From "The Oregonian"
Oct. 18-Nov. 9 "GOSSAMER"
Winter Wagner, Chase Klotter and Vana O'Brien In "Gossamer" at the Oregon Children's Theatre
Adapted by the Newbery award-winning children's author Lois Lowry from her 2006 novel, "Gossamer" tells a story at once magical and wrenching, taking place on both sides of the veil of sleep. In the wakeful world, an unemployed single mother, a troubled boy and a caring foster parent struggle with the scars of abuse and loss. In the realm of night, spirit creatures gather fragments of memory from people, blend them and bestow them as dreams.
But things are not simple and safe even within our slumbers. Co-commissioned by Oregon Children's Theatre, along with First Stage Children's Theater of Milwaukee, it's a fascinating, lyrical tale that doesn't shy from life's darker truths (it's recommended for ages 10 and up) yet treats them with sensitivity and heart. Stan Foote directs a fine cast including Vana O'Brien, Gary Norman and Rebecca Martinez. Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway; $16-$24;www.ticketmaster.com, 503-790-2787 or 503-228-9571