Portland playwrights take us to the circus at the Ten Minute Play Festival.
Circus extravaganzas have long been theater’s eccentric,
mustachioed cousin—glitterized spectacles for audiences packing peanuts
over opera specs. Monkey With a Hat On puts performance back
Spending time with stock traders is usually about as
enticing as a terrorist jail cell. But somehow director Allen Nause
makes both captivating in Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar’s The Invis
Crunch, Boom and Planet Fitness
You can get a two-hour spiel on free
weights, a contact testosterone high and five pounds of chemicalized
protein dust any day, any time, at a range of chrome-
Comedy and Variety
The Michael McDonald headlining Helium Comedy Club is not a
silver fox serenader from the Doobie Brothers. But he is silvering, and
that’s rare in standup. While SNL retirees go silver on the
Mix Yentl references with hankies full of phlegm and excessive foreskin banter, and you get the other-worldly Jewtopia. It’s a 75-minute inside joke for audiences wearing velour track suits and yarmulkes to match the characters. What did you expect?That’s exactly the fun of director Donald Horn’s new show for Triangle Productions. It’s an unapologetically self-serving slapsti...
Portland couple opens Carl & Sloan Contemporary Gallery
After years of trying to open their own gallery, local artist couple Ashley Sloan and Calvin Ross Carl found themselves a spot between the Dancin' Bare strip club and Wells Fargo ATM on N. Interstate Ave. Carl & Sloan Contemporary will take over the space previously Nisus Gallery in Kenton’s Disjecta arts building, a creative hub tucked in the otherwise unembellished northern n...
Apparently it’s easier to stage Driving Miss Daisy in Bangladesh than an off-Broadway political thriller in Portland. At least when the U.S. State Department gets involved.
Local director Allen
Pacific Northwest College of Art made themselves a new main campus out of the 100-year-old post office wedged between Union Station and While-U-Wait Passport Photos. The historic North Park Blocks building is now the artsiest place in the city and they want you to see why. $34 million dusted off the federal office cubicles and a hundred years of bad remodels that covered the two-story ce...
Going home for the holidays: Portland Center Stage’s Other Desert Cities packs plenty of baggage.
If you miss the turnoff for Palm Springs, big green signs
on Interstate 10 announce the approach of “other desert cities.”
Director Timothy Bond and Portland Center Stage have a more precise