Monday, April 14, 2008
The Age of Nefarious
Last weekend provided a series of wild, woolly and dangerous nights out for the theatergoers of Portland, Ore. On one end of town, at Northwest Classical Theatre Company, the woman playing the lead role in Timon of Athens hurled a plate at an exiting actor and caught an audience member full in the face. While across the Willamette River in the southwest quarter – what are the odds? – at ART’s opening night of A Streetcar Named Desire, Stanley Kowalski hurled a plate into the audience that struck a Just Out reviewer in the face.
But wait there’s more. Reportedly the same night at Cirque du Soleil ’s show, as performer hanging from a chandelier fell about 15 feet and had to be carted off for repairs.
In each instance, there was an awkward, flustered pause, and then the show went on.
What fell alignment of the stars could be bringing about all this mayhem? Or perhaps – perhaps the fault is not in our stars, but in our very own…… Mike Daisey.