Dead and Gone

When was Old Portland born and when did it die?

Old Portland is dead. We know this for many reasons, including the fact that a local theater group is staging a funeral for it this weekend. What we don’t know is exactly when it w   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 WW Culture Staff

Finalists for the 2015 Drammy Awards Announced


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The kids are more than all right, according to Portland's theater connoisseurs. On May 28, Portland Civic Theatre Guild announced the nominees for its 37th annual Drammy Awards, which will be awarded at the notoriously flamboyant awards celebration June 29 at the Newmark Theatre. Northwest Children's Theater won the most nominations, and its complete opposite, Live on Stage's The ...   More
Friday, May 29, 2015 by Enid Spitz

The Invisible Hand (Artists Repertory Theatre)

Stockholm syndrome at Artists Rep.

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
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Just Opened: Exiles

A review of Artist Rep's production of Carlos Lacámara's play.


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In 1980, Fidel Castro played something of a mean joke on the United States. He opened one of his country’s harbors for Cubans who wanted to emigrate—and then loaded up those Florida-bound boats with mental-health patients and criminals. In Exiles, Cuban-born playwright Carlos Lacámara dramatizes the Mariel boatlift by homing in on one ship, stranded in the Gulf of Mexico after a storm ...   More
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Intimate Apparel

Par for the corset.

If Intimate Apparel were underwear, it would be a pair of pale pink panties, maybe with a modest ruffle or two. This 2003 drama by Lynn Nottage, which opens Artists Rep’s season, is a sensit   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Playboy of the Western World (Artists Rep)

Dense as a furzy ditch, but the craic is mighty.

“There’s a great gap between a gallous story and a dirty deed.” So says the sharp-tongued Pegeen Mike in J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World. There’s also a great gap between Syn   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Just Opened: The Monster-Builder

A review of Artists Rep's production of Amy Freed's world-premiere play.


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Gregor Zubrowski, the megalomaniacal architect at the center of Amy Freed’s The Monster-Builder, is as slick a villain as can be: Clad in a trim black suit, he’s got a bald pate, severe goatee and round spectacles, and he delights in razing old buildings and erecting gleaming monstrosities in their place. All confident stride and rapacious gaze, he venerates Nietzsche and unleashes a cackle not ...   More
Monday, February 3, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Foxfinder (Artists Repertory Theatre)

The post-apocalyptic craze hits the stage.

From the beginning of Foxfinder, it’s clear we’ve entered an off-kilter world. Even the set is askew: The stage slopes in different directions, and a door frame slants sharply to one side. T   More
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Big Meal (Artists Repertory Theatre)

A deeply satisfying onstage feast.

How much time do we spend around the dining-room table? What portion of our lives is measured in meals? Can the entire scope of a life—from first dates and holiday gatherings to engagements an   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 PENELOPE BASS

Scoop: Gossip Will Be Famous At Midnight.

EXPOSE YOURSELF: The Oregon Music Hall of Fame has announced its 2013 inductees. The artists include ’80s hardcore punks Poison Idea, beloved ’90s indie-rockers Hazel, blues guitarist Kelly Joe Ph   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 WW Culture Staff


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