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The Devil and Billy Markham

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Curious Comedy Theater (map) Northeast
Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m. and Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Feb. 28 2010

Curious Comedy Theater
$10-12

Shel Silverstein is best known for his children's books, and the same traits that make his G-rated works unforgettable—unobstructed imagination, a masterful hand with allegory, and a supernatural syntactical sense—come out forcefully in the Silverstein-penned play The Devil and Billy Markham, where the Big O in question is that of a two-pronged devil dick. (This play first appeared as a lyrical poem in Playboy.) In the role of the hell-bound country singer Billy Markham, actor Jonah Weston convinced me that if he ended up in a seedy dive with Markham, the two would swap stories, ingest bourbon in fountain soda-sized quantities, and Markham would say Weston was an "alright son-of-a-bitch"—that is to say, he's good, but he never fully inhabits the role. JANE CARLEN

Curious Comedy Theater

5225 NE MLK, Portland, OR 97211
503-477-9477
http://www.curiouscomedy.org

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  • Fridays, Saturdays, 10 p.m. and Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Feb. 28 2010