Portland’s Center Stage. Last night we went to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Gerding Theater at the Armory. It’s a historic building that has been beautifully restored. Honestly, it doesn’t seem like an old building at all. The interior has a bit of an industrial feel but is cozy somehow too. There’s a cafe in the lobby so you can grab a bite before the performance begins. We are big Shakespeare fans so this was a win-win for us (although Midsummer Night’s Dream in November? It felt rather odd to be driving in the dark on our way to the theater) but an added bonus was that one of our favorite actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) was in the cast.
OSF is kind of funny that way. You’ll see an actor season after season, watching them deliver shockingly different performances and personas, and then suddenly they are just not around anymore. So we were thrilled to discover James Newcomb on the list of actors for the play. As is the fashion at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he played lots of parts–starring and supporting–in whatever the company was presenting that season. Our favorite was when he played Richard in Richard III. Glenn and I call him “the guy with the voice.” He has a very theater-actor-y voice that is rather distinctive. He played Bottom in last night’s performance.
We loved the play and the venue and having a night out. Midsummer Night’s Dream is playing until December 23 and tickets are still available for all performances. If you’re in Portland, check it out.