National Theatre Live
Third Rail is proud to present live-captured performances from the National Theatre in London. Here are some of the upcoming productions:
by Euripides in a new version by Ben Power
directed by Carrie Cracknell
Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell.
Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace.
It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
Screenings will be September 13 and 14 @ 2:00 and 7:00 in the World Trade Center Theater.
Middletown is "a show not to be missed" says the Oregonian
Critics praise Will Eno's paean to life itself as "an oddly charming, deeply moving production"
Small town life has taken up residence at the Winningstad Theatre by way of Will Eno's Middletown, and the critics are pulling out the superlatives to praise this wry, unique, and moving play. Here's just some of what they had to say:
"Eno may be full of surprises, but he's got the human rhythms of thought and expression, a theatrical sense of cosmic silence, down solid in this whacky, thoughtful ode to the mystery of existence. This is a show not to miss" - Holly Johnson, The OregonianPerformances continue now through October 19 at the Winningstad Theatre. Click for tickets. Purchase a Mainstage Subscription Package and save.
"The cast of ten is uniformly terrific, capturing the language beautifully and making the characters both archetypical and very specific. Michael O'Connell and Maureen Porter have the central roles, as a man and woman who strike up an unlikely friendship, and they bring great humanity to the piece. Ben Newman does wonderful work as a mechanic who's fond of wondering (and wandering), and he has so much joy in his performance that you smile at him every time he walks on stage. Darius Pierce has several small but pivotal roles, including one that opens the performance, and he is delightful in each of his assignments. The other actors are just as good, many of them playing multiple roles . . ." - Patrick Brassell, Broadway World.com
". . . there's fine work here from, among others, Diane Kondrat (bursting with civic pride as the local librarian), Ben Newman (as the aforementioned loiterer, a troubled underemployed mechanic), and Damon Kupper, in a few roles, including a doctor whose prenatal advice to Mary is as straightforwardly sentimental as the play gets: "Forgiveness and love, and you're all set . . . The great pleasure here, however, is Eno's rich, witty language . . . by accretion all that talk gains weight and meaning, slowly seeming less like a series of one-liners and more like a curious meditation on the shadow dance between the profound and the mundane" - Marty Hughley, Oregon Arts Watch