Last night we saw the first performance of Profile Theatre's new season, "I Ought to be in Pictures." Each year Profile features the works of one playwright. This year it's Neil Simon. There are 4 more performances of this FREE staged reading: the next three nights at 7:30 PM and tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 PM. All performances are held at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont Street, Portland, OR 97214.
This is a fully staged reading directed by veteran director and actor JoAnne Johnson.
This season Profile is also offering five free One Night Stands, audience builder performances.
Profile Theatre picks a "monster" for its 2008-'09 season
by Marty Hughley, The Oregonian
Tuesday May 20, 2008, 2:40 PM
"Is nothing sacred? Are there no secrets to be kept? But the Monster has observed, and what he has observed, he will reveal. Even the truth about himself."
The monster in question? Would you believe that master of mainstream comedy, Neil Simon?
Most folks would consider Simon a monster only in terms of professional stature, as a Tony- and Oscar-gobbling titan of the typewriter, the creator of such beloved popular entertainments as "The Odd Couple," the only playwright to have had four Broadway shows running simultaneously. But that quote is his own, from the intro to the 1971 book "The Comedy of Neil Simon." And it is both his commercial potency and his gifts as a trenchant observer of human foibles that make him a natural choice as the focus for Profile Theatre's 2008-'09 season.
The company's 12
"I Ought to be in Pictures" (reading), Sept. 25-28
"Fools," Oct. 15-Nov. 16
"Lost in Yonkers" (reading), Nov. 20-23
"Biloxi Blues," Jan. 14-Feb. 15
"Jake's Women," Mar. 4-April 5
"The Sunshine Boys," May 13-June 14
2009-'10 sneak preview, June 18-21.th season -- each of which has been devoted to the work of a single playwright -- will include four full productions and two staged readings of Simon's works, plus a reading from the yet-to-be-determined playwright for 2009-'10:
Tickets go on sale July 1; www.profiletheatre.org or 503-242-0080.