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Imago Theatre
at E Burnside 17 SE 8th Ave. Portland, OR 97214
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"The Black Lizard"
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3.8 average rating
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10 events
4 reviews
2 stars
attended Oct 20 2012

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.

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4 stars
attended Oct 20 2012

I really liked this show particularly the Black
Lizard herself, and the use of the microphones.

I would recommend that the actresses work on their hand gestures to make the show more authentic.

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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._

About the Ticket Supplier: Imago Theatre

Carol Triffle and Jerry Mouawad, the creators of Imago, have been called alchemists, magicians, theatrical animators, and physical comedians.

Defying classification, they have populated the stage with characters and beings such as comedic amphibians, acrobatic larvae, circus boulders, and metamorphosing humans in works which tantalize the senses, the intellect, and the passions. From adaptations of classics to excursions into vaudevillian existentialism, Imago’s repertoire is as vast as the forms they shape. With commissions for stage, film, and television, Imago blurs the lines of the expected to break new ground, exploding performance boundaries yet maintaining humor and humanity.

Imago Theatre tours internationally while also producing a season at its home base in Portland, Oregon. The company’s critically acclaimed productions FROGZ and ZooZoo have played at the prestigious New Victory Theatre on Broadway.

“A mastery of mime, dance and acrobatics.”