Category: The Salem Pimpernel

Deep Questions at the Pentacle

A healthy baby is all any new parent asks for. Ten fingers, ten toes. But what happens when a new baby is less than perfect? What happens when a potential adoptive newborn is born… damaged? Can the adoptive parents simply give it back? What if they haven’t signed the paperwork yet? Those are the questions posed by Emma’s Child, at Pentacle Theatre, directed by Joe Silva. Written by Kristine Thatcher, Emma’s Child premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 1995, and is produced at Pentacle by the Virginia Choate Endowment Fund, dedicated to “socially conscious and progressive causes.” The...

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The Other V-Word

If you were paying attention to the back channels of Salem theatre around Valentine’s Day, you may have taken your date to The Vagina Monologues, performed by the women of V-Day Salem at Capitol City Theatre. The play—first written by and performed by Eve Ensler in 1996—has become an annual, national event. Groups all over the country perform the play as a benefit for the V-Day Foundation, “a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls.” Local proceeds also went to Safety Compass and Northwest Human Services. Salem’s performance, directed and organized by Ashley Contreras, featured a...

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A Palate Cleanser of Sardines

The world is a stressful place right now. If you need a couple of hours to check out, engage in some self-care, and recharge your batteries with laughter, I recommend Pentacle Theatre’s production of Noises Off, directed by Susan Schoaps. Written in 1982 by British playwright Michael Frayn, Noises Off is the mother of all modern farces and includes the most quintessential “play-within-a-play” since Pyramus and Thisbe. Act one presents the dress rehearsal of a standard British sex farce called Nothing On, which is funny enough in itself. Act two shows the backstage action of the same play, as...

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Winter Theatre Preview: 2017

The snow has melted, and the roads are clear. Better yet, the theatres are about to re-open after January rehearsals come to fruition. Come in from the cold, and check out what Salem-area theatre has to offer in the next two months: PENTACLE THEATRE: Noises Off, by Michael Frayn. Directed by Susan Schoaps. Jan 19–Feb 12. The mother of all modern farces. Doors. Stairs. Brassieres. A 26-foot revolving set: The works! January 25th is a special benefit performance for two non-profit animal rescue centers: God’s Dogs Rescue and Hope’s Haven. So if you enjoy comedy, and love puppies, make that your...

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Fall/Winter Salem area theatre preview 2016

Major holidays are usually a dark weekend for theatre. As it turns out, Halloween was fairly bustling, and it was the week after when local playhouses took a break. Luckily, this weekend kicks off the holiday season with a bang. Here’s the run down: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. West Salem High School. Nov. 10–19. It’s rare that we post about a high school show, but this one features Phoebe Jacobs, last seen as Dorothy in Enlightened Theatrics’ outstanding production of The Wizard of Oz. Jacobs has been tapped by the Broadway Dreams Foundation to perform in an exclusive New...

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