Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline: An Update of the Bard's RomanceGerding Theater at the Armory - Ellyn Bye Studio, Portland Center Stage (128 NW Eleventh Avenue Portland, OR 97209)
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Goldstar Member Tips
Parked in the building across the street, easy peasy.
I took Trimet, about 5 block walk though I could have transferred and gotten closer.
3 Goldstar Member Reviews
Written on Apr 09 2012
I had not read Cymbeline, so was a bit nervous; however, the adaptation of adding the pianist/commentator took care of that. The pianist's occasional summaries and musings kept the plot foregrounded while not sacrificing the Shakespearean language throughout the rest of the play.
The acting was good, the simple setting plus imagination quite effective, and the multiple roles each actor performed adroitly handled. There were some fast costume changes required!
Written on Mar 19 2012
Innovative adaptation and staging. The Ellyn Bye Studio is an intimate space and for this piece seating is on both sides of the performance area. The traditional elements of most of Shakespeare's work: masked identity, stolen princes, a queen who is a stepmother, vying for power, proof of love, etc. Would recommend to all.
Written on Mar 10 2012
My boyfriend and i went and found the show to be very entertaining. The piano player was one of my favorite character with his profound lines and synopsis for the audience. The majority of the actors had multiple parts which also added to the entertainment.
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Quotes & Highlights
- "[Cymbeline] is now being lovingly revisited by Portland Center Stage in a form that is both accessible and entertaining." --The Oregonian
Based on legends about early Celtic kings, Cymbeline is one of Shakespeare’s most fantastical creations — familiar Shakespearean themes of jealousy and innocence wronged are joined by a piano-playing wit who becomes our guide through an ancient landscape. A lovely princess, an evil queen, a misguided king and a thoroughly rotten clown populate this fairy tale-like story of life, and love, renewed.
One of Shakespeare’s charming romances, this production of Cymbeline marks two firsts—our first production of the Bard in the Ellyn Bye Studio, and the first production of this fresh adaptation by Artistic Director Chris Coleman.
About the Ticket Supplier: Portland Center Stage
Portland Center Stage inspires our community by bringing stories to life in unexpected ways. PCS produces a blend of classical, contemporary and premiere works, and our annual playwrights festival, JAW. In our home at the Portland Armory we also offer a variety of education and outreach programs, including classes, workshops and partnerships with organizations throughout the Portland area.