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Columbinus (Oregon Children’s Theatre)

The Children’s Theatre goes dark.

When two teens in black trench coats marched through the halls of Columbine High School, most of the cast of Oregon Children’s Theatre’s Columbinus were just 2 years old. Now the age that    More
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 ENID SPITZ

The School For Lies: Theater Review

The Shoebox Theater is almost too intimate—audiences at the aptly named space have to parade across stage to exit. It’s a fitting squeeze for Theatre Vertigo’s The School for Lies, where t   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

A Comedy of Errors (Six on Shakespeare)

Gender-swapping as social experiment.

“Do you know me, sir? Am I Dromio? Am I your man? Am I myself?” Shakespeare’s fool in A Comedy of Errors questions identity in what could go down a rabbit hole of existential philosophizing.    More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 KATHRYN PEIFER

Slammer Stage

Hand2Mouth Theatre brings Pep Talk to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

After the scripted lines are spoken, Hand2Mouth’s Pep Talk turns into a public forum. The show’s actresses play macho coaches, re-enacting speeches from the likes of Al Davis, the late Oakla   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 ENID SPITZ

The Price

Happy birthday, Arthur.

Thinking about Arthur Miller, the first phrase that jumps to mind is: “They don’t make ’em like they used to.” Certainly it’s a common motif in his writing, but more to the point, the    More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 CONOR EIFLER

Belleville (Third Rail)

Expat lovebirds unravel in Amy Herzog’s relationship psycho-drama.

Amy Herzog’s Belleville isn’t the kind of thriller with Psycho strings or undead dance moves. It’s the haunting kind that meticulously picks at peripheral, casual details until an entire m   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 KAITIE TODD

The People’s Republic of Portland (Portland Center Stage)

Lauren Weedman exploits Rose City quirks.

Lauren Weedman has made a small industry out of gently mocking cities she barely knows, sponsored by residents of the cities themselves. Since the debut of The People’s Republic of Portland—   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 HALEY MARTIN

10-Ring Circus

Portland playwrights take us to the circus at the Ten Minute Play Festival.

Circus extravaganzas have long been theater’s eccentric, mustachioed cousin—glitterized spectacles for audiences packing peanuts over opera specs. Monkey With a Hat On puts performance back    More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 CURTIS COOK, ENID SPITZ

The Other Place (Portland Playhouse)

Playhouse plays mind games

Portland Playhouse is a seemingly abandoned church with a labyrinthine interior. It’s therefore a perfect home for the company’s latest production, The Other Place, Sharr White’s 2011 pl   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 JAY HORTON

The Invisible Hand (Artists Repertory Theatre)

Stockholm syndrome at Artists Rep.

Spending time with stock traders is usually about as enticing as a terrorist jail cell. But somehow director Allen Nause makes both captivating in Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar’s The Invis   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 ENID SPITZ

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