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The Chosen

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Gerding Theater at the Armory (map) Northwest
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., Every other Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Thursdays, 12 p.m. and Every other Saturday, 2 p.m. Continues through May 1 2010

$32+

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Jewish families may be best known for their overbearing mothers, but father-son relationships are at the heart of The Chosen, a snapshot of the Jewish condition in 1940s Brooklyn. This relationship is the perfect entry to the material of Chaim Potok's source novel: It's intimately tied to the passing down—and disseminating, and protecting—of cultural territory at a time when Jews had to rebuild. Aaron Posner's gutty adaptation translates an insular Jewish book into standing ovations at Portland Center Stage. Credit director Chris Coleman that the live stage does its thing here to facilitate intimate connections with characters who spend a lot of time being unrelatable—i.e., dissecting the finer points of Judaism. Despite a mounting feeling that something Big is going to happen at the end, the ending remarks keep the focus on the father-son relationship, and writer Posner shows faith in his material, Jewiness and all. It's a risk that any Jewish parent would approve of, and it pays dividends. JANE CARLEN

Gerding Theater at the Armory

128 NW 11th, Portland, OR 97205
503-445-3700
Hours: Box Office: Mon–Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 12pm-5:30pm
http://www.pcs.org

Venue Hours
  • Box Office: Mon–Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 12pm-5:30pm
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., Every other Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Thursdays, 12 p.m. and Every other Saturday, 2 p.m. Continues through May 1 2010