Readers Theatre Repertory gave the gift of two contrasting Christmas tales this holiday season. On December 10-11, the company presented Christmas Merry and Dark, featuring “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” by Robert Anderson, and “Mutilated,” by Tennessee Williams. Director Bob Martin called the production “Christmas tales, told by the masters,” adding “There’s plenty of sugar plums on stage this time of year. We wanted something a little bittersweet, and a lot more real. Anderson and Williams are the playwrights that can give us that gift.”
Anderson, who died in 2009, is the acclaimed author of “Tea and Sympathy,” “I never Sang for my Father,” and other American classics. Williams’ examination of the bleak side of family life is well-known, and his tale of Christmas with a cast of hard-luck characters is no exception.
Actor Twig Webster was featured in both plays in a rare return appearance on a Portland stage. He may be remembered for his days here in the mid 80’s as a founding member of the New Rose Theatre, Associate Artistic Director of the Portland Civic Blue Room, and many directing and acting positions at most of the theatres in Portland.
In addition to Webster, the cast included Adair Chappell and Conor Eifler, among others