I've loved the theatre since I was old enough sit through a show. That said, I was also in my first play at age 5 because I loved the theatre so much. I recently had the chance to see and review Adam Bock's “The Typographer's Dream” at Portland Center Stage in the Ellyn Bye Studio. The show runs through November 16, and I highly recommend you see it.
“The Typographer’s Dream” features a three-person cast that introduces us to a stenographer, a geographer, and a typographer. This 76-scene, one-act show delves into the dynamics between work and interpersonal relationships at work. As a graphic designer and having spent 15 years in offices working for other people, I can appreciate the sentiment of good typography and the typographer's frustration with business versus the work itself. The cast is widely funny and talented. After 70 minutes was up, and I wanted more.
Bock is a genius. The conversation and confrontation between the characters is all too realistic for anyone who's ever worked in an office environment. Bock's inspiration for the play was found while he was position a temp at MetaDesign, a San Francisco-based design firm that created the font Meta. Bock spent 5 years as a receptionist at Meta, during which time he penned three plays”The Typographer's Dream,” “The Thugs,” and The Receptionist.”
Sharonlee McLean plays Margaret the Typographer, Laura Faye Smith plays Annalise the Geographer, and Kelsey Tyler plays Dave the Stenographer. “The Typographer’s Dream” is directed by Rose Riordan. “The Typographer’s Dream” marks Riodan's 7th collaboration with Bock at Portland Center Stage. I'm certainly looking forward to the 8th collaboration.