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

A shark satire that’s more shallow than sharp.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Three Days of Rain (Portland Center Stage)

Grimm stars fight family drama with wit.

If you describe your mother as “sort of like Zelda Fitzgerald’s less stable sister,” chances are your childhood wasn’t rosy. Walker and Nan, the brother and sister at the center of Ric   More
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

The Lion (Portland Center Stage)

This one-man musical is more meow.

Benjamin Scheuer’s one-man show is billed as a play, but The Lion doesn’t feel like one. Trade the six guitars balanced on the Ellyn Bye Studio’s minimalist stage for a baby grand, costume   More
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 JAY HORTON

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Portland Playhouse)

What if only The Simpsons survived?

The Simpsons is a cultural institution. Gen-Xers grew up with it. Many millennials have never known a world without it. Even a few baby boomers embraced its irreverent, referential humor. But    More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

Static (Third Rail Repertory)

Sound and sign language harmonize in Third Rail’s new dramedy.

Scottish playwright Dan Rebellato’s Static pits the power of rock against the sound of silence. The production’s first ambitious undertaking is being bilingual in English and American Sign L   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

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