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Ethos/IFCC (map) North
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 21 2010

Ethos IFCC

There are two elements to a theatrical production that I believe to be pretty essential to its success. The first being a well executed exposition. And the other being the ability to hear the words coming out of the performers mouths. Unfortunately neither of these elements were present in Staged! Musical Theatre Series’ most recent production, Violet, written by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley, directed by Elizabeth Klinger, and playing through November 21 at the Interstate Fire House Cultural Center. I walked out of Violet fairly frustrated and still confused about what I saw. It took about an hour to put things together: I was watching the story of Violet, an Appalachia born girl, who was traveling to Oklahoma via bus in the 1960s to have her scar-ridden visage healed by a charismatic televangelist. Along the way she meets two young US soldiers, one black, one white, who both simultaneously fall for her. Which of course leads to a myriad of musical numbers about ‘not judging books by their covers’ and what it means to have ‘inner beauty’. Luckily these numbers were, for the most part, filled with some thrilling music, sung by a hard working and committed ensemble. But given that I couldn’t hear 50% of the words in the shows songs and dialogue, their hard work was basically squandered. I hope that Staged! deals with these sound issues before their next weekend of performances. I'd be interested to see how the show plays when volume isn't a problem. NOAH DUNHAM


5340 N Interstate, Portland, OR 97217
Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-6pm, Sat 10am-2pm

Venue Hours
  • Mon-Fri 12pm-6pm, Sat 10am-2pm
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This event is in the past.
  • Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 21 2010
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