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A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff (Alicia Jo Rabins)

Praying for a Ponzi schemer.


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In Judaism, the Kaddish is most often recited as a prayer for the dead. But occasionally, in cases of extreme wrongdoing, it’s used to mark a Jew’s excommunication from the faith. That’s    More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Just Opened: The Monster-Builder

A review of Artists Rep's production of Amy Freed's world-premiere play.

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Gregor Zubrowski, the megalomaniacal architect at the center of Amy Freed’s The Monster-Builder, is as slick a villain as can be: Clad in a trim black suit, he’s got a bald pate, severe goatee and round spectacles, and he delights in razing old buildings and erecting gleaming monstrosities in their place. All confident stride and rapacious gaze, he venerates Nietzsche and unleashes a ca...   More
 
Monday, February 3, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Pep Talk (Hand2Mouth Theatre)

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.


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We sit on hard benches under the fluorescent lighting of a gym in North Portland’s Peninsula Park Community Center, clad in violet jerseys bearing a mascot that seems to be half-unicorn, half-   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Jitney

Calling all cabbies.


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If you can, find a moment during Jitney to listen to its rhythms rather than its words, its pulse rather than its plot. August Wilson’s plays are so often described as musical that it’s almo   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Fertile Ground Diaries: Lust & Marriage

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Eleanor O’Brien has spent a long time creating shows about sex. GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies, about her misadventures in a house of domination, was her first solo show (I reviewed it back in 2011), and she’s been honing it for a decade. In 2009, for the inaugural    More
 
Friday, January 24, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Q&A: Comedian Mike Birbiglia

The humorist talks Catholicism, hookers, yoga and why his urologist doesn't believe he's a comedian.

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Mike Birbiglia has a style of storytelling that transcends mere comedy to hit a point of lovely—if often awkward—tenderness. He’s a master of the humorous aside, and he has a way of winning over the audience, even when he’s telling stories about bumbling messily through life. Birbiglia, 35, has worked his way up the comedy-club circuit, and he’...   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

The End of Sex (Theatre Vertigo)

More onstage orgasms than at Rocky Horror


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The tagline is irresistible: “sex without sex.” That’s what this new drug promises, the ability to slather your elbows or knuckles or ears with a wonder cream that temporarily remaps sexua   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Chinglish

Slip Down And Fall Carefully


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A snappy comedy of linguistic and cultural confusion, David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish is ready-made for anyone who’s ever traveled abroad and puzzled at signs reading “Fuck the Certain Price o   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Will Vinton Launches Kickstarter to Fund New Broadway Musical

The Oscar-winning animator and lifelong Oregonian seeks $85,000 to bring his Frog Prince riff to the stage.

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Ten years ago, Will Vinton was fired from his own animation company by Phil Knight. That studio would go on to become Laika. Vinton has spent a decade dabbling in graphic novels, other animated film projects and plastics. Now, the Academy Award-winning animator is planning a Broadway musical.
Last week, Vinton and songwriter David Pomeranz    More
 
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Q&A: Playwright Craig Jessen

The Portland-born playwright of The End of Sex talks lab rabbits, nymphomania and sci-fi.

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Chalk it up to a wandering mind: Several years ago, playwright Craig Jessen was at a lecture about sodomy laws in the U.S., and he got to thinking about lab animals. Rabbits, specifically. And rabbits that—contrary to what you’d expect—weren’t having sex. From there, it took him just a few days to develop the idea for his new play The ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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