More than a dozen theatrical troupes make up a significant presence on Portland ’s cultural scene.
Imago Theatre (27 SE 8th Ave., 503/231-9581, www.imagotheatre.com ) is an internationally acclaimed troupe that employs multimedia visuals, masks, puppets, dance, and animation to achieve dramatic resonance. Imago performs in an old Masonic hall that is at once intimate and spacious enough for the ambitious visual effects and movement of this cutting-edge troupe.
Like Imago, Do Jump Extremely Physical Theater (Echo Theater, SE 37th Ave. and Hawthorne Blvd., 503/231-1232, www.dojump.org ) wowed New York critics while touring with recent innovative productions that meld trapeze and other circus arts with whimsical choreography.
For more traditional theater, Portland Center Stage (503/274-6588, www.pcs.org ) operates out of the newly renovated Portland Armory Building (128 NW 11th Ave.) in the Pearl District . PCS productions encompass classical, contemporary, and premiere works in addition to an annual summer playwrights festival.
Portland ’s other major theater group, Artists Repertory Theater (1516 SW Alder St., 503/241-1278, www.artistsrep.org ), produces intimate, often edgier productions from its “black box” theater just west of downtown.