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Sweet and Sad (Third Rail Repertory)

How ’bout them Apples?


Theater
Between each scene in Sweet and Sad, there’s a simple sound effect: a breath. It’s a small sound—a slight inhale, a longer exhale—and easy to miss. It’s also a lovely and poignant touch,   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Fiddler on the Roof (Portland Center Stage)

Find me a find, catch me a catch.


Theater
“Twenty-eight?!” my friend exclaimed, after I told her the size of the cast for Portland Center Stage’s Fiddler on the Roof, the largest the company has ever corralled. “There aren’t even    More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Grim and Fischer (The Wonderheads)

Mortality, Mozart and whoopee cushions.


Theater
For Kate Braidwood, masked performance can create true theater magic. The 32-year-old, who makes up half of the Wonderheads (her husband Andrew Phoenix is the other), describes this magic as two   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Mariano Pensotti, Sometimes I Think, I Can See You

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On Thursday, I was a poet. A poet who supported herself by waiting tables at Applebee’s and whose love for Jay-Z was rivaled only by an obsession with Public Enemy. I came from Indiana, where my grandparents still live, on a farm. I had a sister who was always setting me up on blind dates and always with terrible men. Men who didn’t ride bikes. Who only drove. Who voted Republican.
On Thurs...   More
 
Sunday, September 22, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, And lose the name of action

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If you saw Miguel Gutierrez’s show, Heavens What Have I Done, at last year’s Time-Based Art Festival, you might feel like you know the dance artist. That solo work found Gutierrez monologuing, at a mile-a-...   More
 
Thursday, September 19, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Trajal Harrell, Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure)/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (M2M)

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At Friday's TBA showing of Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure)/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (M2M), a half-dozen people walked out. Maybe a full dozen. So at Trajal Harrell’s artist talk on Saturday at PICA, I asked the dancer-choreographer what that’s like.
“They were lucky this wasn’t ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Campo (Pieter Ampe and Guilherme Garrido), Still Standing You

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You might have heard that Still Standing You involves two men manipulating each other’s penises. This is true. (To give you a hint of what you'll see, there are certain tricks that could not be performed on a circumcised man).
But to put undue focus on these aspects—the nudity, the physical int...   More
 
Saturday, September 14, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Kelly Reichardt's New Eco-Thriller Wins Big in France

Night Moves wins the grand prize at a French film festival for American movies.

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Filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, who's based in New York but seems to set all her movies in Oregon, has won the grand prize at the Deauville American Film Festival, in France, for her new Oregon-filmed eco-terroris...   More
 
Friday, September 13, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

A Trouble Shared


Movie Reviews & Stories
“De-escalate my asshole, you dumb fuckers!” yells the writhing boy as his youthful captors wrap him in their arms, attempting to console him. It’s a moment that’s brutal, strangely beautif   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Mountaintop (Portland Center Stage)

A hokey affront to history.


Theater
There are undoubtedly new things to be said about Martin Luther King Jr. That’s not the trouble with Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop. No, the problem is that Hall condescends to her subject and au   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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