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Sunday, April 3, 2016

"The Three Amigos: LIVE" @ Clinton Street Theatre

"The Three Amigos: LIVE" at Stagewarks Inc.'s new home at the Clinton Street Theatre is funny in ways only a Stageworks Inc. Production can be. Stageworks Inc, or maybe more accurately, its Artistic Director, Steve Coker is a master of hilarious subtlety. He will come up with something to do with a production's low tech prop that just exemplifies why the parody belongs on stage: The Three Amigos ride on stick-horses which is hysterical in itself, but, in the film there is this unremarkable line about Carmen readying their horses for a big fight, however when Carmen says the same on stage, she drops the stick-horses on the floor loudly. It's one of the best moments of the show, and only Mr. Coker would come up with it. Plus, all the classic moments from the film are there, and if that's not enough, there's also silly-string shot into the audience.

I am pleased that StageWorks has moved to the larger Clinton Street Theatre, I sincerely hope this means that more Portlanders will get to experience its utter uniqueness.

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