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-
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
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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
The humorist talks Catholicism, hookers, yoga and why his urologist doesn't believe he's a comedian.
Arts & BooksMike 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’...
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
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
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
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
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In 1907, Winston Churchill referred to Uganda as “the
Pearl of Africa.” More than a century later, the International House of
Prayer—a Missouri-based megachurch that calls itself, yes, IHOP�
A supernatural rock opera from a flock of indie musicians.
At first peek, you might think Aika & Rose could be rebranded Blue Is the Warmest Color: The Rock Opera.
The new musical, a project from a legion of Portland musicians, bills
itself as a super