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The Elixir of Love (Portland Opera)

Bel canto in the Wild West is a refreshing tonic.


Performance
If you’re Portland Opera, how do you follow Igor Stravinsky’s prickly, unnerving morality tale, The Rake’s Progress? You veer to the other extreme and close the season with a beloved comedy, G   More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

The Rake’s Progress (Portland Opera)

Portland’s Progress is a pop-art take on Freud and Facebook.


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Give in to temptation at your own peril: That’s the moral of Igor Stravinsky’s spiky, sexy opera The Rake’s Progress. This archetypal morality play opens in an idyllic countryside, where a c   More
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

The Phantom of the Opera (Portland Opera)

Lloyd Webber’s music of the night goes flat.


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The iconic white mask is still there. So, too, the crystal chandelier that famously crashes at the end of the first act. And those histrionic, undeniably memorable tunes are all intact. But vete   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

Storefront Revue: The Babes Are Back (Triangle Productions)

Part scandalous musical, part historical biopic.


Performance
Three songs after the Kent State shootings, a man unbuttons the front of his costume to expose a massive, star-spangled phallus. Like the legendary 1970s-’90s Portland theater that inspired    More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Carmen at Portland Opera: Review

Portland Opera puts on a cathartic, passionate, bravura production of Carmen.


Performance
Portland Opera’s impassioned take on Georges Bizet’s Carmen is the most electrifying production the company has staged since 2010’s sad-clown-fest, Pagliacci. Like that opera, Carmen centers   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

Spring Awakening

Performance picks for spring 2015.


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THEATER The Snowstorm As part of Fertile Ground—an 11-day spree of locally produced new works—pianist Eric Nordin and choreographer Jessica Wallenfels collaborate on an original piece of d   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON, KAITIE TODD

Best of the Stage


Performance
Death, sex and money featured prominently on Portland stages in 2014. So did punk rock, kitty litter and confetti. The year’s top theater and dance shows embraced raw emotion—several gave    More
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Die Fledermaus (Portland Opera)

Adultery, masked balls and arias soaked in Champagne.


Performance
Viennese waltz maestro Johann Strauss II concocted a delightful trifle with Die Fledermaus, his 1874 operetta about a wayward husband and his comeuppance at the hand of a treacherous friend who    More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 JOHN BEER

Lulu Luscious

A drag queen with hustle, humility and a fierce hair game.


Performance
The success of a drag performance set to Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U” rests on a few factors. You need a jungle vixen ensemble, a killer lip-synch (just like Britney’s), sexy gyrati   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 AARON SPENCER

The Test of Time

Sex and mythical America in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival.


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The first week of the Time-Based Art Festival brought mind-boggling sonic manipulation, walrus imitations, doughnut-themed drag queens, aggressive confrontation of gender expectations and lots a   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, KAITIE TODD
 

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