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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Portland Center Stage)

Shave and a haircut…and murder!

House lights still on, a rags-clad crowd shuffles about the stage, looking forlorn and doing little. Suddenly, two actors dressed as riot police storm the stage and haul off one of the men, exit   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

And So It Goes (Artists Repertory Theatre)

The love songs of Kurt Vonnegut.

Welcome to North Crawford, Conn. As narrator Tom Newton (an impeccable Tim True) assures us, this is a place where things “change just about as quickly as the rules of chess.” It’s 1962, and   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

A Steady Rain/The Detective’s Wife (Hellfire Productions)

Plays with plenty of pulp and not enough juice.

Both A Steady Rain and The Detective’s Wife, presented by Hellfire Productions, take place on stormy nights. At least that’s what the thundery sound effects suggest—the exact context of ea   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Hotseat: Darrin Pufall

Avenue Q’s puppet master lives the plush life.

A Portland theater company is tackling Avenue Q, the raunchy, Sesame Street-inspired musical about existential twentysomethings. The show’s popularity promises high expectations for Triangle Pro   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Miriam/The Quiet Volume

Previews for week one of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival.

Nora Chipaumire is a force of nature. The Zimbabwe-born, New York City-based choreographer has a style both visceral and regal, evoking a powerful and charismatic bird of prey. Chipaumire’s crea   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Life Coach/The People—Portland

More previews for the first week of TBA.

 Andrew Dickson wants to help. In his piece Life Coach, the performance artist and Wieden Kennedy...   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Weird Willie Style

The many adaptable faces of Shakespeare.

Macbeth is better with beer. When Jonathan Owicki staged the well-worn Shakespearean tragedy in March, he decided to add a drinking game, which he says helped the audience—and actors—gain a    More
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Trek in the Park (Atomic Arts)

Set phasers to “mildly entertaining.”

The audience at Cathedral Park looked so normal. They licked Popsicles, fanned themselves with their programs and drank bottles of craft brew. There were kids. And dogs! There were surely other    More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Jersey Boys (Fred Meyer Broadway Across America)

We’ve got a situation... a nostalgic situation.

Highlighted by the legendary Elmo-on-helium vocal range of frontman Frankie Valli, the Four Seasons became one of the most popular music groups of all time, selling 175 million records worldwide   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

The Match.com Monologues (CoHo Productions)

Looking for computer love.

Forgive me if this review is overly critical. I was pissed when I saw this show because my date flaked. Apparently, 10:30 pm is too late for a show when you have work in the morning. That left m   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 AARON SPENCER
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