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J.A.W.Z. The Musical—in 3D (The Saloon Ensemble): Theater Review

A shark satire that’s more shallow than sharp.


Theater
Comedy sketches, much like sharks, endure as evolutionary marvels of brutal efficiency. They’re borne forward on sheer momentum, form-bound to a brutal functionality and devoid of shame. As audience   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 JAY HORTON

George Washington Slept Here (Twilight Theater Company)

This old house might just fall down.


Theater
George Washington Slept Here is one fixer-upper of a play, one of the lesser comedies from legendary playwriting duo George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart (You Can’t Take It With You, The Man Who Came T   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 JAY HORTON

The Lion (Portland Center Stage)

This one-man musical is more meow.


Theater
Benjamin Scheuer’s one-man show is billed as a play, but The Lion doesn’t feel like one. Trade the six guitars balanced on the Ellyn Bye Studio’s minimalist stage for a baby grand, costume   More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 JAY HORTON

Interview: Portland State Punter Kyle Loomis is Top Punter Prospect in NFL Draft

Hoisting A Draft Punt With Kyle Loomis

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UPDATE: The Oregonian is reporting that Loomis has signed with the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks. Last year, the best punter in college football might also have been the oldest. At an age when many pro players start thinking about leaving the game, 27-year-old Kyle Loo...   More
 
Friday, May 1, 2015 by JAY HORTON

Adult Beginners

Kroll’s failed entrepreneur needs a kickstart.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Nick Kroll has the kind of face that used to be called punchable: calcified smirk, dazed glare, sallow cheeks—his upcoming roles, Douche and Professor Poopypants, define the type. Given his    More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 JAY HORTON

Multnomah Falls (Funhouse Lounge)

The Falls falls, hard.


Comedy and Variety
You’d think an improv-fueled, Portland-centric parody of glitzy Reagan-era melodramas was inspired by Portland’s original version—Pillars of Portland, the ’80s PDX soap by former WW colu   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 JAY HORTON

Hotseat: Greil Marcus

How Rock ’n’ Roll was born.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Rock critic Greil Marcus is famous for placing rock ’n’ roll amid the pantheon of myth and greatness with Mystery Train and Lipstick Traces. He did the same for Sleater-Kinney, naming it the g   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 JAY HORTON

The Day After Earth Day

As the Portland EcoFilm Fest opens, WW looks back at the least environmentally conscious films ever green-lit.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Filmmaking doesn’t have a particularly proud record of harmony with nature. Disney’s White Wilderness shoved lemmings off
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 JAY HORTON

The Other Place (Portland Playhouse)

Playhouse plays mind games


Theater
Portland Playhouse is a seemingly abandoned church with a labyrinthine interior. It’s therefore a perfect home for the company’s latest production, The Other Place, Sharr White’s 2011 pl   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 JAY HORTON

Ruthless! The Musical


Theater
A song-studded romp detailing one adorable girl’s murder of another for the lead role in a school play, Ruthless! The Musical explores the sinister glint behind every child star’s manufactured   More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 JAY HORTON
 

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