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Just Opened: The Last Five Years

A review of Portland Center Stage's production of the contemporary musical.


The Last Five Years begins at the end of a love story—but also at the beginning. That might sound like a sappy rom-com tagline, but don’t be mistaken: This two-character musical, presented by Portland Center Stage and directed by Nancy Keystone, features separate timelines, one going forward and the other backwards, as our co...   More
Monday, May 5, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Hurray for the Riff Raff: Saturday, April 19

Alynda Lee Segarra may have settled down, but her music hasn’t.

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[FOLK] Alynda Lee Segarra admits she’s gotten soft. Once a teenage vagabond, who left home before she was old enough to vote and spent time hopping freight trains and hitchhiking around the co   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Emio Greco, Rocco

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Upon entering the Newmark Theatre for Rocco, a work choreographed by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Schoten that White Bird is presenting in its U.S. premiere, audiences will find a full-blown boxing ring on the stage. Part of the audience gets to sit ringside, facing two boxers, both dressed in shiny athletic shorts and dragging on cigarettes, wh...   More
Friday, April 11, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Shook Twins

What We Do (Curlypinky)

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[INDIE FOLK] Shook Twins’ latest release, What We Do, doesn’t capture the hazy pleasantness between wakefulness and sleep so much as the emotional instability of the dream. It rises and falls    More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Just Opened: Hamlet

A review of Post5 Theatre's production of Shakespeare's tragedy.


From the opening moments of Post5 Theatre’s abridged Hamlet, it’s evident this isn’t the version you saw in high school. King Claudius and Queen Gertrude resemble the picture-perfect parents from a ’50s sitcom, servants snap photos with smartphones, the guards carry guns, and Ty Boice as Hamlet swaggers into t...   More
Monday, March 31, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Perfect Pussy: Saturday, March 22

If the name makes you uncomfortable, don’t worry: This buzzing New York punk band is already set to self-destruct.

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Perfect Pussy is a band with an expiration date. Or so says Ray McAndrew, guitarist for the Syracuse, N.Y., noise-punk band, which, for the past six months, has been gaining national attention f   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Ages and Ages

Divisionary (Partisan)

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[CHORAL POP] On the surface, Ages and Ages’ sophomore release, Divisionary, might appear to shine with as much bright optimism as the band’s debut album, 2011’s Alright You Restless. Bringing    More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Just Opened: Bo-Nita

A review of Elizabeth Heffron's one-woman show, starring Kate Eastwood Norris.


“You’ve got to find your own personal beat,” says Bo-Nita, the titular teenager of Portland Center Stage’s one-woman production. It’s a sentiment, however familiar, that the show never abandons. Written by Seattle playwright Elizabeth Heffron and directed by Gretchen Corbett, Bo-Nita follows the spunky 13-year-old and her mother, Mona, as th...   More
Monday, February 17, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Show Preview: Lucius, You Won’t

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[RETRO POP] Haim wasn’t the only group to get attention for its retro-pop sound last year. Lucius, a quintet from Brooklyn, turned heads with its debut LP, Wildewoman, crafting 1960s-inspired tune   More
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Fertile Ground Diaries: The Past is Calling

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“Tonight’s performance is kind of a hybrid between a workshop and a full-blown performance,” said Dennis Nyback, writer, producer and director of The Past is Calling, on Saturday night. Referencing the 1920s setting and disclosing that most of the actors would still be reading off of scripts, Nyberg finished his introduction to this    More
Sunday, January 26, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

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