Finalists for the 2015 Drammy Awards Announced


Arts & Books
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 Night Alive (Third Rail)

Looking for laughs in all the dark places.

“Sad and poor Irish people sitting in a room” is practically a theatrical genre unto itself these days. The Night Alive, a play by famed Irish playwright Conor McPherson, hardly reinvents it.    More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Middletown (Third Rail Repertory)

On the mysteries of the universe.

The director’s note for Third Rail’s production of Middletown asserts that this play “is NOT a modern-day Our Town.” You can understand Marcella Crowson’s vehemence: Will Eno’s 2010 play   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 JOHN BEER

Just Opened: Noises Off

A review of Third Rail Rep's production of the legendary farce.

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Arts & Books
When I first saw Noises Off as a 14-year-old at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, I didn’t know theater could do that. A dozen years later—and after watching dozens and dozens of plays—I’m still not quite sure how Noises Off does what it does. What’s clear, though, is that Michael Frayn’s 1982 backstage comedy is perhaps the world’s most exactingly constructed play, and certainly one of ...   More
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Pain and the Itch (Third Rail)

Christ, what a family of assholes!

“Don’t you understand the rather comic dimensions of it all?” Cash (Duffy Epstein), the martini-swilling plastic surgeon, asks Mr. Hadid (John San Nicholas), a vaguely Asian cab driver, in the   More
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

2009 Drammy Awards: The Winners

Last night's 30th Anniversary Drammy Awards was, as usual, a rowdy, largely inebriated affair, though (thank heavens!) shorter than last year. Attendants at the annual ceremony recognizing "outstanding achievement in Portland theater" wore outlandish costumes, most everyone appeared to have a good time, and no one from Artists Repertory Theatre bothered to show up to collect the company's four awards. ...   More
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE


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