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International Falls (Coho Productions)

A depressed comedian walks into a bar.


Performance
That comedy comes from pain is a well-worn trope, but in International Falls, Thomas Ward’s compassionate and sharply observed world-premiere play, it’s a two-way street: Not only do misfortun   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Bearing Fruit

In its fifth year, Fertile Ground showcases new, local work.


Performance
It’s a big year for the annual Fertile Ground festival. The 11-day bender of locally produced new works of theater and dance turns 5 this year, and once again the lineup overwhelms. The number o   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Huntsmen (Portland Playhouse)

A doo-wop revue, with a side of murder.


Performance
Devon, the central character in The Huntsmen, is an awkward and fidgety teen, the vice president of his high school’s glee club and the child of divorced parents—his father is a lawyer and h   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

I Love to Eat (Portland Center Stage)

Portland’s proto-foodie dishes up less than a satisfying meal.


Performance
Opera music booms and steam spills out from beneath the giant onstage refrigerator as I Love to Eat begins. As the song builds and steam obscures the floor, James Beard (Rob Nagle) strides out of    More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Lost Boy (Artists Repertory Theatre)

A three-ring circus abducted of oomph.


Performance
In 2001, Oregon City teenagers Miranda Gaddis and Ashley Pond disappeared, and local playwright Susan Mach found herself confronted with billboards of the girls’ faces. Both intrigued and dist   More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Portland Beard

Touring the city with native proto-foodie James Beard.


Performance
James Beard would probably be very proud of what Portland has become. When the foodie icon was born here in 1903, Portland was barely out of its pioneer days. But Beard’s young adult life was    More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Nastasya Filippovna (Moscow New Drama Theatre)

Crime, punishment and improvisation.


Performance
She’s a gorgeous parasite, a kept woman and a deranged femme fatale, but Nastasya Filippovna Barashkov, from Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot, is not easy to pigeonhole. Director Viacheslav Do   More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

Upcoming shows we’re excited to see.


Performance
The obligatory holiday productions have taken their final curtain calls, and Portland theaters can return to what they do best: distracting us from our city’s slobbery weather. The following p   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Arms and the Man (Northwest Classical Theatre Company)

A satire with a sweet tooth.


Performance
The playwright George Bernard Shaw did not craft subtle plots. That’s clear from the first minutes of his anti-militarism comedy Arms and the Man, in which Bluntschli, a Swiss mercenary, crash   More
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

King Hedley II (Portland Playhouse)

Blasting a bomb to kingdom come.


Performance
When the title character in King Hedley II talks about the man he murdered—a crime for which he just served seven years in prison—he summons a sharp allusion. “I got the atomic bomb as far a   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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