Venue Details

Imago Theatre
at E Burnside 17 SE 8th Ave. Portland, OR 97214
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3.8 / 5 Rated by 4 members
Review from Goldstar Member
10 events 4 reviews

The play had good theatrics, excellent sound effects, but went on much too long. Leading actress had to carry the play which is always difficult. Also, she seemed a bit young for the part. The detective need to enunciate more.

reviewed Oct 20 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
2 events 1 review

My wife and I both enjoyed the show - the main actress did an amazing job and we were impressed with the sets and lighting as well. A great value.

reviewed Oct 11 2012 report as inappropriate
More Information


The Black Lizard delves deeply into the psyche of the heroine, who embodies many of Yukio Mishima’s own pathologies, but at the same time the play is a campy, sexy and hilarious romp through Japan in the 1960s. Characters take on multiple identities and don disguises with a frequency seen only in kabuki, and settings range from posh hotel suites, to Tokyo Tower, to a ship at sea. As in kabuki, leading characters are given long monologues to reveal their innermost feelings, and under Jerry Mouawad’s direction these are presented in “chamber” style with influences from Richard Foreman. Imago’s The Black Lizard will be a verbally sophisticated, physically energetic and visually sumptuous play—attempting to bring a contemporary fusion of kabuki and melodrama to Portland audiences. 

_The production contains nudity and is recommended for adults.

__The run time is 2 hours and 45 minutes with intermission._

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