That said, this play and this production pose a wealth of provocative questions about the nature, limits, and abuse of psychiatry. Between the doctors' careerism, egos, and ignorant biases, Christopher easily emerges as the one sympathetic character and the hinge of some wrenching moments: Tellingly, when he finally starts opening up about the real human loneliness behind his troubles, Robert cursorily dismisses him, much as he would a dog.

Blue/Orange is a bold, sharp, and timely choice of script, especially for a new company, and the talents at work in it pose a promising addition to Portland's theater scene. Watch for another bold show from Dramatic Rep in June, when they mount Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.

Megan Grumbling can be reached at  mgrumbling@hotmail.com.

BLUE/ORANGE | by Joe Penhall | Directed by Keith Powell Beyland | Produced by Dramatic Repertory Company | at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage | through March 12 | 800.838.3006

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Theater , Theater, Theatre, Portland Stage Company,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY MEGAN GRUMBLING
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   TRAUMATIC IRONY  |  October 15, 2014
    A creaky old oceanfront Victorian. Three adult siblings who don’t like each other, plus a couple of spouses. A codicil to their father’s will that requires them to spend an excruciating week together in the house. And, of course, various ghosts.
  •   OVEREXTENDED FAMILY  |  October 11, 2014
    “I’m inclined to notice the ruins in things,” ponders Alfieri (Brent Askari). He’s recalling the downfall of a longshoreman who won’t give up a misplaced, misshapen love, a story that receives a superbly harrowing production at Mad Horse, under the direction of Christopher Price.   
  •   SOMETHING'S GOTTA FALL  |  October 11, 2014
    While it hasn’t rained on the Curry family’s 1920’s-era ranch in far too long, the drought is more than literal in The Rainmaker .
  •   SURPASSED MENAGERIE  |  October 03, 2014
    Do Buggeln and Vasta make a Glass Menagerie out of Brighton Beach Memoirs? Well, not exactly.
  •   WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU FABRIC  |  October 01, 2014
    One of the risks of being raised on PBS children’s programming, apparently, is the realization that one is not as special or as destined for greatness, in the grown-up world, as Big Bird seemed to let on.

 See all articles by: MEGAN GRUMBLING