Smooth Operator

A phone-sex veteran takes her x-rated calls to the stage.

Tonya Jone Miller received her first call as a phone-sex operator 10 years ago. Miller, dark-haired and half-Vietnamese, was in her late 20s. She imagined herself as a 19-year-old blonde. Over   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 KATHERINE MARRONE

Grim and Fischer (The Wonderheads)

Mortality, Mozart and whoopee cushions.

For Kate Braidwood, masked performance can create true theater magic. The 32-year-old, who makes up half of the Wonderheads (her husband Andrew Phoenix is the other), describes this magic as two   More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Gidion’s Knot

Tangled up.

The setting is the epitome of pedagogical order. Posters of Hindu deities line the walls, a giant bottle of hand sanitizer sits sentry on the teacher’s desk, buckets of markers top the tables.   More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

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

Aika & Rose (Outworld Theater)

A supernatural rock opera from a flock of indie musicians.

At first peek, you might think Aika & Rose could be rebranded Blue Is the Warmest Color: The Rock Opera. The new musical, a project from a legion of Portland musicians, bills itself as a super   More
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Christmas Tree

Where should you get your dose of holiday theater?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Their Towns

Our Town, three ways.

Everyone thinks they know Our Town. The play has become code for cloying sentimentality, the sort of white-bread drama trotted out regularly by high-school theater departments. If people remembe   More
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON


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