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Our Town, Stripped Down

PCS’s classic opening is surprisingly fresh.

Thornton Wilder said Our Town was his favorite work, but that it was rarely performed to his satisfaction. It should be done sincerely without being sentimental, because that’s how the majority of o   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Theater Review: Schizo (Katie Watkins)

Her brother’s diagnosis was a taboo topic. Now it’s center stage.

On an otherwise sparse stage in a large, empty room, Katie Watkins sits on the ground, surrounded by a semicircle of more than two dozen lamps. The lights flicker on and off as the distant roar of a h   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Ernest Cline, Armada

The Last Geekfighter.

Short of being abducted by a benevolent alien race to save the universe from imminent destruction, author Ernest Cline is living every geek’s ultimate fantasy. His best-selling debut novel, vi   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Pitch, Please: Pitch Perfect 2 Reviewed


In the world of international competitive collegiate a cappella, the use of octavizer pedals is prohibited. This means that all those crazy sounds you’re hearing as a spunky group of students perform an a cappella version of "The Final Countdown" are coming straight from their mouths. It’s an impressive act to witness and has spawned an a cappella renaissance, which skyrockete...   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by PENELOPE BASS

Hotseat: T.C. Boyle

The prolific novelist talks up gun violence and the rule of law.

T.C. Boyle may very well be the master of topical literature. Told through expertly crafted prose, his novels manage to delicately dissect issues like illegal immigration (1995’s The Tortilla    More
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Action/Adventure’s Pilot Season: From Beyond

Theater for the screen-addicted masses, with cake and hate-fucking.

Who says theater has to be highbrow? Can’t there be quality for the TV crowd? Action/Adventure Theatre’s second Pilot Season recaptures audiences numbed by endless zombie killing and incestu   More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Fertile Ground Diaries: Genuis

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When Sean Bowie strolls onstage at the Headwaters, stark naked and carrying a clipboard, it sets an appropriate tone for his new solo show, Genuis. Though there’s no nudity in the rest of this Fertile Ground performance—aside from a brief clip from the 1984 ski bum movie Hot Dog—Bowie does spend the next 70 minutes l...   More
Monday, January 26, 2015 by PENELOPE BASS

Cabezon: Restaurant Guide 2014

Restaurant Guide
5200 NE Sacramento St., 284-6617, cabezonrestaurant.com [HIDDEN IN HOLLYWOOD] First, let me apologize to the good people of Hollywood and Rose City Park for outing this gem to the    More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Hotseat: Erika T. Wurth

Erika T. Wurth is Apache, Chickasaw and Cherokee, but she did not grow up on a reservation. She was raised in a culturally mixed Denver suburb, where she witnessed both the stereotypes and bea   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Just Opened: Dreamgirls

A review of Portland Center Stage's season-opening musical.


Mirroring the meteoric rise and personal turmoil of the Supremes, the Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls is steeped in Motown rhythms, racial struggles and lots of sequins. Young Chicago trio the Dreamettes finds early success singing backup for Jimmy “Thunder” Early (played with fiery aplomb by David Jennings, he’s the show’s most interesting character). The power-hungry...   More
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by PENELOPE BASS

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