Twelfth Night (Portland Shakespeare Project)

Three hours of Shakespeare is no picnic, but Nause keeps it cool.

Theater So far this summer, Portland theater has given us Richard III in a park, The Merry Wives of Windsor in a park and Macbeth in a cemetery. Post5 Theatre mixed things up by staging Much Ado About Nothi ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Much Ado About Nothing (Post5)

Tired Shakespeare, turned inside out.

Theater Love him or hate him, Shakespeare had one damn good formula for a hit.  The same premise and plot barrel through practically all his comedies: Factions clash, mistaken identiti ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (Northwest Classical Theatre)

Shakespearean theory in the age of fanfic.

Theater Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is like fan fiction writ large. A long-suffering grad student falls down a trash-can rabbit hole and into a parallel reality, where the plots of two o ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by RIHANNA WEISS

Summerfest (Coho Productions): Theater Review

Sweet relief from theater’s dog days of drought.

Theater Your lawn isn’t the only thing this heat wave is drying up. During the summer, theater across the nation slows to a meager drizzle, and the occasional Shakespeare galas in the parks ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by ALLIE DONAHUE

Macbeth (Portland Actors Ensemble): Theater Review

Don’t risk your lily-whites for this Scottish play.

Theater Portland’s outdoor theater has shriveled in the sun. It’s a good thing you can strip and cycle with thousands of naked Portlanders, or gorge on Potato Champion’s poutine while ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by ALLIE DONAHUE

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

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

The Comedy of Errors (Post5 Theatre)

Ty Boice’s twinning update makes Shakespeare hip.

Theater The Comedy of Errors is one of the Bard’s lighter farces, often ignored, and it’s all a rip-off. Shakespeare modernized Roman playwright Plautus’ comedy Menaechmi and directly borrowed m ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by EDWARD MORRIS

The Liar (Artists Repertory Theatre)

Ives’ web of lies flies.

Theater The Liar is flouncing in on the coattails of Portland’s 17th-century comedy binge. Theater Vertigo’s The School for Lies, Portland State University’s The Misanthrope and Portland Center Stage� ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by AMY WOLFE

The Liar (Artists Repertory Theatre)

Ives’ web of lies flies.

Theater The Liar is flouncing in on the coattails of Portland’s 17th-century comedy binge. Theater Vertigo’s The School for Lies, Portland State University’s The Misanthrope and Portland Center Stage� ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by AMY WOLFE

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

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Three Days of Rain (Portland Center Stage)

Grimm stars fight family drama with wit.

Theater If you describe your mother as “sort of like Zelda Fitzgerald’s less stable sister,” chances are your childhood wasn’t rosy. Walker and Nan, the brother and sister at the center of Ric ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

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

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON
 

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