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Santa (Liminal Performance Group)

It’s a not-so-wonderful life.


Theater
Santa Claus is in rough shape. His suit is smudged with soot. He rings his bell like the world’s most depressed Salvation Army volunteer. Trudging onstage into a stark shaft of light, he wails   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

A Cummings Christmas

Liminal Performance Group runs wild with E.E. Cummings’ strange little Yuletide play.


Theater
Most of us know E.E. Cummings for his poetry. But in addition to conducting wacky typographical experiments, Cummings was also a playwright. Not a terribly prolific one: He wrote only four pla   More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Blithe Spirit

Ghost at the feast.


Theater
Death is entirely a laughing matter. At least, that’s the case in Artists Rep’s production of Blithe Spirit, directed by Christopher Liam Moore. Noël Coward’s 1941 comedy finds well-to-do   More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas

Losing battle.


Theater
For a few moments after the introductory dance barrage, right when one of Portland’s oldest comedy troupes settles down for a looooong winter’s slapstick, The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas feel   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 JAY HORTON

As You Like It (Post5 Theatre)

A converted church in Sellwood: the perfect home for Shakespeare.


Theater
You don’t have to give Macbeth a lightsaber, turn Rosencrantz and Guildenstern into Mafiosos or set Twelfth Night at an office party in Tigard to reimagine Shakespeare. Making the Bard accessi   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

True West

A rugged man is hard to find.


Theater
There’s no Wild West anymore. So says Austin (Nick Ferrucci) to his brother Lee (Ben Newman) in True West, the final production in Profile Theatre’s season of Sam Shepard. The pair is cooped   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Worst. Show. Ever.

The most painful shows in Portland theater history.


Theater
There’s something singularly awful about sitting through a bad theater production—the eye contact, the vicarious embarrassment, the creeping sense of physical pain, the certainty that you wi   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 WW Staff

The Poe Must Go On

Masque of the Red Death does more than justice to the master of the macabre.


Theater
Entering the brightly lit studio space, we’re handed delicate white party masks. Some are decorated with spiky branches, others with snakelike scales. Tinkly music plays. Some people waltz and   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Bob: A Life in Five Acts (Theatre Vertigo)

He’s the king of the White Castle.


Theater
Everybody’s waiting for their big break. But not everybody is as honest about it as Bob. Born and abandoned in a restroom stall of a White Castle in Louisville, Ky., Bob (Nathan Crosby) insists    More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Typographer’s Dream: Theater Review

Labor relations.


Theater
You are where you work, we’re told. Lawyers are argumentative assholes, and nurses are either cold or caring. It’s a trope common in fiction since Dickens. In The Typographer’s Dream, writ   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

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