The Armory to open 'The Magic Show'
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Andrew Hinderaker's stunning theatrical hybrid "The Magic Play" begins preview performances at The Armory March 3, opens March 9 and runs through April 1 on the U.S. Bank Main Stage.
Theater is a realm of illusion. So is a magic show. Playwright Andrew Hinderaker mashes these traditions together with alluring results. "The Magic Play" follows a young magician trying to get through a live show just hours after his partner has left him. As the performance progresses, he confronts the fact that the spectacular tricks that impress people on stage don't serve him as well when it comes to building truthful personal relationships. This mesmerizing new play questions the extent to which we must be honest with ourselves in order to be so with those we love.
"The Magic Play" is the result of a collaboration between playwright Hinderaker, actor/magician/illusionist Brett Schneider, for whom the central role was written, and director Halena Kays. It was developed at Goodman Theatre's 2014 New Stages Festival and had a rolling world premiere in 2016 at Goodman Theatre and OIney Theatre Center. In Chicago, the Sun-Times called it "highly original, altogether remarkable" and TheatreMania noted that "Andrew Hinderaker's script deftly interfolds scenes of a troubled relationship into the Magician's routine, creating a memory play that is introspective and deeply human."
Schneider takes on the central role of The Magician and creates the magic for the production. He is joined by Sean Parris as The Diver, and Jack Bronis, taking the role of Another Magician.
The Armory's production brings together the artistic team from the celebrated world premiere of Goodman Theatre/Olney Theatre Center, including director Halena Kays; Schneider; Parris; master illusionist Jim Steinmeyer; scenic designer Lizzie Bracken; costume designer Alison Siple; aerial choreographer Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi; and flying effects by ZFX, Inc.
Showtimes are Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m., select Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. and Thursday matinees at noon. Tickets range in price from $25 to $82, with rush tickets at $20. Order tickets by calling 503-445-3700 or go online to pcs.org.
The Armory is located at 128 N.W. 11th Ave., in Portland.