Just out. (Portland, OR) 1983-2013, January 06, 1984, Page 8, Image 8

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The world premiere of Charles Deem-
er's play Christm as at the Juniper
Tavern, is presented by the New Rose
Theatre. The play is set in a small logging
town in Central Oregon where a religious
group following the teachings of "Swami
Kree" has come to build an Ashram. On
Christmas morning two unemployed mill
workers steal one of the Swami's 26 ex­
pensive cars, and an encounter ensues
between citizens of Juniper and the
Swami and his followers. The situation is
examined fairly and with humor. Though
sim ila r to a recent clash in Antelope, or
with the arrival ofthe Rajneesh, Juniper
Tree is neither a satire of that affair nor a
comment on it other than indirectly.
Christm as at the Juniper Tavern will
be performed at the Wilson Center for the
Performing Arts, YWCA, 1111 S.W. 10th,
from January 6 through February 4,1984.
Curtain times are 8:00 pm Thursday
through Saturday, and 7 00 pm Sunday.
All seats except Preview night are $7.00.
New Rose Theatre subscribers may apply
their 50c subscriber discount to ticket
Call 222-2487 for more information and
to make reservations.
Angry Housewives is a musical com­
edy about four middle class women in
their 30s who form a punk rock band on a
wild impulse. During a "Betty Jean"
cosmetic party given by Bev, a recent
widow struggling to make ends meet,
they see a flyer for a punk rock contest at
Lewd Fingers' Club that Bev's son's band is
entering. Although they haven't the faintest
idea what a punk band is, and the only
song they all know is 'Xum-By-Yah." they
decide that the $1000 prize is more
money than they'll ever get from selling
cosmetics to each other.
So they call themselves the "Angry
Housewives" and secretly begin practis­
ing. They start with an accordian, a bass
drum, and an acoustic guitar, and when
Bev's son enters unexpectedly they try to
convince him they've been hired as a
marching blue grass band for a cosmetic
convention. But within a week, the women
get different instruments, write their punk
song, work on their attitudes and make
costumes which they are confident will
disguise them.
It is after their appearance art Lewd Fin­
gers that the complications really begin
and the fun goes on in this engaging
Angry Housewives opens January 6th
and plays Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and
Sunday, at the Storefront Theatre. Cur­
tain on Thursday. Friday, and Saturday is
at 8:00 pm and on Sunday at 7:00 pm.
Ticket prices are $7.00 Thursday and Sun­
day and $8.00 on Friday and Saturday.
The Oregon premiere of A.R. Gurney.
Jr.'s The Dining Room plays in the Port­
land C ivic The a tre 's Blue Room from
January 6 until February 11, Thursday
through Saturdays at 8:00 pm. Jerry Leith
directs six actors who portray 57
characters in a delightful series of vignet­
tes, involving an assortment of families
and characters of all ages and genera­
tions. all around the dining room table.
The Dining Room is a fresh and original
look at a sometimes gracious, sometimes
stifling, thoroughly American way of life.
The cast includes Richard Morley, Tom
Klug, Douglas Mouw, Marla Kaufmann,
Jean Miller, and Dee Dee Van Zyl. Call
226-3048 for details and tickets.
Portland audiences w ill once again
have the opportunity to view American
life through the eyes of Sam Shepard
when Sirius Production brings The
Curse o f the Starving Class to the Criti­
cal Mass Theatre. Peter Fomara, lauded
for his work in Shepard's "Buried C hild"
and "True West" will feature Carol Holden,
Tim Streeter, Kelly Brooks, Gary L. Cole and
director Fomara.
The produciton, which opens January
6, w ill run Thursday-Saturday at 8 pm, and
Sunday at 7 pm. Critical Mass Theatre is
located at 938 NW Everett. Call 244-9481
for reservations.
January and February at the NW Him
Study C onfer will be highlighted by films
of and about the many fine jazz, blues,
rock and country musicians who have
provided great art and entertainment to
the public. In the years since the advent of
sound film, a great variety of musical
styles have been captured on film — from
the jazz orchestras of the 1930s to the
raucous sounds of 1980's New Wave. This
survey will present music and perfor­
mances that will please every musical
taste. Co-sponsors of the Rockin’ And
Reelin’ series are KQW-62 Radio and
WMamette Week.
Tonight, at 7 pm, the T.A.M.I. Show, a
film ed concert from October 24.1964, is a
virtual time capsule of mid-sixties rock,
with James Brown. Chuck BerTy, The
Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, the
Supremes, and Smokey Robinson and the
The Big T.N.T. Show, at 9 pm, is the
follow-up concert featuring Bo Diddley,
The Byrds. Ray Charles, The Ronettes, and
many others.
Theatre abounds with four productions
to choose from. See Friday 6 for more
Rev. Jack St. John sings original music at
Judy's. 15th & NE Broadway from 8-12
pm. No cover.
Peter Fomara in Sam Shepherd’s Curse o fth e Starving Class.
The Cotton Club and Minnie the
Moocher show at the NW Him Study
Center at 2 pm and 7 pm today. Part of
the Rockin' and Reelin' series, the Cotton
Club recaptures the spirit of the 1930s,
night life at Harlem's legendary night spot.
Minnie is a portrait of that reigning hipster.
Cab Calloway.
The NW Him Study Center presents
three films at 8 pm that deal with women
and labor. What Could You Do with a
Nickel? tells of the Black and Latin wo­
men who formed the first workers union in
the U.S. Willmar 8 chronicles the struggle
of eight women to fight sex discrimination
in a small Minnesota bank. Maria docu­
ments union organizing in the garment
Presented in cooperation with the Ore­
gon AFL-CIO, comments and discussion
will follow by local labor leaders.
The NW Him Study C tn te r presents at
8 pm as part of their Rockin' and Reelin'
series, Blues Country. Using rare photos,
recordings and film footage. Joe Vinikow's
film is a complete retrospective of country
blues singers, their roots, their
styles and their influence on other musi­
cians. Filmmaker Vinikow will be on hand
to present this film.
Theatre abounds today, Friday, and
Saturday, with four productions to choose
from. Angry Housewives, a musical
comedy, plays at Sto re fro nt Theatre;
Portland C ivic Theatre presents The
Dining Room, featuring six actors who
portray 57 characters. Sirius Productions
presents The Curse of the Starving
Class by Sam Shepard at the C ritica l
M o m Theatre; Christmas at the Juniper
Tavern is performed at the Wilson Center
for the Performing Arts at the YWCA and is
presented by The New Ro te Theatre.
See Friday the 6th for more information
about these plays.