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Going home for the holidays: Portland Center Stage’s Other Desert Cities packs plenty of baggage.

If you miss the turnoff for Palm Springs, big green signs on Interstate 10 announce the approach of “other desert cities.” Director Timothy Bond and Portland Center Stage have a more precise   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Durang Durang

Six one-acts through the undeniably strange.

Post5 Theatre’s Durang Durang, a collection of six one-act plays by absurdist playwright Christopher Durang, touches on grave issues: domestic violence, parental abuse and mental health. But   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 KAITIE TODD

The Night Alive (Third Rail)

Looking for laughs in all the dark places.

“Sad and poor Irish people sitting in a room” is practically a theatrical genre unto itself these days. The Night Alive, a play by famed Irish playwright Conor McPherson, hardly reinvents it.    More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Ruthless! The Musical

A song-studded romp detailing one adorable girl’s murder of another for the lead role in a school play, Ruthless! The Musical explores the sinister glint behind every child star’s manufactured   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 JAY HORTON

The God Game (Shaking the Tree)

No G-bombs for T-Dawg.

The God Game premiered only hours after Gov. John Kitzhaber’s resignation announcement. Shaking the Tree Theatre could hardly have planned it, but it was an uncanny moment to examine the role    More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (Sojourn Theatre)

Political dialogue way better than on Facebook.

One thousand dollars isn’t going to end poverty, but it will do something. And what it does is up to you—you and, like, 100 other people. At Sojourn Theatre’s How to End Poverty in 90 Mi   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH


Out crowd.

Everyone has a group that will accept them unconditionally—but it’s not always the people they know. Artists Repertory Theatre explores this notion with Nina Raine’s Tribes, a play that    More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Threesome (Portland Center Stage)

Three is the loneliest number.

It only takes about 10 minutes for the first penis to appear. But that’s hardly the most shocking moment in Threesome, a richly scripted world-premiere production by Seattle playwright Yussef    More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Profile Theatre)

Put a ring on it.

Profile Theatre’s production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone begins with a familiar scene: two strangers sitting separately at a cafe, and neither will turn off their damn cellphone. Our protagonis   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Perchance to Dream

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s Enter the Night is beautiful, surreal and surprisingly funny.

In Enter the Night, playwright Maria Irene Fornes takes on big issues. One character mourns the loss of his lover to AIDS. Another visits a doctor for her worsening heart palpitations. The third   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

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