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

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

The Invisible Hand (Artists Repertory Theatre)

Stockholm syndrome at Artists Rep.

Theater 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 ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Durang Durang

Six one-acts through the undeniably strange.

Theater Post5 Theatre’s Durang Durang, a collection of six one-act plays by absurdist playwright Christopher Durang, touches on grave issues: domestic violence, parental abuse and mental health. But ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

10-Ring Circus

Portland playwrights take us to the circus at the Ten Minute Play Festival.

Theater 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 ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by CURTIS COOK, ENID SPITZ

The Invisible Hand

Politics play at Artists Rep.

Theater 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 ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

The Six Gentlepersons of Verona

Puppy love.

Theater Bag & Baggage’s The Six Gentlepersons of Verona swaps cock for feminine wit in this musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s weakest play, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. B&B is known for unus ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by KATHRYN PEIFER

Br’er Rose (Speculative Drama)

Southern charms with a Grimm twist.

Theater Local director Megan Skye Hale’s Br’er Rose is a formidable re-creation of the earliest versions of Sleeping Beauty. The story, a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years, remains intact. Hale ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

The Night Alive (Third Rail)

Looking for laughs in all the dark places.

Theater “Sad and poor Irish people sitting in a room” is practically a theatrical genre unto itself these days. The Night Alive, a play by famed Irish playwright Conor McPherson, hardly reinvents it. ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Night Alive (Third Rail)

Looking for laughs in all the dark places.

Theater “Sad and poor Irish people sitting in a room” is practically a theatrical genre unto itself these days. The Night Alive, a play by famed Irish playwright Conor McPherson, hardly reinvents it. ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

White Christmas

Going home for the holidays: Portland Center Stage’s Other Desert Cities packs plenty of baggage.

Theater 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 ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

The God Game (Shaking the Tree)

No G-bombs for T-Dawg.

Theater The God Game premiered only hours after Gov. John Kitzhaber’s resignation announcement. Shaking the Tree Theatre could hardly have planned it, but it was an uncanny moment to examine the role ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by RIHANNA WEISS

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

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON
 

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