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Snow Falling on Cedars

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Portland Center Stage (map) Northwest
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., Every other Sunday, 7:30 p.m. and Every other Saturday, 2 p.m. Continues through Feb. 6 2010

$30.50-$50

Snow Falling on Cedars is set on a tiny Puget Sound island in 1954, in a community whose main industries are fishing and agriculture. A Japanese man, Kabuo (Bruce Locke), has been accused of killing a white man. The show is organized around Kabuo's criminal trial: As witnesses are called, the recent history of the island unfolds in a series of flashbacks. Thematically, the show explores notions of community and identity, but it's really the courtroom procedural at its heart that keeps Cedars consistently enthralling. Moreover, the lighting and set are exquisitely designed. The one production element that doesn't succeed is the acting, which at times feels downright amateurish—but ultimately the storyline is so riveting and the staging so beautiful, that a few weak performances are easy to overlook. AH

Portland Center Stage

128 NW 11th, Portland, OR 97209
503-445-3700
http://www.pcs.org/

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  • Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., Every other Sunday, 7:30 p.m. and Every other Saturday, 2 p.m. Continues through Feb. 6 2010