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Arms and the Man (Northwest Classical Theatre Company)

A satire with a sweet tooth.

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.

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

Christmas on Broadway (Broadway Rose)

Like an eggnog enema.

Christmas is a divisive holiday. There are those who decorate their lawns in November and revel in each tinsel-strewn moment with the slack-jawed grin and open wallet of a Midwesterner at Disney   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Portland Center Stage)

Staying warm with Shakespeare.

November and December seem, at first, an odd time to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s not just the play’s title that contributes to its air of endless summer: Shakespeare stocked his fe   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

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
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