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Fake Out: Words and Pictures Reviewed

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Critic’s Grade: C Buzzed about as a different kind of summer movie, Words and Pictures holds the right ingredients but lacks real flavor. It tries to revive the timeless debate of the pen versus the paintbrush, with an English teacher and art instructor at a Maine prep school going to war, but the unimaginative screenplay undermines the clever concept, and the plot is buried b...   More
 
Friday, June 6, 2014 by LAUREN TERRY

Macbeth


Theater
Shakespeare’s darkest trip of butchery and regret gets haphazard treatment in this Northwest Classical Theatre Company production, which successfully plays up the spookiness of Macbeth but fal   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

Private Lives (Bag & Baggage Productions)

Throwing pillows, maybe chopping off heads.


Performance
For those who missed out on spring vacation, Private Lives is a delightful escape. The comedy of manners, written in 1930 by the legendary Noël Coward, is an absurd tale told through the peephole   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

Cloudy Days

A restrictive new state law that led to the temporary closure of medical marijuana dispensaries taught us a lesson we should have already known.


Culture Features
Editor’s note: Columnist Wm. Willard Greene is on a spirit quest in the Rockies. In his place, we’ve asked another writer to chime in about recent changes to Oregon dispensary laws. Mari   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

Dystopia Undaunted: Divergent Reviewed

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It wouldn't be March at the multiplex without another dystopian YA adaptation.
Critic's Grade: B
At first glance, Divergent would seem to be riding on the coattails of The Hunger Games. Here’s another dystopian YA novel-turned-wannabe blockbuster, with another rising star—Shailene Woodley, in for Jennifer Lawrence—at the center. But this movie adaptation pro...   More
 
Thursday, March 20, 2014 by LAUREN TERRY

Next Fall

Better believe it.


Performance
As Next Fall begins, the cast stands on the edge of the dimly lit stage. Suddenly, the discordant sounds of a car crash ring out, and James Sharinghousen reels backward, arms flailing. We learn    More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 LAUREN TERRY

Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom

Boom and blossom.


Performance
From the beginning, Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom is a romance, a politically driven tale and a riveting comedy. Take the play’s prologue: The narrator, a vivacious author of gay Marxist porn na   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 LAUREN TERRY
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