Our Town, Stripped Down

PCS’s classic opening is surprisingly fresh.

Thornton Wilder said Our Town was his favorite work, but that it was rarely performed to his satisfaction. It should be done sincerely without being sentimental, because that’s how the majority of o   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Sweet Anticipation

NWCTC has audiences holding their breath.

Blackout. The sound of marching. Then, a spotlight on a haggard man, sitting alone on a pile of rocks below a knotty tree. Before the lights even come up at Northwest Classical Theat   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 RACHEL SANDSTROM

Pistols Cocked

In Funhouse’s Deadwood spinoff, the fuckups are funniest.

HBO’s three seasons of Deadwood are some of the premium channel’s finest offerings. In many ways, the show was the blueprint for Game of Thrones, just set in the Wild West frontier. Fans writhed i   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Theater Review: Equivocation (Post5 Theatre)

No question here—Post5’s premiere is sharp.

In the face of religious persecution, government subterfuge and torture, what power does art have? That’s the question in Bill Cain’s post-9/11 masterpiece that filters terrorism paranoia through    More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Theater Review: Looped (Triangle Productions)

This Old Hollywood requires patience, or pills.

In 1965, Hollywood grande dame Tallulah Bankhead once notoriously took eight hours in a recording studio to tape a single line of dialogue for her final film, Die! Die! My Darling! T   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 RACHEL SANDSTROM

Theater Review: Schizo (Katie Watkins)

Her brother’s diagnosis was a taboo topic. Now it’s center stage.

On an otherwise sparse stage in a large, empty room, Katie Watkins sits on the ground, surrounded by a semicircle of more than two dozen lamps. The lights flicker on and off as the distant roar of a h   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Macbeth (Portland Actors Ensemble): Theater Review

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

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
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 ALLIE DONAHUE

The Comedy of Errors (Post5 Theatre)

Ty Boice’s twinning update makes Shakespeare hip.

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
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 EDWARD MORRIS

The School For Lies: Theater Review

The Shoebox Theater is almost too intimate—audiences at the aptly named space have to parade across stage to exit. It’s a fitting squeeze for Theatre Vertigo’s The School for Lies, where t   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Br’er Rose (Speculative Drama)

Southern charms with a Grimm twist.

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
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 NATHAN CARSON


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