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"The Villain of Virtue"
Scene on Stage: Melodrama returns to Boring posted on 03/01/2019

“The Villain of Virtue” had its premiere at the Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company (NNB) in 2013. The melodrama, co-written by husband and wife duo and NNB founders Justin and Kelly Lazenby, will be restaged this month at the theater, with an eye towards publishing the piece.

Justin, who directs the restaging, noted that he and Kelly got to work last year on refining the play and that they are using the rehearsal process to keep adding to it.

“Kelly and I, when we wrote it, had ideas of whose characters were; then throw in the wildcard of an actor who hasn’t seen it, doesn’t know the character, not part of process and they come up with fun new ideas for the characters and the show itself,” he said.

The play is set in the Middle Ages in the Village of Virtue, whose inhabitants suffer from the plague and high taxes. At the center of the story is Chastity, a dim-witted damsel in distress, and her bucket, named Jill.

Justin noted that Heather King, the actor who plays Chastity, has added a lot of funny moments by giving Jill a personality.

He added that the cast is made up of a variety of performers who have been in previous NNB shows, making it a fun experience as they hone the final script.

“This show is very much a big group of friends who have all worked together and all get along great,” Justin said,

NNB presents “The Villain of Virtue,” March 1-24, at the Boring Grange, 27861 Grange Street in Boring. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children and seniors, and $11 for teachers and law enforcement. For more information, or to make reservations, call 503-593-1295 or visit nnbtheater.com.

Comedy in Sandy

The first thing people ask director Erin Bass about the Sandy Actors Theatre’s (SAT) production of “Fuddy Meers” is what the name means. But they’re not likely to get a solid answer.

“I hate to spoil the surprise,” Bass said.

The comedy, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, offers the story of Claire, a woman who has a rare form of amnesia that erases her memory every time she goes to sleep. When she wakes up every morning, she remembers nothing, so her upbeat husband has come up with a daily routine to provide her with what she needs to know.

But things are thrown for a loop when a limping and lisping man surprises her, and things get even odder as she is taken to a house where she meets a stroke victim who may be her mother. The twists and turns of the plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and what she has forgotten.

“It’s eccentricities and realism of its oddball characters really attracted me to the story,” Bass said, noting she first read the script about 10 years ago and that the author’s writings have a wide range, from his first play, “Rabbit Hole,” to the Broadway musical “Shrek” (based on the animated movie). “He has an innate ability to bring utter pandemonium to the stage. He has a very creative mind; it shows through in his writing.”

Bass added that the play includes some mature situations and language, so she would not recommend it for children 12 years old or younger, and that there are also some loud noises in it. But it is a theatrical adventure that will surprise people.

“Sit back, buckle up and get ready for a really fun and zany ride,” Bass said.

 SAT presents “Fuddy Meers” from Friday, March 22 through Sunday, April 14, at 17433 Meinig Ave. (behind Ace Hardware). Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, veterans and students and $13 for children (reservations are recommended).

For more information, or to make reservations call 503-668-6834 or visit sandyactorstheatre.org.

‘Art’ continues at Sandy’s Wolfpack Theater

Yasmina Reza’s play, “Art,” offers the story of a work of art and how it impacts the dynamics between Serg, who purchased the painting, Marc, who says what he thinks, and Ivan, who aims to please his friends. Their conversation moves from analysis of the painting to their own lives, as their bonds are put to the test.

The Wolf Pack Theater presents “Art,” by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton, through Sunday, March 10, at 39570 Pioneer Blvd. in Sandy. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are $18 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Law enforcement, firefighters and veterans have free admission with valid ID.

For more information, visit www.wolfpacktheater.com or call 541-772-2667.

By Garth Guibord/MT

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