Once More Into the Fray: The Telling Project Returns


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The Telling Project, a organized by fiction writer Jonathan Wei, asked veterans and their families to tell their stories in over 80 hours of interviews. Those stories provided the basis of Telling, a stage play performed by eight of those same veterans. Originally conducted and performed in Eugene, the Project produced a Portland version in May, which I did not see. I did hear very positive things ...   More
 
Thursday, June 4, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Tonight! 30th Anniversary Drammy Awards


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Sure, last night's Tony Awards showcased the many talents of Neil Patrick Harris and accidental bludgeoning of Bret Michaels, but tonight Portland's own Drammy Awards bring the glitz home with the comedic stylings of MCs Maureen Porter and Philip Cuomo (pictured). The Drammys, which began in 1979 in the pages of this newspaper as the unfortunately named Willies, recognize outstanding achievement ...   More
 
Monday, June 8, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

2009 Drammy Awards: The Winners


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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

Martin McDonagh Sets His New Play in Spokane. Spokane?


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Martin McDonagh, the writer of bloody, foulmouthed, hilariously nihilist plays so popular that Portland theaters have produced five of his six plays in the last nine years, has announced that his next work will be titled A Behanding in Spokane. The press release, as quoted on New York magazine's Vulture blog, reads, "Take a man searching for his missing hand, two con artists out to make a few hundred ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Recess! WW's top picks for the weekend.


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Wondering what to do with yourself this weekend? We have the answers. FRIDAY 6 pm: Catch the Portland Cello Project and Oregon Ballet Theatre at Washington Park [MUSIC/DANCE] The always-awesome cello ensemble and the recently bailed-out dance company perform a free show in the Rose Garden Amphitheater for the closing weekend of the Washington Park Summer Festival. Washington Park Rose Garden ...   More
 
Friday, August 14, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Danse Macabre: The Cuban Missile Tango reviewed


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Jerry Mouawad, one of the two talents behind Portland's 30-year-old Imago Theatre, has is accustomed to creating shows that rely more on movement than on speech. But lately, starting with APIS in February and continuing with his new show, The Cuban Missile Tango, running through this Sunday, Mouawad has moved from mime-heavy drama to something more akin to dance theater. The Cuban Missile Tango ...   More
 
Friday, August 28, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Recess! Our top picks for the weekend of Aug. 28-30


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FRIDAY 6:30 pm: Get seduced by Al Green at Edgefield Forty years and running, Al Green remains a pre-eminent source of baby-makin' with his forceful voice and slick grooves. The secret to Green's staying power is the timelessness of his butter-smooth vocals, the kind of voice that will remain on bedroom mix tapes eternally. McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St. 669-8610 6:30 pm. $40. 7:30 ...   More
 
Friday, August 28, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Revisiting The Laramie Project In Oregon


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"The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later" is the epilogue to "The Laramie Project" play that was based on the notorious 1998 murder in Wyoming of a gay man named Matthew Shepard. There are only 100 theaters across the world bringing the production to the stage, and Oregon State University is one of them. The new play focuses on how Shepard's murder still affects Laramie and the world today. It ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Amanda Ingram

William Hurt Returning To Artists Rep


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Actor William Hurt, who is almost my third cousin (he is the grandson of Henry Luce, Jr., the founder of Time, from his second marriage; Luce's first was to my great great aunt) is returning to Portland to play the male lead in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night at Artists Repertory Theatre next August. Hurt's performed with Artists Rep twice before, in The Drawer Boy in 2004 and in ...   More
 
Friday, September 25, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

We're Not Gonna Remember Most of Your Names: Fame Reviewed


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Fame was screened for critics after Wednesday's newspaper went to press. Since I spent the majority of my childhood in tights and spandex (for dance class, don't get any weird ideas), Screen Editor Aaron Mesh volunteered me to review it. Fame When it came time for a remake of Alan Parker's 1980 drama about kids striving at a New York performing arts high school, the crew behind the new Fame ...   More
 
Monday, September 28, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

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