I have not been to a Profile Theatre production since Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues," when the company was still a tenant of the now defunct Theater! Theatre! building. Profile is now part of Artist's Rep's Arts Hub, and I was quickly reminded of what I had been missing. Profile, as its name implies, specializes in focusing upon a single playwright for an entire Season. This Season's playwright is Tanya Barfield.
"Blue Door" was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and it is easy to see why, this 90-minute whirlwind examines a wide-swath of history, and one of the actors in this two-hander plays three roles, in Porfile's case, Seth Rue who handles that monumental task with great skill. But I must note that I first became interested in it because Victor Mack stars in it, and I have missed his presence on local stages. I hesitate to write "this marks his return", because I'm unsure if he had left, but in any case, I'm glad to see him.
"Blue Door" is a showcase for two exceptional actors and an eloquent playwright, and a welcome reintroduction to a unique Portland theatre.