By Bob Hicks
One night after the Tony Awards (hurrah for The Normal Heart) Portland’s own celebration of the year’s best stuff onstage, the Drammy Awards, happens tonight at the Crystal Ballroom just off West Burnside.
In a season of roughly 125 eligible shows, plenty of good work has hit the stage, from Profile’s Great Falls way back in the rainy season to CoHo/Lucky Apple’s still-running Reasons To Be Pretty, which opened just a month ago in the, um, rainy season. Out of those 125 shows in Puddletown, why didn’t someone revive Singin’ in the Rain? Interesting side note: If Mr. Scatter counted correctly, the scripts for 41 of those shows were developed here in PDX.
The Crystal’s doors open at 6 p.m. and the presentations start at 7. Darius Pierce will be master of ceremonies. See you there. One final side note: The last time Mr. Scatter was carded was at the Crystal door for a Drammy ceremony four or five years ago. He wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry.
Illustration: Jean-Marc Nattier, “Thalia, Muse of Comedy,” oil on canvas, 1739. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco/Wikimedia Commons.
Marty Hughley writes in The Oregonian that friends and family of Jim Caputo, the veteran Portland actor who died May 12 of a heart attack, have set his memorial service for Tuesday, June 14. It’ll be at Lincoln Performance Hall on the campus of Portland State University.
That’ll be the evening after the Drammy Awards, Portland’s annual celebration of the year’s best theater work, and Jimmy will be deeply missed at that party. We’re guessing more than a few words will be said on his behalf from the stage. The Drammys are at 7 p.m. (drinks and socializing from 6) in the Crystal Ballroom.
Pretty much everybody liked Jimmy a lot, and that included crusty old theater critics: He was one of those people who exuded the vitality and spirit and joy of the theater scene. We wrote this post about him after he died.
The June 14 memorial will start at 6:30 p.m., gathering a half-hour earlier. As his widow, Karen Voss, posted on pdxbackstage: “Please no somber dress – let’s fill the room with the bright colors of his light and laughter.”
Marty also notes that the theater community has set up a fund to benefit Jim’s family. You can make donations to the James M. Caputo Fund at any Key Bank branch.