The Other Place (Portland Playhouse)

Playhouse plays mind games

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

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff (Alicia Jo Rabins)

Praying for a Ponzi schemer.

In Judaism, the Kaddish is most often recited as a prayer for the dead. But occasionally, in cases of extreme wrongdoing, it’s used to mark a Jew’s excommunication from the faith. That’s    More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON


Calling all cabbies.

If you can, find a moment during Jitney to listen to its rhythms rather than its words, its pulse rather than its plot. August Wilson’s plays are so often described as musical that it’s almo   More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Detroit (Portland Playhouse)

A suburban nightmare, writ large.

The streets in the unnamed suburb of Detroit—which is not necessarily set anywhere near the Motor City—evoke light. Ultraviolet Lane. Fluorescent Avenue. Sunshine Way. Lightness, too: Ther   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Huntsmen (Portland Playhouse)

A doo-wop revue, with a side of murder.

Devon, the central character in The Huntsmen, is an awkward and fidgety teen, the vice president of his high school’s glee club and the child of divorced parents—his father is a lawyer and h   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

King Hedley II (Portland Playhouse)

Blasting a bomb to kingdom come.

When the title character in King Hedley II talks about the man he murdered—a crime for which he just served seven years in prison—he summons a sharp allusion. “I got the atomic bomb as far a   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Portland Playhouse)

America, the oversexed adolescent.

In Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, the seventh president pours himself into skinny jeans, slicks his hair back Fonzie-style and packs a microphone...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Brother/Sister Plays Part 2 (Portland Playhouse)

The saga's second half is less dreamy, more scary.

When I left Portland Playhouse after opening night of the first part of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s trilogy, I felt...   More
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

In the Red and Brown Water (Portland Playhouse)

A sweltering dream of terrible timing.

If you’re going to run from the swamp, you’d best keep running. Oya runs fast enough to earn a track scholarship, but stays behind to care for her ailing mother. When autumn rolls around again   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

Famished (Portland Playhouse)

Eugenia Woods nibbles away at our neuroses.

Given the amount of ink spilled on our other basic desires—sex, love, wealth and power—the number of plays that address hunger is surprisingly small. This is not true of any other art form;    More
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE


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