- Bad Reputation Productions
Loving The Lost Boys is a pastime that belongs to people in a certain age bracket. I’m proud to say that I am firmly in that age bracket, and I LOVE THE LOST BOYS. It has everything: Both Coreys, Kiefer Sutherland, a catchy-creepy theme song, mullets. For years, Lost Boys lovers were doomed to wander aimlessly, watching and rewinding their old VHS tapes and wishing for something more.
Finally, in 2012, Shelley McLendon and Bad Reputation Productions delivered that something more: The Lost Boys—Live! , a stage production featuring all things Lost Boys, offered up with love, satire, and a killer '80s wardrobe. The show played to sold-out audiences a couple of years ago, and Bad Reputation brought it back to mark the opening of the Siren Theater in Old Town/Chinatown. (Disclosure: The Merc's own Editor in Chief, Wm. Steven Humphrey, is among these Lost Boys. He plays Paul the Vampire and Grandpa.)
This is the part of the review where the plot should be re-capped... but let’s be serious. If you aren’t already familiar with The Lost Boys, a lot of this show will be lost on you. But here it is: Michael and Sam move with their recently-divorced mom to the beach town of Santa Carla, California. There, Michael falls in with a group of bikers and suddenly starts acting strange. Also: vampires!
Bad Reputations' brand-new space inside the old Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association building, the Siren Theater is a great little space in a town that’s in dire need of great little spaces. With 100-ish folding chairs inside, it’s intimate without being claustrophobic, and director John Breen and the cast make great use of the small but deep stage and the area in front of it.
It’s a fantastic cast, full of some of Portland’s best and brightest comic performers. Shelley McLendon is always hilarious and delightful, and brings her effortless charm to playing Lucy and Star. As Sam (Corey Haim), Erin Jean O’Regan is alarmingly on-point, and an excellent counterpoint to Ted Douglass’ Edgar Frog (Corey Feldman). Even more impressive is the cast’s work as an ensemble. A large cast in a small space trying to represent multiple locations could be a logistical nightmare. But the cast and director Breen make it work beautifully. Get your tickets soon, because they’ll probably sell out most of the shows again. And for good reason: It takes a lot of skill to make something silly turn out so well, and we’re lucky to have every single one of these folks working so hard right here in Portland.