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Sans Merci (Badass Theatre Company)

Without mercy, indeed.


Theater
Johnna Adams’ Sans Merci is a test in emotional endurance: Where some dramas prod, this one pummels. For much of the play, directed by Antonio Sonera, the blows come steadily and hit squarel   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Intimate Apparel

Par for the corset.


Theater
If Intimate Apparel were underwear, it would be a pair of pale pink panties, maybe with a modest ruffle or two. This 2003 drama by Lynn Nottage, which opens Artists Rep’s season, is a sensit   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Luke George, Not About Face

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I thought all the bedsheets would be white.
Instead, as we enter the Conduit dance studio for Luke George’s Time-Based Art Festival performance, volunteers drape us in sheets in shades of lavender, pale pink, taupe, seafoam green. I wear soft yellow. We look less like Klansmen or kids in homemade Halloween ghost costumes than...   More
 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Critical Mascara: A Post-Realness Drag Ball

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At the beginning of the Time Based-Art Festival’s second-annual Critical Mascara drag ball, host Kaj-anne Pepper said it would be “a shitshow of a magic night.”
She spoke the truth.
Though the only things that actually emerged from rear ends were condoms and bananas (no joke, and the latter was consumed), thi...   More
 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Eisa Jocson, Death of a Pole Dancer and Macho Dancer

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Dressed in a pleather halter top and towering stilettos, eyes lined in black and lips painted red, Eisa Jocson clops into the BodyVox studio. She carries a bulky black bag over her shoulder. We’re in a circle around her, some sitting, some standing, many fanning themselves with their programs. The house lights are on. There is no music. Jo...   More
 
Saturday, September 13, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

A Matter Of Time

The Time-Based Art Festival shows some moxie.


Theater
Perhaps the third time is truly the charm. That’s, at least, what this year’s Time-Based Art Festival suggests. This is festival director Angela Mattox’s third go-around with the genre-bus   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Fall Arts Guide 2014


Fall Arts
What’s your pleasure: kabuki-style Shakespeare? Experimental chamber music at a bar? A dance performance at a graffiti-smeared, gutted-out building? A swanky gallery opening in the Pearl? A po   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Theater Director Samantha Van Der Merwe

A theatrical worldbuilder with equal tastes for the sinister and the fanciful.


Fall Arts
In science fiction, people often speak of “worldbuilding,” about writers and filmmakers who can construct an entire universe—its appearance, its laws, its technology, its history, its custom   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Portland Fall Theater Picks


Fall Arts
Sans Merci Badass Theatre Company burst onto the scene with 2013’s Invasion!, a wondrous shapeshifter of a play that was devoured by a quartet of actors. For its second full production, it pres   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Comedian Gabe Dinger

A standup stalwart on losing competitions, performing for prisoners and why he won’t leave Portland.


Fall Arts
Two years ago, comedian Gabe Dinger placed third in Portland’s Funniest Person contest at Helium Comedy Club. Last year, he was second. This year, everyone told him it was his time. He plac   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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