Whether on Broadway or Mago Hunt, ‘Company’ is an ambitious play. It features 16 distinct musical numbers performed live by the orchestra and an 18 person ensemble. For four UP seniors, this play will be the final performances of their college career, before graduating in May and moving on to other ventures and, possibly, other stages.
‘The Moors,’ directed by Jenna Sulecki from a script by Jen Silverman, begins with an exclamation point — a bird slamming into a window — though it could just as easily be a question mark. The characters remark that this is not the first time a bird has been killed by their windows, but as the audience bears witness, the death feels like an omen.
Oregon isn’t usually the state that pops in your mind when you think of earthquakes. Your brain usually takes you somewhere like California, or maybe Alaska and Hawaii. But the Beaver State has a history of earthquakes dating back to at least the 1700s. Oregon experiences fairly frequent earthquakes, in fact, but they often go unfelt because of their low magnitude, typically no more than 1.5-2.5 magnitude.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced artists to be flexible, and it’s taught them an important lesson: you don’t necessarily need to go into a physical theater to experience a live show, just like you can watch Hollywood movies from your living room couch instead of going to a movie theater.
For the first time since March 2020, UP Theater is staging a full production, “House of Desires” written by Sor Juana Inéz de la Cruz in 1683. In contrast to the staged reading of “You Cannot Undo This Action” earlier this semester, this play involves all the familiar elements of theater: costumes, sets, blocking and lighting.