Friday, December 23, 2005

The Mousetrap

Northwest Classical Theatre Co.
December 22, 2005; closes January 14, 2005

Classic (read: dated) murder-mystery problematic to stage effectively for modern audiences — intrigue shallow as characters, creating grave directorial challenge: follow museum-piece reality? or find new, perhaps offbeat, style? Acting-by-stage-directions production didn’t unravel sufficient suspense to raise hackles, far less solve rewarding climax. Shoebox space, however, cozy addition to Portland venues.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Which space is that?

Follow Spot said...

Northwest Classical Theatre Co. is performing at the Shoebox Theatre, 2110 SE 10th Ave.

Anonymous said...

It's a couple blocks east of the #4 Division bus line if you get off at SE 7th and Harrison (I believe). Looks like it was a hole-in-the-wall cafe or restaurant until recently: a long (maybe 80-foot?), narrow "foyer" with a couple booths, then the "theater" space which measures 20 x 40, if memory serves, and maybe 30 seats or fewer on a small riser). Can't imagine what it would have been used for in its earlier incarnations. Truly a "shoebox" if anything ever deserved the name.

Follow Spot said...

I thought I'd heard from someone sometime that it had been a private screening room.