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Theater Review: Schizo (Katie Watkins)

Her brother’s diagnosis was a taboo topic. Now it’s center stage.


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On an otherwise sparse stage in a large, empty room, Katie Watkins sits on the ground, surrounded by a semicircle of more than two dozen lamps. The lights flicker on and off as the distant roar of a h   More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Netflix, Live?

Third Rail Repertory Theatre is launching a new membership model.


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After nearly a decade spent hopping around Portland’s theaters to stage its famously varied programming, Third Rail Repertory Theatre has finally settled down. With a new, permanent residence at Ima   More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 JAY HORTON

Wicked (Broadway in Portland)

In a tired show, look to the front row.


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Arguably, the best thing that happened on opening night of the touring Broadway production of Wicked wasn’t onstage, but in front of the first row, stage right. That’s where two    More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

Time, A Fair Hustler

Hand2Mouth’s reimagining is a rare cine-stage wonder.


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You’d be forgiven for gagging at the mention of “Van Sant” given Portland’s recent binge on the director’s work. The Essential Gus Van Sant series ran at the Northwest Film Center from   More
 
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Actors, Anonymous

Anonymous Theatre’s one-night mystery at PCS is under wraps.


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A black SUV pulls up to a tiny, beige house in far Southeast. A woman in dark clothing gets out and enters the house. I count to 10, then follow.  “This is my friend’s house,” she t   More
 
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 ALLIE DONAHUE

Portland Used to Be Dirtier

Hand2mouth’s Time, A Fair Hustler imagines Mike and Scott’s lives after My Own Private Idaho.


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In Gus Van Sant’s iconic 1991 Portland film My Own Private Idaho, tribes of homeless kids camped out in boarded-up downtown buildings, and Chinatown’s sidewalks gleamed with broken glass. Now, 25    More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 ALLIE DONAHUE

Much Ado About Nothing (Post5)

Tired Shakespeare, turned inside out.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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
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