By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
In its eighth season, the Portland Playhouse is staging a play, “How We Got On,” rising from hip-hop’s late-1980s golden age with the stories of three teenagers.
The play, written by Idris Goodwin, is presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the playhouse, 602 N.E. Prescott St. It will continue until Oct. 25.
In the play, three Midwestern teens dream of stardom with their beats and rhymes. “Battling suburban biases, each other’s egos and their own self-doubt, they learn about identity, inspiration and creating the creative life,” said a news release from the playhouse.
“Hip-hop is inherently theatrical and I am a lover of spectacle,” said the show’s director, Jen Rowe. “Idris Goodwin is such a skilled writer. He moves quickly, uses sharp humor, loves his characters, endows them with both resiliency and vulnerability — but most importantly, brings us a fresh perspective.”
Tickets range from $25 to $36. They may be ordered at the box office, (503) 488-5820, or online www.portlandplayhouse.org.