I saw “How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found” at Portland Center Stage last week. I am not a theater critic, but I do know entertainment–and this is highly entertaining. The set is fantastic as were the performances. You will enjoy this show.
In addition, we are giving away a pair of tickets to the show tomorrow (Friday) afternoon! Not only that, but we the winner will be drawn on the set by mister bloody hand himself in that picture…AND star of the show, Cody Nickell…going to be GREAT!! So, all you have to do to win is follow PDXPipeline on twitter and answer our trivia question (easy question) between 1:30-2PM on Friday the 13th. Examples of previous drawings are at the bottom of the post
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About the show:
The only play in 40 years to win England's John Whiting Award without having received a full production will make its American premiere at Portland Center Stage this January. How to Disappear Completely and Never Be FoundÃƒâ€š will preview January 27 through 29th, with the Gala Opening Night Performance on Friday January 30th, 2009. The production will run Tuesday through Sunday through May 22nd, with 7:30 pm evening performances Tuesday through Saturday and matinee performances at 2 pm on Sundays. There are alternating Sunday evening and Saturday 2:00 pm matinee performances, plus weekday matinee performances at noon on Thursdays. Go to www.pcs.org/disappear for a complete list of show times. Tickets range from $23.50 to $46.50, with Student and Rush tickets available. Tickets can be purchased through the box office by calling 503.445.3700 or online at www.pcs.org.
A meta-theatrical mash up of Blade Runner and Memento with a dash of Fight Club thrown in for good measure, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found follows a young ad exec named Charlie whose mounting cocaine debts, irregular business practices and recently deceased mother have taken him right to the brink of breakdown (and into the hovel of Mike, a family friend with a busy practice in identity erasement). What follows is a practical education in deliberate disappearance robed in a pulse-pounding, time-slipping thriller of a plot that pits Charlie against a disorienting array of characters (including a pathologist who insists that Charlie is on her table at the morgue). As Charlie slowly rids himself of the persistent detritus of his old identity, he finds himself faced with new soul-twisting questions about the nature of life and identity itself.
Playing the man who disappears will be Cody Nickell, last seen at Portland Center Stage in Pillowman. Cody's wife Kate Eastwood Norris plays Sophie, a pathologist. The rest of the 20 plus roles are played be three of Portland's most watchable actors (all with a taste for the dark side): Darius Pierce (memorable for his turn as Shakespeare in Beard of Avon, sharing stage with creepy puppets in the Long Ride Home), Laura Faye Smith (recently seen in CoHo's The ReceptionistÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬¦and remember her channeling of the little girl with the world's most disturbing imagination in Mr. Marmalade at Artists Rep) and Ebbe Roe Smith (whose play Number Three, premiered at Third Rail last season and who channeled a quasi-mystical goat in O Lovely Glowworm at PCS).
Video of Cody Nickell on the set of “How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found”