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Ephemory (Such A Production)

Not your mother’s Holocaust drama.

Ephemory opens with a tableau: A mother sits at a table working on her embroidery wheel. The father, dressed in a black suit, sits and smokes. Legs and frumpy dress splayed on the floor, the lit   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 MITCH LILLIE

Body Awareness (Coho Productions)

Our bodies, our very complicated selves.

People with Asperger’s syndrome are often said to lack empathy. But no matter how emphatically Jared, a character in the deft and funny Body Awareness, denies such a diagnosis, his social apti   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Portland Playhouse)

America, the oversexed adolescent.

In Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, the seventh president pours himself into skinny jeans, slicks his hair back Fonzie-style and packs a microphone...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Body of an American (Portland Center Stage)

The wars abroad and the battles within.

At the beginning of Dan O’Brien’s play, two actors introduce themselves as Paul Watson. One then speaks as Terry Gross, the familiar voice of NPR’s Fresh Air. Soon after, the other also ad   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

That Hopey Changey Thing (Third Rail Repertory Theatre)

Going rogue in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

That Hopey Changey Thing is like reverse dinner theater: Rather than audience members munching on their meal, it’s the actors sipping wine and gobbling pie. Some even take second helpings. But   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Art (Theatre Now)

A portrait of friendship.

In 1934, an interviewer asked Gertrude Stein to explain a piece of her writing. “Look here,” Stein answered. “Being intelligible is not what it seems.” Understanding, she went on, is not   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

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

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