|The 'Ives' of March at Nutz-n-Boltz posted on 03/01/2021|
Kelly Lazenby, Artistic Director of Boring’s Nutz-n-Boltz
Theater Company (NNB), notes that the short plays by David Ives that will be
performed as readings in March will appeal to people who are familiar with the
culture of live theater.
“They’re very clever word plays, all of them,” she said. “There’s
a bunch of homage to theater itself in each play. If you’ve been in theater
before, understand where it’s coming from.”
Of course, even for those audience members who are
theatrical novices will also enjoy them, thanks to Ives’ wit and humor. The performances,
taken from his compendium “All in the Timing,” include plays that examine all
the bad decisions on a first date, making up a language on the fly and three
monkeys tasked with writing “Hamlet.”
Lazenby noted the performances will be readings, featuring
actors with scripts in hand and minimal props. The theater has offered a number
of these types of evenings in recent months, as they are more manageable to
produce while adhering to COVID-19 restrictions.
“It's a good way to do something that doesn’t need a whole
lot of preparation,” Lazenby said, adding that they also offer a chance for the
performers to stretch their acting chops with some interesting characters.
She also noted the theater is limited to 20 percent
capacity, but that they have been encouraged by seeing some new attendees for
the recent shows.
Performances will take place with all necessary safety
protocols in place, including seats spaced to allow for social distancing,
sanitizing all seats between performances, hand sanitizer and staff wearing
masks and gloves. If any performances are not allowed to go on, all prepaid
tickets will be refunded in full.
The cast will include Ian Leiner, Justin Lazenby, Kim
Berger, Tracey Grant, Kraig Williams and Kelly Lazenby.
NNB presents “All in the Timing” March 19-21 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. For more information, or to make reservations,
call 503-593-1295 or visit nnbtheater.com.
By Garth Guibord/MT