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Let the villain be cursed

And let the town hero overcome the powerful sheriff, whose eyes are on a forbidden prize


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The villain sheriff, left, portrayed by George Farquahar, attempts to win her heart and marry Chastity, played by Shelby Jones, while Oxford, played by Scott Caster, tries to prevent the unhappy union in the melodramatic comedy The Villain of Virtue, staged from Sept. 27 to Oct. 13 at the Nutz-n-Boltz Theatre in Boring.Audiences always get a chance to participate in melodramas, booing and hissing at villains and cheering the hero who saves the damsel in distress.

Those old and predictable stories often had cowboys threatening a gunfight at dawn outside the town saloon.

In some ways “The Villain of Virtue” is like the usual melodramas, but in other ways it’s not.

There are no 10-gallon hats, gunshots or saloons in this story.

This script — written by Kelly Lazenby, artistic director of the Nutz-n-Boltz Theater — is set in the Middle Ages, and creates its laughs from such oddities as the plague, unfair taxes, illiteracy, kings and even turning lead into gold.

Justin Lazenby directs the production, which boasts colorful costumes and medieval language.

“I was weary of reading so many formulaic, hackneyed melodrama scripts,” Kelly Lazenby said. “I think this is a fresh take on an old theater form, and I am excited to see it performed.”

The show features a cast of 15 local actors from Sandy, Boring, Gresham, Damascus, West Linn and Portland.

The shows will feature dessert-theater table service. Audience members should expect to be asked to participate. They even could be called to provide sound effects for the show.

The Lazenbys are calling this play “a fun, family-friendly production,” and are hoping this will be a hit for all involved.

“Please come and support this little theater,” Kelly Lazenby said.

The play is scheduled from Sept. 27 to Oct. 13. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

The theater is inside the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall in downtown Boring. Tickets are $10 for adults for the show only; $15 for adults for the show and dessert; and $9 for seniors and students for the show only.

For more information or to order tickets, which also are available at the door, visit nnbtheater.com or call 503-593-1295.