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If you are in the mood for seeing less traditional performances than the odes of Shakespeare or the musicals of Bernstein, enjoy an evening at the Imago Theater for some drama, acrobatics, mime, music and more. This Portland theater company always puts on a modern, open-to-interpretation show. The theater space, which adds an historical element to the modern pieces, is located in an area of the city that could be described as industrial.
The Brunish Theatre is a modest, intimate venue that is used for holding all kinds of events. The venue is located inside the famous Antoinette Hatfield Hall at the Portland'5 Centers for the Arts on Main Street in Downtown and is mainly used to stage intimate theater performances. The Brunish Theatre can conveniently accommodate up to 200 at a time. So, whether it is some meeting you want to organize or it's just one of the various special social occasions that demand a hearty celebration, Brunish Theatre is always deemed as a good arrangement.
This venue is a part of the Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, located inside the Antoinette Hatfield Hall. The impressive Edwardian-style venue is the only one of its kind, and houses 880 comfortable and well-positioned seats, none of which are more than 65 feet from the stage. Get a close-up of the action underneath an impressive ceiling, beautifully lit by scores of tiny lights that adjust according to the act. Dance performances, kids' shows, concerts, lectures, opera, Broadway acts and symphonies help keep up the vibrancy.
With only 304 seats, The Dolores Winningstad Theatre, located in the Antoinette Hatfield Hall at the Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, is a fabulous way to see and hear Shakespeare. Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company produces and stages various plays at this venue. The three plays per season are presented as traditional performances and innovative interpretations. The 1993 season featured an all-female version of The Taming of the Shrew, set in a women's college. In the same year, this company was recognized nationally for its sign language-interpreting program. Taking its name from a line in Henry VI, Part 3, this company provides an unforgettable stage experience.
This non-profit theater was founded in 1982 and is run by local actors. You will find both premiere productions and well-known works by artists. Most of the works presented in this small theater focus on contemporary issues. A highlight of the Artists Repertory Theatre is the Spotlight Program, which is a collaboration with elementary schools. The actors script a two character play, which highlights the participating children's talents. The plays are put up on the main stage with original music, and is open to all at no charge.
Formerly known as the Civic Auditorium, the Keller Auditorium is the place to enjoy first-class theater and music. It is a member of the Portland'5 Centers for the Arts and hosts a variety of cultural events throughout the year. Band lovers can listen to the smooth sounds of talented musicians like the Boston Brass; theater fans can enjoy timeless plays like Macbeth, one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies; and classical musical lovers can listen to the talented Oregon Symphony perform masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and others.
CoHo Theater is an intimate black box theater in an old book binding facility. Established in 1995, it moved to its present location in 2000 and has been a delight for theater lovers in the Northwest ever since. They host their own productions which range from comedy sketches to drama, theatrical plays and monologues. Their shows are edgy and thought-provoking, making them one of the best contemporary theaters this side of the town.