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That’s A Wrap

2013 was a good year at the cinema.


Movie Reviews & Stories
We live in a time of tyranny. Our oppressor? Choice. You think all those Netflix options are improving your quality of life? Think again. That’s why our brains love lists. Not only are they easi   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Lover (Imago Theatre)

Strange affairs of the heart and mind.


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As Sarah wiggles her way beneath the covers, Richard sits stiffly atop the sheets. Smoking jacket knotted at the waist, he’s propped up his feet—still clad in their Oxfords—on the bed. “   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Headout: Relax The Hounds

Where to spoil your four-legged circus performers.


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This week, the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater somersaults its way into Portland, with dozens of four-legged, furry stars in tow. We figured that ringleader Gregory Popovich—who’s been called a    More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Just Opened: Noises Off

A review of Third Rail Rep's production of the legendary farce.

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When I first saw Noises Off as a 14-year-old at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, I didn’t know theater could do that. A dozen years later—and after watching dozens and dozens of plays—I’m still not quite sure how Noises Off does what it does. What’s clear, though, is that Michael Frayn’s 1982 backstage comedy is perhaps the world’s most exactingly constructed play, and ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Portlandia Announces Season 4 Cameos

The forthcoming season of the IFC show will feature appearances by Kirsten Dunst, Paul Allen and Dan Savage.

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To the delight of seemingly everyone but Portlanders themselves, the twee machine that is Portlandia just keeps churning, and today the show announced the cameos for its fourth season.
As reported by Spin, the next season of the IFC show will feature cameos from Maya Rudolph, Kirsten Dunst, Savage Love columnist Dan Savage and    More
 
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Christmas Tree

Where should you get your dose of holiday theater?


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Just Opened: Rudolph: On Stage

A review of Bad Reputation Productions' adaptation of the Christmas special.

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Fun fact: When the 1964 stop-motion TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first aired, Santa never swung by the Island of Misfit Toys. Viewers were apparently so aghast at his heartlessness that the studio produced a new scene, with Santa rescuing the toys for delivery to deserving children. I’m not sure how those viewers would respond to the updates Bad Reputation Productions has mad...   More
 
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Stage Whispers

A local podcast unleashes no-holds-barred theater criticism, with a shot of scotch.


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Deep in Happy Valley on a blustery Monday evening, in a room lined with posters of Katy Perry and Bruce Springsteen, James Engberg and Eric Kilgore are drinking Scotch and discussing Bertolt Bre   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Out of the Blue

The sprawling Blue Is the Warmest Color will knock you sideways.


Movie Reviews & Stories
As soon as Blue Is the Warmest Color premiered in Cannes last May, frenzied discussion engulfed the film. Whether people found it exhilarating or exploitative, it seemed no one could shut up abo   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Earth Mother

Comedian Margaret Cho explains why we can all be mothers if we want.


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Margaret Cho doesn’t have any kids of her own. But that doesn’t mean she’s not a mother—or, rather, that she can’t mother anyone she wants. The personally and politically outspoken com   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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