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Private Lives (Bag & Baggage Productions)

Throwing pillows, maybe chopping off heads.


Performance
For those who missed out on spring vacation, Private Lives is a delightful escape. The comedy of manners, written in 1930 by the legendary Noël Coward, is an absurd tale told through the peephole   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

The Pirates of Penzance

Batten down the hatches.


Performance
You can’t blame Bill Rauch for wanting to spice up The Pirates of Penzance. The 1879 Gilbert & Sullivan operetta is a frothy affair with plenty of rascally swashbucklers and dewy-cheeked mai   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Learn to Be Latina (Milagro Theatre)

Is being the wrong kind of brown keeping you down?


Performance
Learn to Be Latina has a little something for everyone. A Missy Elliott dance routine featuring a backflip that transitions into twerking. A muff-eating puppet. AIDS jokes. The Macarena. A tende   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

pool (no water) (Theatre Vertigo)

No lifeguard on duty.


Performance
Say a man dies of AIDS. Now say a friend collects his blood and bandages and condoms and catheters and makes them into art. Has this artist crossed the line between creation and exploitation? At   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Bard of Lithia

A trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival revitalizes an exhausted theater critic.


Performance
“Uh-oh! We have a critic!” It’s Friday afternoon at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and I have just been outed. Sitting in the sixth row of the Angus Bowmer Theatre, I feel 600 sets of    More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Sidekicks

Holding out for a hero.


Performance
Like the Justice League meets The Office, Sidekicks imagines the everyday drudgery of being a superhero—and the particular travails of playing second fiddle to the big shots. Set in a land calle   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Midsummer (Third Rail Repertory)

Love, Elmo and Japanese rope bondage, set to song.


Performance
Spring is often referred to as the season of love. But for Bob and Helena, two unlikely lovers on the streets of Edinburgh, the solstice is when the magic happens. Midsummer is modestly subtitle   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Next Fall

Better believe it.


Performance
As Next Fall begins, the cast stands on the edge of the dimly lit stage. Suddenly, the discordant sounds of a car crash ring out, and James Sharinghousen reels backward, arms flailing. We learn    More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

Lear (Bag & Baggage)

Shakespeare goes steampunk.


Performance
“We do things differently in the suburbs.” So said Scott Palmer, artistic director of Hillsboro’s Bag & Baggage Productions, in a pre-show introduction to Lear, a stripped-down, corseted   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Independent Women (Social Sciences)

Girl, I didn’t know you could get down like that.


Performance
My all-time favorite Onion story is one from 2012 headlined “Female Friends Spend Raucous Night Validating the Living Shit Out of Each Other.” I thought back to that article during Independent   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON
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