The Receptionist

The Receptionist

January 25 — March 20, 2010
In the Ellyn Bye Studio

By Adam Bock
Directed by Rose Riordan
“Not only is this play the beneficiary of stellar acting and direction, it's also another deceptively mordant comedy. You might nickname this one ‘Torturously funny.’” —The Oregonian

Beverly the receptionist is definitely a woman in charge—she’s the first in the door, she makes the coffee, she has all the pens. Her co-workers … not so much. Beverly holds their lives and schedules together Mr. Dart from the central office arrives unexpectedly and Beverly is left wondering just what sort of company she works for and what her role really is. This darkly comic exploration of a seemingly mundane environment, the office, reunites director Rose Riordan and playwright Adam Bock, author of The Thugs, produced at PCS in 2007. The Receptionist was the hit of Portland’s fringe scene at CoHo Theater in the fall of 2008, and PCS is thrilled to present this stellar work to an even larger audience.

Performance Times

Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon

*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.

This show's run time will be posted below the synopsis at left near the date of the first performance.

Production blog

Announcing our New Play Commissions Program!

Announcing our New Play Commissions Program!

12 June 2012 & Posted by Natalie Gilmore

Super exciting news! PCS has officially launched a new play commissioning program! The first two commissions will go to performer and writer Lauren Weedman for her new, one-woman play The People’s Republic of Portland, which will receive its world premiere in our 2012-2013 season; and playwright Adam Bock, whose previous plays The Thugs and The Receptionist have received workshop and full productions at PCS.


Hi! My Name is Bev

04 March 2010 & Posted by Kinsley Suer

This past Sunday afternoon we noticed that a group of ladies on The Receptionist audience were wearing name tags with the name Bev on them. Well, it was The Beverlys. When a group of friends, all named Beverly, heard that the title character in The Receptionist is named Beverly, they bought a block of tickets and had a fun field trip.

Thanks for coming to the theater Ladies!


Tales from the Northeast Office

08 February 2010 & Posted by Kinsley Suer

The Receptionist cast members Laura Faye Smith, Sharonlee McClean, Bob Thomas and Chris Harder share their own office nightmares…



The Receptionist Trailer View on Vimeo »

The cast from Portland Center Stage's production of The Receptionist share their crazy experiences of working in an office. View on Vimeo »

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