Unique theater showing around town
Dr. Horribles Sing-Along Blog to open at Funhouse Lounge
Funhouse Lounge, an arts-centric entertainment venue, will present Dr. Horribles Sing-Along Blog Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights July 16 through 29 at 7 p.m.
The show is directed by Trenton Shine and stars Isaac Frank as Dr. Horrible, Landy Steckmann as Penny, Jacob Kasch as Captain Hammer and Travis Martin as Moist; other cast members include Josh Porter, Sean Lamb, Sara Elizabeth, Ed Villarreal and Colin Kane.
Billy, aka Dr. Horrible, is a budding super villain whose plans for world domination continually go awry. His two goals are to get accepted into the Evil League of Evil, and working up the guts to speak to his laundromat crush, Penny.
The only thing standing in his way is his superhero arch nemesis, Captain Hammer. With one big score, Billy could get into the ELE and earn the respect of Penny, but only if he can keep her away from the dashing Captain Hammer.
There will be special gender swap performances Aug. 13, 14 and 15, with Dr. Horrible played by Landy Steckmann, Penny played by Isaac Frank, Captain Hammer played by Sara Elizabeth and Moist played by Katie McFarland.
Tickets are $16-$20 in advance and $20-$24 at the door. Admission to Thursday performances is pay what you want at the door as long as tickets are available.
Get tickets online at funhouselounge.com or call 503-309-3723. Funhouse Lounge is located at 2432 S.E. 11th Ave. in Portland.
Anonymous Theatre presents The Real Inspector Hound
The Anonymous Theatre Company will present Tom Stoppards The Real Inspector Hound at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Gerding Theatre at Portland Center Stage, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., Portland.
Anonymous Theatre is unique in that auditions are held in secret, the play is cast in secret. Cast members rehearse the show one-on-one with the director secretly and do not learn the identity of the other cast members.
On the night of the performance the actors arrive in street clothes and enter the theater as if they are members of the audience. They take their seats. They read their program. They chat with their neighbors. The house lights dim and the play begins ... with each actor delivering his or her lines from their seat. The audience gets to see the story happen as if it is happening for the first time, because it is.
In The Real Inspector Hound, two feuding theater critics are swept into a whodunit they were sent to review. In this hilarious spoof of Agatha Christie-like melodramas, the dead body hidden under the sofa proves to be just the beginning. As mists rise about isolated Muldoon Manor, everyone becomes dangerously implicated in the lethal activities of an escaped madman.
The evening also includes On the Porch One Crisp Spring Morning by Alex Dremann. In this 10-minute curtain-opener that premiered at the Humana Festival, a mother and daughter sip coffee on the porch one gloriously crisp spring morning. And then try to kill each other.
Tickets are $25 each online at anonymoustheatre.org.