returns for its eighth season, featuring two classics and a brand new comedy. The new season was announced during the theater company's fundraiser in early February.
The 2012 season begins June 29 with Neil Simon's classic comedy 'The Odd Couple,' featuring two Portland favorites Tim True and Michael O' Connell as Oscar and Felix. CRT artistic director David Smith-English directs Simon's hysterical comedy about a slovenly, cigar-smoking sportswriter and a depressed, neurotic clean freak who try to live together after their wives have dumped them. This comedy is as fresh today as when it debuted in 1965. 'The Odd Couple' runs through July 22.
Portland newcomer Chantal DeGroat takes on the role of the irrepressible Sally Bowles when 'Cabaret' opens Aug. 4, and continues through Aug. 26. James Sharinghousen plays the Emcee, and Portland pro Sharonlee McLean performs as Fraulein Schneider. The same artistic team that created the CRT hit 'Oklahoma!' and 'Fiddler on the Roof' returns for 'Cabaret.' Director Smith-English, choreographer Wes Hanson, conductor Rick Modlin, CRT technical director Chris Whitten and costumer Alva Bradford recreate the decadent Kit Kat Klub, where a charming, soulless emcee makes light of everything and everyone, allowing guests to forget the terrors lurking outside.
'End Days' a new comedy by Deborah Zoe Laufer, concludes the season. 'End Days' opens Sept. 21 and continues through Oct. 7. Sixteen-year-old Rachel Stein and her family are struggling to cope in a traumatic post 9/11 world. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus; her father spends his days in his pajamas; and Rachel has become a disaffected, Stephen Hawking-worshipping Goth. Her new neighbor Nelson, an awkward Elvis-devoted teen, is smitten and tries to reunite the family with his goofy charm and eternal optimism. The play features Jayson Shanafelt as both Jesus and Stephen Hawking.
CRT performances take place Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. All performances are in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College.
Tickets may be purchased at www.clackamasrep.org or by calling 503-594-6047. Season and flex passes as well as individual tickets are available.