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Much Ado About Nothing (Post5)

Tired Shakespeare, turned inside out.


Theater
Love him or hate him, Shakespeare had one damn good formula for a hit.  The same premise and plot barrel through practically all his comedies: Factions clash, mistaken identiti   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Twelfth Night (Portland Shakespeare Project)

Three hours of Shakespeare is no picnic, but Nause keeps it cool.


Theater
So far this summer, Portland theater has given us Richard III in a park, The Merry Wives of Windsor in a park and Macbeth in a cemetery. Post5 Theatre mixed things up by staging Much Ado About Nothi   More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Thoroughly Modern Millie (Broadway Rose): Theater Review

Sexual slavery is something to sing about at Broadway Rose.


Theater
As the title suggests, Millie Dillmount is a modern woman. She left her little hometown of Salina, Kan., for life in the big city, determined to find a job—as long as that job has a wealthy, single    More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Summerfest (Coho Productions): Theater Review

Sweet relief from theater’s dog days of drought.


Theater
Your lawn isn’t the only thing this heat wave is drying up. During the summer, theater across the nation slows to a meager drizzle, and the occasional Shakespeare galas in the parks   More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 ALLIE DONAHUE

J.A.W.Z. The Musical—in 3D (The Saloon Ensemble): Theater Review

A shark satire that’s more shallow than sharp.


Theater
Comedy sketches, much like sharks, endure as evolutionary marvels of brutal efficiency. They’re borne forward on sheer momentum, form-bound to a brutal functionality and devoid of shame. As audience   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 JAY HORTON

Macbeth (Portland Actors Ensemble): Theater Review

Don’t risk your lily-whites for this Scottish play.


Theater
Portland’s outdoor theater has shriveled in the sun. It’s a good thing you can strip and cycle with thousands of naked Portlanders, or gorge on Potato Champion’s poutine while    More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 ALLIE DONAHUE

The Comedy of Errors (Post5 Theatre)

Ty Boice’s twinning update makes Shakespeare hip.


Theater
The Comedy of Errors is one of the Bard’s lighter farces, often ignored, and it’s all a rip-off. Shakespeare modernized Roman playwright Plautus’ comedy Menaechmi and directly borrowed m   More
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 EDWARD MORRIS

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (Northwest Classical Theatre)

Shakespearean theory in the age of fanfic.


Theater
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is like fan fiction writ large. A long-suffering grad student falls down a trash-can rabbit hole and into a parallel reality, where the plots of two o   More
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

George Washington Slept Here (Twilight Theater Company)

This old house might just fall down.


Theater
George Washington Slept Here is one fixer-upper of a play, one of the lesser comedies from legendary playwriting duo George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart (You Can’t Take It With You, The Man Who Came T   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 JAY HORTON

The Liar (Artists Repertory Theatre)

Ives’ web of lies flies.


Theater
The Liar is flouncing in on the coattails of Portland’s 17th-century comedy binge. Theater Vertigo’s The School for Lies, Portland State University’s The Misanthrope and Portland Center Stage�   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 AMY WOLFE
 

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