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Belleville (Third Rail)

Expat lovebirds unravel in Amy Herzog’s relationship psycho-drama.


Theater
Amy Herzog’s Belleville isn’t the kind of thriller with Psycho strings or undead dance moves. It’s the haunting kind that meticulously picks at peripheral, casual details until an entire m   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 KAITIE TODD

The People’s Republic of Portland (Portland Center Stage)

Lauren Weedman exploits Rose City quirks.


Theater
Lauren Weedman has made a small industry out of gently mocking cities she barely knows, sponsored by residents of the cities themselves. Since the debut of The People’s Republic of Portland—   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 HALEY MARTIN

10-Ring Circus

Portland playwrights take us to the circus at the Ten Minute Play Festival.


Theater
Circus extravaganzas have long been theater’s eccentric, mustachioed cousin—glitterized spectacles for audiences packing peanuts over opera specs. Monkey With a Hat On puts performance back    More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 CURTIS COOK, ENID SPITZ

The Other Place (Portland Playhouse)

Playhouse plays mind games


Theater
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

The Invisible Hand (Artists Repertory Theatre)

Stockholm syndrome at Artists Rep.


Theater
Spending time with stock traders is usually about as enticing as a terrorist jail cell. But somehow director Allen Nause makes both captivating in Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar’s The Invis   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Action/Adventure’s Pilot Season: From Beyond

Theater for the screen-addicted masses, with cake and hate-fucking.


Theater
Who says theater has to be highbrow? Can’t there be quality for the TV crowd? Action/Adventure Theatre’s second Pilot Season recaptures audiences numbed by endless zombie killing and incestu   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

The Invisible Hand

Politics play at Artists Rep.


Theater
Apparently it’s easier to stage Driving Miss Daisy in Bangladesh than an off-Broadway political thriller in Portland. At least when the U.S. State Department gets involved. Local director Allen    More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 ENID SPITZ

The Six Gentlepersons of Verona

Puppy love.


Theater
Bag & Baggage’s The Six Gentlepersons of Verona swaps cock for feminine wit in this musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s weakest play, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. B&B is known for unus   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 KATHRYN PEIFER

Br’er Rose (Speculative Drama)

Southern charms with a Grimm twist.


Theater
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

White Christmas

Going home for the holidays: Portland Center Stage’s Other Desert Cities packs plenty of baggage.


Theater
If you miss the turnoff for Palm Springs, big green signs on Interstate 10 announce the approach of “other desert cities.” Director Timothy Bond and Portland Center Stage have a more precise   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 ENID SPITZ
 

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