Oftentimes, theater-goers are drawn to the classics—and for good reason. A familiar story told with a new twist and fresh faces are part of what makes the performing arts so captivating. It’s the thrill of knowing the story, but not necessarily how this group of performers will enliven it. This winter, Tualatin Valley theater is taking on some of our favorite classic productions. We can’t wait to see how they make them feel anew.
No need to fantasize a perfect cast—it has already happened with the Steel Magnolias movie. The classic movie is actually based on a play of the same name. Theatre in the Grove has assembled its own powerhouse cast for their telling of this Louisiana town (January 18 – February 3; $14-$16).
As the only novel written by Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray holds its own mystique in the canon of classic literature. Instead of turning pages, walk room to room in Experience Theatre Project’s immersive rendition of a most haunting Faustian pledge (January 18-February 10; $36-$160).
Any good bloke will know a verse or two by the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Each year, Bag&Baggage Productions goes all out for its Burns Night Supper. The event is not unique to Bag&Baggage—the supper is actually a worldwide annual tradition. Poetry lovers from across the globe have been enacting this feast since the early 1800s! What exactly does a Burns Night Supper entail? Beyond poetry readings, expect all things Scottish: bagpipes, whiskey, and maybe even some haggis (c’mon, take a bite).
The fragility and complexity of marriage, womanhood and class come to a head in this classic play. While the Norwegian Henrik Ibsen wrote A Doll’s House in 1879, Hillsboro’s HART Theatre presents an interpretation that is just as gutting to a present-day American audience (February 8-24; $12-$16).
Tualatin Valley’s theater scene is a healthy mix of classics and new-to-you scripts. For more curtain calls, check out our event calendar.