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The Playboy of the Western World

Artists Repertory Theatre (map) Southwest
Wednesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through June 22 2014

$41 ($25 students/under 25)

First performed in 1907, The Playboy of the Western World is set in a small Irish village, among perpetually drunken townspeople starved for a little drama in their lives. When a handsome stranger named Christy Mahon (Chris Murray) rolls into town, claiming to have just murdered his father, the whole village swoons for his tragic, romantic tale—until the tale gets a little too real, and the villagers have to reckon with the uncomfortable distance between fantasy and reality. There's much to chew on here, about mythmaking, hero worship, and wish fulfillment. I couldn't quite sink my teeth into Artists Rep's production, though, because I couldn't understand most of it. This production of Playboy compounds the script's often-dense language and unfamiliar terminology with a gung-ho commitment to a regionally specific Irish accent that's quite difficult to parse. The best way to squeeze meaning and fun out of Playboy is probably by doing some pre-show homework first: Even a cursory familiarity with characters, plot, and terminology will go a long way toward making things make sense. ALISON HALLETT

Artists Repertory Theatre

1515 SW Morrison, Portland, OR 97205

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